Below is an overview of resources at McGill that can support your academic success. If you want to learn more about academic topics and policies, visit the Academic Topics & Policies page.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The mission of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) is to promote university-wide academic excellence for graduate and postdoctoral education at McGill. GPS provides leadership for graduate teaching, supervision, and research in McGill’s over 400 graduate programs.
What they do
- Thesis guidelines
- Funding opportunities
- Conflict resolution
- Academic policies and procedures
Service Point is the student-facing customer-service arm of Enrolment Services. They provide administrative services and assistance to students, prospective students, applicants, guests, and parents.
What they do
- Legal document collection, such as your immigration permits and citizenship information, in order to update your student legal status and fees.
- Academic documentation, such as ID cards, official transcripts, letters of enrolment, and diplomas.
- Information regarding admission procedures.
- Information regarding Student Accounts (tuition and fees).
- Information regarding registration procedures and using the Minerva system
- Official nomination procedure for Student Exchanges, following departmental approval. (refer below to International Opportunities)
3415 McTavish Street
Call 514-398-7878 or contact them via web form.
The McGill University Library and Archives advances teaching, learning, research, and community service by providing outstanding collections, access to the world of knowledge, excellence in service, and an appropriate library environment, all of which are client-focused and responsive to the needs of the McGill community.
What they do
- There are over 6 million items in the McGill Library collection, available to borrow or view, including print books, e-books, print journals, e-journals, DVDs, music recordings, photographs, and rare and special collections.
- Liason Librarians specialize in specific subject areas and are available to assist students, faculty and staff in person, over the phone, online, by email, and via online chat.
- The Interlibrary Loan service (ILL), gives users access to documents that are not part of the McGill Library collection.
- Electronic library resources such as databases, full text electronic journals and textbooks, as well as other online services available on and off campus.
- Study areas in most branch libraries, which provide attractive spaces conducive to individual study and group learning.
- Citation guides on how to properly cite references, and citation software to help manage your bibliographic citations or references.
- The McGill Library provides access to a wide range of technology and equipment, including computer workstations, scanners, printers, copiers, and microform viewing, scanning and printing facilities.
- Library workshops and tours offer a great introduction to the Library spaces and services.
Numerous branches accross both campuses.
McGill Writing Centre
The McGill Writing Centre (MWC) is the University’s central resource for written communication. The Centre offers credit courses in academic and professional writing, and a writing tutorial service that is free to all McGill students. The Centre is also home to Graphos, a scholarly communication program designed specifically for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that includes 1-credit courses, workshops, and peer writing groups.
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
The OSD facilitates and supports the inclusion of diverse learners through advocacy, resources and services. Make an appointment with an Access Services Advisor to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and the supports available at McGill. Appointments are available in-person or via Skype.
What they do for all students
- Study Partner Program: peer study sessions for any student who needs consistency and motivation.
- Workshops: in-person and webinar style workshops that focus on academic skills, time management and wellness.
- Online resources: our website is full of links to helpful resources to anything from how to organize your study time, to apps that help with focusing in class.
What they do for students with valid medical documentation
Whether your disability is permanent or temporary, visible or invisible, an Access Services Advisor at the OSD can help you get the support you need to address the barriers you experience. Our services are needs-based, and can include the following:
- Exam accommodations
- Note taking
- Access Technology: we have both Access and Adaptive Technologist to help students who use adaptive computer technology, or who need support learning how to use technology to access their course materials.
- Learning Resources Advising: individualized sessions with a Learning Resources advisor.
- Mentorship Program: supports students as they navigate their time at McGill by pairing them with a mentor from a similar academic background. Their weekly meetings allow them to work on goal setting and sharing resources.
- Graduate Student Writers' Group: masters and doctoral students who engage in a bi-weekly peer program designed to share thesis writing tips, strategies and best practices.
- Advocacy with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS): our advisors can discuss your graduate degree time limitation who can inform you on how the University can help with accommodations and flexibility with time limits and expectations.
Are you at Macdonald Campus? The OSD hosts regular office hours at the Centennial Centre. See the Mac Campus student services page for more details regarding date and times. Skype appointments are also available.
Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson offers confidential, informal, independent, and impartial dispute resolution services to all members of the student community by providing information, advice, intervention, and referrals.
What they do
- Provides information on University regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Assists in identifying and evaluating options for resolving and managing conflicts and provides help in pursuing those options.
- Refers students to appropriate persons in order to resolve problems.
- Acts as a facilitator between students and other members of the university community.
Scholarships and Student Aid (SSAO)
Scholarships and Student Aid offers advice on funding options, budgeting, and debt management.
What they do
- In-Course Financial Aid program to help full-time, degree-program students in financial difficulty by providing emergency short term and longer term low interest loans and a limited amount of non-repayable bursary assistance.
- Work Study program offering students with demonstrated need an opportunity to work part-time on campus to help cover their costs, with a selection of more than 800 clerical, research, technical and library jobs.
- Guidance for Canadian and US students about applying for, receiving and repaying Government student loans.
- Financial Aid Counsellors available through one-on-one appointments to discuss options for funding studies, payment relief offered by certain government aid agencies, emergency situations, as well as personalized budgeting and debt management advice.
- Frugal Scholar Money Management Program, which includes a toolkit and guide, to help you with financial planning while at McGill.
- Budget and Debt Management workshops, a joint PGSS program often tailored to students with dependents.
Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)
Teaching and Learning Services strives to make McGill a community of people who love to teach and are excited to learn. In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we create engaging environments and provide leadership and support for meaningful educational experiences for all.