Requirements for Ontario applicants

Admission requirements for September 2021
Ontario high school applicants

Admission review process - McGill calculation of the "Top 6"

Select the location of your school:

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.

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 page found in High schools outside Canada/US.


Prerequisites and last year's cut-offs

As a guideline, we have listed the lowest grades admitted last year. These are historical values and do not represent the grades that will be required for future admission.

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 and Environmental Science


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

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

80% overall 80% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

80% overall

80% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

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

80% overall

80% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

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

80% overall

80% in each prerequisite math and science course

Architecture

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U);
  • 4U Physics;
  • Portfolio (Admission review takes into account the portfolio evaluation)
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

90% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Arts

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

86.8% overall

85% in the prerequisite English or French course

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

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics

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)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

89.5% overall

85% in the prerequisite English or French course

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Education

PREREQUISITES:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics: subjects must include 4U Calculus and Vectors.
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology: subjects must include 4U Calculus and Vectors and two of 4U Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • 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)
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

Kindergarten/Elementary Education

80% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Physical Education

80% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Secondary Education

80% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

TESL

80% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Engineering

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • 4U Physics
  • 4U Chemistry
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Bioengineering

96.5% overall

92% in each prerequisite math and science course

Chemical Engineering

91.5% overall

92% in each prerequisite math and science course

Civil Engineering

91.5% overall

92% in each prerequisite math and science course

Computer Engineering

94% overall

94% in each prerequisite math and science course

Electrical Engineering

93% overall

93% in each prerequisite math & science course

Materials Engineering

90.5% overall

91% in each prerequisite math and science course

Mechanical Engineering

94.5% overall

91% in each prerequisite math & science course

Mining Engineering

89% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Software Engineering

95.5% overall

96% in each prerequisite math and science course

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Nutrition

80% overall

80% in each prerequisite math and science course

Kinesiology

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

87.8% overall

86% in each prerequisite math and science course

Management

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

93% overall

87% in each prerequisite math

Music


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

Nursing

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • CASPer: Applicants to Nursing are required to complete an 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)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

81.5% overall

80% in each prerequisite math and science course

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
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

94.9% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

92% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

93% overall 89% in each prerequisite math and science course

 

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