McGill University


Requirements for Canadian Students

Applicants from Quebec must have obtained the Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC - Diplôme d'études collégiales) or expect to obtain the DEC prior to the start of class and have taken courses appropriate to their anticipated program of study. Applicants from Ontario must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses combined. At least four of the six required courses as well as all prerequisite courses must be taken at the 4U level. Applicants from other provinces and the territories must hold a high school diploma giving access to university education in their province/territory with courses appropriate to their intended program of study.

Requirements for International Students

Applicants from US high schools must have a high school diploma and followed an academic program leading to university entrance. Grade 10, 11, and 12 results will be considered with emphasis paid to results obtained in those courses most relevant to the intended program of study. Applicants (other than those applying only to Music) must have taken either the ACT or the SAT I plus three appropriate SAT II tests. Assessment will also include class rank if available.

Other international students must have completed credentials, which lead to university admission in the applicant's country of study. Credentials obtained in professional or technical high schools will not be recognized. Consideration is given to the complete high school record with emphasis on grades obtained in courses most relevant to the intended program of study. All grades are taken into consideration including those from failed or repeated courses. Advanced standing may be awarded to applicants who have completed such programs as A Levels, or the International or French Baccalaureate.

Refer to McGill's Web site for the most current information.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Students may apply with a paper application or online. McGill encourages students to apply online because it is easier, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly. The online application is available on the Web site. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at:

Enrolment Services
McGill University
3415 McTavish St., McLennan Library Building
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y1

Tel: 514-398-7878
Fax: 514-398-5544

Web Site: McGill Admissions

A non-refundable application fee of $60.00, payable by Visa or MasterCard, is required. Music applicants must pay an additional audition fee of $60.00.

Procedure for International Students

Please view 'Procedure for Canadian Students'.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesSeptember
Notes:Some programs available for January admission, primarily for Quebec CEGEP students. The first semester runs from September to December. The second semester runs from January to April. While English is the language of instruction, students may write their term papers and exams in French.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on August 18, 2021