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! It is your responsibility to verify your status on Minerva and ensure the completion of your application.


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


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

You're applying to one of the following:

Architecture

You must upload a Portfolio of your work, as a PDF document, to your Minerva file by March 7. Note that a hard copy of your Portfolio will not be accepted.

Details on how to prepare a document for upload can be found at mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/apply/preparing-your-documents).

Detailed Portfolio instructions:

  • The Portfolio must be submitted in colour as a letter size (8.5 x 11 or A4) PDF document in landscape orientation and may not exceed 15 pages in length (not including the covers).
  • Your full name and McGill I.D. number must be noted on the cover/first page.
  • If the Portfolio includes text in any language other than English or French, please provide translations into either English or French.

Your Portfolio must include the following:

1. A Table of Contents on the first page (maximum 1 page).

2. Images of original work that provide evidence of your creative and design skills and reveal your interest in architecture and the environment. (maximum 10 pages)

a. This includes, without being limited to, images of freehand sketches, paintings, sculpture, architectural and industrial design, photography, technical drawings, digital and/or physical model-making, and built work.

b. Each image, or sequence of images, should be identified with a caption that clearly explains the context of the work. The caption must appear on the same page as the image(s) and should include the following information.
• a title, if appropriate;
• the date of the work;
• the location, if the image is a sketch or photograph;
• the size of the original and the media used;
• whether the work is the product of a self-directed study or an assignment in an academic course;
• if the image is based on course work, identify the name of the course and the institution, the timeframe for the assignment, and in the case of a group project, your contribution and the total number of group members.

c. Freehand sketches and paintings should be original work executed in the field or in the studio. Sketches or paintings based on a work in any medium by another person are not recommended and, if included, must be identified as such and explained as part of a study or research exercise.

d. Links to videos and animations may be included but must be accompanied by 4-6 still images.

3. Six (6) images (freehand sketches and/or photographs), with captions, of an interesting building near your home. (maximum 2 pages)

4. Any other material that provides evidence of your creativity, verbal and graphic communications skills, and interest in architecture. (maximum 2 pages)

 

Education

CASPer test

Applicants to all Bachelor of Education programs except Physical Education are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test as a component of the selection process. For a full list of test dates and to register, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language in which you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • When registering for your CASPer test on the CASPer website:
    • In ‘Step 3’ you must select ‘Bachelor of Education’,
      • then, select ‘Canadian Teacher’s Education 1
  • 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.
  • You are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

NOTE: Special, Visiting, and Exchange applicants are exempted from this requirement.

TESL - English test

Applicants to the English Second Language (TESL) program are required to pass an English language proficiency test. Following a successful initial review of your application you will be contacted to make testing arrangements. If you live outside the Montreal area, you may complete the test through correspondence.

NOTE: The language proficiency test must be completed 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.

Dietetics

Proof of French Proficiency

Music

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

Nursing

CASPer Test

  • Applicants to all Nursing programs (B.Sc.(N), B.N.I.) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Undergraduate Health Science) 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. 

  • Applicants to the B.N. (Integrated) (BNI), in-person or online, must write the CASPer test not later than the last available test date in March. Results from the April sitting will not be acceptedLast minute bookings are not recommended.
     

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 mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/formsmanuals. 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 mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application 


Mandatory Immunizations

Your application includes:

Extenuating circumstances

In the rare event that extenuating circumstances have had a negative impact on your academic performance, you have an opportunity to report on these when you submit your application. Note that this is likely to delay your admission decision somewhat. Extenuating circumstances may include: significant medical, personal or learning difficulties encountered, the death or grave illness of someone close to you, a 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.

If you wish to report extenuating circumstances, you must:

  1. Check "yes" for extenuating circumstances on your application form (in the Additional Information section).
  2. Upload together;
    1. your own descriptive statement (maximum two pages) describing the nature and chronology of the circumstances, their impact on your academic record and your readiness to undertake university study.
    2. documentation to substantiate your statement; such as, a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, psychologist, trainer or social worker, or a death certificate (maximum two pages). Please do not send multi-page reports at the time of application. If further details are needed, they will be requested from you at a later date
  3. All documents must be uploaded together to the same checklist item. You will not be able to upload a new version or additional documents after you’ve uploaded something.

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.

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 applicants claiming extenuating circumstances.

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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