Admissions

Please note that the MBA, MMA, MMF and MMR programs are not affected by the recent announcements from the Quebec government regarding tuition increases.

You are about to make the right decision. The McGill Master of Management in Finance (MMF) degree is designed for high-achieving, ambitious students interested in a career in finance.

Applying to the MMF Program

Applicants are eligible to apply to the MMF program if they have a bachelor's degree and proven quantitative skills. Prospective students can apply during the final year of their bachelor’s degree studies. Admission would be conditional upon obtaining their bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program. Students with a three-year bachelor's degree from an international university are also eligible to apply. International students can determine the equivalency of their degrees.

The MMF is a pre-experience program, therefore no prior work experience is required.

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Application deadlines
Application requirements
→ Admission process
Next steps
 Admissions How-To's

Application deadlines

Applications for Summer 2024 are now closed. Please note the MMF program offers admissions in the summer semester only.

November 15, 2024
(First application deadline)

January 15, 2025
(Final deadline for international students)

March 1, 2025
(Final deadline for Canadian citizens and Permanent residents)


Please complete our expression of interest form for more information on the MMF program or to receive an update on the next available session hosted by our own Professor Vadim Di Pietro


Application requirements

Undergraduate degree and any additional academic qualifications

  • Upload complete record of study from each university-level institution attended to date.
  • Transcripts must include all courses and grades for each year attended.
  • For universities with no stated graduation year on transcripts, upload the actual diploma as well as the transcripts.
  • McGill transcripts need not be uploaded.
  • Transcripts in a language other than English or French require certified English or French translation.
  • Admitted applicants must provide signed and sealed official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • After decision deadline, admitted students will receive mailing instructions for transcript submission.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please prepare a CV that includes:

  • Your employment history, if any, in reverse chronological order.
  • Indicate your title, dates of employment, and whether you worked part-time or full-time, or as an intern.
  • Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degrees earned.
  • We welcome and encourage submission of any other relevant information.
  • The CV should be no more than one page.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants—except those with a graduate or undergraduate degree from any Canadian University—must complete the GMAT or GRE. When registering for a test, please request that the results be sent directly to McGill University:

  • GMAT Institution Code: 58H-MN-66
  • GRE Institution Code: 0935

English Proficiency Tests: TOEFL and IELTS

If English is not your native language and you haven't completed a degree in an English-speaking country, you must take either the TOEFL or IELTS.

  • Only tests taken at Test Centers are accepted; at-home tests are not valid.
  • If you've earned a degree in a non-English speaking country but studied in English, you may be exempt. Check McGill's English Language Proficiency requirements for other exemptions.
  • When registering for a test, send your results electronically to McGill University: TOEFL Institution Code: 0935.
  • For IELTS, use the IELTS Results Service with McGill University's address: Name: McGill University, Address: 688 Sherbrooke St. W, Suite 760. Montreal QC, H3A 0B8 Canada
  • Note that you can't upload your results, and paper copies won't be accepted.
  • IELTS processing time is 14-30 business days, while TOEFL processing time is 10-20 business days.
  • If you don't see your test scores within this timeframe, contact us via the inbox/chat function on your applicant portal.

To determine other cases in which you may be exempt, please review the McGill English Language Proficiency requirements.

Essay

Please complete the following questions on separate pages and upload as one PDF document in the Graduate Admission System.

  • Explain why you intend to pursue your master’s in finance studies at this time (maximum 500 words).
  • Explain how the Desautels Masters of Management in Finance program will help you achieve your professional goals (maximum 500 words).

Letters of reference

Candidates must provide two letters of reference from individuals who have been directly responsible for evaluating their performance and potential. On the application form, you must provide the names and email addresses of two referees who can evaluate your abilities. You may send this recommendation form to referees for completion, or the referees may choose to write their own recommendation letters. Once your application has been submitted, McGill will contact these referees directly and ask them to upload their references.

Note: Referees may upload a reference letter as a PDF or Word document. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that referees submit their recommendations in a timely manner.

Application fee

A non-refundable fee of CAD $132.90 must accompany each application. Applications cannot be submitted without this fee. This sum must be paid by credit card.


Admission process

Learn how to apply

This tutorial video illustrates the steps for using the Graduate Applicant portal when applying. For more information on the application process, visit the Applying to McGill page. 

Apply to the MMF program

We strongly recommend you read through the application requirements before starting your application.

Step 1: Submitting your application on the Graduate Admission System (Summer Admission)

Application fee: CAD $132.90 (non-refundable), payable by credit card when you submit the application. (Make sure you select the Summer term).

After your application has been received, an email will be sent to you with your McGill ID number.

Step 2: Uploading supporting documents

All supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format directly to the Graduate Admission System. Read the following information and instructions on how to upload supporting documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • GMAT Institution Code: 58H-MN-66
    • GRE Institution Code: 0935
  • English Proficiency Tests: TOEFL and IELTS
    • TOEFL Institution Code: 0935
    • IELTS Results Service Account
      Name: McGill University
      Address: 688 Sherbrooke St. W, Suite 760. Montreal QC, H3A 0B8 Canada
  • Essay
    Answer the essay questions
  • Letters of reference
  • PDF icon MMF Recommendation Form

Next steps

Admission to the program is competitive and based on a number of requirements; be assured your application will receive serious consideration. Because we process applications as they are received, we strongly suggest that prospective students submit their applications as early as possible.

Interview

After a preliminary review of their file, a candidate may be invited for an interview. Interviews are primarily conducted virtually for international and non-Montreal students, and in-person for local students. We would like to highlight the importance of the interview process: It not only helps the admissions committee to better understand your background and objectives—it is also an important opportunity for you to ask key questions to ensure that the MMF at McGill-Desautels is the right program for you. Following the interview, your file will be forwarded to and evaluated by the Master’s Admissions Committee.

Admitted candidates

Candidates who are accepted by the Admissions Committee will have a specific amount of time to accept the offer and secure a place in the MMF program. In order to accept the offer, the accepted candidate must log onto the Graduate Admission System and pay a non-refundable deposit of CAD $5,000. For any questions, please contact us at mmf [at] mcgill.ca.

Deferred admission

Deferring admission for one year may be considered in exceptional cases upon evidence of extenuating circumstances. A written request should be submitted to us at mmf [at] mcgill.ca. If approved, students wishing to defer their admission will be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit in order to secure their place for the following year.

Non-Canadian applicants are advised to contact their home country's Canadian Embassy prior to the start date of their desired program. Students from some countries may have additional requirements for visas and medical examinations.

International students

All international students are responsible for maintaining valid immigration documents and legal status throughout the duration of their program of studies. Find more information on the International Student Services page.

In January 2024, the government (IRCC) issued immigration updates with new measures for incoming Masters and PhD students:

Proof of financial capacity

  • Effective January 1, IRCC has increased the minimum amount of financial capacity students must demonstrate when applying for a study permit. This new minimum does not apply to Quebec. To study in Quebec, applicants must prove they meet the financial requirements outlined by the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).
  • As per MIFI, the minimum amount required for a student without dependents includes tuition, transportation (round trip from country of origin), settlement fees, health insurance and living expenses of $15,078 per year. This amount is normally adjusted every year.
  • ISS has updated this information on their website (please see the yellow box on top of the page).

International student caps

  • On January 22, the federal government announced new caps to the number of study permits to be issued in 2024. These caps do not apply to master’s and PhD programs.

Post-Graduate Work Permit

  • The January 22 announcement also included the following:
  • Graduates of master’s and other short graduate-level programs will soon be eligible to apply for a 3-year work permit. Under current criteria, the length of a post­graduation work permit is based solely on the length of an individual’s study program, hindering master’s graduates by limiting the amount of time they have to gain work experience and potentially transition to permanent residence.

Letter of acceptance verification process

  • Since December 1, 2023, post-secondary designated learning institutions have been required to confirm every letter of acceptance submitted by an applicant outside Canada directly with IRCC. This enhanced verification process protects prospective students from fraud and ensures that study permits are issued based only on genuine letters of acceptance.
  • Institutions have 10 calendar days to validate the letter of acceptance.
  • At McGill, the verification process is coordinated through Enrolment Services.

Admissions How-To's

There are no sessions at this time. To ensure you're notified promptly about upcoming events and relevant announcements, we invite you to fill in the Expression of Interest form.

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