Application requirements

Undergraduate degree and any additional academic qualifications

Please upload your complete record of study from each university-level institution you have attended to date and listed on your application. Transcripts must include all courses and grades for each year attended. For those universities or institutions from which a degree has been obtained but the year is not stated on the transcripts, we require a copy of the actual diploma to be uploaded in addition to the transcripts. McGill transcripts need not be uploaded.

Transcripts in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified English or French translation.

Applicants admitted to the program will be required to provide a signed and sealed official transcript from each school attended. After the decision deadline, all admitted students will receive further mailing instructions on where to send these materials. 


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

For candidates whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed a degree in an English speaking country, the TOEFL or IELTS is required. For those who have completed a degree at a university where the language of instruction is English, but not in an English-speaking country, please review the McGill English Language Proficiency requirements to determine if you are exempt from taking a proficiency test.

  • McGill Institution code is: 0935

Essay

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

  1. Explain why you intend to pursue your master’s in finance studies at this time (maximum 500 words).
  2. 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

non-refundable fee of CAD $110.29 must accompany each application.  Applications cannot be submitted without this fee. This sum must be paid by credit card.