Undergraduate Admission Requirements

You need to meet basic academic requirements in order to be considered for admission to McGill University. Entrance to the Schulich School of Music is competitive and subject to the availability of places in each program.

Admission decisions are based on:

Admission decisions based on screening material or auditions (recorded or live) cannot be appealed. 

Instructions for referees:

Please undergraduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (email) a PDF letter (maximum one page) providing information concerning the applicant’s musical, academic and/or personal background to help us evaluate their qualifications for admission.

Academic requirements

Minimum admissions requirements depend on what type of applicant you are:

CEGEP student (Quebec)

  • You need a diploma of collegial studies.
  • Your overall CEGEP average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you receive an offer of admision, it will be conditional upon successful graduation from CEGEP and your final grades.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your CEGEP courses and your placement exams to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.
  • We do not use the Cote R code for admissions purposes.

High school student from Ontario

  • You need a high school diploma from Ontario, including six pre-university courses (4U, 4M). You must have taken four 4U level courses or three 4Us plus three or more 4Ms.
  • Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you receive an offer of admission, it will be conditional upon successful graduation from ​high school and your final grades.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your placement exams and your IB Diploma (if applicable) to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.

High school student from other Canadian provinces

  • You need a high school diploma.
  • Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you receive an offer of admision, it will be conditional upon successful graduation from ​high school and your final grades.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your placement exams and your IB Diploma (if applicable) to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.

High school student from the U.S.A.

  • You need a high school diploma.
  • Your grades 10-12 average must be B or higher if you're applying to a performance program, B+ or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you receive an offer of admision, it will be conditional upon successful graduation from ​high school and your final grades.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your placement exams and your IB Diploma (if applicable) to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.
  • The SAT/ACT is not required for admission, but is required if you want to be assessed for academic scholarships.

High school student from outside Canada or the U.S.A.

  • You need a high school diploma.
  • Your high school average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you receive an offer of admision, it will be conditional upon successful graduation from ​high school and your final grades.
  • If you are admitted, we will determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program by evaluating your placement exams and, if applicable, your:
    • IB Diploma
    • A levels
    • French Baccaleaurate

University or college transfer student

  • If less than one year into your university or college studies, you must submit transcripts of previous levels of study (for example your grade 12 transcript) for evaluation.
  • Your university or college CGPA must be 3.0 or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 3.2 or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your college or university course lists and your placement exams to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.

Mature student

  • You must be at least 21 years old with no academic background to qualify as a mature student.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your placement exams to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.
  • We strongly recommend a solid music background and/or experience.

Home schooled student

  • You need the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • In lieu of minimum average requirements, we will assess: curriculum, external exams, reasons for home schooling, personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, extra-curricular activities.
  • If you are admitted, we will evaluate your placement exams to determine whether you are eligible for advanced standing in your program.
  • We strongly recommend that you take external exams such as the SAT/ACTs.

If you have questions about admission requirements, email the undergraduateadmissions.music [at] mcgill.ca (Admissions Office).

Recommended performance levels for applicants

These performance levels are guidelines, not requirements:

Canadian institutions

Recommended level for music research programs
(instrument/voice)

Recommended level for performance programs
(instrument/voice)

McGill Conservatory

Collegial I

Collegial II

Vincent d'Indy

Lauréat I

Lauréat II

Conservatoire

Cycle II 1ère partie

Cycle II 2ième partie

Any CEGEP

CEGEP I

CEGEP II

Toronto Conservatory

Grade IX

Grade X