FAQ

What are the minimum GPA requirements for admissions?

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. Those coming into the Program immediately after graduation will be expected to have a higher than average GPA. In the absence of relevant professional experience, more weight will be placed on applicants’ academic record.

What are the admission criteria for students?

The M.P.P. program is directed at early career professionals, normally with two to five years professional experience, who are interested in developing expertise in the field of public policy. Recent graduates with an exceptional academic record will also be considered.

A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent as recognized by McGill University) is required.

The ideal applicant will have completed undergraduate courses in Political Science, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and/or Statistics. A CGPA of 3.60 out of 4.00 recommended.

Students who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian University must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test). Please use codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam.

Applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, 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.

What supporting documents do I need to supply?

  • Personal Statement (1,000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • GRE score written within the past five years (where applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score written within the past two years (where applicable)

How do I submit documents on UApply?

Documents may be submitted only after an applicant has created a profile on UApply and paid the required application fee. For detailed information on submitting documents to UApply please visit https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready/submit

What Department do I select from the dropdown menu in uApply to indicate my choice of program?

Please choose “School of Public Policy” to indicate your choice of program in the “Department” field. Your selections should like the those in the following screenshot:

Do I need reference letters and how do I submit them?

Two reference letters are required. Letters of reference should come from academic referees - professors, academic advisors or instructors - who have taught you or supervised your work. If you have relevant professional experience, you may choose to have one reference letter come from a professional referee who has supervised your work. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may choose to two professional referees in place of academic referees.

You must identify and a provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee on the application form in UApply.

McGill University will send an email to the referees asking for a reference in support of your application to be admitted. If no response is received, a reminder message will be sent every two weeks. In rare cases a referee may decline the request; you will be advised by email if your selected referee declines, and you will be asked to provide an alternate. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they can upload the letter(s) of reference.

Note: you will be able to make changes on your uApply account, such as updating email addresses, replacing referees or adding a new referee should one decline the reference request.

Letters must meet the following conditions:

  1. The program the student has applied to must be clearly indicated and the letter should include information that would aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.
  2. Letters must be dated and not be more than 12 months old.
  3. The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.

Do I need to send a language proficiency result?

  • Yes. If required, test scores must be less than two years old and submitted directly from the testing agency.
  • Applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, 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

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for all applicants is February 15th.

How will my application be evaluated?

Admissions decisions will be based on students’ application dossier, with consideration given to each component of the application. Applicants’ personal statement, professional experience, academic achievements, test scores, and reference letters will all be influencing factors in admission decisions.

When should I expect to receive a decision on my application?

We will beginning sending offers by the middle of January with the intention to complete the process by April 15th.

How do I send my transcripts?

  • A record of study is required from each university-level institution you have attended.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator. A copy in the original language is also required; an English or French translation alone is not sufficient.
  • An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded 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

Is a GRE/GMAT score required?

Students who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian University must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; General Test). Please use codes McGill 0935 when writing the exam.

What are the exceptions to the GRE requirement?

Canadian students or students who have completed their undergraduate degree at a Canadian University are exempt from having to take the GRE. Students with a graduate degree may also receive an exemption. However, we strongly recommend that all students take the GRE. In cases where applicants are exempt for taking the GRE, a low GRE score will not negatively affect their application, but a high GRE score will strengthen it.

Do I need experience?

The M.P.P. program is directed at early career professionals, normally with two to five years professional experience, who are interested in developing expertise in the field of public policy. Recent graduates with an exceptional academic record will also be considered.

What sort of academic background should I have?

The ideal applicant will have completed undergraduate courses in Political Science, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and/or Statistics. A CGPA of 3.60 out of 4.00 recommended.

How many students will you admit?

25 to 30

Does the MPP program offer options for specialization?

The program is designed to give students an understanding of the complexities of the general policy process, and to equip students with the skills and competencies to be effective policy leaders across fields and policy areas. Selected issues in specific policy areas such as environment, health care, privacy and security arise as examples and applications within MPP courses, as well as in the Program’s co-curricular activities.

Is there an option for students to complete the graduate program on a part-time basis?

There is currently no part-time option for the Program.

Why is the tuition rate for Quebec residents the same as international and other Canadian students?

The Max Bell School’s MPP program is a private, self-funded program. As such, tuition fees are the same for all students, irrespective of students’ nationality or place of residence.

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