Admissions Guide

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Admission Requirements

The MPP program is directed at early career professionals, normally with two to five years professional experience, who are interested in developing expertise in the field of public policy. Recent graduates with an exceptional academic record will also be considered. In the absence of professional experience, more weight will be placed on applicants’ academic record.

Specific requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent as recognised by McGill University) is a minimum requirement.
  • The ideal applicant will have completed undergraduate courses in Political Science, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and/or Statistics.
  • CGPA 3.6/4.0 or higher recommended. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0), OR a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies is required.
  • Students without an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian University must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test). Please use codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree outside Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 100 for the Internet-based TOEFL exam test (iBT; 600 for the paper-based test (PBT)) with each component score not less than 20 is required. Please use the codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam.
  • Applicants may write the IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) instead of the TOEFL exam. A minimum overall band of 7.0 is required, with each component score not less than 7.0. IELTS test scores must be sent electronically by IELTS directly to McGill University using the McGill code 0935.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at:

For detailed application procedures:

Additional Requirements: 

  • Personal Statement (1,000 words). Your essay should explain why your background makes you an ideal candidate for the Max Bell MPP program, and how success in this program will enable you to achieve your professional goals. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference, ideally one academic and one professional.
  • GRE score written within the past five years (where applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score written within the past two years (where applicable)

Application Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to complete your application is February 15. Please note that entrance to the MPP program is highly competitive. It is in the applicant's interest to apply as early as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so that the earlier a file is complete, the sooner the applicant may expect to receive an answer.

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