Application Procedures

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

For the applicants to the M.Sc.Bioethics Option, the requirements, as well as the application deadline are different. All of the relevant information can be found at Master's Specialization in Bioethics.

For the applicants to the M.Sc. Environment Option, although the requirements and application deadline are the same as for the regular program, the student must remit additional documents which constitute their application to NOT ONLY the Division of Experimental Medicine but ALSO to the the Bieler School of Environment . For more information click here
*Please note that the Graduate Option in Environment will NOT be offered in 2024-2025*

For the applicants to the M.Sc. Option in Digital Health Innovation, applications for this program are accepted for the Fall term ONLY. There is no winter term intake for this program option.

For students already admitted to a Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) program at McGill (Medical Residency, Fellowship or CIP Program) who wish to pursue a graduate degree in Experimental Medicine, the admission requirements and application deadline for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. are the same as for the regular program. For further information about pursuing a Double Program, M.Sc. or Ph.D. in EXMD concurrent with Medical Residency or Fellowship (PGME), click here.

Please note that your application will only be reviewed once ALL the documents have been submitted.

Supporting Documents

Application Form and Fee:

All applicants must complete an online application in Slate, the Graduate Admissions System

The following supporting documents listed below must be uploaded via the Graduate Admission System (Slate) by the deadline stipulated by the department.

  • Curriculum Vitae:

    Please provide a resume which should include a listing of previous research experience and publications, if applicable.

  • Personal Statement:

    Applicants must submit a personal statement in which they describe their background, research interests and reasons for wishing to undertake the desired program. Applicants should also address any academic ‘surprises’ in their personal statement. For example, if applicants have a low GPA for a particular term, an incomplete degree, or a change in program, they should provide an explanation so that any special circumstances can be considered by the admissions committee during their review. The personal statement should be no more than two (2) pages long.

  • Letters of Reference:

    Two (2) letters of reference must accompany any application to our program. These letters must be current (not more than 6 months old), preferably on letterhead, and must be uploaded by the referee (see instructions at .

    Applicants should request references from academic or other professional employers who can attest to the applicant’s abilities and aptitudes. At least ONE of the letters MUST be from an academic who can evaluate their potential for graduate studies and research. If this is not possible, the applicant should contact the Division to see what alternate referees can be considered acceptable.

  • Letters should be from academic mentors/research supervisors. Normally, letters from other laboratory members (who are not the Principal Investigator) are not accepted. Thus, letters from Research Associates, post-doctoral fellows and lab peers are not accepted. 

  • All referee e-mails must be institutional e-mails in order for their references to be deemed acceptable, i.e., we will NOT accept references from referees whose e-mails are @yahoo, @gmail, @hotmail, etc....  Any such reference WILL be rejected.
  • Letters from the proposed supervisor(s) for your application are not accepted.


  • Transcripts:

    Applicants must upload transcripts for all post-secondary education undertaken (Quebec students need not submit CEGEP transcripts). The transcripts must present evidence of academic achievement: a minimum standing equivalent to a Cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 3.4 (for the Ph.D. program), of 3.2  (for the M.Sc., Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate), out of a possible 4.0.

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

  • All non-McGill transcripts must be accompanied by the issuing University's grading scale in order to ensure that GPA equivalency is calculated correctly.

  • GPA Self-Calculation:
  • Applicants must calculate their GPA for all post-secondary studies on the Office spreadsheet icon Student GPA Conversion Worksheet and email it in Excel format to experimental.medicine [at] by the application deadline. Step-by-Step GPA calculation instructions can be found here: PDF icon Step-by-Step GPA Calculation Instructions
  • No grade conversion/GPA calculation is necessary for degrees/courses done at McGill University.

  • Grades obtained during Practicums, clerkships, internships, clinical rotations, etc., are not included in the cGPA calculation.

  • Please refer to Sample GPA Calculations: PDF icon Chinese University GPA Conversion ExamplePDF icon Iranian University GPA Conversion ExamplePDF icon Indian University GPA Conversion Example

  • Please note, admission to graduate studies is highly competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are required to have attained a cGPA of 3.4 or higher (for the Ph.D.) or 3.2 or higher (for the M.Sc.) in science-based courses as a measure of their potential for graduate studies and research in Experimental Medicine. Most of our successful applicants have cGPAs well above the stated minimum requirements.

The following documents listed below must be sent via e-mail at experimental.medicine [at] by the deadline stipulated by the department (the following documents are required for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs only): 1. Confirmation of Supervision Form, and 2. Research Project Proposal Form.

​Candidates must be aware that admission into either the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in Experimental Medicine is contingent upon finding a thesis supervisor.

The form must be signed by the student, the supervisor and any co-supervisor(s), if applicable.

A 1-2 page project proposal description outlining the M.Sc. or Ph.D. project.

In order for an admission to be processed, an applicant's file must contain both a "Confirmation of Supervision” form (Duly completed by the potential supervisor and student) and a research project proposal form.

Attention: Applicants to the M.Sc. (Environment Option)

Besides the documents listed above, applicants must submit the following documents, which can then be forwarded to the the Bieler School of Environment and which constitute the application to that school. (All applications which are not accompanied by these documents will simply be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as being for entry into the regular M.Sc. program.):

To learn more about this option, please click here
**Please note that the Graduate Option in Environment will NOT be offered in 2024-2025*

Attention: English Language Proficiency

Note that all students must verify whether or not they meet the English language proficiency requirement of McGill (  If not, proof of English language proficiency must be provided at the time of application (before the application deadline) in order for the application to be complete.

All documents must be uploaded and/or sent via e-mail by the specified deadline for each given term.


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