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Deadlines for admission in 2019-20

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

DEADLINES

For applicants from schools located in Canada.  Applicants from schools located outside Canada must consult High schools outside Canada/US for deadlines.

Application for admission

February 1

    Early self-reporting period (optional)

January 6 - February 1

    Regular self-reporting period (mandatory) March 1 - May 1
    Additional supporting documents (if required) May 4

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

February 7

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

EXCEPTIONS (programs with separate deadlines)

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies

May 1


Admission review process - McGill calculation of the "Top 5"

Select the location of your school:

School located IN Canada

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your ‘Top 5’ academic Grade 12 courses, including the prerequisites for the program to which you applied.

  • JUNE 2018: Please note that we are currently reviewing the BC Graduation Program curriculum changes.  Any changes to the admission requirements for BC applicants will be posted here in the coming months. 
  • Marks for failed/repeated courses are taken into consideration and will be used in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, as required.
  • For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you are applying on the basis of a Grade 12 diploma issued by the Nunavut Department of Education, the language course, Inuktitut, and the social science course, Aulajaaqtut, are regarded as academic courses and may be included in the top-five course average.
  • Grade 12 English or French will be included in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, depending on the language of instruction at your school.
  • You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma that gives you access to university education in your home province or territory.

If you are completing the IB Diploma or individual IB Diploma Courses, you will normally be considered for admission based on your ‘Top 5’ average and you will be required to self-report marks in percentage format. You may subsequently be granted advanced standing credits based on your final IB results.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

School located OUTSIDE Canada

Though completing a Canadian high school diploma, you must apply as an applicant from a High school outside Canada/US.  As such:

- Deadlines will be the same as for applicants from schools outside Canada.

- Transcripts and additional supporting documents (if required), must be uploaded via Minerva.

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your ‘Top 5’ academic Grade 12 courses, including the prerequisites for the program to which you applied.

  • Marks for failed/repeated courses are taken into consideration and will be used in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, as required.
  • For programs where science and/or math are prerequisites, these must normally have been completed within the last five years.
  • Grade 12 English or French will be included in the ‘Top 5’ calculation, depending on the language of instruction at your school.
  • You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma that gives you access to university education in your home province or territory.

If you are completing the IB Diploma, you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.


Minimum grades & prerequisites

  • Below are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2018.
  • Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2019.

  • Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades may fluctuate up or down by as much as 5% in any given year.

  • To view a printable version, consult: September 2018 Admission Requirements for Canadian High School Students (except Ontario).

Select your Faculty/School/Program of interest:

Agricultural and Environmental Science


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus.

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

76% Overall

75% in each prerequisite math and science course

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

75% Overall

75% in each prerequisite math and science course

Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

76% overall

75% in each prerequisite math and science course

Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

76.5% overall

75% in each prerequisite math and science course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Architecture

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

90% overall

85% in each prerequisite math and science course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus);
  • Grade 12 Physics;
  • Grade 12 Chemistry;
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio which will be taken into account during the admission process.

Arts

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

87% overall

84% in the prerequisite English or French course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&S.C.)

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

92% overall

84% in the prerequisite English or French course

85% in each prerequisite math and science course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics


NoteThe B.A.& Sc. is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.  It is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in each faculty. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a Major in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Science or one of the interfaculty programs in Cognitive Science, Environment or Sustainability, Science and Society.

Education

MINIMUM GRADES FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBRE 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

Kindergarten/Elementary Education*

82% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Physical Education

83.5% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

Secondary Education*

82% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

TESL**

82% overall

80% in the prerequisite English or French course

* B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL must submit a Letter of Intent. 

Note: The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.  

** TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

PREREQUISITES:
  • Grade 12 English or French
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics: subjects must also complete Grade 12 math (pre-calculus or calculus).
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology: subjects must include Grade 12 math (pre-calculus or calculus) and two of Grade 12 biology, chemistry, or physics.

Engineering

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Bioengineering**

95% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Chemical Engineering

94.5% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Civil Engineering

92% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering

95.3% overall

87% in each prerequisite math & science course

Mechanical Engineering

94% overall

87% in each prerequisite math & science course

Materials Engineering

90% overall

85% in each prerequisite math and science course

Mining Engineering

87% overall

85% in each prerequisite math and science course

** Bioengineering: New program in 2017. Admission minima may fluctuate significantly in the first few years of a program. 

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus);
  • Grade 12 Physics
  • Grade 12 Chemistry

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus.  

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Nutrition

79% overall

77% in each prerequisite math and science course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Kinesiology

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

86% overall

85% in each prerequisite math and science course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Management

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH/ENGLISH OR FRENCH COURSES

95% overall

85% in the prerequisite English or French course

85% in the prerequisite math course

PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)

Music

For information on admission requirements, see the Schulich School of Music website.

Nursing

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

84% overall

84% in each prerequisite math and science course

Applicants to Nursing are required to complete a mandatory online assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See: Arts

Science

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
TOP 5 AVERAGE MATH & SCIENCE COURSES

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

93.8% overall

87% in each prerequisite math and science course

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

91% overall

87 % in each prerequisite math and science course

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

93.5% overall 87% in each prerequisite math and science course
PREREQUISITES
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 


What is considered an “academic" course?

Academic (considered for inclusion in the Top 5 average)

  • All Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • All International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Most first language English and French courses
  • All foreign language courses
  • Most mathematics courses
  • Most locally developed social science/social studies courses

Note: only one Fine Arts course can be included in the Top Five average, excluding AP and IB courses. Fine Arts courses include Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.


Non-academic (excluded from the Top 5 average)

  • All computer courses (except AP Computer Science and IB computer courses)
  • All English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
  • Most technical, professional, and applied courses
  • All career courses
  • All physical education and health courses
  • All work experience and co-op courses


Specific courses used by McGill in the calculation of the Top 5 average

NOTE: This list is not comprehensive as it does not include most locally developed courses. Where applicable, “Challenge” exams for academic and foreign language courses are recognized and can be included in the Top Five average.

The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice.


Supporting documentation

1) Academic documents

All applicants (except those to Music and Religious Studies) are required to self-report their grades using the designated web form accessible through Minerva.

There are two self-reporting periods: early (optional) and regular (mandatory). If you do not receive a decision during the early self-reporting period, your application status will be changed to 'incomplete' and you must self-report updated grades in Minerva during the regular self-reporting period.

If your school is located outside Canada, transcripts must be uploaded via Minerva. The self-reporting function in Minerva is not available to students applying from schools outside Canada.

 

2) Proof of English proficiency

Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

 

3) Additional supporting documents

Documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

 - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Nursing, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

 - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

 - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

 

The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice.


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