A diploma is a 30-credit graduate program which has, as a prerequisite for admission, an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline, and for which faculty approval rests with the teaching faculty.
A Graduate Certificate is a program of fewer than 30 credits but no less than 15 credits, has an undergraduate degree as a prerequisite, and for which faculty approval rests with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
A student who has not yet completed a bachelor's degree or a program that leads to a bachelor's degree. A graduate student has completed a bachelor's degree and is working toward a master's degree or doctorate.
A Professional Development Certificate is a non-credit micro-program of no less than 12 Continuing Education Units (120 hours) of study with focus on acquisition of practical in-demand knowledge and skills.
The micro-programs are primarily targeted at professionals who already have some experience in a specific industry or professional field and wish to sharpen their professional skills and competencies, as well as validate them through academic recognition.
The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL) offers educational programs for mature learners who wish to continue learning simply for the joy of it. Our peer-moderated study groups and lectures cover a wide range of subjects: Arts, Literature, History, Music, Science, Philosophy, World Culture, and Travel. You’ll enjoy expanding your knowledge, making new friends, and being a student again in the surroundings of a world-renowned university – with no exams!