Research Supervisor

All applicants should take the time to find a supervisor with similar areas of interests and research goals. Throughout the course of a master’s degree, the student-supervisor relationship is very important to the success of the student studies.

All applicants need to select and be accepted by a supervisor before being accepted as a graduate student.

Identifying Potential Supervisors

Make a connection

Prior to researching and speaking to potential supervisors, make sure to contact the academic unit offering your program in order to establish a relationship. 

The maria.palumbo2 [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Coordinator) will be your main contact person within the unit and will provide you with pertinent information. They will answer your questions about program requirements, the admissions process, supplemental materials, funding opportunities and the procedure for finding a supervisor within the department.

When you are ready to contact potential supervisors, approaching them by email is a good initial step. Ensure that your messages are tailored to each professor, not generic. You must catch the interest of the professor quickly and make a good first impression.

  • Write a concise and professional letter.  The message should start with Dear Professor/Dr. (lastname) and end with "Yours sincerely" followed by your full name and contact information (or the formal equivalent in a message written in French). 
  • Attach your Curriculum Vitae and unofficial transcripts. Note, you may complete and submit the Canadian Common CV. State why you are writing  (e.g.  I am applying to the M.Sc. program in specify program).
  • State why you are interested in graduate studies (including career goals) and emphasize any research or leadership experience and analytical skills.
  • If you already have funding, state the amount, duration and source.
  • State why you are approaching this particular professor, and why your research interests and goals are a good match. Refer briefly to specific published articles by the professor that interest you.
  • Offer an opportunity for further discussion (teleconference, videoconference, or if you are in Montreal, an in-person interview).