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, learn about the admission review process and if there are supporting documents you need to submit as part your application. 

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

Admission review process

Pre-University DEC

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC).

Your application is reviewed on your overall R-Score (as determined by the Ministry) as well as a core R-Score average of any prerequisite courses (calculated by McGill's Admissions Office). The courses included in the core average differ depending on the program to which you have you applied.

  • A science core average includes all 101 biology, 201 mathematics, 202 chemistry, and 203 physics.
  • An engineering core average includes all 201 mathematics, 202 chemistry and 203 physics.
  • A management core average includes all 201 mathematics courses.

McGill uses the overall R-Score (not the program R-Score) when reviewing applications.  However, applicants who have changed programs and whose performance has improved significantly after the change, should inform McGill by checking the “extenuating circumstances” box on the application and providing a personal statement about their CEGEP experience.  In exceptional cases, the McGill decision may be based on a selection of CEGEP grades.

All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.

If graduating with a DEC in “Sciences, lettres, et arts" or a DEC in "Computer Science and Mathematics", you are eligible for admission to most undergraduate programs. You may be required to complete any missing portion of prerequisites at McGill in addition to, or as part of, your program requirements.

If graduating with a DEC sans mention, you must have completed all prerequisite courses for the program to which you are applying.

Admission review process

Technical DEC

If graduating with a three-year technical DEC, you may be eligible for admission to certain undergraduate programs. Consult the PDF icon Pre-requisite CEGEP courses for admission to selected programs at McGill for details.

All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.

Admission review process

French Baccalaureate (at Collège Marie de France and Collège Stanislas in Quebec)

For most programs, your application is reviewed on your 'bulletins' (with results on 20) from Première and Terminale or, if you have already graduated, on your final ‘Bac’ results. While a diploma in “premier groupe” with “mention assez bien” is the minimum expected, most programs are more competitive and will require higher results. 

Consult the .

NOTE: Dentistry, Law and Medicine review applicants on their R Score.  Music reviews applicants on their percentage grades.  For more information, please consult directly with the appropriate admissions office.

All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

To be eligible to apply to Dentistry, Dietetics, Management, Medicine, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, the completion of complementary coursework (‘compléments’) will be required.

Admission review process

Other Quebec Schools

  • Applicants from Quebec Alexander von Humbolt German School (Abitur) will be reviewed on school transcripts.
  • Applicants from Lower Canada College and Stanstead College (Grade 12 or the IB Diploma) will be reviewed on school transcripts and IB predictions (if applicable).

Students completing a Quebec Secondary V Diploma are not directly admissible to undergraduate study at McGill. Quebec high school graduates who attend one full year of university study outside Quebec may be admissible as Transfer students. Please note that courses completed at schools or institutions designed primarily to offer religious education (such as bible colleges, seminaries, or yeshivas) normally are not considered equivalent to university study.

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.

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

McGill calculation of the "Top 6"

School located in Canada

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

If you are completing the IB Diploma or individual IB Diploma Courses you will normally be considered for admission based on your high school record and a ‘top-6’ average. You may subsequently be granted advanced standing credits based on your final IB results.

McGill calculation of the "Top 6"

School located outside Canada

Though completing an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you must apply as an applicant from a High school outside Canada/US.  As such:

  • Deadlines will be the same as for applicants from schools outside Canada.
  • Transcripts and additional supporting documents (if required), must be uploaded via Minerva.  If you have an OUAC number, you should enter it in your online application.   

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) piror to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with the OSSD you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.

Deadlines for admission in 2020-21

Deadlines

Application for admission

February 1

    Early self-reporting period (optional)

January 6 - February 1

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

    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

McGill calculation of the "Top 5"

School located in Canada

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your ‘Top 5’ academic Grade 12 courses, including the prerequisites for the program to which you applied.

  • Marks for failed/repeated courses are taken into consideration and will be used in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, as required.
  • For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you are applying on the basis of a Grade 12 diploma issued by the Nunavut Department of Education, the language course, Inuktitut, and the social science course, Aulajaaqtut, are regarded as academic courses and may be included in the top-five course average.
  • Grade 12 English or French will be included in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, depending on the language of instruction at your school.
  • You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma that gives you access to university education in your home province or territory.

If you are completing the IB Diploma or individual IB Diploma Courses, you will normally be considered for admission based on your ‘Top 5’ average and you will be required to self-report marks in percentage format. You may subsequently be granted advanced standing credits based on your final IB results.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

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

McGill calculation of the "Top 5"

School located outside Canada

Though completing a Canadian high school diploma, you must apply as an applicant from a High school outside Canada/US.  As such:

  • Deadlines will be the same as for applicants from schools outside Canada.
  • Transcripts and additional supporting documents (if required), must be uploaded via Minerva.

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your ‘Top 5’ academic Grade 12 courses, including the prerequisites for the program to which you applied.

  • Marks for failed/repeated courses are taken into consideration and will be used in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, as required.
  • For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.
  • Grade 12 English or French will be included in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, depending on the language of instruction at your school.
  • You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma that gives you access to university education in your home province or territory.

If you are completing the IB Diploma, you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.

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

Admission review process

Schools located in the U.S.A.

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied.  All results are taken into consideration, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following (optional for Fall 2021) (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT and at least two SAT Subject Tests (see prerequisites for required SAT Subject Tests by program)

FALL 2021 applicants: In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional assessment for ACT/SAT has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Applicants who submit a formal request indicating that they cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process. This applies to students applying with a U.S. high school diploma to most undergraduate programs*.

If you wish to exclude the requirement for ACT/SAT test scores from your application review for Fall 2021, this will apply to all your application program choices and is final once the form has been submitted. You must follow the steps in the section entitled “Applying as ACT/SAT ‘test optional’” to indicate that you are applying as ‘test optional’. If you do not follow the steps, your file will not be considered ‘test optional’ and test scores will be used in the review of your application.

*Applicable for: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, BA&Sc, Education, including Kinesiology, Engineering, including Architecture, Management, Nursing, and Science.

See also: FAQs: U.S. high school applicants (Fall 2021)

If you are completing the IB Diploma or certificates concurrently with a US diploma you will normally be considered for admission based on your US high school record and may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final IB results.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

Admission review process

School located outside the U.S.A.

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied. All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following (optional for Fall 2021) (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (see prerequisites for required SAT Subject Tests by program)

FALL 2021 applicants: In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional assessment for ACT/SAT has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Applicants who submit a formal request indicating that they cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process. This applies to students applying with a U.S. high school diploma to most undergraduate programs*.

If you wish to exclude the requirement for ACT/SAT test scores from your application review for Fall 2021, this will apply to all your application program choices and is final once the form has been submitted. You must follow the steps in the section entitled “Applying as ACT/SAT ‘test optional’” to indicate that you are applying as ‘test optional’. If you do not follow the steps, your file will not be considered ‘test optional’ and test scores will be used in the review of your application.

*Applicable for: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, BA&Sc, Education, including Kinesiology, Engineering, including Architecture, Management, Nursing, and Science.

See also: FAQs: U.S. high school applicants (Fall 2021)

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with a US diploma you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript. Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

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

Admission review process

Advanced Levels, Advanced Subsidiary, Cambridge Pre-U Examinations, and CAPE

The minimum requirements are three A-Levels (or equivalent), in three different subjects, or two A-level and two AS subjects, in three different subjects. Minimum grade requirements from the previous year are listed below. Note that admission is competitive and applicants who present the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.

A maximum of 30 credits of advanced standing may be granted for final official results. Details can be found at: mcgill.ca/transfercredit/prospective/advanced

  • If completing Upper Form VI, you will be considered on: (I)GCSEs, Form VI grades, AS 1(or modular/unit) results and predicted AL results. If you have completed only lower Form VI with AS and have appropriate GCSE examinations with clearly superior marks, you may be considered for admission on an individual basis.
  • If you are attending a school where it is the policy to sit all examinations at the end of the second year (and not sit for unit/module examinations and/or not claim AS qualifications at the end of AL1), then your school must communicate this information clearly to McGill University, either by letter or in its school profile. If written, AS results must be submitted.
  • For Caribbean students: CAPE Unit 1 and 2 and CSEC examinations are acceptable in place of AL and GCSE, with minimum grades of I to III.
  • Students with Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects: Minimum grade is M3 with not more than one at M3.

All grades are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those of failed or repeated courses.

If admitted, you are expected to maintain your level of academic performance through to the completion of your pre-McGill studies.

A maximum of 30 credits of advanced standing may be granted for final official results.

Admission review process

Please refer to the appropriate curriculum section:

  • If completing an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you will be reviewed on McGill's calculation on your "Top 6" courses.
  • If completing a Canadian High School Diploma from another province, you will be reviewed on McGill's calculation of your "Top 5" courses.
  • If completing the IB Diploma concurrently with your Ontario or Canadian diploma, you will be reviewed on IB requirements. 

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

Admission review process

Applicants will be considered for admission on their ‘bulletins’ (in French with results on 20) for Première and Terminale or, if already completed, on their final ‘Bac’ results. While a diploma in “premier groupe” with “mention assez bien” is the minimum expected, many programs are more competitive and will require higher grades. The baccalaureat professionnel or technologique is not accepted.

If admitted, you are expected to maintain your level of academic performance through to the completion of your pre-McGill studies.

Advanced standing may be granted for the French Baccalaureate depending on the entering program at McGill.

Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE)

McGill has a long history of admitting applicants from France; we are familiar with the structure and grading systems of the French Baccalaureate (FB) and French universities, as well as the Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE). At this time, studies completed in CPGE do not serve as a basis for admission to McGill, even if integrated with a program leading to university credit in France.

Accordingly, McGill applicants who have undertaken CPGE study are evaluated on their FB results. Such applicants should identify themselves as "Applicants from High Schools Outside Canada and the USA - French Baccalaureate" not as "Applicants from Other Universities or Colleges and Second Bachelor Degree Applicants (‘Transfers').

McGill is aware that Bologna reforms have changed the assignment of credit and exemptions for CPGE study at some universities in Europe. We continue to monitor developments in this regard.

French Baccalaureate reforms

Admission requirements relevant to the reformed Baccalauréat 2021 are now available and are found below within each faculty/school/program. McGill continues to welcome qualified applicants from the current and the reformed French Baccalaureate programs.

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

Admission review process

Applicants will be considered for admission on their high school transcript and predicted IB results or, if already completed, on the final IB Diploma results. The Diploma with grades of 5 or better on each Higher and Standard Level subject is the minimum expected for most programs. Many programs are more competitive and will require higher grades.

The Math Studies course is not acceptable for programs where math is a required prerequisite.

If admitted, you are expected to maintain your level of academic performance through to the completion of your pre-McGill studies.

A maximum of 30 credits of advanced standing may be granted for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Information regarding the ‘new’ IB Math curriculum, for first examinations in May 2021

For programs which have mathematics as a prerequisite requirement, we will accept the following:

  • HL Mathematics: analysis and approaches (Math AA)
  • SL Mathematics: analysis and approaches (Math AA), or
  • HL Mathematics: applications and interpretation (Math AI)

SL Mathematics: applications and interpretation (Math AI) will not be acceptable as a math prerequisite, but will be acceptable where math is not a requirement.

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

Admission review process

Applicants will be considered for admission on their high school transcript (Grades 1, 2 and midyear grade 3) and all available results of the Huikao exams. Note that SAT cannot be used as a substitute for the Huikao/Academic Proficiency Test (APT).

Applicants from Chinese provinces where the Huikao is not offered must present additional external information of their academic credentials, such as SATI and SATII scores. If admitted to McGill, you must arrange for your school to send to McGill University an official final transcript of your complete high school record, the graduation certificate, and all final HUIKAO results.

If you write the GAOKAO, you must make arrangements to forward to us the final official results.

If admitted, you are expected to maintain your level of academic performance through to the completion of your pre-McGill studies.

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

Admission review process

Applicants will be considered for admission on their high school transcript (including mid-year Grade 12) and your predicted HKDSE results or, if already completed, on your final HKDSE results and the graduation statement.

The minimum requirements are the four core subjects (Chinese Language, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies), as well as two or three elective subjects from category A (academic subject) or category C (foreign languages). Subjects from category B (applied learning subjects) cannot be used for admission.

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

Admission review process

Applicants will be considered for admission on Class X Board exams (if written), school transcripts for Grade 10, 11 and mid-year 12 or, if already written, on the final Class XII Certificate.

If admitted, you are expected to maintain your level of academic performance through to the completion of your pre-McGill studies.

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

Admission review process

Applicants must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a recognized, pre-university diploma. Studies in applied programs, or at vocational or technical high schools, are not normally considered for admission  

Accepted International Credentials

Country

Admission Credentials

Albania*

Deftese Pjekurie (Maturity Certificate)
Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore për Arsimin e Mesëm (Diploma
of State Matura for Secondary Education)

Algeria

Baccalauréat de l'enseignement secondaire

Andorra*

Graduat en Segona Ensenyança + Batxillerat (Baccalaureate)

Argentina

Bachillerato (Universitario)

Armenia*

Mijnakarg Krtutyan Attestat; Hasunutian Vkaiakan (certificate of maturity)

Australia

Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (of the Australian States and Territories)

Austria*

Reifezeugnis/Maturazeugnis

Azerbaijan*

Certificate of Complete Secondary Education from a professional lyceum general education track

Bahamas

BGCSE (incl. completion of grades 11 & 12)

Bahrain

Tawjahiya (General Secondary School Certificate)

Bangladesh

Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate, First Division

Belgium*

French community: Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur-CESS (PLUS Diplôme d'aptitude à accéder à l'enseignement supérieur if CESS obtained before 1994) Flemish community: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs

Bolivia

Bachillerato Humanistico

Bosnia-Herzegovina*

Svjedocanstvo o Zavrsenom Obrazovanju

Brazil

Certificado de Ensino Médio

Bulgaria*

Diploma za Zavursheno Sredno Obrazovanie

Cameroon

Baccalaureat or GCE A-Level

Chile

Licencia de Educacion Media (LEM)

China (Taiwan)

Senior High School Leaving Certificate

China (PRC)

Senior High School Graduation Diploma

Colombia

Bachillerato

Congo, Democratic Republic of (formerly Zaire)

Diplôme d’état d’études secondaires du cycle long

Costa Rica

Bachiller en la Enseñanza Media

Croatia*

School Leaving Diploma (Svjedod˛ba o Maturi/Matura)

Cyprus*

Greek System - Apolytirion Turkish System - Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

Czech Republic*

Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce

Denmark*

Studentereksamen

Dominican Republic

Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras

Ecuador

Bachillerato en Humanidades or Ciencias

Egypt

Thanaweya A’ Amma

El Salvador

Bachillerato General

Estonia*

Gumnaasiumi Loputunnistus

Ethiopia

Ethiopian General School Leaving Certificate

Finland*

Ylioppilastukintotodistus (Matriculation Certificate)

France*

Baccalauréat (Series L, ES, S)

Georgia*

Sashualo Skolis Atesti

Germany*

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)

Ghana

Senior Secondary School Certificate

Greece*

Apolytirion

Guatemala

Bachillerato de Ciencias y Letras

Guyana

CXC+2 years (CAPE examinations)

Haiti

Certificat de fin d’études secondaires classiques, 2ième partie

Holy See*

Diploma di Esame di Stato conclusivo del Corso di Liceo Classico - Italy

Hong Kong

Hong Kong (HKALE) Advanced Levels or G.C.E. Advanced Levels

Hungary*

Erettsegi Bizonyitvany (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Iceland*

Studentspróf

India

Higher Secondary School Certificate / All India Senior School Certificate (SSC) / Indian School Certificate (ISC)

Indonesia

Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Tingkat Atas (STTB SMA) (Upper Secondary Certificate of Completion)

Iran

Diplom-Metevaseth (National High School Diploma) + Pre-University Certificate (One preparatory university year)

Iraq

Sixth Form Baccalaureat (Adadiyah)

Ireland*

Ardteistmeireacht (Leaving Certificate)

Israel

Bagrùt (Matriculation Certificate)

Italy*

Diploma di Esame di Stato conclusivo del Corso di Liceo Classico/Liceo Scientifico (formerly Diploma di Maturità)

Ivory Coast

Baccalauréat

Jamaica/West Indies

CXC+2 years (CAPE examinations) or GCE A-Level

Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho)

Jordan

Tawjihi (General Secondary Ed. Cert.)

Kazakhstan*

Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

Korea (South)

High School Diploma

Kuwait

Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al- A’ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Latvia*

Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitibu

Lebanon

Baccalauréat libanais/Lebanese Baccalaureate Certificate of Secondary Education (Shahaadat Al-Bakaalouriya al Lubnaaniya l'il-ta 'liim al-Thaanawi) (shahaada thaanawiya amma)

Liberia

West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate

Libya

Secondary Education Certificate (12 years)

Liechtenstein*

Zeugnis des Oberschulabschülesses + Matura

Lithuania*

Brandos Atestatas

Luxembourg*

Diplôme de Fin d’Études Secondaires

Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic*

Svidetelstvo za zavreno sredno obrazovanie

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Perekolaham Malaysia (STPM)/ Higher School Certificate of Education, or G.C.E. Advanced Levels

Malta*

Matriculation Certificate

Mauritius

G.C.E. Advanced Levels

Mexico

Bachillerato General

Moldova*

Diploma de Baccalauréat/ or Atestat de Maturitate

Montenegro*

Diploma o Zavrsenoj Srednjoj Skoli

Morocco

Baccalauréat

Netherlands*

Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

New Zealand

National Certificate of Educational Achievement

Nicaragua

Bachillerato en humanides, or Ciencias

Nigeria

Senior School Certificate (SSSC)

Norway*

Vitnemål fra Videregående Skole (General area of study)

Pakistan

Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate - (First Division)

Peru

Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Commun completa

Philippines

Senior High School Diploma (minimum of 12 years of schooling)

Poland*

Swiadectwo dojrzalosci liceum ogólnoksztalcacego (Maturity Certificate of the General Lyceum) or swiadectwo ukonczenia liceum ogólnoksztalcacego (Certificate of Completion of Education in the General Lyceum)

Portugal*

Diploma de Ensino Secundário

Romania*

Diploma de Bacalaureat

Russian Federation*

Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii

Saudi Arabia

Tawjihiyah (General Secondary. Education Certificate)

Scotland*

Advanced Highers (SCQF level 7)

Senegal

Baccalaureat

Serbia*

Diploma o Zavrenoj Srednjoj ≥koli

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge G.C.E. Advanced Level

Slovak Republic*

Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skúke (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Slovenia*

Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

South Africa

Senior Certificates

Spain*

Titulo de Bachiller (LOGSE), or former Curso de Orientacion Universitaria (COU)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka GCE Advanced Level

Sweden*

Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola

Switzerland*

Maturitätszeugnis; Certificat de Maturité (Baccalauréat in Vaud Canton); Attestato di Maturita

Syria

AL Shahada Al Thanawiya/Baccalauréat (Secondary Leaving Certificate)

Thailand

Matayom Suksa 6 (Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Tunisia

Baccalaureat

Turkey*

Devlet Lise Diplomasi (public)/Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (private)

Uganda

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

Ukraine*

Atestat/ Matriculation School Certificate

United Arab Emirates

Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

United Kingdom*

G.C.E. Advanced Levels

United States

U.S. High school diploma

Uruguay

Bachillerato Diversificado de Ensenanza secundaria

Venezuela

Titulo de Bachiller

Vietnam

Bàng Tót Nghiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation

Certificate)

Zimbabwe

G.C.E. Advanced Levels/new certificate programme (under review)

* Subject to review under the Bologna Declaration.

Applicants are reviewed on their high school transcript with particular emphasis on yearly averages and results in prerequisite subjects (prerequisite subjects must have been completed during the last two years of high school). 

Bologna-signatory countries

McGill welcomes qualified applicants from throughout Europe, including from schools in Bologna signatory countries. Applicants will be considered for admission into McGill degree programs of similar duration as those at comparable, research-intensive universities in Europe. Accordingly, qualified applicants to the faculties of Arts, Education, and Management at McGill, with a Bologna-compliant diploma that leads to a three-year undergraduate program in Europe, will be admissible to a three-year program at McGill. Students in Management will be required to complete additional mathematics coursework.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants will be considered for admission on their high school transcript (including first semester of S7). While 75% is the minimum expected, most programs are more competitive and will require higher grades.

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

Admission review process

Transfer or Second Degree

Please note that for many programs (including in the Faculty of Arts) Transfer/Second Degree applicants are often considered exceptionally and on the basis of space available. Admission standards may vary significantly from year to year depending on demand for the program. Estimated decision release dates can be found at mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/decision.

Applicants are considered on the basis of university/ college work and previous studies. You should have well above-average academic records and prerequisites appropriate to the program you wish to pursue at McGill. Particular attention will be paid to results of courses relevant to the proposed program of study. 

In order to form a basis for admission for a science-based program or to be considered for credit or exemption, science and mathematics courses normally must have been completed within the last five years.

If you are an accepted student, your advanced standing credit can only be determined after you have confirmed your program at McGill, paid the required deposit, and provided all necessary supporting documents (including detailed course descriptions/syllabi). In addition to course descriptions of mathematics and science courses, you are asked to specify the names and editions of textbooks used.

A Quebec high school graduate who did not proceed to CEGEP but undertook one full year of university study outside Quebec may be admissible as a Transfer student. If you fall into this category, you should consult the appropriate McGill University Admissions Office prior to applying, in order to ensure that you possess a valid basis for admission. Please note that courses completed at schools or institutions designed primarily to offer religious education (such as bible colleges, seminaries, or yeshivas) normally are not considered equivalent to university study.

Individuals who have undertaken studies in non-university post-secondary institutions such as technical colleges may not be eligible for admission as Transfer students.

Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE):

McGill has a long history of admitting applicants from France; we are familiar with the structure and grading systems of the French Baccalaureate (FB) and French universities, as well as the Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE). At this time, studies completed in CPGE do not serve as a basis for admission to McGill, even if integrated with a program leading to university credit in France.

Accordingly, McGill applicants who have undertaken CPGE study are evaluated on their FB results. Such applicants should identify themselves as "Applicants from High Schools Outside Canada and the USA - French Baccalaureate" not as "Applicants from Other Universities or Colleges and Second Bachelor Degree Applicants (‘Transfers').

McGill is aware that Bologna reforms have changed the assignment of credit and exemptions for CPGE study at some universities in Europe. We continue to monitor developments in this regard.

Admission review process

Special or Visiting

To qualify as a Special Student, you must:

  • Have received an undergraduate degree or be in the final year of a course of study at a recognized college or university leading to an undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits over eight semesters following completion of high school. If you have received a CEGEP DEC in the Province of Quebec, you must have completed 90 credits (six semesters) in a Quebec university to obtain the required degree.
  • Have a plan of study that is acceptable to the faculty you wish to enter. Some faculties stipulate prerequisite coursework.

In addition:

  • Music applicants do not require a university degree but must have the necessary Music prerequisites for certain courses. Special Students in Music are not entitled to instrument or voice lessons and, therefore, are not required to audition.
  • The maximum course load is 15 credits per term for a maximum of two terms (with the exception of Architecture where the maximum course load is six credits per term). 
  • If you wish to hold Special Student status in Engineering or Architecture, you must provide a referral from the Order of Engineers or the Order of Architects, as appropriate.
  • Applicants to the Faculty of Science are expected to have a recognized undergraduate Science or Engineering degree completed in the last five years. Holders of any other undergraduate degrees will be considered on an individual basis and only if they have completed a number of advanced university-level mathematics and science courses. Frequently, Special Student applicants to the McGill's Faculty of Science have the intention of taking mathematics or science courses to qualify eventually for admission to graduate or professional programs. However, please note that basic mathematics and science courses (100 and 200 level) are not open to Special Students at McGill. The intended McGill courses must be at the 300, 400, or 500 level and be listed on the application.
  • To take courses in English or French as a Second Language, you must obtain written permission from the Department and will be permitted entry only if there is space, after degree students have registered. A plan of study cannot consist only of E.S.L. or F.S.L. courses.
  • If applying to the B.Th. program in the Faculty of Religious Studies, you must submit two letters of reference, at least one of which should be from an instructor at an academic institution previously attended. The reference form is available at www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/theology/bth.

Successful applicants to McGill University as Special or Visiting Students are generally required to have a minimum “B” overall average. In addition, grades obtained in courses relevant to the proposed program of study will be considered.

The admission of Special or Visiting Students is subject to the availability of places in a particular program, and students who present the minimum requirements are not guaranteed acceptance. Entrance to courses with enrolment limits, notably freshman-level science courses, or courses that require permission of the instructor, cannot be guaranteed. Applicants are expected to possess the same prerequisite courses as those applying as Transfer students.

Completion of courses as a Special or Visiting Student at McGill University does not guarantee or improve the chances of entrance into a McGill University degree program in a future year. Normally, Special and Visiting Students remain at McGill University for no more than one semester or two consecutive semesters per academic career.

If you are currently registered in a degree program at another university and have completed at least two semesters of study there, you may apply to take courses at McGill University as a Visiting Student. Course credits can be applied toward the program of study at your home university. Admission decisions on visiting applications are final and there is no appeal process.

**** The Desautels Faculty of Management is not open for applications from Visiting students. ****

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

Review process

McGill University will consider applications from home-schooled applicants; each case will be treated on its own merits. As a home-schooled candidate, you must provide McGill University with a description of the home-schooling curriculum followed and measures of your academic acquisition in the program.

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

Admission review process

The Mature Student category is available to applicants who:

  • do not possess a conventional basis of admission such as a high school or CEGEP diploma, or
  • do not meet the minimum academic requirements and have no academic studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission.

Strict conditions for eligibility apply to the Mature Student category, including demonstrating your academic potential by completing a minimum number of specific courses within the last three years. 

Applicants admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work Program (B.S.W.) as Mature students are required to complete the full 90 credit-degree program and are not entitled to transfer credit/advanced standing based on previous studies.

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
    • Two letters of reference (sent directly to McGill)

    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.

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.

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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