Application Procedure

  1. Verify that you have the necessary background.
  2. As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare
  3. For Graduate Admissions inquiries email:  graduateadmissions.mathstat@mcgill.ca
     
  4. The Departmental deadlines for full consideration for departmental funding are:
    • September (Fall Term):
      January 15th (International and Canadian Applicants)
       
    • January (Winter Term): 
      September 15th (International Applicants) 
      October 15th (Canadian Applicants)
  5. The Departmental deadlines for guaranteed consideration for admission are:
    • September (Fall Term):
      January 15th (International and Canadian Applicants)
       
    • January (Winter Term):
      September 15th (International Applicants)
      October 15th (Canadian Applicants)
  6. Documents required by the Department 

    All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system (complete instructions: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents).
  7. Transcripts. As of fall 2013, students are required to upload unofficial transcripts in support of their web application, final, official copies will be required of admitted applicants. For instructions, please see:  http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents.                                                                                        
  8. Letters of Recommendation. Applicants are required to ask at least two instructors familiar with their work to send letters of recommendation.  Applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees using the McGill on-line application.  McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on their behalf.                                                                                                                  
  9. Personal Statement. Applicants should submit a statement of no more than one page outlining their general academic interests and their reasons for applying to McGill. Applicants with well defined research interests should identify possible supervisors in the department.
  10. Research Proposal (optional). Applicants may also submit specific proposal for their thesis research. The research proposal should be no more than one page in length. Applicants are NOT required to submit a research proposal, as most graduate students only decide on a specific research topic after one year of study in the department.  

     

    In addition:
  11. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Further details are given below.
  12. Applicants in pure and applied mathematics, who do not hold a previous Canadian degree preparing them for graduate study in these areas, are encouraged to submit GRE mathematics subject examination scores, if available. However GRE scores are not a departmental admissions requirement. Students who intend to study statistics need not submit GRE scores from either the general or the subject specific mathematics exam. Results can be forwarded by testing agency to McGill University. (Code 0935).

 

Necessary Background

  • For Master students: The normal entrance requirement for the Master's programs is a Canadian honours degree or its equivalent, with high standing, in mathematics, or a closely related discipline in the case of applicants intending to concentrate in statistics or applied mathematics.
  • Applicants wishing to concentrate in pure mathematics should have a strong background in linear algebra, abstract algebra, and real and complex analysis.
  • Applicants wishing to concentrate in statistics should have a strong background in linear algebra and basic real analysis. A calculus based course in probability and one in statistics are required, as well as some knowledge of computer programming. Some knowledge of numerical analysis and optimization is desirable.
  • Applicants wishing to concentrate in applied mathematics should have a strong background in most of the areas of linear algebra, analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics and numerical analysis. Some knowledge of computer programming is also desirable.
  • For Ph.D. students: A Master's degree with high standing is required, in addition to the requirements listed above for the masters program. Students may transfer directly from the Masters program to the PhD program under certain conditions.

    Students whose preparation is insufficient for the program they wish to enter may, exceptionally, be admitted to a Qualifying Year.

    Proficiency in English

  • Applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English with their application.
  • Proof of competency in English is provided by taking one of the tests (TOEFL or IELTS) as specified on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office website http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/graduate/. The minimum scores specified on that website must be met by applicants in pure and applied mathematics. Applicants in statistics need minimum scores of 600 on the paper based TOEFL or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 on the internet based TOEFL with each component score not less than 20 or an overall score of 7.0 on the IELTS.
  • Appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or directly from the IELTS Office (International English Language Testing Systems) to McGilll University (Code 0935), Department code for: general Math (072) and Statistics (059).  An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
  • Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.


 

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