Graduate Admission

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.  The dates listed below are deadlines for admissions into the following academic year which starts in the Fall term (September). We encourage all interested students to apply as soon as possible.

ADMISSION TERM Canadian/Permanent Residents International Students
Fall term (September) June 15 December 31
Winter term (January) September 1 April 30


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 as soon as you arrive and will have 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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