Graduate Admission

Graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry are NOT impacted by recent Québec government announcements about tuition increases.


Admission Procedures

The minimum academic standard for admission to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs is normally a high second-class standing (cGPA > 3.00). Students applying from B.Sc. to Ph.D (without completing a M.Sc.) must show a cGPA of at least 3.5. Applicants from other institutions should have an academic background equivalent to that of a McGill graduate in the Honours/Major programs in Chemistry or related fields such as Physics or Biochemistry. 

If you have obtained your degree from a University outside North America, please contact the graduate.chemistry [at] (Graduate Program Administrator) to verify that you meet the entrance requirements. 

English proficiency requirement:  The Department of Chemistry requires a minimum score of 90 (20 in each section) on the TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS.   Please see: English language proficiency

For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents, please see: application procedure


Application Deadlines

The Department of Chemistry at McGill has a policy of rolling-admissions for acceptance into the graduate program. All applications are reviewed by a Committee which meets on a regular basis. We encourage all interested students to graduate.chemistry [at] (contact us) for a pre-evaluation prior to applying.



Canadian/Permanent Residents


International Students

Fall term (September) September 15 June 15 January 15
Winter term (January) February 15 September 30 May 31


Choosing a supervisor/research lab

As per the department policy, incoming students are not committed to any supervisor before they arrive in the department.

You are thus asked to meet with all the professors you may be interested in working with, as well as the ones requesting to see you, before making your decision. You will receive a list upon your arrival and will be required to arrange with each professor to schedule a meeting. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know about the breath of the research going on in the department, to hear about the various research and training programs available and the opportunities of co-supervision.  You will also have the chance to meet with current graduate students.

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