M.Sc. (A.) Application Procedures


Applications Open September 15

uApply Application + CV Form + Letter of Intent + Pre-requisite Form + Pre-requisite Course Syllabi

December 15

All University Transcripts & References (one academic & two professional)

January 15

English Proficiency (if applicable) January 15

** Admission to the M.Sc. (A.) in Couple and Family Therapy program is only available for the Fall term. Unfortunately, if an applicant selects a term other than Fall, the University will not refund application fees. 

**The McGill School of Social Work does not accept Special Student Applications.

Application Procedures

  1. Submit a graduate application online through uApply. You will need to create a username and password the first time you login. 
    • Applicants will be asked in uApply to identify three referees: one academic and two professional references from supervisors and, or employers who have directly witnessed the candidate's work within the field. An email is automatically sent to each referee with a link to a standardized reference form to complete and upload to UApply.
  2. Upload all required documents through uApply. For more information, see the McGill uploading documents page.  Applicants missing documents will not be considered.


Required Documents

  • CV Form (Word Doc / PDF)

  • Letter of Intent (Word Doc / PDF)

  • Pre-Requisite Form (Word / PDF)

  • Pre-Requisite Course Syllabi (Course Descriptions)

  • 3 Letters of Reference (one academic and two professional references) 

  • All university level transcripts

  • English Proficiency (if applicable)


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Not quite ready? Check out the Application Guide.


Admission Review Process

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • academic performance (CGPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and higher);

  • relevant work experience within the field;

  • motivation for graduate study;

  • demonstrable interest in becoming a couple and family therapist by means of clinical experience and letter of intent;

  • evidence of commitment to working with families;

  • strong reference letters attesting the applicant's aptitude for working in a helping relation context with couples and families;

  • Interview


The Admissions Committee will interview selected applicants to assess their admissibility to the program. Interviews are scheduled to take place February 15th to March 15th, 2019 and will be conducted in person at the School of Social Work.

Advanced Standing

Students who have successfully completed the exact five courses (SWRK 610, SWRK 622, SWRK 623, SWRK 630 and 1 approved complementary course) as part of the Master of Social Work degree at McGill University, are entitled to have this coursework recognized for the M.Sc.(A.) in Couple and Family Therapy Program.   Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for Advanced Standing if they have successfully completed these exact five MSW courses. (Advanced Standing Course Descriptions)

Admission Decisions

By the 1st week of April 2019 candidates offered a potential spot in the program will receive by email a "Recommendation of Acceptance" sent to the email address they provided in uApply.  This letter serves to inform the candidate that the Admissions Review Committee has agreed to recommend them into the program and that their application is being transmitted to McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for final review and acceptance.