Length of Program
Candidates starting as Ph.D. 1 students (entering directly from a B.Sc. program) must complete at least 4 years of full-time study; candidates beginning at the Ph.D. 2 level (students who have completed a M.Sc.) must complete 3 years of full-time study.

For students beginning at Ph.D. 2 the normal and expected duration of the Ph.D. program is 4 years and students will be financially supported for this length of time. In exceptional cases, 5 or even 6 years are required, but most students are strongly advised to complete the program in 4 years.

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree at McGill are encouraged to spend at least one year of their doctorate training elsewhere.

Course Requirements

* Courses taken at other universities in Quebec must be taken through CREPUQ.

Other Requirements

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
The Qualifying Examination (QE) is a formal evaluation of the student's ability to proceed to the attainment of the Ph.D. For details, please refer to the Qualifying Exam - Procedures and Regulations section of this website.

Thesis Requirements

Please address all inquiries to:
Graduate Studies Office
Stewart Biology Building
Room N7/18B
Office Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Ancil Gittens (Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator)
(514) 398-5478;