Mature Applicants

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

DEADLINES

Application for admission

May 1st

     Supporting documents (when required)

July 15

PROGRAMS WITH SEPARATE DEADLINES

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Social Work documents

May 15

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1st

Application to Dentistry, Law or Medicine

Consult faculty website


Admission review process

The Mature Student category is available to applicants who:

  • do not possess a conventional basis of admission such as a high school or CEGEP diploma, or
  • have academic credentials that do not meet the minimum requirements and have no academic studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission.

Applicants with regular academic studies completed during the last five years must apply under the regular high school, CEGEP, or university transfer categories.

Conditions for eligibility:

  • Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residency
  • 23 years of age or older at time of registration (21 years of age for the Faculties of Management and Music)
  • No college or university level studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission
  • Two letters of reference
  • Letter of Intent, including description of previous educational experiences
  • Complete record of employment and personal history, highlighting points relevant to the application
  • Demonstrate academic potential by successfully completing a minimum number of appropriate courses within the three-year period prior to admission and no later than May 15th of the year of application for the intended program. These courses, which may be completed at CEGEP or university, will also fulfill prerequisites for the intended program.
  • Each student is considered on an individual basis, based on all elements in the file.

Prerequisite courses by program

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, including Bioresource Engineering, Nutritional Sciences (excluding Dietetics major), and Food Science

A minimum of: One course in differential calculus (CEGEP Mathematics NYA or university equivalent)
Two of the following:

  • Biology (CEGEP Biology NYA or university equivalent, with lab)
  • Chemistry (CEGEP Chemistry NYA or university equivalent, with lab)
  • Physics (CEGEP Physics NYA or university equivalent, with lab)

Each of the courses must have been completed with a minimum university grade of B (or equivalent).

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dietetics major only

A minimum of:

  • Two semesters of biology with labs
  • One semester of general chemistry with lab
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters (three if CEGEP) of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • One semester in each of differential and integral calculus

Minimum grades must be competitive with those obtained by CEGEP or transfer applicants.

Architecture

  • Two semesters of differential and integral calculus
  • One semester of linear algebra
  • Two semesters of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • Two semesters of general chemistry, with labs
  • Portfolio by March 7

Applicants with exceptional grades may be considered with a minimum of two semesters of calculus and any two of the above chemistry and physics courses.

Arts

Two courses appropriate to the proposed area of study, each with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent).

Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.)

Minimum of:

  • One semester of calculus
  • Two semesters of biology, chemistry, or physics, with labs

Each of the above courses must have been completed with a minimum university grade of B (or equivalent).

Education

  • Two courses, one in English (not English as a Second Language) and one in the proposed teaching area, each with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent)
  • Letter of Intent for all B.Ed. programs except Physical Education (see below: Additional Requirements for Education)
  • Candidates whose applications pass the initial review will be contacted for an interview

B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants must also meet Music requirements.

Engineering

Minimum of three courses including differential calculus, physics (mechanics) with lab and one semester of general chemistry with lab, each with minimum of 75% (or equivalent)

Kinesiology

Minimum of three courses including one precalculus course in functions (calculus is preferred) and at least two semesters of general biology, chemistry or physics, with labs, each with a minimum of 75% (or equivalent)

Management

Students possessing a university degree or a CEGEP DEC with competitive results overall and in mathematics coursework (completed in the last five years), should apply as a University Transfer or CEGEP applicant. Students without the required mathematics within the last five years are advised to complete or refresh the mathematics coursework and then apply as a University Transfer or CEGEP applicant.

Students without the appropriate academic background, who have been out of school for three years and are at least 21 years of age at the time of admission, must initially complete the minimum required coursework at the McGill School of Continuing Studies, as outlined on the website below. Upon successful completion of these requirements, students may apply directly to the Faculty of Management to be evaluated for transfer into the B.Com. program. For detailed and up-to-date course requirements refer to the website.

Music

  • No specific prerequisite courses
  • An audition

Audition and academic record determine admissibility to any program.
B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants must also meet Education requirements.

Nursing (B.Sc.(N.))

Minimum of three courses including:

  • One in functions (precalculus) (calculus is preferred), and
  • At least two semesters of general biology, chemistry or physics (all with labs)

Each of the courses must have been completed with a minimum university grade of 70% (or equivalent).

Nursing (B.N. Integrated)

Due to its particular program structure, Mature students cannot apply directly to the Bachelor of Nursing Integrated program.

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy (B.Sc.Rehab.Sci.)

  • Two semesters of biology with labs
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with labs
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • Two semesters (three if CEGEP) of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics) with labs
  • One semester in each of differential and integral calculus

Minimum grades must be competitive with those obtained by CEGEP or transfer applicants.

Religious Studies (B.Th.)

A qualifying year of designated Religious Studies and Arts courses before being admitted to the B.Th. program.

Science

Minimum of three courses including:

  • One in functions (precalculus) (calculus is preferred)
  • At least two of general biology, chemistry or physics (all with labs)

Each of the courses must have been completed with a minimum university grade of 70% (or equivalent).

Social Work (B.S.W.)

  • Two courses appropriate to the area of study, each with a minimum grade of B each completed by May 15th of the year of application with a minimum grade of B.  
  • Significant paid or volunteer community work experience in fields related to the program
  • Recommendations from community social agencies with which you have been affiliated

 


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

1) Academic documents - All academic documents must be uploaded to your Minerva file.

  • Transcripts (unofficial copies can be uploaded)
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • A Statement of Intent indicating particular areas of study interest, preparedness for successful university study, and description and evaluation of previous educational experiences (maximum five pages)
  • A full record of employment and personal history, highlighting points relevant to the application
  • Two letters of reference (sent directly to McGill)

If admitted, you must then arrange for your school, college, or university to send official transcripts to McGill.

 

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 neither of the above situations applies, 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

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

 - You have applied to Architecture, Dentistry, Education, Music, 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.


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