Length of Program
Three full-time terms of resident study at McGill is the minimum time requirement to complete the Master’s degree. The Biology Department offers a summer term so the residence requirement can be completed in one year, if required. The normal and expected duration is 2 years. In exceptional cases, 3 years may be required, but students are cautioned to avoid research projects that cannot be completed in 2 years.
- Forty-five credits are required for the M.Sc. degree.
- Students must complete the courses BIOL 697 in the first term, -698 in the second term and -699 in the third term (Master's Thesis Research 1, 2, 3). These research courses carry a credit weight of 13 credits each.
- M.Sc. students are required to take 6 additional course credits related to their field of study (language, writing and teaching courses are excluded):
The student’s supervisor MUST approve all course selections. These courses must be graduate level courses at the -500 or higher level. These courses may be taken in the Biology Department, other departments or at other Universities in Quebec*. A graduate pass (65% or better) is mandatory for all required courses. Students who fail may be allowed to write a supplemental exam, but permission for this must be sought from the Chair of the GTC who will, in turn, request authorization from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.
- The Supervisory Committee (SC) may require additional coursework if it considers such courses necessary for background knowledge or suitable training in biology.
- Students may take additional courses not required for degree purposes but they must maintain an overall average of `B-' (65%) or better. These additional courses may or may not be directly related to their field of study and can include writing, language and teaching courses.
* Courses taken at other universities in Quebec must be taken through CREPUQ.
- Safety training: All newcomers, staff and students, to the Department of Biology are required to have proper Safety training, at their first opportunity following the start of employment/studies. Please check the Biology Health and Safety website for links to courses available at McGill Environmental Health & Safety.
- Supervisory Commitee meetings: All students must have an annual meeting with their Supervisory Committe (SC).
- Seminars: Master's students are expected to participate regularly in one or more of the Department's journal clubs and seminar series, e.g. Molecular Genetics and Development Seminars; Graduate Students Symposium in Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour, and Conservation; Works in Progress Series (MGWIPS); Honours Seminars; Aquatic Seminars; Neurobiology Journal Club; Organismal Seminars.
- Seminar presentation: All students are required to present a half-hour seminar on their work annually, in an established university seminar series or in a similar public forum.
The M.Sc. is a research degree. The candidate must provide a thesis which represents high scholastic attainment in a specialized field, demonstrated by independent and original research. Students need to refer to the Submission Information for complete information.
Transfer from M.Sc. to Ph.D Program
The student's Thesis Supervisor and Supervisory Committee must first approve a transfer. This should be indicated on the “Report of Supervisory Committee” form returned to the Graduate Studies Coordinator after the SC meeting.
1. The Thesis Supervisor must indicate that sufficient funds are available to provide the student with the minimum level of support for the duration of the Ph.D. program.
2. The transfer of students from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program must be approved by the Graduate Training Committee which, in turn, will recommend to the University Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office that a change of status take place.
To reflect their accumulated research experience, students who transfer into the Ph.D. program are considered to be at level Ph.D. 2 and are required to take the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination within eight months of their initial registration in the Ph.D. program. Students intending to transfer must apply for the new program on line by the following deadlines:
For September registration:
- January 15th for International students
- March 15th for Canadian citizens
For January Registration:
- August 15th for International students
- October 15th for Canadian citizens
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