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Admission Procedures: Continuing Studies Undergraduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs

Admission Procedures: Continuing Studies Undergraduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs

The Client Services Office of the School of Continuing Studies processes admissions to the School's formal programs except for the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Education programs.

McGill's online application form is available at www.mcgill.ca/applying. Online application is preferred; however, limited numbers of paper applications are available upon request and may be obtained by calling 514-398-6200 or by emailing admissions [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Application Deadlines for all programs
Fall term June 1
Winter term October 1
Spring term February 1

Application Fee

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $65 in Canadian or U.S. funds, payable by Visa or MasterCard, is required. This fee includes application for evaluation of transcripts for students requesting Advanced Standing in a program at the time of admission.

McGill's highly secured e-payment service minimizes cardholder risk. Your credit card information is passed instantly to the Moneris payment gateway and is not stored at McGill. Moneris handles 80% of all credit card transactions processed in Canada. McGill University cannot process online applications without a valid credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, you will be required to submit a paper application. In this case, your payment can be made by certified cheque, money order, or debit card.

Tracking the Status of Your Application

Tracking the Status of Your Application

A notice acknowledging receipt of your application to McGill University will be sent to the email address indicated on your application.

This acknowledgment notice will contain a McGill identification number and a PIN that you can subsequently use to log on to Minerva, McGill’s self-service web-based administrative system, at www.mcgill.ca/applying/knowingstatus.

You will be able to check the status of your application, including the receipt of supporting documents, on Minerva.

Supporting Documents for Undergraduate Programs

Supporting Documents for Undergraduate Programs

The following documents must be received before the application can be processed:

  1. An unofficial transcript (if applicable) accompanied by two pieces of identification. Arrangements should be made to have an official transcript confirming degree completion sent directly from the former educational institution to the School of Continuing Studies (see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Continuing Studies > Personal Information > Legal Documents: Why Does McGill Collect Legal Documents from You?). Applicants applying on the basis of the CEGEP Diplôme d'études collégiales (DEC) must provide their Permanent Code so that McGill University can access their CEGEP transcripts electronically.
  2. Proof of age: Students 21 years of age and over, who do not have the normal academic background for admission, may be admitted as mature students. Two pieces of personal identification must be attached.
  3. TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, McGill SCS-TELP, McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture, or Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, if your mother tongue is other than English. (See Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > School of Continuing Studies > Areas of Study > Career and Professional Development > Career and Professional Development (Undergraduate Certificate Programs, Part-Time B.Com.) > About Admission Regulations for Certificate Programs > Proof of Proficiency in English.) Students who have completed both Secondary V and a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Quebec (DEC) are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

Supporting Documents for Graduate Programs

Supporting Documents for Graduate Programs

Candidates wishing to apply to a graduate program must have a degree (i.e., a bachelor's degree) from a recognized university that is equivalent to an undergraduate degree as approved by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles. Programs may have additional admission requirements. Please refer to the admission requirements specified in the program description.

The following documents must be received before the application can be processed:

  1. An unofficial transcript with confirmation of degree awarded and date of graduation or a letter from the university confirming expected date of completion (if the degree has not been granted yet).
  2. All students must make arrangements to have an official transcript, with confirmation of degree awarded and date of graduation, sent directly by their previous institution to Client Services – Admissions before their application can be considered.
  3. TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, McGill SCS-TELP, McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture, or Certicate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, if your mother tongue is other than English. (See Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > School of Continuing Studies > Areas of Study > Career and Professional Development > Career and Professional Development (Graduate Programs, Diplomas and Graduate Certificates) > Academic Regulations > Proof of Proficiency in English.) Students who have completed both Secondary V and a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Quebec are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.
Note: You cannot apply as a mature student for graduate-level programs.

Due Date for Documentation Requirements for McGill Applications

Due Date for Documentation Requirements for McGill Applications

All required supporting documents, including transcripts, statements of Standing, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc. (depending on the program), must reach McGill by the admission deadline date, i.e., June 1 for Fall admission, October 1 for Winter admission and February 1 for Spring admission.

What are Official Documents at McGill?

What are Official Documents at McGill?

McGill requires official versions of all transcripts and statements of Academic Standing from schools or other education institutions. Test scores and examination results must also be official. At McGill, “official” signifies that the school, educational institution, or Examination Board, for students who write Advanced-level examinations, sends directly to McGill University without intermediary all transcripts, statements of Academic Standing, test scores, and examination results. We do not accept as “official”: copies of documents certified by a notary, commissioner of oaths, Canadian Education Centre, or embassy staff member. We do not make conditional decisions based on unofficial transcripts or statements of Academic Standing.

We recognize that in some countries, it is difficult to arrange for schools to send official transcripts. We also recognize that individuals who no longer reside in the country where they studied face particular challenges in arranging for official documentation. Should this be the case, please communicate this to us in writing and, if warranted, we will consider extending the deadline for document submissions.

For further information, such as the complete list of acceptable documents and the Attestation of Residency form, please contact the Client Services Office at 514-398-6200.

School of Continuing Studies—2012-2013 (last updated Apr. 22, 2012) (disclaimer)