Step 4: Get ready to apply.

Make sure you're all set to apply with our pre-application to-do list. 

Here you'll be able to review important deadlines and see if there are supporting documents you need to submit as part your application. Be sure to verify your eligibility first: this will help you confirm which option to choose for the pre-application to-do list below.

Note: If you're applying to a program that requires additional supporting documents, you'll need to make sure that you submit them before the program's submission deadline.

Pre-application to-do list

Deadlines for admission

Deadlines

Application for admission

March 1

     Supporting documents (when required)

April 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

March 7

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Social Work, all supporting documents

March 7

Dentistry (Dent-P)

Consult faculty website

Law

Consult faculty website

Medicine (Med-P)

Consult faculty website

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

February 1

     Supporting documents (when required)

May 4

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (online via Minerva)

February 7

McGill Financial Aid application (online via Minerva)

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

February 1

    Early self-reporting period (optional)

January 6 - February 7

    Regular self-reporting period (mandatory) March 1 - May 31

    Additional supporting documents (when required)

May 4

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

February 7

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents February 1

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

Supporting documents

March 15

Applying as ACT or SAT 'Test Optional'

For applications submitted between October 1 and November 20, the ‘Request Form to exclude ACT/SAT’ must be uploaded not later than December 1.

For applications submitted after November 20, the ‘Request Form to exclude ACT/SAT’ must be uploaded not later than 10 days after the date of your application.

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

College affiliated applicants may be considered for admission to the fall term after this deadline only upon recommendation of the affiliated college. Please contact the college of your affiliation for more information.

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Social Work, all supporting documents March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Social Work, all supporting documents March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Religious Studies application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 21

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application from a university or college outside of Canada

Submission of supporting documents

Applicants to Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are required to write CASPer. Please check test dates as soon as possible. The last available test may be before the McGill application deadline. For more information see: mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional

For programs with separate deadlines, see below

January 15

April 30 

 

 

 

Application from a university in Canada

Submission of supporting documents

Applicants to Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are required to write CASPer. Please check test dates as soon as possible. The last available test may be before the McGill application deadline. For more information see: mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional

For programs with separate deadlines, see below

May 1

June 1

 

 

 

McGill Financial Aid application (online via Minerva)

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio submission

March 7

Religious Studies (B.Th.) application & documents

College affiliated applicants may be considered for admission to the fall term after the May 1st deadline upon recommendation of the affiliated college. Please contact the college of your affiliation for more information.

May 1

 

Social Work (B.S.W.) applicants: submission of supporting documents

May 1

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application

May 1

Submission of supporting documents

June 1

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio submission

March 7

Religious Studies (B.Th.) application & documents

College affiliated applicants may be considered for admission to the fall term after the May 1st deadline upon recommendation of the affiliated college. Please contact the college of your affiliation for more information.

May 1

 

Social Work (B.S.W.) applicants: submission of supporting documents

May 1

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission (International)

Supporting documents (International)

January 15

March 15

Application for admission (Ontario and Rest of Canada)

Submission of interim grades (Ontario)

Submission of supporting documents (Rest of Canada)

Submission of updated grades (Ontario)

February  1

April 10

May 4

May 15

Application for admission (Quebec)

Submission of documents (Quebec)

March 1

May 1

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (International)

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (Ontario and Rest of Canada)

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (Quebec)

January 22

February 7

March 7

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

Programs with separate deadlines

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

May 1

     Supporting documents (when required)

July 15

Programs with separate deadline

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Social Work documents

May 1

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

Application to Dentistry, Law or Medicine

Consult faculty website

Indigenous Applicants Protocol

To assist the university in assessing applications from Indigenous applicants that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices, applicants are asked to submit the following:

Note: Supporting documentation should be uploaded to Minerva under the INDG checklist item. For programs in Enrolment Services, all items should be combined into one PDF file, including the reference letters. All supporting documents should be uploaded by the applicant's deadline for supporting documents (actual date dependent on their category of application).

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to undergraduate medicine are invited to visit: mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/categories/indigenous

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to the Faculty of Law are invited to visit the Admissions Policy at mcgill.ca/law/bcl-llb/admissions-guide/indigenous-applicants

  1. A personal statement. 

    Maximum of two (2) pages.

    The personal statement is the key component in applying the Indigenous Admissions Protocol to an application for admission. Applicants are encouraged to address any or all of the questions listed below:

    What interested you about the program(s) to which you have applied and what makes you think that you are well suited to this field?

    What personal characteristics and life experiences do you possess that would improve your prospects for academic success at university and afterwards in a career?

    What are the most compelling reasons you can give for the admissions committee to be interested in you?

    Has an interest in, identification with, and connection to your Aboriginal community affected your educational path and goals to this point? If so, how? If not, why?

    What is unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story as an Aboriginal applicant to university?

  2. Reference letters

    1-2 reference letters. The letter(s) may come from a community representative, teacher, employer, etc. Your referee(s) may be contacted by telephone for more details.

  3. Optional: a curriculum vitae (Resumé).

    Maximum of two (2) pages. Submission of a curriculum vitae is not mandatory.

For more information, consult the Indigenous admissions protocol page or reach out to: indigenousoutreach [at] mcgill.ca.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    • CEGEP: You are not required to submit official transcripts. However, you must enter your Permanent Code during the application process. Applications submitted without a valid Permanent Code will not be reviewed until a valid Permanent Code is provided. McGill University will obtain an official transcript electronically from the MELS. If, for any reason, the University cannot obtain an electronic copy of your marks, an official copy may be requested from your CEGEP. If you intend to enrol in a Summer CEGEP course in the semester before university entry, you must inform the appropriate McGill admissions office in writing, no later than June 10. Please state the name and code of the summer course and the reasons the course is being taken. Students admitted to McGill University are required to obtain their DEC; otherwise, admission may be revoked.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants from Quebec are NOT required to submit proof of English proficiency if they have:

    • Completed, or are completing, a DEC at an English CEGEP.

    • Completed the Secondary V diploma and have completed, or are completing, a DEC at a French CEGEP.

    If neither of the above situations applies, official test results may be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    Note:

    If you are an Ontario high school student who will graduate before April, who has taken or will take any distance, night, or correspondence courses, or who will take summer school courses during the summer prior to university entry, it is very likely that some of your grades will not show on the electronic transcript we get from OUAC. Therefore, you must upload a transcript of these grades.

    If you are not registered with OUAC, your unofficial transcripts must be uploaded via Minerva. Transcripts should show interim grades for the current year for courses in progress. "Interim grades" means one of the following:

    Terms per year

    Interim Grades

    Two terms

    First term

    Three terms

    First two terms

    Four terms

    First two terms

    Two semesters

    First semester finals and second semester mid-terms

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

     

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have applied for a Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

     

    The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice.

    • If you are currently studying at an Ontario high school and are registered with the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), you must provide your correct OUAC number so that McGill University can electronically access your transcripts. Please verify the accuracy of your OUAC number carefully; an incorrect number will delay the admission process. If your number is not available at the time of application, you can submit it at a later date via Minerva. If, for any reason, your electronic transcripts cannot be obtained from OUAC, you will need to upload a copy to your file.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All applicants (except those to Music and Religious Studies) are required to self-report their grades using the designated web form accessible through Minerva.

    There are two self-reporting periods: early (optional) and regular (mandatory). If you do not receive a decision during the early self-reporting period, your application status will be changed to 'incomplete' and you must self-report updated grades in Minerva during the regular self-reporting period.

    If your school is located outside Canada, transcripts must be uploaded via Minerva. The self-reporting function in Minerva is not available to students applying from schools outside Canada.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

Additional supporting documents

Documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    Self-reporting (new, for Fall 2021 applications for applicants from schools located within the U.S.A.): Most applicants (except those to Religious Studies) are required to self-report their grades using the designated web form accessible through Minerva after mid-November. 

    If your school is located outside the U.S.A., unofficial transcripts must be uploaded directly to your Minerva file. (The self-reporting function in Minerva is not available to students applying from schools outside the U.S.A.)

    A complete high school transcript should include: Final grades from Grade 10 and Grade 11 (Grade 9 results are only required if prerequisite science courses were taken that year), and current/interim results from Grade 12: this may be a first quarter report card, a first trimester transcript, a mid-semester transcript or another type of academic progress or interim report normally issued by the high school. Official final transcripts are only required if admitted.

    ACT and/or SAT test results (if not opting out) must be official and sent directly from the testing board. McGill's institutional code for the College Board (SAT and AP) is 0935-00; for ACT, it is 5231.

    If you are completing an International Baccalaureate Diploma, your predicted IB results may be uploaded or mailed to McGill.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of all GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level/CSEC results certificates (Students who have not written GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level must submit transcript/results for their previous-to A-Level studies)
    • ​Lower and Upper Form VI/Form VII school results/progress reports
    • Any AS or CAPE Unit 1 results
    • Predicted ALevel/Pre-U/CAPE results
    • If A-Levels/Pre-U/CAPE are already completed, a copy of the final results is required.
  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of high school transcript, including interim/mid-year/first semester results of the final year.
  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • ‘Bulletins’ (in French, with results on 20) for Première and 1st trimester of Terminale

    • Copy of the exams written at the end of Première (‘L'épreuve anticipée’)

    • If French Baccalaureate is completed, a copy of the final results is required in lieu of the above.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of high school transcript, including mid-year/final 1st semester results for final year
    • Copy of GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level/CSEC or MYP exams, if written
    • Predicted IB results
    • If IB Diploma is completed, a copy of the final results is required in lieu of the above.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of Senior high school transcript, including final 1st semester results for Senior 3, or completed transcript if already graduated

    • All completed Huikao/ Academic Proficiency Test (APT) results.  Note that SAT cannot be used as a substitute for the Huikao/Academic Proficiency Test (APT).

    • If you are from a province where the Huikao is not offered (Hubei) then additional external examination information, such as SATI and SATII scores, must be presented.

    • Gaokao, if written

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.
     

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of high school transcript, including mid-year Grade 12 (Year 6)

    • Predicted HKDSE results or, if already completed, final HKDSE results 

    • Subjects from category B (applied learning subjects) cannot be used for admission.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of Class 10 Board exam and school results

    • School results for Class 11 and mid-year Class 12.  School results must be in numeric format; positional grades are NOT accepted. 

    • If already written, the final Class 12 Certificate is required in lieu of the school results.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.
     

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

     

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file. 

    • Copy of high school transcript, including interim/mid-year/first semester results of the final year

    European Baccalaureate

    Copy of your high school transcript, particularly for classes S5, S6 and 1st semester of class S7

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.
     

Supporting Documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file.

    Unless applying only to Music, you must submit descriptions of graduation requirements and course syllabi for each college/university level mathematics and science course taken. Mathematics and science course syllabi must specify the names and editions of textbooks used.

    You are required to submit a copy of your high school record unless you have completed two or more years of university study. All applicants who have completed any Advanced Level, Advanced Subsidiary, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate examinations or the French Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Abitur, or Bagrut must submit at least a copy of these results. Official copies will be required in order to process advanced standing credit and/or exemption. If you completed high school and CEGEP, you are not required to submit your high school transcript.

    If admitted, you must then arrange for your college/university to send McGill University an official complete, final transcript, indicating graduation if applicable, as soon as the results become available.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    The language of instruction at McGill University is English. You must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

    To see accepted tests or whether you are exempt, consult Proof of English proficiency.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have complete the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    Documents in support of your application must be uploaded directly to your Minerva file and should include:

    • a comprehensive list of all texts (and editions) studied;
    • a personal statement from you,
    • a separate statement from your home educator explaining the basis of the university application and estimation of your readiness to handle university-level subject matter
    • a confidential letter of recommendation from an impartial source indicating your readiness for university-level study. 

    In some cases, further information and/or interview(s) with an Admissions Officer, Associate Dean, or Program Director may be required.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    If you have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language you are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have applied for a Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

Supporting documentation

  1. Academic documents

    All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file.

    • Transcripts (unofficial copies can be uploaded)
    • Proof of age
    • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
    • A Statement of Intent indicating particular areas of study interest, preparedness for successful university study, and description and evaluation of previous educational experiences (maximum five pages)
    • A full record of employment and personal history, highlighting points relevant to the application
    • Letters of reference are to be submitted in PDF format to officialschooldocs [at] mcgill.ca with the email Subject: Mature Applicant Reference Letter, student last name, referee last name. These letters must be signed, on letterhead, and submitted directly by referees.
       

    If admitted, you must then arrange for your school, college, or university to send official transcripts to McGill.

  2. Proof of English proficiency

    Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

    If neither of the above situations applies, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

  3. Additional supporting documents

    Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

     - You have applied to Architecture, Dentistry, Education, Music, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

     - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

     - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

    If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.


You'll need to supply additional documents if...

You're applying to one of the following programs:

Architecture

You must upload a portfolio of your work by March 7.

Portfolio instructions:

  • Must include a minimum of ten (10) examples of your original work, representing your creative and design skills.
  • Work appropriate to the portfolio might include, but is not limited to: freehand drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, computer graphics, technical drawings and model-making. Include work done in a variety of media.
  • If you have previously studied in an architecture or design program, including the CEGEP Arch Tech program, your portfolio should include design studio work.
  • Must include a detailed list of the contents, indicating the size of each work and the medium used.
  • Must be uploaded as a PDF document to your Minerva file (see mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/apply/preparing-your-documents).

Letter of Reference If you have previously studied in an architecture or design program, including the CEGEP Arch Tech program, a letter of reference is required from the head of your department.

Education

Applicants to all Bachelor of Education programs except Physical Education are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test as a component of the selection process. For a full list of test dates and to register, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language in which you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • When registering for your CASPer test on the CASPer website:
    • In ‘Step 3’ you must select ‘Bachelor of Education’,
      • then, select ‘Canadian Teacher’s Education 1
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.
  • You are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

NOTE: Special, Visiting, and Exchange applicants are exempted from this requirement.

Applicants to the English Second Language (TESL) program are required to pass an English language proficiency test. Following a successful initial review of your application you will be contacted to make testing arrangements. If you live outside the Montreal area, you may complete the test through correspondence.

NOTE: The language proficiency test must be completed before an admission decision can be made.

Mature applicants to any Education program whose applications pass initial review will be contacted for an interview.

Music

Additional supporting documents and an audition are required.  Please consult the Schulich School of Music website.

Nursing

CASPer Test

  • Applicants to all Nursing programs (B.Sc.(N), B.N.I.) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Undergraduate Health Science) as a component of the selection process.

For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. 

  • Applicants to the B.N. (Integrated) (BNI), in-person or online, must write the CASPer test not later than the last available test date in March. Results from the April sitting will not be acceptedLast minute bookings are not recommended.
     

Proof of French proficiency (for applicants to the B.Sc.(N), only)

Mandatory Immunizations

Physical & Occupational Therapy

Casper Test

  • Applicants to the B.Sc. Rehabilitation Science (Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.(Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.

For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

Proof of French Proficiency

Religious Studies

Additional supporting documents are required.  Please consult the School of Religious Studies website.

Social Work

The School of Social Work encourages applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized people, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ people, women, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and others who may face systemic barriers that impact their access to education. We invite applicants to share self-identifying and contextualizing information in their admission application in the Personal Statement or other required supporting documents.

If applying to the School of Social Work, you must submit:

  1. A single WORD document entitled “Social Work Written Submission”, accessible at mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application. Complete the three sections of the document listed below and upload it on Minerva under checklist item "Social Work Written Submission”.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A Personal Statement
    • An Analysis of a Social Problem

    For important details on these three requirements and to access the format specifications, see mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application

  2. Two social work related confidential letters of recommendation, preferably on letterhead stationery. See mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application

Your application includes:

Extenuating circumstances

In the rare event that extenuating circumstances have had a negative impact on your academic performance, you have an opportunity to report on these when you submit your application. Note that this is likely to delay your admission decision somewhat. Extenuating circumstances may include: significant medical, personal or learning difficulties encountered, the death or grave illness of someone close to you, a family move during the school year or involvement in training for high-level athletics or performing arts. Note that Covid-19 related academic challenges (such as a revised grading scheme, decrease in marks, etc.) alone are not eligible as grounds for extenuating circumstances.

If you wish to report extenuating circumstances, you must:

  1. Check "yes" for extenuating circumstances on your application form (in the Additional Information section).
  2. Upload together;
    1. your own descriptive statement (maximum two pages) describing the nature and chronology of the circumstances, their impact on your academic record and your readiness to undertake university study.
    2. documentation to substantiate your statement; such as, a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, psychologist, trainer or social worker, or a death certificate (maximum two pages). Please do not send multi-page reports at the time of application. If further details are needed, they will be requested from you at a later date
  3. All documents must be uploaded together to the same checklist item. You will not be able to upload a new version or additional documents after you’ve uploaded something.

Important note to applicants and guidance counsellors when supporting documents are required:

Please do not send any documents to McGill until after the application has been submitted and the student has received their 9-digit McGill ID number. Documents received at McGill before an application has been received can significantly delay or even prevent an admission decision.

The additional information you provide will be taken into consideration along with your academic record.  Please bear in mind that admission to McGill is highly competitive for all, including applicants claiming extenuating circumstances.

Proof of English proficiency

All applicants (unless exempt) must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. Consult Proof of English proficiency for exemptions, accepted certificates/exams and submission instructions.

Proof of French proficiency

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, certain McGill programs include a mandatory internship, or ‘stage’, which will be completed in a hospital, clinic, social service centre, or school setting where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential. Consult Proof of French proficiency for exemptions, accepted certificates/exams and submission instructions.

Major scholarship or financial aid

You will need to submit a separate application (via Minerva) and submit additional supporting documents to be considered for Major Scholarship.  Consult Scholarships and Student Aid.

Proof of English proficiency

You may need to take an English proficiency test and submit the results as part of your application.

Indigenous applicants

We encourage Indigenous students to self-identify in their application. Learn more about the application process.

Application support

Need help? Contact Service Point for answers to your questions.

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