Requirements for university students

Admission requirements for September 2021
University applicants (transfer, second degree, special or visiting students)

Accepted diplomas and review process (for all diplomas) 

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. for more information, consult the estimated decision release dates.

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.

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. ****


Programs for students with a previous university degree

You must hold an appropriate university degree (equivalent to 16 years of schooling) to be eligible for admission to the following programs. (Note to our francophone applicants: the English word “Diploma” has a different meaning than the French “Diplôme”. At McGill, a Diploma is usually a short, specialized program, which follows a Bachelor's degree.)

Certificate in Ecological Agriculture; Certificate in Food Science

For program and admission information see mcgill.ca/macdonald/prospective/degrees/post-bacc

Diploma in Commercial Cannabis

The Diploma in Commercial Cannabis is a 30-credit full-time program that includes two academic terms and a 12-week industry internship.
Admission requirements: A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in biological, agricultural, or environmental sciences, including a course in biochemistry or organic chemistry, completed in the past 5 years, and a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale. An updated curriculum vitae summarizing work activities may be required for education completed more than five years ago.
For more information see mcgill.ca/macdonald/prospective/degrees/post-bacc 

Diploma in Environment

The Diploma in Environment is a 30-credit program, two semesters in duration if taken full-time. This program is offered through the faculties of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, or Science. You must hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. A science background is required for students applying through the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Diploma in Meteorology

The Diploma in Meteorology is a 30-credit program, two semesters in duration if taken full-time. You must hold a B.Sc., with an appropriate background in mathematics, physics, or other suitable studies, or B.Eng. degree with good standing. Generally, a minimum of three university-level Calculus courses is required for consideration.

Bachelor of Theology

Admission is open to candidates who possess a Bachelor's degree, whether or not it contains courses in religion or theology. A CGPA of 2.70 or higher is required for admission to the 60-credit (two-year) program. If you have a CEGEP DEC or high school diploma you may also be considered. For more information: mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/undergraduate/apply.


Prerequisites

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

 

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

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

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

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

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester of calculus for science
  • Two of: biology (one semester with lab), chemistry (one semester with lab) or physics (one semester with lab)

 

Architecture

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester of calculus 1
  • One semester of linear algebra
  • Two semesters of science, including physics (mechanics)
  • Portfolio (Admission review takes into account the portfolio evaluation)

 

Arts

PREREQUISITES
  • No specific courses

 

Education

PREREQUISITES
  • No specific prerequisites except for the following programs:
    • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics: subjects must include one semester each of differential and integral calculus.
    • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology: subjects must include one semester each of differential and integral calculus, and two semesters of biology, chemistry and/or physics (with labs).
  • CASPer Test: B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Music, 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.

 

Engineering

 

Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering 

Civil Engineering

Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Materials Engineering

Mining Engineering

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester each of differential and integral calculus
  • Two semesters of chemistry and/or physics (with labs) or one of each.

 

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

 
Dietetics
Nutrition
PREREQUISITES

Dietetics:

  • Two semesters of biology with labs
  • One semester of general chemistry with lab
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters (three if CEGEP) of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • One semester in each of differential and integral calculus

Nutrition: 

  • One semester of calculus for science
  • Two of: biology (one semester with lab), chemistry (one semester with lab) or physics (one semester with lab)

 

Kinesiology

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester each of differential and integral calculus
  • Two semesters of biology, chemistry and/or physics (with labs).

 

Management

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester each of differential and integral calculus.
  • Applicants from Québec institutions must also have one semester of linear algebra. 
  • Admission is extremely competitive for this program and dependent on availability of space.

Note: Students who have completed, or are completing, a full year (or equivalent) of university-level business/management courses are normally not eligible for admission to the B.Com program.

 

Music


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

 

Nursing

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester each of differential and integral calculus
  • Two semesters of biology, chemistry and/or physics (with labs).
  • 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).

 

Physical and Occupational Therapy

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester of differential calculus
  • One semester of integral calculus
  • Two semesters of biology with labs
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • CASPer: Applicants 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).

 

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See: Arts

 

Science

 

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

PREREQUISITES
  • One semester each of differential and integral calculus
  • Two semesters of biology, chemistry and/or physics (with labs).

 

Social Work

PREREQUISITES

 

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