Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
This publication contains the regulations about your undergraduate academic career at McGill. It includes regulations concerning when to register, when to add, drop, or withdraw from courses, the consequences of missing deadlines, how grading appears on your transcript, and other important information.
McGill has 11 faculties, and every student belongs to one of them. When you are admitted to McGill, your offer letter indicates the faculty, degree, and program to which you have been accepted, and the number of credits you need to complete for your degree.
You should consult the appropriate faculty section in this publication for information pertinent to your degree and program, and for faculty-specific regulations. For some degrees, such as the Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.), you belong to two faculties and will need to consult the section on the Bachelor of Arts and Science, as well as the sections on each faculty.
You are registered in a degree, but for many degrees there are associated programs (a major, minor, major concentration, etc.). For some degrees, such as Bachelor of Engineering, you will typically follow one program (such as Computer Engineering). For others, such as Bachelor of Arts, you will typically follow more than one program (such as a major concentration in English, with a minor concentration in History).
A typical undergraduate degree at McGill is 120–140 credits (four years of full-time study).
You will find program requirements in your faculty section or in departmental sections within a faculty. In some cases, you may pursue one of your programs in a department outside your faculty. For example, if you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce, but are pursuing a minor concentration in Italian Civilization, you would consult the Desautels Faculty of Management section for the B.Com. requirements, and the Italian Studies department section, under the Faculty of Arts, for the Italian Civilization program requirements.
For more assistance in understanding program requirements, and for a list of advisers on both Downtown and Macdonald campuses, see Undergraduate Advising.