What You Need to Know to Complete Your MPP Application

The February 15 deadline to apply for the MPP program is right around the corner. Don't miss your chance to join this bold and innovative program designed to shape the next generation of policy leaders.

We've received a number of applications for the Master of Public Policy program so far and our acceptance process is already underway. Don’t worry, there is still time to submit your application by February 15th. To help interested students finalize their application, we assembled this helpful summary.

Remember, admission requirements are a description of what an “ideal” student looks like. We will look at all applicants from a comprehensive perspective taking into account all aspects of their professional and educational experiences.

Make sure you meet the minimum academic requirements

  • A Bachelor degree, or an equivalent degree recognised by McGill University.
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0), OR a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies is required.
  • You can find information on international credentials and grade equivalencies here.

Review whether you should take the GRE

  • Students without an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian University must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test).
  • If you are a student with a degree from a Canadian University, please ignore the GRE section in McGill’s uApply system.
  • For those writing the GRE, please use codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam. Your scores can arrive after February 15th, but only completed applications will be reviewed.

Verify if you need to write an english proficiency test

  • There are language requirements for applicants with a Bachelor's degree outside Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • If this is your case, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 100 for the Internet-based TOEFL exam test (iBT; 600 for the paper-based test (PBT)) with each component score not less than 20 is required. Please use the codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam.
  • Applicants may write the IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) instead of the TOEFL exam. A minimum overall band of 7.0 is required, with each component score not less than 7.0. IELTS test scores must be sent electronically by IELTS directly to McGill University using the McGill code 0935.
  • You can find information on english proficiency tests here.

Maximize your personal statement

  • You have 1,000 words. Use them. Your essay should explain why your background makes you an ideal candidate for the Max Bell MPP program, and how success in this program will enable you to achieve your professional goals.

Show off your professional experience in your curriculum vitae

  • Ideally, your CV demonstrates you have worked for 2-5 years after your Bachelor’s degree. No professional experience after your Bachelor's degree? Make sure to include what experience you have to date. Keep in mind that in the absence of professional experience, more weight will be placed on your academic record.

Assemble your references

  • Two letters of reference are required.

  • Ideally, one academic and one professional.

Upload supporting documents

  • Once you have completed an admissions application, you will receive an email containing details on how to access uApply, McGill’s online system for viewing admissions applications and supporting documents.
  • Should you need to make changes to the referee information you have included on your application, please log in to uApply.

Need more information? 

  • Have more questions about tuition fees, application review or other academic requirements ? Consult our FAQ.
  • Are you an international student? Consult this page for more specific information on requirements and the McGill International Student Services for immigration-related information.
  • Sign up for e-mail updates about the Max Bell School and its MPP program.
  • Visit our website anytime for more information about the Max Bell School of Public Policy and our MPP program.
  • If you have any program-related questions, send us an maxbell.school [at] mcgill.ca (email) anytime and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We wish you the best of luck, and are excited to read your applications. In the meantime, learn more about what life in Montreal could look like and get excited!


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