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    McGill University 2021-2022 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    With an acceptance rate of 48.9%, McGill University rolled out 35,505 UG admission offers in the academic session of 2020, while at the PG level, 15,550 admission offers were rolled out at the acceptance rate of 30.4%.

    Know in detail about the acceptance rate of McGill and the acceptance criteria.

    McGill University opens applications only for the intake of fall (September) sessions and provides no admissions during winter or summer. Rightly considered the top 3 Canadian universities, the university guarantees placement within 3 to 6 months of graduation to its students.

    The process of seeking admission to McGill University undergraduate programs is quite formulaic and depends solely on splendid grades and standardized test scores. The university considers marks to be a sufficient parameter of judging ability and does not consider interviews, extracurricular, projects, or references of much value. On the other hand, admission in graduate programs is affected by many other factors such as recommendation letters, statements of purpose, and interviews.

    Top Courses at McGill University: Deadlines

    The application deadline for undergraduate admissions at the institute for the season of fall is generally January 15. However, the application dates for graduate programs vary for different courses. Some of the upcoming deadlines to be observed at the institute are tabulated as follows:

    Type of Program Application Deadline Admission Requirements
    Master of Science (M.Sc)- Computer Science January 15/August 1 GPA: 3.0 or above
    IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL: 92; GRE: 300
    Master of Engineering (M.Eng)- Mechanical Engineering* March 1 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GRE: 300
    Master of Engineering (M.Eng)- Aerospace Engineering January 15/September 1 GPA: 3.0
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GRE: 300
    M.Eng Civil Engineering/ Chemical Engineering January 15/August 1 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GRE: 300
    M.A Economics January 15 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GMAT: 660
    Master of Management (M.MGMT)- Finance November 15/January 15 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GMAT: 660
    Master of Management (M.MGMT)- Analytics October 31/December 15 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GMAT: 660
    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) November 15/January 15 GPA: 3.2
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86; GMAT: 660
    Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)- Computer Engineering** January 15 GPA: A grade in 10 to 12th
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86
    ACT: 31; SAT: 700
    Bcom- Accounting/ Marketing/ Business Analytics*** January 15 GPA: A grade in 10 to 12th
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86
    ACT: 28; SAT: 700
    Bachelor of Science (BSN)- Nursing*** January 15 GPA: A grade in 10 to 12th
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86
    ACT: 28; SAT: 700
    Bachelor’s of Commerce (BCom)- International Business*** January 15 GPA: A grade in 10 to 12th
    IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL: 86
    ACT: 28; SAT: 700

    *GPA of 3.0 for Indian applicants for most graduate programs.

    **SAT: 700 (Reading & Writing and Maths); 680 (other subjects).

    ***SAT: 700 (Reading & Writing); 640 (Maths); 650 (other subjects).

    McGill University MBA Admissions

    McGill offers one of the most comprehensive MBA degrees for students willing to pursue an MBA in Canada. Before considering to study MBA at McGill it’s imperative that you take a note of the following requiremnts:

    Specifications Details
    Application portal Uapply Mcgill
    McGill University MBA fees/cost 47,251.09 CAD (international students)
    Acceptance Rate 26%
    MBA class profile 65-85 students (21 countries represented)
    Academic background of students Business (35%), Science (20%), Engineering (35%), Social science (10%)
    MBA Mcgill University Requirements 3 essays, 2 LORs, Resume/CV, MBA applicant survey, Interview
    English language requirements IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL iBT: 100
    MBA GMAT score requirement 675
    Average work experience 5 years
    Admission Decision 4 to 6 weeks after the interview
    MBA employment rate 85% within 3 months of graduation (2019)
    Average salary 87,661 CAD
    Top Recruiters McKinsey & Company, Amazon, Aldo

    McGill University Engineering Admissions

    The Engineering courses of McGill are the most sought-after. In order to qualify for admission for engineering courses at McGill, you must consider the following requirements:

    Particulars Statistics/Requirements
    Application Portal Online application
    Total Student Enrollment 3328
    International Students 35%
    CGPA 3.0 or above
    GRE score 321
    GRE quantitative 163
    GRE verbal 158
    English language requirements TOEFL iBT: 100, TOEFL pBT: 600, IELTS: 7.0
    Additional requirements 2 letters of reference
    Internships/co-ops 655
    Employment rate 63% (about 53% placed through campus fairs)

    McGill University Online Masters Admissions

    McGill offers a plethora of unique master's degree programs offered via online mode. These courses have highly flexible curriculum and tailored as per the learning objectives and market demands. Here are program-wise requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for these online master's programs:

    Program type Admission/Technical Requirements
    Professional Development Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning B.Eng./B.Sc./Bachelor of Commerce in MIS
    Project Management: Practice & Certification Windows 7 or higher, MAC OS X
    Webcam, Headsets with microphone
    Agile Project Management: Practice & Certification Headsets with microphone (USB recommended)
    Certificate (Cert.) Indigenous Business Management CEGEP diploma or equivalent
    Written English for Workplace Communication - Online Placement Test of Written English (no lower than mid-intermediate)
    Written French for Workplace Communication – Online Placement Test of Written English (no lower than mid-intermediate)
    Scientific Writing and Publishing: Graduate ESL (YCCM 600) Windows 7 or higher, MAC OS X
    Webcam, Headsets with microphone
    Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management Bachelor’s degree, LOR (1)
    or Experience equivalent to a degree, CV, LOR (1)

    Mcgill University Graduate Certificate Program Admissions

    McGill allows students to choose from a wide range of graduate certificate programs that can be beneficial in strengthening one’s academic background. Let’s learn what it takes to qualify for admission into one of the graduate certificate programs at McGill University:

    Name of Program Admission Requirements
    Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) CPA Professional Education CGPA: 3.0; 2 LORs, CV
    Gr. Cert. in Entrepreneurship Bachelor of Commerce or eq.
    CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Health Services Management CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    3 years work experience, CV
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Human Resources Management CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    3 years work experience, CV, 2 LORs
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Leadership CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    3 years work experience, CV, 2 LORs
    Gr. Cert. in International Business Bachelor of Commerce or eq.
    No min CGPA required
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Digital Marketing CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    3 years work experience, CV
    2 LORs (at least 1 from current or previous employer)
    Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Public Relations Management CGPA: 3.0 or 3.2 in last 2 years of academics
    CV, 2 LORs

    McGill University International Students: Undergraduate Admissions

    McGill University offers admission to a plethora of courses ranging from arts, education, and music to science, management, and law.

    Where to Apply? 

    Application Portal: University Undergraduate Application

    Application Fee: 114.37 CAD for up to 2 undergraduate programs. (Faculty of Medicine/Faculty of Dentistry: 160.12 CAD). Graduate candidates, however, have to deposit a fee of 120.99 CAD.

    Basic Admission Requirements: High School Certificate.

    Application Process:

    1. Create an online account at the official website to start your application after checking all the admission requirements and deadlines carefully.
    2. Select a login ID and PIN and remember it for future usage.
    3. Choose 2 programs of choice (for more choices, apply via a different application form) and fill in the necessary details including test scores and GPA.
    4. Pay a non-refundable application fee while submitting the completed entry form and wait for a confirmation mail from the university.

    Note: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted but original documents will be required during enrollment. University encourages students to upload all necessary documents through the university’s application portal instead of sending them through fax or mail.

    McGill University Graduate Admissions

    Where to Apply: University Graduate Application

    Application Fee: 88 USD.

    Basic Academic Requirement: Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above (could be higher for some courses)

    Program-wise specifications for graduate-level admission into diverse programs are tabulated as follows:

    Requirements Masters in Computer Science Masters in Electrical and Computer Science Master of Information System Masters in Mechanical Engineering Masters in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
    Academic 3.2 or above GPA 3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study 3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study 3.3 or above GPA 3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study
    English Proficiency No Specific Requirement No Specific Requirement TOEFL: 100 (iBT), 600 (PBT)
    IELTS: 7.5
    TOEFL: 92 (iBT) IELTS: 7.0 TOEFL: 94 (iBT), 587 (PBT)
    GRE/GMAT GRE GRE Not Required Not Required GRE (Recommended)
    Experience Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
    References Not Required Not Required Contact Information of two references Two recommendation letters Not Required
    Interview Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
    Resume Required Not Required Required Required Not Required
    Personal Statement Required Not Required Up to 800-1000 words Up to 1 page Not Required
    Additional Documents Not Required Area of Research, Applicant Profile Form Not Required Not Required Not Required
    Application Deadline Fall: March 1 Fall: December 15; 
    Winter: August 1
    Fall: January 15 Fall: January 15; Winter: August 1 Fall: January 15;
    Winter: August 1

    NOTE: Applications are accepted after specified deadlines if space remains available for any program. Computer-based TOEFL scores are not accepted by University. SAT scores cannot be submitted as a substitute for Huiko scores. 

    McGill University Country-Specific Requirements

    General admission requirements specific to different countries for enrolment into an undergraduate program at the institute are listed below:

    McGill University Admission Requirements: Indian Students

    1. Class 10 and 11 result
    2. Class 12 results (if completed) or mid-year class 12 results (if not completed)
    3. 60% or above in each year and in all prerequisite courses

    China Students Eligibility 

    1. Transcripts of all years of Senior High School
    2. 85% or higher in each year and in all prerequisite courses 
    3. Heiko/Academic Proficiency Test (APT) score
    4. ACT or SAT I and SAT II scores (for provinces where Huiko is not available)
    5. Gaokao (if appeared)

    Requirements for Hong Kong Applicants

    1. High School transcript 
    2. HKDSE result/predicted result with following minimum course requirement
    3. 4 core subjects - Chinese Language, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies as well as 
    4. 2 or 3 elective subjects - Category A (an academic subject) or Category C (foreign languages)
    5. Predicted/final grade of 3 or above in all subjects

    Other Countries Admission Requirements

    1. High school transcripts
    2. Results of all exams appeared in the final year (interim, mid-year, final year)
    3. B+ or above in all years 

    The university also observes some subject-specific requirements for applicants from different countries while offering admission to its undergraduate courses. Some of the nations with their corresponding subject specifications are compiled as follows:

    Qualifying Exam Architecture Engineering Management Bachelor of Arts and Science Science
    Hong Kong Diploma of High School Physics and Chemistry Physics and Chemistry Maths with Grade 4 or higher At least one of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Twp of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
    Senior High School Diploma in China Maths, Physics, and Chemistry in Grade 2 or 3 level Maths, Physics, and Chemistry in Grade 2 or 3 level Maths at Grade 3 level Maths, 2 courses in Biology Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    Secondary School Certificate of India Maths, Chemistry, and Physics in Class 11 and 12 Maths, Chemistry, and Physics in Class 11 and 12 Maths in Class 11 and 12 Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12 Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12
    Other High School Diploma Maths, Chemistry, and Physics Maths, Chemistry, and Physics Maths at Senior High School level Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

    English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

    International students applying to the University are required to submit one of the following scores as proof of English language requirement. Applicants must note that the specifications for some of the graduate programs differ from the below-mentioned scores.

    Test Minimum Score Required (Undergraduate) Minimum Score Required (Graduate)
    TOEFL 80-100 (Varies with the program) 86 (Paper-based)
    567 (Internet-based)
    IELTS 6.0 6.5
    MELAB Minimum 85% Minimum 85%
    PTE 65 Not Applicable

    Visa Requirements for International Students

    International students accepted for admission to the university are required to apply for a Canadian student visa. A temporary resident visa is required for study permit application. 

    Essential requirements for a visa application process:

    1. Acceptance letter from University
    2. Proof of financial support for studying and living in Canada
    3. Evidence of clean background
    4. Required medical certificates and health records
    5. Passport valid up to the duration of an applied course
    6. A statement of purpose
    7. Visa application fee

    McGill is one of the highly renowned institutes of Canada and can help you land one of the best high-paying jobs in Canada, making it a worthwhile pursuit. The university invites applications from intellectually challenging scholars with competitive grades and spectacular academic history. 

    Students interested in getting financial aid from the university should apply for the same within 30 days of receiving an acceptance decision. Also, note that the university’s graduate application portal remains offline from 5:00 am to 5:15 am for maintenance purposes. 

    FAQs

    Ques. What is the minimum GPA requirement for McGill University?

    Ans. The minimum GPA required for admission in most of the programs of McGill University is 3.0 on a 5.0 scale which is approximately equivalent to 60%. Some programs like MBA and Masters in Computer Science require a 3.2 GPA as minimum qualifying criteria.

    Ques. Is McGill University hard to get into?

    Ans. The acceptance rate of McGill University for fall 2019 was 41% which implies that it is quite difficult to get into. Undergraduate programs have a comparatively higher acceptance rate than graduate programs but it also depends majorly on the program to which you applied. 

    Ques. I missed the admission deadline. Can I still apply to McGill University?

    Ans. The university gives preference to applications submitted within the deadlines. You might still apply to McGill but note that the university can transfer or cancel your admission. You shall also not be eligible for financial aid and limited enrolment courses.

    Ques. How can I submit my letters of reference and other documents to McGill University since there is no upload link?

    Ans. While some documents can be directly uploaded to McGill through the application portal, requirements like letters of recommendation shall be uploaded by your referees. Transcripts and test scores should be sent directly via corresponding agencies.

    Ques. Do I need to send unofficial or official copies of transcripts to McGill University?

    Ans. Both. Students need to upload their unofficial copies through the admission portal and send official copies via mail to McGill.

    Ques. What format/size of documents does McGill University accept?

    Ans. Applicants should upload all the documents at McGill in PDF format which should not be more than 5 MB in size.

    Ques. What does the message “Pending Submission” at McGill University Application Form Status mean? How do I rectify it?

    Ans. Pending Submission indicates an error in receiving your payment by the university. You should inform the admission office at McGill and the issue can be rectified by them manually.

    Ques. Does McGill University observe any specific requirements for Indian students?

    Ans. While most of the requirements for Indian applicants is similar to that of other candidates, an Indian student usually requires a GPA of 3.0 or 60% in class 12 instead of a 3.2 GPA which is the normal requirement for most graduate programs.

    Ques. Can I still make changes to my application after it has been submitted?

    Ans. No, changes like spelling mistakes etc. cannot be rectified once the application has been submitted. In case some correction needs to be made, students must submit a separate web form requesting the same. 

    Ques. Is interview a mandatory requirement at McGill University?

    Ans. No, interviews are not required for all the courses but might be a requirement for certain programs like Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

    McGill University - Quebec, canada: 18 answered questions

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    Ques. Which university should I go to for a master’s in Analytics, University of Cincinnati or McGill?

    ● Top Answer By Parth Patel on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. The engineering and IT schools at the University of Cincinnati work alongside each other on many aspects including analytics too. The IT school has a reputation for having the fastest growth in the entire university. P&G, GE, Cincinnati Bell, Great American Insurance, Western-Southern Life, Kroger, Macy’s, are some of the companies with which the school partnered which means great placement opportunities. The Co-op program offered by the college is also the best you can get in the country. McGill University is ranked at 51st place in Best Global Universities by US News meanwhile the University of Cincinnati is ranked at 143rd place in National universities in the US. If you wish to choose the college depending on academics, then both the schools share a good reputation in that aspect.  Here’s a quick comparison for you to consider their pros and cons: Content University of Cincinnati McGill University Program MS (Business Analytics) MBA (Business Analytics) Duration 2 Years 2 Years Tuition Fees USD14,949/Year USD33,375/Year Exam Scores (Average) IELTS-7.5 TOEFL-100 GMAT-737 IELTS-7 TOEFL-105 GMAT-660 However, with all its academic excellence the University of Cincinnati is not so well known outside of Ohio. So, after finishing your master's, if your goal is to look for work opportunities outside of the US, you may as well wish to pursue your education at an institute that is known around places. Meanwhile pursuing your Master's degree at McGill University offers better future academics, as well as better employment opportunities. McGill has global recognition and it was ranked at 42nd place in World University Rankings in 2020 by Times Higher Education. The institute is well-reputed around the world which will surely ensure better job prospects for you when you finish your studies.Read more
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    Ques. What are my chances of getting into McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Nikkil Visha on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Acceptance at McGill is essentially founded on the details. For any student, grades have primary importance. Evaluations are also based on the latest academic performance and your extra-curriculars.  The table below compares the acceptance rate of students from different backgrounds. The acceptance rate for McGill University is 52%, implying that it is competitive but not impossible to get into. CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is considered good. This, obviously, varies with program.Read more
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    Ques. In what ways can McGill University surpass the reputation of the University of Toronto?

    ● Top Answer By Aishwarya Bhatnagar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Both universities are probably among the most popular Canadian Universities. McGill and UToronto both have exceptional reputation in the US so it doesn't matter much to people about the differences in their rankings. Your choice is between two well-known and highly in-demand universities. At most, you should consider your choice of department and see how your university stands for that particular subject. World Rankings are instantaneous; they change annually and are a little vague. McGill is a top Canadian university in global QS rankings, depending on which survey you use, there are many ways McGill tops the ranks among similar universities. Having one of the world's best medical programs, it also has an excellent life sciences program. Montreal also scores Toronto impressively for affordability and rating employer operation. The above is based on a survey of domestic and foreign graduate employers who look at the cities from which they prefer to hire. Both cities are in the top ten for their desirability, but Toronto is still ahead of the 10th ranking of this metric, which ranks first. Toronto is English while McGill is based in Montréal in the French province of Quebec. Toronto is English speaking. However, most courses at the university are held in English, and documentation of English competence is a prerequisite for the application.  There is a considerably larger population of students at the University of Toronto with 93,081 students registered in the academic year 2018-19. Of these, 20,296 (22%) students were graduate students and 23,019 (25%), foreign students. This is a lot of students, Toronto has one of the largest schools of students among institutions.Read more
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    Ques. What is it like to study physics at McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Shivam Chaudhary on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. The subject is very challenging and will definitely push you to do better. Your problem-solving abilities will improve while you pursue this problem, sometimes requiring endless hours of deep thinking. In final year you will find all this helpful, especially when you pick up advanced subjects. Homework and classes will take up most of your time and during exams, a crib sheet will be provided to you to solve problems that you have never heard of before. This is to give you a better foundation in all the major fields of your subject and might even cause a burnout. Still, with proper breaks and consistency you will definitely find it rewarding. Learning Physics at McGill University is for the development of problem-solving skills. With intense activities and deep thought, you’d be engrossed in and cultivated by the subject. Faculties actively look for (talented/interested) students looking for research and internships. Read more
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    Ques. What is your review of McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Mayank Badhwar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. McGill University is undoubtedly a good place with world-class facility. It is one of the leading universities in North America. It is very competitive and has a broad student support system. The University admits students from all over the globe so you won’t feel out of place here. There were various nationalities and many students communicating 2-4 languages. On average, McGill graduates earn around 40,000 CAD to 108,000 CAD and are placed within 3-6 months of completing their studies. However, the support services for students and their administration staff might not meet your standards. Also, the atmosphere here can be a bit too intense because of their reputation and constant efforts to maintain their standing. Admission wise, being one of Canada's highest-ranking universities, the GPA and admission criteria is also very high. It has an acceptance rate of 41%, an articulate essay and strong recommendations are important. It’s located in Montreal which is a splendid city with great restaurants, nightclubs, and world-class museums a stone's throw from it. McGill is an excellent place providing lots of courses, financial help, facilities, and a good support system. There’s a wide variety of highly skilled faculty for pharmacy, psychology, healthcare, the business sector, sciences, education, engineering, music, arts, law, environmental and agriculture, computer sciences and many more. The dorms are located near the hill and the lake, suitable for comfort in the autumn and spring and for skating and hot chocolate in the winter. Some of the sleeping places are situated next to the Mond Royal, the Montreal "Central Park" featuring footpaths, cycling pads, and skiing trails. The stunning mountains are within 2 hours for climbing and skiing. Students are crucial, lessons are rigorous.Read more
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