Applying to the IPN


Applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis. Prospective students will be considered for admission as soon as their application is complete (please see application deadlines).

Before contacting the admissions office, please review this page and the FAQ. Please give the admissions office two weeks to respond to any inquiry. Please be precise and thorough when you contact the admissions office.

If you have already applied and are experiencing technical difficulties, please visit the UApply Technical Support Page.

N.B. Eligibility for the IPN's Recruitment Awards are reviewed on a first come, first served basis and are subject to fund availability. 

Supervisor Requirement

Applicants must secure a thesis supervisor in order to be admitted (please see deadlines.) It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify IPN professors with whom they wish to work and to contact them. Applicants should begin reaching out to potential supervisors as early as possible (applicants can secure a supervisor before or after the uApply submission.) Once you do apply, your file is uploaded to an applicant database that can be accessed by all IPN supervisors. However, it remains your responsibility to contact and secure a supervisor.

Academic Requirements

N.B. The GRE is not required, but you are welcome to provide yours scores with your application.

M.Sc. Entrance Requirements

At matriculation, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution and must display an adequate background in basic sciences. Applicants are expected to have attained a high scholastic standing equal to, or greater than, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 (out of 4.0 at McGill University) in ALL levels of study.

In examining a candidate's transcripts, the admissions committee looks for:

  • A general background in the biological sciences, notably molecular and cellular biology, and mammalian physiology.
  • Advanced level coursework related to the applicant's field of interest.
  • Adequate laboratory experience.

Ph.D. Entrance Requirements

Applicants must hold a graduate level degree in a field related to neuroscience. Applicants are expected to have attained a high scholastic standing equal to, or greater than, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 (out of 4.0 at McGill University) in ALL levels of study.

Applicants with no graduate degree, but an outstanding undergraduate record and who have extensive research experience, may be considered for PhD 1. An undergraduate cGPA above 3.7 is considered competitive to enter directly to PhD 1.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, it is in the interest of applicants to be familiar with the research field they wish to study. Be sure to have the desired background knowledge required by the supervisor you are seeking to work with. If in doubt, contact the prospective supervisor.

Application Procedure

Applications for all Graduate Programs must be submitted via uApply. Click here for detailed information about the application process.

Application checklist:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application dossiers are complete.

Once all your documents have been uploaded and you have answered all the questions, please send an email to ipn.admissions [at] to let us know that your application is now complete.

Online Application Form and Fee

McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:

Personal Statement and CV

Applicants must submit a personal statement with their application package. We suggest that you briefly describe your background, research interests and reasons for pursuing graduate study. The statement should be about 2 pages, single spaced, and be uploaded in PDF format.

Two Letters of Recommendation

These two letters must accompany any application to the program and must be from the references indicated in the online application. Applicants are encouraged to request recommendations from academic or other professional employers who can evaluate their potential for graduate study and research, and who can attest the applicant's abilities. On the application form applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees. McGill will request letters of reference on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.

Official Copy of Transcripts

A record of study is required from each university-level institution you have attended (Cegep not required). Upload an unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date through your applicant page. If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded. If you receive an offer of admission you will be required to make arrangements for an official copy of each transcript to be sent to McGill University Enrolment Services.

Proof of the awarding of degrees is required by the University and should be indicated on the student’s transcript. International Students require a certified copy of their graduation certificate.

Proof of English Proficiency

If you satisfy one of the following conditions, you are not obligated to submit a Proof of English Proficiency: 

  • English is your first language
  • Obtained your degree from a recognized international institution, where English was the primary language of instruction
  • Obtained your degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States
  • Resided in and attended university/worked in a country where English was the first language, for a minimum of 4 consecutive years

If you do not meet one of the above conditions, then you must submit a Proof of English Proficiency. You may submit your proof as either IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores. 

Ensure that your test centre electronically submits your official IELTS/TOEFL scores directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). You, as a student, are not allowed to either upload your test results yourselves or mail your results to the IPN Administration Office. 

For more information regarding this topic, please consult this web page.