Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Orientation

MCGSS Executive at Orientation sitting on the shore at Paddle Mac
Image by Sadananda Sharma.

Welcome to our Newly Admitted Macdonald Graduate Students!

The Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Mac OGS) and the Macdonald Campus Graduate Students’ Society (MCGSS) are planning events for students to attend virtually in late August or early September. Details will be shared as they become available.

A Welcome Presentation by our Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Prof. Ian Strachan will provide important information including where to find guidance and support on the road to completing your graduate degree at McGill, as well as information on the special programs and resources available for professional and academic development.

Our dynamic Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society will be happy to meet (virtually) with you to give you the students’ perspective. They will tell you about the cool and unique things you can find around “Mac”, including tips, tricks, and services available to you as a student here.

New Macdonald Campus graduate students should also attend McGill Graduate Orientation events organized by the Campus Life and Engagement’s First Year Office. Events are ongoing in the summertime and include Social Distancing socials, morning coffee check-ins, and weekly webinars.

Orientation sessions and webinars for international students are being offered by McGill’s International Student Services Office. Please check their website for dates and times.


For news and events at Mac, students can contact the Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society (MCGSS) or consult the Faculty’s weekly online student newsletter, the MCSS Mouthpiece, for ongoing events being held here at Macdonald Campus.

New Students: Looking for information?

While the Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (MS2-074) is presently closed due to pandemic measures, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator directly by e-mail or send us a message with any questions you may have to gradstudies.macdonald [at] While you most certainly have already been communicating with your Graduate Program Coordinator or Academic Associate during the admissions process, you can confirm which team member is responsible for helping students in your program by visiting our Grad Office web page.

Resources for Grad Students

McGill Campus Life and Engagement provides a list of resources available to ensure the success of graduate and postdoctoral students. Mini-courses, seminars, and workshops on how to manage, how to learn and evolve, and how to thrive and excel, during your time as a graduate student at McGill. You can also check out tips on how to succeed in grad studies at McGill from a student’s perspective via the McGill GradLife Blog.

Also available for download are the following McGill graduate student publications:

  • 2019 Summer Emails for New Grads (Campus Life & Engagement)
  • New Graduate Student AskMcGill FAQ Sheet
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