Students who wish to complete their undergraduate degree after an absence of one or more academic terms must submit a readmission application on Minerva. Readmission is neither automatic nor guaranteed. If you no longer have access to Minerva, you will need to contact Service Point to be reactivated. Consult this link for information on access to your McGill email account.
- Submit only one application for the BA degree, and for only one term (eg. do not submit applications for both Summer and Fall). Do not submit multiple applications with various programs. BA degree students are admitted to the BA degree and not to a particular program of study.
- Newly admitted students who withdrew from the University before the withdrawal with refund deadline and receive a refund, will need to re-apply through Admissions. Refer to www.mcgill.ca/applying for more information.
- If you are readmitted after a period of absence, you are subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission. For more information about programs of study, consult this website.
- You are considered a second degree student if you have completed a previous degree at McGill University or if, during an interruption of McGill studies, you completed an undergraduate degree at another recognized university/institution. Applications for a second degree in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and questions about eligibility and program choices (based on the program(s) you completed in your previous undergraduate degree) must be made directly to McGill University, Enrolment Services. Please refer to www.mcgill.ca/applying for more information.
- Note: students may not be admitted to a second Bachelor degree in the same discipline.
- Refer to your unofficial transcript on Minerva to view your academic standing and any holds on your account.
- Tuition: If you are readmitted, your rate of tuition may be different from when you last were enrolled at McGill. For more information, please visit the following websites:
International Students: Consult the Minerva "View your Tuition and Legal Status" page to see if your record at McGill reflects your most recent immigration status in Canada. If you are an international student, you must possess valid legal documents for the duration of your remaining studies at McGill. if you need to obtain legal documents (CAQ, Study Permit), submit a readmission request as early as possible. It is not recommended to apply for Summer readmission due to processing times of legal documents. If you have a legal document hold (ex CAQ, Study Permit),you will not be permitted to register until the holds have been resolved.
For more information, visit legal documents. For assistance please contact International Student Services.
To begin your studies in the Summer term
Note 1: Do not apply for readmission for both Summer and Fall.
Note 2: You must be in Satisfactory academic standing.
Note 3: Summer readmission for international students is normally not possible due to processing delays pertaining to the renewal of immigration documents.
Apply for Readmission from March 1 to June 10
To begin your studies in the Fall term:
Apply for Readmission from March 1 to July 1 (Students in Satisfactory academic standing)
Apply for Readmission from May 1 to July 1 (Students in Unsatisfactory or Probationary academic standing)
To begin your studies in the Winter term
Apply for Readmission from October 1 to November 15
Your Minerva application:
- Login to Minerva and Select: Students > Student Records Menu > Faculty Transfer & Readmission Menu.
- Under "Student Comments" you must:
- State the reason(s) for your absence from the University;
- Provide your current email address if your McGill email is inactive. Consult this link for information on access to your McGill email account.
Required supporting documentation:
The following required “Supporting Documents” must be sent to advisor.arts [at] mcgill.ca or adviser.arts [at] mcgill.ca using your McGill email account or the current email address you provided (if your McGill email account is inactive) by the deadline you are given. The information you provide will be the basis upon which your request for readmission will be evaluated. The Associate Dean will make a final decision on your request and this decision will be available to you via the Minerva Readmission module. It is the student's responsibility to check the Minerva Readmission module regularly for important notices as this is our official means of communication during the application process.
- You MUST submit the completed Degree Planning Worksheet following these instructions with the subject line *READMISSION DOCUMENT – YOUR NAME AND MCGILL ID NUMBER – DPF*.
- The purpose of your degree plan is to demonstrate that you have carefully researched the program options for McGill’s BA degree and ensured that you are eligible to take the programs of study and courses listed on your degree plan.
- The Degree Planning Worksheet you submit MUST indicate the courses you have already taken at McGill for your degree, the courses remaining to complete for your BA degree and any plans you have for a change of program. The courses you intend to take in your term of readmission must be included.
- The Degree Planning Worksheet you submit MUST include the courses you intend to take in your term of readmission and any plans you have for a change of program.
- Students must comply with the BA Multi-track requirements which requires that you complete a minimum of two programs of study - a Major Concentration and a Minor Concentration, in two different areas of study offered with a different subject code (i.e. HIST, POLI).
- Questions about planning your course selection or confirming that you have met the requirements of a program based on previous studies are all issues handled at the departmental level. The department can confirm whether any of the courses that were previously completed can be considered towards the program’s current requirements.
- If you are readmitted after an absence, you are subject to the program and degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
You MUST submit the duly-completed (Summary of Activities ) and account for EACH TERM/YEAR OF ABSENCE since your last enrolment at McGill describing your activities during this time. You must address any challenges you faced, how these issue(s) would be under control or no longer applicable and describe the steps you will take and the resources you will use to improve your academic achievement. The complete form must be sent with the subject line *READMISSION DOCUMENT – YOUR NAME AND MCGILL ID NUMBER - STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES *
If you have experienced difficulties due to reasons of physical or mental health, you must submit supporting documentation confirming that you are ready to resume your studies. Submit your completed Healthcare Provider Declaration and/or medical note that confirms the CURRENT state of your health with the subject line *READMISSION DOCUMENT - YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER – MED NOTE*
If you studied at one or more universities during an interruption of studies from McGill, an unofficial transcript of studies taken at EACH institution must be provided pending receipt of official transcript(s). Submit unofficial copies of transcripts as a PDF attachment with the subject line *READMISSION DOCUMENT –- YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER – UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT*. See “Students who Studied at Another University during Absence” for further information.
- Refer to your unofficial transcript on Minerva to view your academic standing from your most recent semester of study in the Faculty of Arts.
- Based on your situation, refer to the “Readmission scenarios” section below for important information.
- If you do not submit the information we request by the deadline you have been given in the "External Comments" section of your Minerva readmission application, your application will be FACULTY CANCELLED.
- If you have a "HOLD" on your Minerva record, please consult this website for information on the impact this will have on your readmission application. If the hold is not cleared by the deadline you have been given in the "External comments" section of your Minerva readmission application, your application will be FACULTY CANCELLED.
- Students in Satisfactory Academic Standing planning an Independent Study Away after readmission
- Students in Unsatisfactory or Probationary Academic Standing
- Students who Studied at Another University during Absence
- Simultaneous Readmission and Inter-Faculty Transfer into Arts
Students in Satisfactory Academic Standing planning an Independent Study Away after readmission
- If you are planning to pursue an Independent Study Away in the semester for which you are applying for readmission, indicate it in the “Student Comments”;
- Include the name of the host university you plan to attend. Once your readmission has been “Faculty-Approved”, you must accept the readmission offer before you can proceed with a Minerva Study Away Application by the required deadline.
- If you are readmitted, it does not automatically mean that your Study Away Application will be approved. The two applications are separate. Consult the Study Away website for guidelines.
Students in Unsatisfactory or Probationary Academic Standing
Readmission will normally only be considered for the Fall term, with decisions rendered after July 15th. If you apply for readmission for the Summer term, that request will be cancelled and you will be asked to submit for the Fall.
This section applies to students whose academic standing is:
- “Unsatisfactory” at the end of the Winter 2023 semester;
- “Unsatisfactory” in their last term of registration.
- “Probationary” in their last term of registration.
NOTE: Students who fall into Probationary standing at the end of Winter 2023 do not need to apply for Readmission.
If you do not submit the information below by the deadline you have been given in the "External Comments" section of your Minerva readmission application, your application will be FACULTY CANCELLED.
Readmission following Unsatisfactory Standing – 2nd Time or more:
- Multiple readmission requests are unlikely to be approved. Students who are readmitted will meet with a faculty adviser regularly to review their readmission conditions which need to be met. If they are not met, a future readmission request may be refused.
Students who Studied at Another University during Absence
If you studied at one or more universities during an interruption of studies from McGill, indicate this in your Minerva readmission under ‘Student Comments’. Include the following information:
- Name of the institution(s)
- Courses taken or currently in progress
- When the courses were taken. If they are in progress, when will they be completed
- If the courses are part of a Bachelor’s program or Independent Studies
If you obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at another institution, do not submit a Readmission application; you must apply via Admissions. Please visit www.mcgill.ca/applying.
If you have completed more than one year of study at another university during your absence from McGill, you may wish to be considered for Visiting Student status instead.
In addition to the documents indicated under “Required Supporting Documents”, the following documents will be submitted for a final decision to be made on your application. If you do not submit the information we request by the deadline you have been given in the "External Comments" section of your Minerva readmission application, your application will be FACULTY CANCELLED.
- If you are/were registered in a degree program at the last host university attended, confirmation of university withdrawal is required to be sent directly from the host university to adviser.arts [at] mcgill.ca with the subject line “READMISSION DOCUMENT –- YOUR NAME AND McGILL ID NUMBER – UNIVERSITY WITHDRAWAL”.
- For a final decision to be made on your request, FINAL official transcript(s) must be sent directly from EACH host universities, indicating a “Satisfactory” academic standing and include final grades for ALL courses including those taken in the current term of study. A provisional transcript or a certificate indicating only the completion of studies will not be accepted.
- The preferred method of delivery for your official FINAL transcript(s) is for the host university to directly send this to officialschooldocs [at] mcgill.ca .
- Alternatively, official transcripts can be sent by mail or courier (not by fax) directly from the host university to the address below:
McGill University, Enrolment Services, Management of Academic Records
3415 McTavish Street, Montréal, Québec
Canada, H3A 0C8
ATT: Arts OASIS READMISSION
It is unlikely that any McGill transfer credits will be awarded for studies completed at another university, particularly if these studies were either not pre-approved, or where they were pursued at an institution not on our approved list (consult the listings of approved host universities, under Step 2 of the Transferring Credit section on our website).
Simultaneous Readmission & Inter-Faculty Transfer into Arts
Students who are withdrawn from their previous McGill degree program and are seeking to apply to transfer to the BA degree must submit a Minerva readmission request and select Arts as their Faculty (do not select the Minerva Inter-faculty transfer request). Readmission/transfer is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
If you receive an offer of admission to inter-faculty transfer to the BA degree and do not register for courses in the BA degree or withdraw from the University before the withdrawal with refund deadline and receive a refund, your offer to the BA degree does not carry forward to the next term of study. You will need to submit a new Minerva request and follow the procedures on the Inter-Faculty Transfer page.
For information regarding eligibility, deadlines, and procedures, please consult our Inter-Faculty Transfer page.
If you have questions, please set up a drop-in appointment at Arts OASIS with the Inter-Faculty Transfer Coordinator or email transfer.arts [at] mcgill.ca
- You will receive an email notification when the status of your application changes.
- If "Faculty approved", it is MANDATORY to accept or decline the readmission offer on MINERVA within three weeks or your application will be cancelled. Once you have accepted the offer of readmission, it will take approximately 3 - 5 working days to re-activate your Minerva record.
- Accepted students must read the Minerva offer of readmission carefully as there may be further steps to complete.
- You must register for at least one course for the term to which you have been readmitted to avoid late registration fees.
- Summer term: please refer to this page. If - after you accept your Summer readmission offer - you drop, withdraw or do not register for any Summer courses, you must apply for Fall readmission by the application deadline to be considered for a resumption of studies in the Fall term. Readmission is not guaranteed.
- Consult the Recommendations and Resources available to you to ensure a successful resumption to studies.