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Deadlines for admission in 2019-20

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

DEADLINES

For applicants from schools located in Canada.  Applicants from schools located outside Canada must consult High schools outside Canada/US for deadlines.

Application for admission

February 1

     Supporting documents (when required)

May 4

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (online via Minerva)

February 7

McGill Financial Aid application (online via Minerva)

30 days from acceptance date

EXCEPTIONS (Programs with separate deadlines)

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies

May 1

Admission review process - McGill calculation of the "Top 6"

Select the location of your school:

School located IN Canada

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

If you are completing the IB Diploma or certificates concurrently with the OSSD you will normally be considered for admission based on your high school record and may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final IB results.

School located OUTSIDE Canada

Though completing an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you must apply as an applicant from a High school outside Canada/US.  As such:

- Deadlines will be the same as for applicants from schools outside Canada.

- Transcripts and additional supporting documents (if required), must be uploaded via Minerva.  If you have an OUAC number, you should enter it in your online application.   

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) piror to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with the OSSD you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.


Minimum grades & prerequisite courses

  • Below are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2018.
  • Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2019.

  • Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades may fluctuate up or down by as much as 5% in any given year.

  • To view a printable version, consult: September 2018 Admission Requirements for Ontario High School Students

Select your Faculty/School/Program of interest:

Agricultural and Environmental Science


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

76% Overall 75% in each math and science course in Top 6

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

75% Overall

75% in each math and science course in Top 6

Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

76% overall

75% in each math and science course in Top 6

Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

76.5% overall

75% in each math and science course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Architecture

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

90% overall

85% in each math and science course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • 4U Physics;
  • 4U Chemistry;
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio which will be taken into account during the admission process.

Arts

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

87% overall

84% in each English or French course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&S.C.)

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

92% overall

84% in each English or French

85% in each math and science course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

NoteThe B.A.& Sc. is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.  It is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in each faculty. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a Major in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Science or one of the interfaculty programs in Cognitive Science, Environment or Sustainability, Science and Society.

Education

MINIMUM GRADES FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBRE 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

Kindergarten/Elementary Education*

82% overall

80% in each English or French course in Top 6

Physical Education

83.5% overall

80% in each English or French course in Top 6

Secondary Education*

82% overall

80% in each English or French course in Top 6

TESL**

82% overall

80% in each English or French course in Top 6

* B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL must submit a Letter of Intent. 

Note: The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.  

** TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

PREREQUISITE COURSES:
  • 4U English or French
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics program must also complete 4U Calculus and Vectors.
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology must also complete 4U Calculus and Vectors and two of 4U Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

Engineering

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Bioengineering**

95.5% overall

87% in each math and science course in Top 6

Chemical Engineering

94.5% overall

87% in each math and science course in Top 6

Civil Engineering

92% overall

87% in each math and science course in Top 6

Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering

95.3 overall

87% in each math & science course in Top 6

Mechanical Engineering

94% overall

87% in each math & science course in Top 6

Materials Engineering

90% overall

85% in each math and science course in Top 6

Mining Engineering

87% overall

85% in each math and science course in Top 6

** Bioengineering: New program in 2017. Admission minima may fluctuate significantly in the first few years of a program. 

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • 4U Physics
  • 4U Chemistry

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Nutrition

79% overall

77% in each math and science course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Kinesiology

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

86% overall

85% in each math and science course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Management

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

95% overall

85% in each English or French in Top 6

85% in each math course in Top 6

PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors

Music


For information on admission requirements, see the Schulich School of Music website.

Nursing

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

84% overall

84% in each math and science course in Top 6

Applicants to Nursing are required to complete a mandatory online assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See Arts

Science

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

93.8% overall

87% in each math and science course in Top 6

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

91% overall

87 % in each math and science course in Top 6

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

93.5% overall 87% in each math and science course in Top 6
PREREQUISITE COURSES
  • 4U English or French;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 


Supporting documentation

1) Academic documents

If you are currently studying at an Ontario high school and are registered with the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), you must provide your correct OUAC number so that McGill University can electronically access your transcripts. Please verify the accuracy of your OUAC number carefully; an incorrect number will delay the admission process. If your number is not available at the time of application, you can submit it at a later date via Minerva. If, for any reason, your electronic transcripts cannot be obtained from OUAC, you will need to upload a copy to your file.

Note:

If you are an Ontario high school student who will graduate before April, who has taken or will take any distance, night, or correspondence courses, or who will take summer school courses during the summer prior to university entry, it is very likely that some of your grades will not show on the electronic transcript we get from OUAC. Therefore, you must upload a transcript of these grades.

If you are not registered with OUAC, your unofficial transcripts must be uploaded via Minerva. Transcripts should show interim grades for the current year for courses in progress. "Interim grades" means one of the following:

Terms per year

Interim Grades

Two terms

First term

Three terms

First two terms

Four terms

First two terms

Two semesters

First semester finals and second semester mid-terms

 

2) Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

 

3) Additional supporting documents

Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

 - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

 - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

 - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

 

The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice.


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