Minimum Residence Requirements - Number of Terms for M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees

The M.Sc. program has a minimum residence requirement of three full-time terms and the Ph.D. program has a minimum residence requirement of six full-time terms.  Normally, tuition fees are only required for the fall and winter terms, and the graduate student retains full status and privileges during the summer months.  Thus, a minimum time of 1.5 years or three years is normally required for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree respectively, and the student is expected to be present and actively working toward the degree during this time. 

Additional Session

Subsequent terms of graduate studies are referred to as an additional session and the student is expected to have finished all required course work and most or all of the experimental work in the laboratory, and to concentrate mainly on completing the written thesis.

Annual Tuition Rates and Fees

The following table demonstrates an approximation of the associated annual tuition rates and fees depending on your residency status and the degree/program you are interested in applying to:

Academic Year

Quebec students

Canadian students

International students *















Please check the following website for complete information:

* International students are required to obtain medical insurance at a cost of $302 per semester. For more information, please visit:

Financial Support

Graduate students generally finance their education from a variety of sources including Canadian federal and provincial governments, university departments—in the form of awards and scholarships —as well as from external funding or employment. It is advisable to start looking for graduate funding opportunities while or even before applying to McGill, as the two processes often require very similar applications.

All prospective students who have not obtained funding prior to acceptance are required to apply for every fellowship for which they are eligible, until a source of funds is secured.  The Department will provide all necessary assistance and advice to each student in this regard.

Basically, there are two main types of funding available for personal support and tuition, namely McGill internal funding and external funding. The following is a breakdown of funding opportunities that may be available to you:

McGill Internal Funding

Financial support distributed by the university is usually obtained at the time of your application to McGill. The Department of Pathology automatically considers all students for funding and this funding is awarded competitively and in the form of a funding package. Once you have been offered admission, the department will decide what type, and amount of funding can be offered to you. Your funding package may include support from these sources:

External Funding

All prospective graduate students, both Canadian and International are encouraged to apply for external funding. External funding represents scholarships and grants awarded by provincial and federal governments or other agencies and foundations. International students usually obtain such funds independently in advance, from their government or an international agency. External funding is obtained by the student directly, by application to an external agency or government. This application may occur before or after the student starts their studies, and, in some cases, must be routed through the university. Canadian students located near McGill can receive assistance from prospective research supervisors in applying for Canadian scholarships.

For more information on applying for external funding please visit:

For information on the various sources of external funding please visit:

External funding available to international students

Various forms of financial support are available to international students including McGill internal funding, external funding and McGill student aid. We also encourage you to contact your country's educational authorities to inquire about funding opportunities to study abroad. Personal sources of income is of particular relevance to international students, as they must pay higher tuition fees, are not eligible for most of the Canadian scholarships, and require proof of adequate financial resources before Canadian immigration will grant them a student visa.

For more information on international student funding please visit:

External Fellowships

The following list includes some of the major external fellowships available to you. Follow the links to learn about each award including: application dates, guidelines and forms.


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