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Applicants to Religious Studies Graduate Programs (MA, MDiv, PhD, & STM) must complete the graduate studies online application form. For detailed instructions on how to apply to Graduate programs and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see Applying to McGill. Information about required support documents can be found below. Should you require clarification/more information, please email the studaffairs.relg [at] mcgill.ca (Student Affairs Coordinator).

Requirements

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. The following items must be submitted before the application can be considered by the School's Graduate Admission Committee:

  • Online application form which can be found here
  • Nonrefundable application fee (payable by credit card)
  • An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through your applicant page
    • If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded
    • If you receive an offer of admission you will be required to make arrangements for an official copy of each transcript to be sent to McGill University
  • On the application form applicants must provide the names and email addresses of two referees. Two academic letters of recommendation are required; McGill will contact these referees by email and invite them to upload references on the applicant's behalf. Your application will only be reviewed once the two reference letters are received.
  • A statement of intent of approximately 500 words, which must include a well-articulated thesis research proposal. For the MA Non-Thesis, this proposal should specify the areas of student interest. For the PhD, this proposal should be as specific as possible. Please indicate the ways in which your prior academic formation prepares you well to undertake this research. Also, indicate in what ways the School of Religious Studies is well-suited for the proposed research.
  • A sample of recent academic writing, you may at your discretion submit your Masters Thesis or a BA Honours Thesis.
  • Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction, must submit documented proof of competence in oral and written English. Permanent residents may be required to submit a TOEFL score.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) minimum acceptable scores are:
    • BT (internet based test): 90 overall, (no less than 21 in each of the four component scores)
    • PBT (paper based test): 577
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module)
  • Note that the McGill ETS Institution code is 0935
  • Note that an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable

Please note that all documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted, including but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores, become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution under any circumstances. Only complete applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Deadlines

Canadian

Fall: January 15 (for funding consideration).
All other applicants: March 15.
Winter: No admission*
Summer: No admission**

International/Special/Exchange/Visiting

Fall: January 15 (for funding consideration)
All other applicants: March 15
Winter: No admission*
Summer: No admission**

* There is no January admission for the M.A. Bioethics Program.
** The School of Religious Studies is not willing to consider any applications to be admitted for the Summer term.