Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently completing the September 2018 admission cycle. There are significant changes coming to our admissions requirements for September 2019, though we will continue to have prerequisites in Linguistics, Psychology, and Statistics. They will be posted on this website in June 2018.

Admission criteria for the M.Sc.A. program emphasize basic sciences but are intended to accommodate students with undergraduate degrees in different fields, promoting academic diversity within our student body and in the profession.

Our goal is to attract high calibre students with an array of perspectives who have the potential to become creative and adaptive clinicians. Our admissions requirements include a set of prerequisite courses in designated areas but no specific undergraduate degree is needed to be admitted.  

M.Sc.A. Entry Requirements:

  • an undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale);
  • a set of course prerequisites (24 credits total) completed in excellent standing;
  • your CV;
  • a letter of intent (this requirement has been modified please see specific instructions);
  • proof of English competency, if required.

Important change affecting applicants to the M.Sc (Applied) program from outside of Quebec:

Criminal background checks are required to go on clinical placements in public settings (e.g., in daycares, schools, hospitals). Due to recent changes in Quebec law surrounding the process to obtain criminal background checks, students must be resident in Quebec before applying for a Quebec background check, which is now the only type accepted.  It currently takes 3 - 4 months to get the results of the background check, and this time is expected to increase with delays resulting from this change. In order to be able to go on placement in January/second semester of the first year, it is imperative that criminal background check applications be placed on September 1st when students start the program.

1. For Canadian students from outside of Quebec, the application can be made on September 1st once students have a Montreal address.

2. For non-Canadian International students, the application can only be submitted after 3 months of residence in Quebec are completed.  Because of the time it takes to obtain a student visa, international applicants to the M.Sc. (Applied) will not be accepted unless they are already resident in Quebec at the time of acceptance, or can show that they will be resident by June 1st. 

English Language Proficiency

Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. McGill has this language requirement to ensure that all students will have the opportunity for success in their chosen program.

Proof of proficiency - not required

Normally, if you meet any one of the following conditions you are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English with your application:

  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States of America (anglophone or francophone)

  • Mother tongue (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English

  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction

  • Has lived and attended university, or been employed, for at least four consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language.

Proof of proficiency – required

If you do not meet any of the above-listed conditions, you must demonstrate proficiency in English when you submit your application. For information on tests accepted and scores required to meet this requirement, as well as certain exemptions, visit the Future Graduate Students' website.