Overview of Admissions Process

Information for Prospective Students to the M.Sc.A Program

We were very pleased to receive a large number of applicants to the M.Sc.A Program. We are excited to review the applications. We will send information to applicants soon about next steps.

Currently you may need information about the new tuition regime introduced by the Quebec provincial government. The new rules will not impact applicants who are residents of Quebec. There will be impacts for those applicants who come from outside Quebec, specifically:

  • Tuition fees will rise by approximately 33% per year.
  • There will be no extra French language requirements.
  • Our program continues to be offered over a 24-month period.
  • Our program is taught in English.
  • Internships can be offered in English, French or bilingually.

Please click on the different sections below for information about the Admission process.

I. Prerequisite Courses

II. Application Components

III. Language of instruction and languages of practicum work

IV. CASPer online test

V. MScA Application - Important Dates

VI. Selection Process

Please note that due to a change in Quebec government policy beyond our control (see below), we will not be able to accept applications from non-Canadians who do not already live in Canada at the time of application (i.e., on January 15th of the year of enrolment).

If you are a non-Canadian currently living in Canada, or moving to Canada before January 15th, 2024, please contact scsd [at] mcgill.ca with proof of residence (e.g. a utility bill or driver's license showing your address) for special permission to apply.

Context: Criminal background checks are required to go on clinical placements in public settings (e.g., in daycares, schools, hospitals). These clinical placements are a required part of our curriculum. Due to recent changes in Quebec law surrounding the process to obtain criminal background checks, and the residency requirements to apply for background checks, it is not possible for international students who are not resident in Canada at the time of application to obtain a criminal record check in time to go on a clinical placement.

Note for international students:

This program includes a mandatory work component. To comply with immigration regulations, you must obtain a co-op work permit before starting the work placement. It is highly recommended you apply for the co-op work permit at the same time as your study permit. Please consult the ISS website for application instructions: https://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/work/co-op-internship-work-permit.

The mandatory work component requires you to work with vulnerable populations as part of your program requirements. As such, you must submit a medical exam with your application for your study permit and co-op work permit. Please consult the ISS website for more information: https://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/work/medical-exam-requirement.

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