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Applicant Handbook 

Although all of the information regarding applying to our programs is listed on our individual web site pages, we encourage all prospective applicants to consult the Applicant Handbook.

 

Admission Requirements 

Admission requirements differ depending on the program to which the applicant is applying. Detailed requirements are listed below. In order to be admitted to any of our programs, however, foreign graduates must also comply with the following requirements:

  • TOEFL: International students who have not received their instruction in English or whose mother tongue is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or  86, with each component score not less than 20 (internet-based test).  The TOEFL institution code for McGill University is 0935.  Alternatively, students may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Original score reports must be submitted (photocopies will not be accepted). For further information please refer to http://www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org.
     

M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine and Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research

Applicants for the M.Sc. program in Experimental Medicine or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research must hold either a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent or an M.D. degree. The Division requires a cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of not less than 3.2 out of a possible maximum of 4.0.  The Graduate Diploma is only open to Canadians and permanent residents.  International students may not apply to this program.

Candidates who have only a B.Sc. degree but who have demonstrated academic excellence (cGPA of 3.5 out of a possible maximum of 4.0 throughout their undergraduate studies) can be considered for direct entry into the Ph.D., if they so desire.  These candidates should clearly indicate (on the application form) that they are seeking entry into the Ph.D. program rather than the M.Sc.

NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA IS CONSIDERED A PART-TIME PROGRAM AND THAT WE DO NOT ADMIT FOREIGN STUDENTS TO THIS PROGRAM.

Applicants for the M.Sc. (Bioethics Option) program must hold an M.D., Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy and/or any other professional health training degree. Students who do not fit these criteria may be considered for admission on an individual basis.  For more detailed program requirements, please refer to http://www.mcgill.ca/biomedicalethicsunit/masters/

Applicants for the M.Sc. (Family Medicine Option) program must be practicing family physicians interested in conducting research in family medicine.  Exceptionally, candidates from different backgrounds may be considered.  Candidates seeking entry into this program must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of not less than 3.4 out of a possible maximum of 4.0.  For more detailed program requirements, please refer to http://www.mcgill.ca/familymed/research-grad/graduate-programs.

Ph.D. Program

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must normally hold an M.Sc. degree. The one exception is listed above in bold.

Candidates who hold a previous M.Sc. and who are seeking entry into our Ph.D. program must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of not less than 3.4 out of a possible maximum of 4.0, i.e., an average between 75 and 80%. A cGPA between 3.2 and 3.4 may be considered acceptable if the last year of undergraduate training has shown a steady, marked improvement in grades in fundamental science subjects, AND if the student has performed with distinction in a Master's program. For some students, the committee may recommend acceptance into "probationary Ph.D. first year", in which case promotion to the second year of the Ph.D. is contingent upon meeting certain specific academic and research requirements, which are indicated in the letter of acceptance. For overseas graduates, the applicant's academic grades are converted in order to situate them within the standards of McGill University.

 

For overseas graduates, an attempt is made to situate the applicant's academic grades among the standards of their Universities. Grades are, however, converted to their McGill equivalent.  Conversion charts, as well as required admission documentation for each country, are provided by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office and prospective students should refer to these in order to determine if they are admissible to our program. (Conversion charts)