FAQ

Submitting an application

How do I submit my application to the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill?

All application forms should be submitted through the McGill Online Application Website. It is important to fill out and submit your online application BEFORE sending supporting documents to avoid any problems or delays. ID numbers are usually returned to you by email after 24 to 48 hours of your application submission.

When I can I submit my application to the DMD program?

The admission cycle starts on September 1st for entry the next fall (e.g. application submitted in the fall 2016 for entry in August 2017).

Is it possible to work on the application for a period of time and then submit the final version?

Once you have selected your program, you may stop at any time and return to your application by re-entering your Login ID and PIN number.

I cannot find your program listed on the program choice selection section.

Our DMD program is found under the application type of 'Undergraduate/Professional' (do not select Postgrad Med/Dent Education as this is for post-doctoral studies);

When asked about your educational background, you should select the highest level of education you have or will have achieved prior to starting your program of choice. For example, if you are in the final year of your Bachelor's degree, select Bachelor's Degree / Equivalent as this is your anticipated level of education (by the time you are admitted, should you be admitted).

How much is the application fee?

The on-line application fee is $107.50 (non-refundable) which is payable by credit card when submitting your application on the web.

I have omitted to answer all the questions or have made a mistake on the application form, and I have submitted the application. What do I do now?

You may undergrad.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca (write to us) under separate cover and we will enter the corrections on the system. Please provide your McGill identification number.

When am I going to be invited for interviews, if granted?

Interviews are conducted in person usually in March for those applying to the D.M.D. program and April for Québec residents applying to the Dent-P program. We will do our best to give you notice two to four weeks in advance.

What is the required cGPA score?

A cGPA of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4 would be considered competitive. As an indication, last year's average cGPA of interviewed Non-Quebec Canadians/international applicants was 3.90, and 3.82 for candidates recognised as Quebec residents.

Does McGill give admission preference to the relatives of McGill graduates?

Admission to McGill's Faculty of Dentistry is based on academic and competency-based criteria. Letters of support from alumni, friends, and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application. Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill does not have a legacy admission program.

Submitting your documents

Do I have to submit my personal statement via the Web site?

All your supporting documents must be uploaded through your Minerva account except for your academic history workbook.

Do I need to send you official transcripts?

We now accept unofficial transcripts for evaluation purposes. However, if you are accepted into our program, an official copy will be required. You can now submit your unofficial transcripts by uploading them through Minerva (under the 'Applicant' tab).

When do need to submit my documents?

The online application for the DMD program must be submitted by November 1st before 11:59 p.m. (Montreal local). All required documents need to be submitted by November 3rd before 11:59 p.m. (Montreal local).

What is a verifier?

A verifier is a person who can attest to the content of specific CV entries (e.g., direct supervisor in employment context) and who may be contacted within 12 months of your application deadline.

Do I need to provide a verifier for all entries on my CV?

You do need to provide a verifier for the most important entries on your CV. It is for each applicant to decide what is relevant and what is not to put on their CV.

Academic History Workbook

I went on an exchange, what should I do?

You need to list the courses you took in both Sections 2 and 3.

What is the basis of admission degree?

Assessment of academic strength is based upon the undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) record. This should be a 120-credit university degree program, or, for residents of Quebec who hold a Diploma from a Quebec-based CEGEP, a 90-credit university degree program. This is the BASIS OF ADMISSION DEGREE, for which detailed information must be reported in Section 3: Basis of Admission Degree of the workbook.

Do I need to enter graduate marks in the workbook?

Section 3 of the Workbook should only include a record of your undergraduate degree marks.

Some of my basic science prerequisite courses were taken at CEGEP. Do I need to list all CEGEP courses in the workbook?

No. Simply enter the relevant basic science prerequisite grades in section 4.

I took an elective course outside of my home institution. What should the status be in Section 2?

Please use the 'Program terminated' option in the dropdown menu of Section 2.

I am applying to both Medicine and Dentistry. Do I need to submit two separate workbooks?

No. Simply click on the 'Click Here for Medicine and Dentistry' in Section 6 of the workbook to submit your workbook to both programs.

I applied last year and submitted a workbook. Can I use that version for this year's application?

No. Please use the current version of the workbook as this is an updated and improved version.

My basic science prerequisite courses have a separate lab component. Where can I enter the lab grades?

Separate lab marks can be added in the grey columns in Section 4.

The McGill GPA conversion does not match my CGPA

The McGill calculated GPA is an estimation and all applications will be verified internally in order for a precise McGill GPA to be calculated.

What resources are available to assist me in converting my grades?

If the tables provided in the workbook guide do not capture the grading scheme of your institution, you can use the following resources to assist you:

AMCAS Grade Conversions Guide

OMSAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion Table from the OUAC - see the "Quick Reference" section

* Exception (OMSAS): The following exceptions are required if the OMSAS Undergraduate Grading System Conversion table is used: Where the OMSAS value shows to be 3.80 or 3.90, assign a McGill grade point value of 4.0. Where the OMSAS value shows to be 1.70, assign a McGill grade point value of 2.0.

If you are an international student, please contact the Admissions Office and request the grading scheme for your country.

When I enter my information in section 1 and try to click the button to proceed, a message pops up saying "Reference is not valid".

You need to save the document to your computer in order to enable the hyperlinks, otherwise you will get error messages.

I have additional information I wish to provide to the Admissions Office, how should I proceed?

There will be a link in Section 6 for you to use to send your workbook by email. You can write your comments in the body of the email when submitting your workbook.

I have submitted my workbook, but I still can’t see it as received on Minerva.

Please allow up to 10 business days for your workbook to appear as received in your checklist.

I cannot see a link to upload my workbook in Minerva.

In the last section of the workbook, there will be a link for you to use to submitting your document. The workbook cannot be uploaded on Minerva and has to be sent by email to undergrad.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca.

Tracking an application

How do I know if all my documents have arrived?

You may check the status of your application via the Minerva website. The list of documents received by our office is updated on a regular basis. Submitting your online application before sending documents will avoid problems with supporting documents. Please make every effort to complete the online application as a first step.

What does 'Ready for Review' mean?

An indication of 'Ready for review' means that your file is complete and under review by the Admissions Committee. Your status will indicate 'Ready for Review' until a final decision is rendered.

When are final decisions provided?

Final decisions are usually posted within one month after interviews have been completed.

How do I receive a McGill Identification number?

Once you have successfully submitted the on-line application forms (including payment), you will receive a confirmation and a nine digit McGill identification number. You will need this McGill ID number to access the Minerva system and to track your application. Please include this ID number in all correspondence with our office.

Miscellaneous

Does McGill give admission preference to the relatives of McGill graduates?

Admission to McGill's Faculty of Dentistry is based on the academic merit and competency-based criteria. Letters of support from alumni, friends, and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application. Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill does not have a legacy admission program.

How do I know if I am recognised as a Quebec resident?

Please visit this section of our website to confirm your residency status.

How can I change my mailing address?

You always have the ability to change your email and postal addresses, no matter where you are in the application process or what status you have, by going to: Minerva > Personal Menu > Addresses and Phones.

Is financial aid available?

Enquiries concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Scholarships and Student Aid Office. 514 398-6013.

What are McGill's strong points?

McGill is one of the top dental schools in North America. Our DMD curriculm is innovative and dynamic and employs cutting-edge approaches to the management of oral heatlh problems, as well as innovative teaching and learning techniques. It is committed to the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals.

How can I contact a dental student?

You can browse through our Student Ambassadors' profiles to find someone with whom you would like to chat and send them an email with your questions. You can also participate to our Shadowing Program and learn more about our students' professional activities.

Can I speak with someone from the admissions office if I need advice?

The staff in the admissions office is here to help you. Feel free to contact us at any time.