Step 7: Submit documents and keep in touch.

Track your application on Minerva

You'll receive an email confirmation within 48 hours after submitting your application for admission. With the login information you receive, you can access your Minerva account to do the following:

  • Upload your documents (if required)
  • Verify that your documents have been received (you'll see a received date next to the item in the checklist)
  • See if additional documents have been requested by an admissions officer
  • Fill out applications for Scholarship and/or Financial Aid
  • View the decision that has been made on your application (consult our admission glossary for definitions)
  • Update your contact information
  • Verify your student housing application

It's important to check your Minerva account regularly as it is your responsibility to verify your status on Minerva and ensure the completion of your application. Note that applications that are incomplete after the document deadlines can be cancelled.

Submit supporting documents

We'll tell you which documents we need and when - all you have to do is check Minerva and your email regularly. Here's how to get ahead on the most common types of supporting documents:

  1. Verify which supporting documents you need

  2. Learn how to prepare documents for upload

  3. Find out when and how to self-report your grades if you're at a Canadian high school (outside QC and ON) or U.S. High School

  4. Make sure you share your external test results with us

It is in the applicant’s interest to complete their file as quickly as possible. When program space is limited, preference may be given to applicants who have submitted all required supporting documents/information earlier on. Should a program reach its capacity prior to the ‘supporting documents’ and/or ‘self-reporting’ deadline, incomplete applications may be cancelled.

You'll need to supply additional documents if...

You're applying to one of the following:


CASPer test

Please note that the admission requirement of the CASPer test is suspended. This test is not required from anyone applying for September 2024 entry.

TESL - English test

Applicants to the English Second Language (TESL) program, and who meet the academic admission requirements, will be required to pass a two-part English language test, or meet the requirements to be exempted, as noted below.

Following a successful initial review of your application, and if you do not meet the exemption requirements, you will be required to register for the required test. Specific information on the test and the registration link is found at:

You will be exempt from sitting the tests if:

  • You have attended high school and/or university, for at least four consecutive years, at an English-language institution; or
  • You have attended at least three consecutive years at an English-language university in Quebec; or
  • You have completed a DEC at an English-language CEGEP and/or completed Secondary IV and V in English in Quebec.

NOTE: The language test or proof or exemption must be submitted before an admission decision can be made.

Mature Applicants - interview

Mature applicants to any Education program whose applications pass initial review will be contacted for an interview.


Proof of French Proficiency


Additional supporting documents and an audition are required.  Please consult the Schulich School of Music website.



Proof of French proficiency (for applicants to the B.Sc.(N), only)

Mandatory Immunizations

Physical & Occupational Therapy

Casper Test

  • Applicants to the B.Sc. Rehabilitation Science (Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.(Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.

For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.
  • The CASPer ‘Snapshot’ (an extension of the CASPer Test) is NOT required for applicants to this program.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

Proof of French Proficiency

Religious Studies

Additional supporting documents are required.  Please consult the School of Religious Studies website.

Social Work

The School of Social Work encourages applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized people, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ people, women, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and others who may face systemic barriers that impact their access to education. We invite applicants to share self-identifying and contextualizing information in their admission application in the Personal Statement or other required supporting documents.

If applying to the School of Social Work, you must submit:

  1. The completed “Social Work Written Submission”, available at As noted on the document, all sections must be completed and then uploaded to your Minerva account under checklist item "Social Work Written Submission”.

  2.  Two social work-related confidential letters of recommendation, preferably on letterhead stationery, submitted directly by the referee via email.

    For important details on these requirements and to access the format specifications, see 

Mandatory Immunizations

Your application includes:

Extenuating circumstances

The opportunity to declare ‘Extenuating circumstances’ in the application is provided to support students who may have experienced difficulties that negatively impacted their academic results during a limited period of time.

The impact on academic performance during the period claimed, and the demonstrated academic performance both prior to and following the time period of the circumstances, will be considered.

Extenuating circumstances could include:

  • significant medical, personal, or learning difficulties,
  • the grave illness or death of someone close to you,
  • a significant family move during the school year, or
  • involvement in training for high-level athletics or performing arts.

Note that Covid-19 related academic challenges (such as a revised grading scheme, decrease in marks, etc.) alone are not eligible as grounds for extenuating circumstances.

To report extenuating circumstances, you must:

1. When completing your application, check "yes" in the box for extenuating circumstances (in the ‘Additional Information’ section).

Note that in rare instances, an admission decision could be slightly delayed if additional documentation is required.

2. After you have received your McGill ID number, access your Minerva account and upload a personal statement (maximum one page) describing:

  • the nature and chronology of the circumstances,
  • the impact of the circumstances on your academic record

You may include additional documentation (maximum two pages) to substantiate your statement such as a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, or other individual with knowledge of your circumstances.


Do not submit multi-page reports or photographs, or reports containing the personal information of other individuals. If additional details are required, they will be requested from you following initial review of your application.

All documents must be uploaded together to the same checklist item. Be sure that you have included everything as you will not be able to upload a new version or additional documents after the initial upload.

The additional information you provide will be taken into consideration along with your academic record. Please bear in mind that admission to McGill is highly competitive for all, including for applicants claiming extenuating circumstances.

Important note to applicants and guidance counsellors when supporting documents are required:

Please do not send any documents to McGill until after the application has been submitted and the student has received their 9-digit McGill ID number. Documents received at McGill before an application has been received can significantly delay or even prevent an admission decision.


Proof of English proficiency

All applicants (unless exempt) must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. Consult Proof of English proficiency for exemptions, accepted certificates/exams and submission instructions.

Proof of French proficiency

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, certain McGill programs include a mandatory internship, or ‘stage’, which will be completed in a hospital, clinic, social service centre, or school setting where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential. Consult Proof of French proficiency for exemptions, accepted certificates/exams and submission instructions.

Major scholarship or financial aid

You will need to submit a separate application (via Minerva) and submit additional supporting documents to be considered for Major Scholarship.  Consult Scholarships and Student Aid.

What documents might I need?

Consult your pre-application to-do list for all the documents you'll need.

How do I...?

Find answers to your questions about how to submit documents.

Not familiar with a term?

Review our glossary of common admission terms used in Minerva.

When to expect a decision

The timing of when you receive an answer depends on several factors, including the completion of your application, supporting documents and the program(s) you applied to. Keep in mind that it could take months before you receive a decision.

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