Requirements for Ontario applicants

Ontario high school applicants

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

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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. The only technology courses that are eligible for inclusion in the top-six average are TGJ4M and TDJ4M. 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


Prerequisites and historical cut-offs

As a guideline, we have listed an average of the lowest grades admitted over the last THREE years. 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

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

79.7% overall 79.7% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

79.7% overall

79.7% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

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

79.7% overall

79.7% in each prerequisite math and science course
 

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

79.3% overall

79.3% 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)
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

91.4% overall

87.3% in each prerequisite math and science course

Arts

PREREQUISITES
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

88.4% overall

85.7% 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.

Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

90.5% overall

85.7% in the prerequisite English or French course

88% 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.
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

Kindergarten/Elementary Education

80.7% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Physical Education

81.2% overall

80.3% in the prerequisite English or French course

Secondary Education

80.7% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

TESL

80.7% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Bioengineering

96.8% overall

91.3% in each prerequisite math and science course

Chemical Engineering

92.7% overall

89.7% in each prerequisite math and science course

Civil Engineering

92.3% overall

89.7% in each prerequisite math and science course

Computer Engineering

95.2% overall

91% in each prerequisite math and science course

Electrical Engineering

95.2% overall

90.7% in each prerequisite math & science course

Materials Engineering

89.3% overall

88% in each prerequisite math and science course

Mechanical Engineering

95.6% overall

90% in each prerequisite math & science course

Mining Engineering

88% overall

86.7% in each prerequisite math and science course

Software Engineering

96.7% overall

92.3% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Nutrition

79.7% overall

79.7% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

88.1% overall

86.7% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

94.7% overall

88% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

81.8% overall

81.3% 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
Historical cut-offs - Three year average
TOP 6 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

95.3% overall

88% in each prerequisite math and science course

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

92.8% overall

88% in each prerequisite math and science course

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

94.6% overall 88.7% in each prerequisite math and science course

 

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