Application Form & Documents

This page contains a thorough list of instructions that our applicants must follow in order to ensure that they accurately complete their online application form and upload the mandatory supporting documents, which are all done via uApply.

Note that technical issues encountered on uApply must be addressed to their Support Team, as IPN does not manage or resolve such issues. 

Section I: Checklist 

  1. Verify Application Deadlines
  2. Online Application Form
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  5. Letters of Recommendation (2)     
  6. Proof of English Proficiency
  7. Unofficial Copies of Transcripts
  8. Section I of Application Complete - Inform Us

There are two deadlines for all our applicants - the first deadline corresponds to the final date by which you must submit your online application form and upload all necessary documents, and the second deadline is by which you must have found a thesis supervisor and informed our admissions office. 

View our application deadlines for the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters here

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Applications are done via uApply. The online application form will request your basic information, education history, the names and contact information of two (2) referees, and the name of your prospective thesis supervisor.

Important Notes Before Completing the Application Form:

  • Education History: Be sure to accurately state the names of the institutions you attended (and are attending), and to insert the correct dates of attendance and graduation. If you have not yet graduated, select the option 'Attending Until' (and not 'Graduating'), and state the date by which you will be finished with your current studies. The names and dates that you enter on the form must match the information on your transcripts. If applicable, you must also include details of exchange semester(s).
  • Proof of English Proficiency: If you are not required to submit proof of English proficiency, the status of your application may be displayed as 'incomplete' on uApply. Rest assured that this is simply a system error, and your file will be marked as complete by our admissions office. 
  • Supervisor/Funding: If you have found a supervisor, be sure to mention it on your application form. Otherwise, in the 'supervisor/funding' field, state that you are currently looking for a supervisor. Do not leave this field blank.
  • Start & Save: You can pause and resume working on your application form at any time. The application will only be processed once you have submitted it and paid the application fee.
  • Application Fee: You must submit your online application form and pay the non-refundable application fee of $117.35 in order for your application to be submitted. Once your application is submitted, you will be prompted to upload the mandatory supporting documents.
  • If you encounter technical difficulties on uApply, please visit their Technical Support web page

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  • Format: About 2 pages, single-spaced, uploaded in PDF format
  • Content:
    • Your academic background, emphasizing on the highlights of your education (special projects you've worked on, etc.)
    • Your research interests
    • Reason(s) for pursuing your graduate studies in IPN
    • Explanation(s) as to how IPN will help you reach your short- and long-term goals


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  • Content: 
    • Education
    • Research/Teaching Experience
    • Publications & Presentations
    • Fellowships & Grants
    • Skills & Certifications
    • Honours & Awards
    • Extracurricular activities & Community Service


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  • Applicants are encouraged to request two recommendations from academic or professional employers who can evaluate their potential for graduate studies and independent research, and who can fully attest to the applicant's capabilities.

  • Format: 

    • Must clearly indicate the program the student is applying to

    • Must be dated, and not >12 months old

    • Must indicate the referee's position and full contact information at their institution

    • McGill University will send an email to each referee you identify on the application form, asking for a reference in support of your application to be admitted. If no response is received, a reminder message will be sent every two weeks. If your referee declines the request, you will be advised by email to provide an alternate. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they can upload the letter(s) of reference. 

    • Should you need to make changes to the referee information you have included on your online application form, log into uApply to do so. 


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Depending on your circumstances, submission of proof of English proficiency may either be mandatory, not required or an exemption. Read the descriptions down below to determine if you need to submit proof.

Not Required

You must satisfy 1 out of the 4 following conditions:

  • Mother tongue (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English
  • Has obtained, or is about to obtain, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction
  • Has obtained, or is about to obtain, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States of America (anglophone or francophone)
  • Has lived and attended university, or been employed, for at least 4 consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language


If you do not meet any of the 4 conditions listed above, you must submit proof using ONE of the following two options:

1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

  • Minimum acceptable score: Overall 86, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores

2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • Minimum acceptable score: Overall 6.5 or greater (Academic module)

Results Transmission: 

In each case, you must ensure that the official test results are sent directly, via electronic transmission, to McGill (Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service. Students cannot upload their results themselves, nor can administration upload paper copies of their results. If need be, contact the test center where you took the test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to McGill. You can verify receipt of your results directly in uApply; please allow an appropriate delay as McGill receives IELTS results on an ongoing basis.

IMPORTANT NOTES: We have received several reports from applicants of significantly delayed delivery of scores from various IELTs test centres. If you choose to take the IELTS test, please allow extra time for delivery and make sure that the test centre is clear on the mechanism to send results to McGill.


Applicants who have completed a degree program at universities in certain countries or territories may be exempt from showing proof of proficiency in English.

Please view McGill's web page for the comprehensive list of exempt countries/territories.

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  • Unofficial copy (or copies) of each transcript from each university-level institution you have attended must be uploaded.

  • If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded.

  • If you have completed an exchange semester(s) at a host institution, which added credits towards your degree, then these transcripts must also be uploaded.

  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript, or by a certified translator. A copy in the original language is also required; an English or French translation alone is not sufficient.

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  • Once you have successfully completed steps 1 through 7,  e-mail our Admissions Coordinator (ipn.admissions [at] to inform us that your application is complete.