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Promotion to the Ph.D. Program from the M.Sc. (Fast-Tracking)

Students who are already registered in the M.Sc. program in Experimental Medicine may transfer into the Ph.D. program, upon application to the Graduate Admissions Committee. This option is open to students who have shown superior research promise and who meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  • The student has been registered full-time in the M.Sc. program in Experimental Medicine for a period of not less than 2 full-time terms (excluding the summer semester) and not more than 3 terms (a student who has reached Additional Session can no longer apply to fast-track);

  • The student has completed or is in the process of completing the 9 course credits required and has maintained a cGPA of not less than 3.5 throughout his/her M.Sc. studies to date (Note that if the student is still in the process of completing the required course credits, the file will be judged on the student's record to date (both undergraduate and graduate) and the plausibility of the student's meeting the cGPA requirement for fast-tracking.  Also, students who wish to fast-track for the January semester must have completed at least 6 of the 9 course credits in all terms previous to the fall term in which they apply;

  • The student has had his/her first annual Thesis Committee meeting and has obtained a favorable assessment from the committee.  The student MUST have informed the committee of his/her intention to fast-track to the Ph.D. program IN ADVANCE (i.e. at the time when the notice of the meeting is sent to all committee members).  Information regarding annual meetings can be found under "Procedures" (on our web page, under the heading "Forms for Students", subheading "Research Progress Tracking Forms").  It should be emphasized that fast-tracking represents a serious long-term commitment by both student and supervisor and, to warrant a favorable assessment, the Thesis Committee must be satisfied that the student has a good understanding of the scope of his/her project and knowledge of background material.

Students who fulfill these requirements are eligible to apply for fast-tracking. To do so, the student must complete an online application form (http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/online/) by the same deadlines as those imposed for new students (see http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/expmed/grad_applic_deadlines.htm) . The application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 which must be paid by way of a credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

In support of the fast-track application, the following documents must be submitted by June 15th (for September transfers) and by November 15th (for January transfers):

  • a letter of support from the studentís supervisor which details the studentís research progress and which recommends the studentís promotion to the Ph.D. program;

  • the minutes of the Thesis Committee meeting which recommends the student for fast-tracking;

  • a document outlining the reasons and full justification for seeking entry into the Ph.D. program;

  • a "Confirmation of Supervision" form signed by both the student and supervisor;

  • a preliminary research proposal.

Please note that NO exception will be made to these deadlines.

The Committee will review the application to judge the likelihood of successful completion as a Ph.D. thesis. The decision to promote a student will be based on the studentís performance in course and seminars, progress in research, as well as the supervisorís recommendation. Any student having applied for fast-tracking will be informed of the Committeeís decision by June 15th (for September transfers) or by November 15th (for January transfers).

Following acceptance of the application by the Committee, the student will be transferred to the Ph.D. program at the Ph.D. 2 level. The student will be expected to complete a further 9 course credits in order to fulfill the course requirements for the Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine.