Graduate Certificate Program Requirements


The Graduate Certificate is a 15-credit, graduate-level program designed to equip students and working professionals with specialized training to enrich their current portfolio or to prepare for work in public and private sectors in specific areas. All courses are offered on-site at McGill University. The program may be completed within two academic semesters (Fall/Winter), or to a maximum of three years. Both Fall and Winter entry is offered.

Note: This page outlines the general requirements for the Graduate Certificates in Digital Archives Management, Information Architecture, and Information & Knowledge Management. The program requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies are different and can be found on this page.

Admissions requirements

Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with academic standing of at least a B; English-language proficiency; competency in the use of computers.

Course & program requirements

All students take the two required courses (6 credits) for their area of specialization, and select three courses (9 credits) from the list of complementary courses for their area.

Please see the Graduate Certificate courses page for course requirements by program.

Typical path:

Fall semester

Winter semester

  • 1 required course
  • 1-2* complementary course(s).
  • 1 required course
  • 1-2* complementary course(s).

*Complete required courses plus 1 complementary course (3 credits) in one semester, 2 complementary courses (6 credits) in another. Total: 5 courses (15 credits).

Please note: Courses are generally offered in alternate semesters; check current availability of courses by semester by visiting the Minerva Dynamic Schedule.

Other requirements

  • All 15 credits of coursework must be completed at the School of Information Studies; no transfer of credits from other units or institutions is available for this program.
  • Prior to program completion, students may be eligible, with successful program application and Director's approval, to transfer credits to another degree program at the School. However, on completion of the degree, credits may not, by University regulation, be transferred to another degree program.
  • Returning SIS students who have already completed a required course at the School are to contact the Graduate Program Director for more information. Please note that any special substitutions for returning SIS students are not guaranteed; permission for substitutions must be obtained from the Graduate Program Director at the time of admission.

All questions about academic requirements are to be directed to the Graduate Program Director. See contact information below.

Further information, including links to general university information and regulations may be found on the McGill eCalendar.


For questions regarding


Admissions and application process; course registration process; general administrative matters

Student Affairs Coordinator: admissions.sis [at]

Program content and structure, academic matters

 Graduate Program Director : gpdm.sis [at]

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