Part-Time Special Students

For general information, please refer to the following:

Students who meet the department entrance requirements may take up to two courses per semester (6 credits) for academic credit as "Special Students" - the credits may be later applied to a degree program.  Please go to Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry or Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry for further information on the summer program.  Note that international applicants are accepted as Special Students only during the summer semester.  In fall and winter semester, international students are required to apply for full-time studies in order to be eligible for a student visa.
Before applying for summer courses in Cultural Psychiatry or Psychiatric Epidemiology, contact the course instructor to ask for permission to enroll, and attach your curriculum vitae and copy of university transcripts.  

Admission Requirements

  1. A BSc, BA, BN or MD degree.  Please provide 2 original transcripts, with detailed lists of courses and marks for all undergraduate and graduate studies.  The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) result is not required for our department.  Where applicable, certified English or French translations of transcripts are obligatory.
  2. A strong background in science and/or social sciences demonstrated by academic achievement equivalent to a McGill GPA of 3.3 (minimum).  
    As of September 2003 entry, the minimum requirement in Psychiatry is a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (4.0 scale, B+) or a grade point average of 3.5 in the last two years of full-time studies. 
  3. Certified proficiency in written English or French: Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English and whose undergraduate education was not in English must submit an official report of the TOEFL or IELTS test of competency in English.  Please note that as Psychiatry is not on the list of departments, the code "99" for Graduate Studies should be used as the address for mailing the official test report.
Please use the McGill internet Application for Admission process.
Students who are registered at other Quebec universities may apply for individual course credits to be applied to their home university program through CREPUQ for the authorization to transfer credits.
Please submit the application fee by credit card, postal money order or certified cheque - no personal cheques are accepted.

Application Deadlines

Canadian students:

  • September 10 for entry in January
  • February 15 for Canadian applicants for entry in May as part time "Special Students"
  • March 15 for entry in September

International students as Part-Time Special Students:

  • January 15 for entry in May, for a total period of less than 6 months, with a Visitor's Permit and valid passport (to allow time to apply for and to obtain the necessary visa and documents).
    International students who intend to stay more than 6 months must apply for a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and a Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ) from the government of Quebec.  International students are not permitted to enroll at McGill University in part-time studies in the fall or winter semesters.

Where to send application correspondence

Address application corresnpondence to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, QC, H3A 1A1 

Internet applicants are requested to check their application file on minerva for the confirmation of reception of their documents.

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