Frequently asked questions

We have presented a few of the more frequently asked questions below to help you.  Please take this time to review the information provided to assist you.

Application Categories & Québec Residency

How do I know if I am a recognized resident of Québec?

Submitting an Application & Application Systems

Can I request a paper application? / Can I submit an application by post mail?

  • No, only on-line applications are accepted for Medicine.

How much does an application cost? / What is the application fee?

  •  Information on the application fee as well as tuition costs can be found at Student Accounts.

I lost my password or cannot log into the Minerva system.  What should I do?

  • If you require a reset of your Minerva PIN, you must call (+1) 514-398-7878.

I submitted and paid for my application via the WebApp system yet did not receive confirmation or my McGill ID number. Why?

  • The WebApp system cycles at 9 p.m. for processing the applications of the day. All applications received after that time are processed in the next day.

Why can't I find your programs in the list of available programs in the WebApp?

Tracking an Application

How do I receive a McGill identification number?

  • Once you have successfully submitted the on-line application forms (including payment), you will receive a confirmation and a nine digit McGill identification number. You will need this McGill ID number to access the Minerva system and to track your application. Please include this ID number in all correspondence with our office.

How can I track the status of my application?

How can I make changes or cancel an application?

  • Any change or update to your application information must be submitted in writing to the Admissions Office. Changes in personal information such as addresses or phone numbers can only be done via the personal Minerva account. Details can be found in the PIN and Personal Updates section of the Minerva guide.An application can be cancelled via your Minerva account.

Academic Records & Test Scores

How do I upload my transcripts?

Do I need to submit my exchange or study-abroad transcripts?

  • Yes.  The only exception would be if your host institution shows the credits and the grades of your study-abroad session on its own transcript.

How many copies of my transcript do you need?

  • One.

Do I need to send you my McGill transcript? / Do I need to send you my CEGEP transcript?

Do I need to submit official A-Level results, IB exam results or AP exam results?

Should I self-report my MCAT test scores in my application (WebApp Tests Taken)?  How can I state I want you to use my MCAT scores?

  • Providing MCAT results in the TESTS TAKEN section is considered an indication that you would like for us to use your MCAT results as per the MCAT policy.  Please note, however, that we must receive the official MCAT results for your application to be considered complete.

I can see official MCAT results in my application via Minerva.  How can I remove them?

  • If it is the case where official MCAT results are attached to your application (seen via your Minerva account), please contact us via e-mail using the form below.

Academic History Workbook

What is the basis of admission degree?

  • Assessment of academic strength is based upon the undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) record. This should be a 120-credit university degree program, or, for residents of Quebec who hold a Diploma from a Quebec-based CEGEP, a 90-credit university degree program. This is the BASIS OF ADMISSION DEGREE, for which detailed information must be reported in Section 3: Basis of Admission Degree of the workbook.

I'm receiving an error message when I enter my dates.

  • Please note some date formats are not compatible with certain operating systems. Should you receive an error message, please disregard.

When I enter my information in section 1 and try to click the button to proceed, a message pops up saying "Reference is not valid".

  • You need to save the document to your computer in order to enable the hyperlinks, otherwise you will get error messages.

Do I need to enter graduate marks in the workbook?

  • Section 3 of the Workbook should only include a record of your undergraduate degree marks.

I am a Mac user and I cannot open the workbook

  • Send an email to [at]

Can I manually enter and delete rows?

  • No, please refrain from doing so.

What is the best way to copy and paste in the workbook?

  • Make sure to use "paste special" and always paste as values.

The summary section of the workbook says "local GPA cannot be calculated"

  • No need to worry, this is normal.

I cannot see a link to upload my workbook.

  • In the last section of the workbook there will be a link for you to use to submit your document by email.

I took an elective course outside of my home institution. What should the status be in Section 2?

  • Please use the "program terminated" option in the dropdown menu of Section 2.

Some of my basic science prerequisite courses were taken at CEGEP. Do I need to list all CEGEP courses in the workbook?

  • No. Simply enter the relevant basic science prerequisite grades.

I am applying to both Medicine and Dentistry. Do I need to submit two separate workbooks?

  • No. Simply click on the "Click Here for Medicine and Dentistry " in Section 6 of the workbook to submit your workbook to both programs.

I applied last year and submitted a workbook.  Can I use that version for this year's application?

  • No. Please use the current version of the workbook as this is an updated and improved version.

I have additional information I wish to provide to the Admissions Office, how should I proceed?

  • There will be a link in Section 6 for you to use to send your workbook by email. You can write your comments in the body of the email when submitting your workbook.

My basic science prerequisite courses have a separate lab component. Where can I enter the lab grades?

  • Separate lab marks can be added in the Prerequisite Labs portion of Section 4.

The McGill GPA conversion does not match my CGPA

  • The McGill calculated GPA is an estimation and all applications will be verified internally in order for a precise McGill GPA to be calculated.

I have submitted my workbook but I still can’t see it as received on Minerva.

  • Please allow up to 10 business days for your workbook to appear as received in your checklist.

I went on exchange. What should I do?

  • You need to list the courses you took in both Sections 2 and 3.

What resources are available to me to assist me in converting my grades?

Basic Science Prerequisites

What courses are required for admission?

  • Please see Basic Science Prerequisites. Please note that all basic science prerequisite course grades need to be submitted by the application deadline.

How can I know if the science courses I have taken at my university meet your requirements?

  • Basic science courses must be introductory (freshman-level) courses and must include a laboratory component. A verification of your institution's program requirements for each subject is often a good indicator of the introductory courses. You may also use the Math & Science Equivalence Table to see if your course has been evaluated to have a McGill equivalent.

Prospective International Students & Foreign Medical Students/Graduates

I am finishing my A-Levels (et al.) / my French Baccalaureate (Bacc Français, et al.) / my International Baccalaureate (IBO).  Can I apply to your medical school?

I am currently studying medicine in my country.  Can I transfer to your Faculty?

  • We do not accept transfer students.  Please consult the General Requirements section to know our conditions of admission.
  • Note: The Undergraduate Medical Education office offers medical electives for visiting students.  Please consult their website for details.

I am an international medical graduate.  What are my options to study or practice medicine?

  • International medical graduates (IMGs) can review the information offered by the Medical Council of Canada here if they wish to further their studies or work in Canada.  If, as an IMG, you wish to redo your medical education to acquire an LCME-recognized medical degree, click here.

Do you have a pre-med program?

How much does it cost? / What are your tuition rates and compulsory fees?


E-mail Templates

Please use these templates provided to submit special requests or issues.

  • [at] (Request for MCAT removal)
  • [at] (Report a technical problem)

More Questions?


Want to know more about what it's like being a med student? Contact one of our student ambassadors.  For more information see Student Ambassadors.

Does McGill give admission preference to the relatives of McGill graduates?

Admission to McGill is based on the demonstrated academic merit of the applicant. Letters of support from alumni, friends, and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application. Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill does not have a legacy admission program.

How do I know if I am recognised as a Quebec resident?

Please visit this section of our website to confirm your residency status. 

How can I change my mailing address?

You always have the ability to change your email and postal addresses, no matter where you are in the application process or what status you have, by going to: Minerva > Personal Menu > Addresses and Phones.

Is financial aid available?

Enquiries concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Scholarships and Student Aid Office. 514 398-6013.

What are the programs' strong points?

McGill is one of the top medical schools in North America and enjoys an international reputation for excellence in teaching, clinical training and research. In addition to our undergraduate MDCM medical degree, the McGill Faculty of Medicine offers joint programs, e.g. leading to combined MD-MBA and MD-PhD degrees. Our MDCM program provides a unique integrated, systems-oriented, multidisciplinary approach to learning, one that offers a collegial and dynamic learning environment for students. The MDCM curriculum – Patient at heart, Science in hand remains at the forefront of medical education, serving society’s needs. Our Physicianship program, one of the most innovative of its kind, provides students with a sound foundation in the humanistic skills that are required to be an outstanding physician, with explicit linkages between the ‘science’ and the ‘ healing art’ of medicine. We aim to train doctors who are highly regarded as top professionals in the tradition of McGill. For more details, read the message from the assistant dean.

Contact Us

Still need to contact us?  Send an email to [at]