Application Procedures

Application procedures

The deadline for PhD applicants is JANUARY 15.

Candidates with high standing in undergraduate and master's degrees are eligible to apply to the doctoral program.

To apply, the following items are required:

  1. Application (Online)

    Please complete and submit an online web application here.
  2. Application fee

    A non-refundable application fee of CAD$120.99 is required, payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) after completing the online application.
  3. Curriculum Vitae

  4. Transcripts

    Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts from all universities previously attended. If you are recommended for admission you will later be required to supply official transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.

    Please refer to the following webpages for information on supporting documents and information on how to upload your documents.
  5. Electronic letters of reference

    Two confidential letters of reference are required for your application. Once you have identified your referees (you must provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee), McGill will send them an e-mail asking for a reference in support of your application. Additionally, uploaded letters must be on university or company/business stationery and the referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.

    Please refer to the following webpage.
  6. Research proposal

    A four-page research proposal, as well as a detailed explanation of why and with whom they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture.
  7. Written work 

    A sample of the applicant’s written work, drawn from essays, papers, or other work previously submitted for academic evaluation or publication, and falling within the desired field of graduate study.
  8. Proof of English language proficiency

    Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 567 is required on the paper-based test (PBT), or a minimum overall score of 86 with each component score (i.e. reading, writing, speaking, listening) not less than 20 is required on the internet-based test (iBT). (The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.) For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required (Academic Module). Please refer to this webpage.
  9. Submission deadline

    The deadline for submission of your online application and all supporting documents (curriculum vitae, research proposal, letters of reference, unofficial transcripts, writing sample or written work, and a TOEFL/IELTS score [if required]) is January 15.

    Recommended applicants will be notified by Enrollment Services to provide official documents. For information on sending official documents, consult this page.



Questions should be addressed to:
Luciana Adoyo, PhD Program Administrator
Tel. 514 398 6716
Fax 514 398 7372
phd.architecture [at] (Email)

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