How to apply

Please read our admission requirements carefully before applying.

Application Form

Applicants are required to apply on-line and pay the application fee by credit card. Application fees and other charges are listed on the student accounts website. The application fee is non-refundable.

  •  Reference letters - all applicants must arrange for two (2) letters of reference from individuals who have been directly involved in their supervision and are in a position to assess their research potential. Reference letters must be specific as to which program the student has applied and include information that will aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.  Applicants must include their referees in the on-line application.  Referees will be emailed a link to submit their reference on-line.

Supporting Documents

In addition to completing the on-line application, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the documents listed below are uploaded to their on-line application on or before the application deadline.

  • Transcripts - copies of official transcripts of courses and grades from all institutions/universities attended and copies of official degree certificates (where applicable). Transcripts and degree certificates in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by official English translations. McGill transcripts will be uploaded automatically.
  • Area of Research and Applicant Profile Form - The information we require to complete your file is critical in the assessment of your application. Please indicate your first and second choice clearly on this Area of Research and Applicant Profile Form [.pdf].

Test Scores

Applicants must ensure that the official test results are sent electronically to McGill University (institutional code: 0935) by the testing service.  Applicants cannot upload their results themselves, nor can the administration upload paper copies of test scores.

Completeness of Your File

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded to their on-line application by the application deadline.

Application Tracking

Students may track the status of their application in uApply. There you may view which documents have been received, which documents remain outstanding, when a departmental decision has been rendered and in the case of a recommendation for acceptance, when a final decision has been made by Enrolment Services-Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.