International Baccalaureate Diploma

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.

Note: 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.


Prerequisites and last year's cut-offs

Below are the lowest grades (out of 42) used for admission for September 2020.

Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission. 

Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades may fluctuate up or down in any given year.

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level.

LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

  • 30 subject points overall;

  • 5 in each math & science

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

 

Architecture

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and Physics, at Higher or Standard Level, with at least one math/science at HL

  • Portfolio (Admission review takes into account the portfolio evaluation)

LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 37 subject points

  • 6 in each math & science

  • Note: The decision to admit took into account the Portfolio evaluation

 

Arts

PREREQUISITES
  • No specific prerequisites
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  35 subject points (predicted) or 34 subject points (final) overall

 

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. &Sc.)

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level; at least one math/science at HL


NoteThe B.A. & Sc. is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.  It is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in each faculty. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a Major in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Science or one of the interfaculty programs in Cognitive Science, Environment or Sustainability, Science and Society.

LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall

  • 6 in each math & science

 

Education

PREREQUISITES
  • No specific prerequisites except for the following programs:
    • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics: subjects must include mathematics at Higher or Standard level.
    • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology: subjects must include mathematics and two of biology, chemistry or physics, at Higher or Standard Level.
  • CASPer Test: B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL are required to complete this online assessment as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
  • TESL applicants must also pass a language test.
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

Kindergarten/Elementary Education

 

  • 30 subject points overall

Physical Education

Secondary Education

TESL

Engineering

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at Higher or Standard Level
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

Bioengineering

  • 40 subject points (predicted) or 39 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

Chemical Engineering

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

Civil Engineering

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • 6 in each math & science

Computer Engineering

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • 6 in each math & science

Electrical Engineering

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • 6 in each math & science

Materials Engineering

  • 35 subject points (predicted) or 34 subject points (final) overall
  • ​​5 (and at least one 6) in each math & science (6 in SL Math)

Mechanical Engineering

  • 40 subject points (predicted) or 39 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

Mining Engineering

  • 33 subject points (predicted) or 32 subject points (final) overall
  • ​5 (and at least one 6) in each math & science (6 in SL Math)

Software Engineering

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

 

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  30 subject points overall;

  • 5 in each math & science​

 

Kinesiology

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 30 subject points overall;

  • 5 in each math & science

 

Management

PREREQUISITES
  • Higher or Standard Level Mathematics
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 37 subject points (predicted) or 36 subject points (final) overall
  • ​5 in HL Math or 6 in SL Math

 

Music


​For information on admission requirements, see the Schulich School of Music website.

 

Nursing

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level
  • Applicants to Nursing are required to complete a mandatory online assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
  • Proof of French proficiency (see Additional Supporting Documents)
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 30 subject points overall;

  • 5 in each math & science

 

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See: Arts

 

Science

PREREQUISITES
  • Mathematics and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, at Higher or Standard Level; at least one math/science at HL
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • ​6 in each math & science

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

  • 38 subject points (predicted) or 37 subject points (final) overall
  • 5 (and at least one 6) in each math & science ( 6 in SL Math)

 

Social Work

PREREQUISITES
  • No specific prerequisites
  • A resumé, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation must also be submitted in support of the application.
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • 35 subject points overall

 

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