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McGill University Admissions 2020-21: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Eligibility, Deadline

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With an acceptance rate of around 41% for fall 2019, McGill University enrolled 6,318 undergraduate students and 2,387 graduate students for fall 2019.  The university opens applications only for the intake of fall (September) session and provides no admissions during winter or summer. 

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, statement of purpose and interview

Enrollment for Fall 2019

Rightly considered the top 3 Canadian University, the university guarantees placement within 3 to 6 months of graduation to its students and is undoubtedly one of the best higher education institutes of Canada.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Admission Updates

The institute is currently accepting fresh applications form international candidates for the fall 2020 sessional term. Domestic candidates or students with permanent residence can also apply for Winter 2021 intakes at the university.

Due to the pandemic situation around the world, the instute has suspended all its classes and is offering its limited services on a virtual basis. For any admission-related queries, applicants can contact the admission office via email or phone from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.


Application PortalUniversity Application
Application Fee

Undergraduate: 114.37 CAD;

Graduate: 120.99 cAD

Acceptance Rate41% (for fall 2019)
Application SeasonFall
English Language Proficiency TestsTOEFL/IELTS or equivalent
GMAT/GREMandatory for most courses
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable as Scholarships and Bursaries
Official Website

McGill University Acceptance Rate

Looking at the last five year trends, there has not been much drastic change in the acceptance rate of McGill University. Also, the trend for the acceptance rate of undergraduate programs trend is not on a consistent pattern. In 2019, it was 43% which decreased to 41% in 2018 and again increased to 45% in 2019. This signifies that university’s selection criteria remained more or less the same and acceptance of students depends upon their profile ie. academic standing, SAT/ACT scores, etc.

Acceptance Rate

However, the acceptance rate for McGill University graduate programs decreased slightly in the last five years ie. from 37% in 2015 to 29% in 2019. It is also significantly less from the acceptance rate of undergraduate programs. Hence, students applying for masters programs should submit their application accordingly making sure that it is better than the profile of previously admitted class. Admission decision for graduate programs lies in the hands of individual departments. So, it could be possible that much courses have lenient acceptance criteria than others. 

McGill University Admission Deadlines

The deadlines for undergraduate admissions at the institute for the season of fall is generally January 15th. 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:

ProgramApplicationSupporting Documents
ArchitectureJanuary 15March 7 (Portfolio)
MusicJanuary 15January 15
Religious StudiesMay 1May 1
Other ProgramsJanuary 15March 15

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.

TestMinimum Score Required (Undergraduate)Minimum Score Required (Graduate)
TOEFL80-100 (Varies with program)86 (Paper-based)
567 (Internet-based)
MELABMinimum 85%Minimum 85%
PTE65Not Applicable

Immigration Requirements for International Students

International students accepted for admission to the university are required to apply for a Canadian study permit. 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 University Undergraduate Admissions 

McGill University offers admission to a plethora of courses ranging from arts, education and music to science, management and law. Arts and science programs received the highest number of applications for fall 2019. The number of students registered in these subjects was also more than the rest of the courses. 

Enrollment in UG

Where to Apply: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.

Admission 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 nonrefundable 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.

Country-Specific Requirements

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

For China

  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)

For Hong Kong

  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 (academic subject) or Category C (foreign languages)
  5. Predicted/final grade of 3 or above in all subjects

For India

  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

For Other Countries

  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 ExamArchitectureEngineeringManagementBachelor of Arts and ScienceScience
Hong Kong Diploma of High SchoolPhysics and ChemistryPhysics and ChemistryMaths with Grade 4 or higherAt least one of Physics, Chemistry and BiologyTwp of Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Senior High School Diploma in ChinaMaths, Physics and Chemistry in Grade 2 or 3 levelMaths, Physics and Chemistry in Grade 2 or 3 levelMaths at Grade 3 levelMaths, 2 courses in BiologyMaths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Secondary School Certificate of IndiaMaths, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12Maths, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12Maths in Class 11 and 12Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12Maths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Class 11 and 12
Other High School DiplomaMaths, Chemistry and PhysicsMaths, Chemistry and PhysicsMaths at Senior High School levelMaths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and PhysicsMaths, 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

McGill University Graduate Admissions

Over 16,066 applications were received for McGill University’s graduate programs. Out of these, only 4,612 were offered admission and 2,715 choose to get enrolled for the program. Its MBA program, offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management, is quite popular among international students. 

Admission in Graduate Programs
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:

RequirementsMaster of Business Administration (MBA)Masters in Computer ScienceMasters in Electrical and Computer ScienceMaster of Information SystemMasters in Mechanical EngineeringMasters in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Academic3.2 or above GPA3.2 or above GPA3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study3.3 or above GPA3.0 or above GPA overall or 3.2 GPA in the last two years of study
English ProficiencyTOEFL: 100 (iBT), 600 (PBT)
IELTS: 7.0
No Specific RequirementNo Specific RequirementTOEFL: 100 (iBT), 600 (PBT)
IELTS: 7.5
TOEFL: 92 (iBT) IELTS: 7.0TOEFL: 94 (iBT), 587 (PBT)
GRE/GMATGMATGREGRENot RequiredNot RequiredGRE (Recommended)
Experience2 yearsNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
ReferencesTwo recommendations lettersNot RequiredNot RequiredContact Information of two referencesTwo recommendation lettersNot Required
InterviewRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
ResumeNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequiredRequiredNot Required
Personal StatementNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredUp to 800-1000 wordsUp to 1 pageNot Required
Additional DocumentsNot RequiredNot RequiredArea of Research, Applicant Profile FormNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Application DeadlineRound 1: November 1;
Round 2: January 15;
Round 3: March 15
Fall: March 1Fall: December 15; 
Winter: August 1
Fall: January 15Fall: January 15; Winter: August 1Fall: 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 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 acceptance decision. Also, note that the university’s graduate application portal remains offline from 5:00 am to 5:15 am for maintenance purpose. 


Ques. What GPA do you need to get into McGill University?

Ans. 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 requires 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 comparatively higher acceptance rate than graduate programs but it also depends majorly on the program to which you applied. 

Ques. What are the requirements to get into McGill University?

Ans. Admission requirements of McGill University vary with the program. However, the minimum qualifying GPA for an international student for most of the programs is 3.0 on a 5.0 scale. Apart from this, recommendation letters, GRE/GMAT score, personal statement, etc also plays an important role in McGill University admission decision. 

Ques. When can you apply for McGill University?

Ans. Applications for admission at McGill University are accepted for fall and winter semesters. Deadlines for most of the programs lies in the month of January. Applications are also accepted in March, May November, and December depending upon the program.

Ques. What program is McGill University known for?

Ans. McGill University ranks among top 50 universities of the world by various agencies. Hence, all of its programs are well-known and very competitive to get into. However, its medicine, minerals & mining engineering, anatomy and physiology programs are quite popular among students. 

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