101 – McMaster University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

University program information changes regularly. Refer to the application and the university’s website for the most up-to-date details.

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About McMaster University

History

  • Founded in 1887 in Toronto by the estate of William McMaster, a member of the first Senate after Confederation and the founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
  • Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930.
  • We have over 213,000 alumni representing 163 countries, including 4 Nobel laureates and 34 Olympians.

The Campus

  • Located in Hamilton, Ontario, about a 45-minute drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls and the United States border. The fourth largest city in Ontario and ninth largest city in Canada, Hamilton is a multicultural city and an urban, industrial and artistic centre.
  • Our campus is over 300 acres of mostly green space, bordered by the Royal Botanical Gardens and Cootes Paradise, a wild bird sanctuary. All our buildings are within a 30-acre, pedestrian-friendly central core.
  • The McMaster Forest: 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley.
  • We are one of the few entirely smoke-free universities in the country.

Read more about our campus.

What Makes Us Special

  • A research-intensive, student-centred university dedicated to advancing human and societal health and well-being.
  • Ranked in the world’s Top 80 by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.
  • Second in the world in THE’s University Impact Rankings 2019 based on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
  • Winner of the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award from the Higher Education Academy for our strengths in experiential learning and our commitment to global engagement.
  • The McMaster Model, a problem-based and student-centred approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide.
  • Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes.
  • More than 70 international exchange agreements.
  • The only university in Canada to serve as host to the United Nations University through the Institute for Water, Environment and Health.
  • World-class athletic facilities, including a 50-metre pool and brand-new high-performance training facility.
  • Provincial men’s volleyball champions (2022); national women’s basketball champions (2019); national football finalists (2012/2014) and champions (2011).

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Offers of Admission

All programs at McMaster University have enrollment limits and admission is at our discretion. Meeting minimum requirements for any program does not guarantee admission.

Timeline of our admission process:

  • January 2023: We make a limited number of offers of admission to highly qualified applicants to programs not requiring supplementary applications.
  • Early March 2023: We consider applicants presenting a minimum of 3 final or 6 midterm 4U/M courses for admission on a rolling basis, after we receive grades from their school via the OUAC. We will make approximately 70% of offers of admission at this time.
    • For the following programs, we will issue a first round of offers in March followed by a second round of offers in early May:
      • Engineering I
      • Bachelor of Technology
      • Computer Science
  • Early May 2023:
    • Applicants to the following programs will receive a decision in early May:
      • Arts & Science I (Honours)
      • Integrated Business & Humanities I (IBH)
      • Bachelor of Health Sciences I (Honours)
      • Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences I (iBioMed)
      • Nursing I
      • Honours Integrated Science I (iSci)
    • The Midwifery program reviews final academic course results posted to the OUAC as of February 1, 2023. If you are in high school full time, you may apply if your Grade 12 prerequisite subjects are in progress. Grade 11 prerequisite(s) must have been completed so that we can make a preliminary assessment. We make admission decisions in early May.
      • All applicants to the Midwifery Education Program must:
        • complete Casper (computer-based assessment for sampling personal characteristics) on one of the dates listed on the Casper website and submit results by February 1, 2023.
        • complete the Identity and Admissions Survey by February 1, 2023.
    • All other programs: If you were not eligible for an offer of admission in March, we will consider you for admission upon receipt of second semester midterm grades from your schools via the OUAC. Offers of admission will be based on official grade data reported through the OUAC and received by McMaster University by May 15, 2023.
All applicants will receive a decision from us by May 29, 2023.

Read more about offers of admission.

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Application Deadlines

All programs have enrollment limits and may become full prior to published deadlines. We recommend that you complete your application and/or amendments well before the deadlines.

We reserve the right not to accept, process or adjudicate applications or any amendments for any program at any time.

For undergraduate programs not listed, the deadline for applications is normally April 1. We must receive all required supporting documentation, such as official English-language test results, by April 1, 2023.

Program Application Deadline Mandatory Supplementary Application Deadline
Arts & Science I (Honours) January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023

Arts & Science I (Honours) supplementary application.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Integrated Business & Humanities I (IBH) January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023
Bachelor of Engineering I

Bachelor of Engineering I (Co-op)

January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Automation Engineering Technology I (Co-op) January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
BTech Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I (Co-op) January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
BTech Biotechnology I (Co-op) January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
Computer Science I

Computer Science I (Co-op)

January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
Health Sciences I (Honours) January 12, 2023 Early February 2023

Level I applicants will receive an email from the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program with details on how to access the mandatory supplementary application.

In September 2022, the supplementary application questions will be available on the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) website.

Refer to the website for any updates to the supplementary application process.

Honours Integrated Science January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023, noon (ET)

Honours Integrated Science supplementary application

Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences I (iBioMed)

Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) I (Co-op)

January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)

Midwifery January 12, 2023 Note: You must complete all prerequisite subjects by the application deadline date.

High school applicants: The corresponding Grade 11 subjects for prerequisite subjects must be included in the Grade 12 transcript to be submitted to the University by February 1 if you are completing the corresponding Grade 12 subject in the second semester.

You must complete Casper on one of the dates listed on the Casper website.

You must complete the Identity and Admissions Survey by February 1, 2023.

Nursing I January 12, 2023 You must complete Casper on one of the dates listed on the Casper website.

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Scholarships – Aid and Awards

Entrance awards are available if you:

  • are entering Level I of a first baccalaureate degree program,
  • have graduated from high school and
  • have not attended a postsecondary institution.

We offer many in-course scholarships for students enrolled in programs above Level I.

Note: Some eligibility restrictions apply.

Applicants to the Nursing Collaborative programs (Mohawk and Conestoga) will be considered for aid and awards at those sites.

Read more about scholarships and financial aid.

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Housing Options

On-campus residence spaces are available for Level I applicants applying directly from high school.

In previous years, guaranteed admission to residence was based on a minimum average in the mid- to high 80s (or equivalent). This basis of admission and average is subject to change annually.

If you have previous postsecondary experience, you will not be eligible for guaranteed residence.

Off-campus student rental properties are available in the McMaster area and throughout Hamilton. McMaster students can browse available properties on the McMaster Off-Campus Housing website.

Applicants to the Nursing Collaborative programs (Mohawk and Conestoga) are not eligible for McMaster on-campus residence. Visit the respective college websites to learn more about residence options.

Read more about residence.

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Support Services

The Student Success Centre provides you with academic and development support, including:

  • understanding academic expectations,
  • developing academic skills and
  • workshops to help you start your career.

The Student Accessibility Services Office provides support for students with disabilities, including:

  • learning strategies,
  • assistive technologies and
  • classroom accommodations.

The Student Wellness Centre is available to all McMaster students. Services include:

  • medical and health services and
  • personal/psychological/academic counselling.

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Semester Entry Points

All our first-year programs are available for fall admission only.

Note: If you are completing your Ontario Secondary School Diploma in June, you are not eligible for spring or summer admission.

Full-time: September only (fall/winter term)

  • Use the 101 application for the full-time fall/winter term.

Part-time: September

  • If you wish to study at McMaster on a part-time basis only, apply using the 101 application and then simply register for a reduced number of courses after admission.

    Note: Not all programs are available to be completed on a part-time basis.

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Email

If you apply to McMaster, you must provide and maintain an active personal and unique email address that you do not share with any other current or previous applicants, students or employees of McMaster University.

During the application process, we will communicate important information and decisions via email. If you do not provide a personal and unique email address, we cannot guarantee that you will receive critical and timely communication from us.

We highly recommend that you do not use school- or employer-issued email addresses, as these are normally deactivated upon departure from the school/employer.

Make McMaster a Safe Sender

After you submit your application, add the “mcmaster.ca” domain to your email “safe senders” list and check your junk mail/spam folder regularly.

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Submitting Documents

After you apply, we will send you an email acknowledgement. In that email, you will find instructions on how to access your McMaster University Mosaic Student Centre and how to submit any additional documentation required for admission consideration. You will be able to view all requirements for your application and track your status.

If you apply to McMaster University and do not receive an email acknowledgement from us within 2 weeks of your application submission, check your junk mail/spam folder and ensure you list McMaster as a “safe sender”.

If you have not received our email acknowledgement 2 weeks after you submitted your application and paid your application fees, you may contact us via live chat on our Future Students website.

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English-language Proficiency

Students must present an acceptable score on one of the English-language proficiency tests that we recognize.

Read more about our acceptable English-language score requirements.

At our discretion, you may be exempted from McMaster’s English-language proficiency testing requirements if you meet one of the following requirements (exemption is not automatic):

  • Attended full-time academic studies (non-English as a Second Language [ESL]) at an accredited secondary school (high school) or postsecondary college in an English-speaking country for at least 4 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.
  • Attended full-time academic studies (non-ESL) at an accredited English medium secondary school (high school) or postsecondary college for at least 4 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.
  • Attended full-time academic studies (non-ESL) at an accredited English medium university for at least 1 year immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.
  • Resided in an English-speaking country for at least 4 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.

We may challenge any test scores that may be suspicious or inaccurate and may require you to take another test of our choosing for English-language proficiency.

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Mandatory Supplementary Applications

The following limited enrollment, by-selection programs have mandatory supplementary applications. A by-selection program is a program for which we consider a mandatory supplementary application, audition or creative submission in addition to your grades.

Although the deadlines listed in this application guide were correct at the time of publishing, you should confirm specific deadlines for supplementary applications.

For some by-selection programs, we will make a first round of offers in March followed by a second round in early May. For other by-selection programs, we will make offers in early May.

Arts & Science (Honours)

This is a special interdisciplinary program with a limited enrollment of 70 students in Level I. We normally require a minimum average of 88% for consideration. You must submit the Arts & Science I (Honours) mandatory supplementary application by the specified deadline.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Integrated Business & Humanities (IBH)

This exciting program augments the business education offered by the DeGroote School of Business with robust educational pedagogy in the Faculty of Humanities, creating a unique undergraduate program that focuses on training responsible leaders. IBH contains strong experiential learning components, takes a global approach to leadership and management and places a high priority on community engagement and sustainable business practices.

Admission is by selection and enrollment is limited to 60 students. A minimum average of 88% is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline.

Read more about our B.Com. Integrated Business & Humanities program.

Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op)

Our foundational first year, called Engineering I, introduces you to the engineering profession and provides you with a solid background in the fundamentals important to all engineering disciplines.

We have taken this 1 step further by introducing a full-year, project-based learning experience where students examine real problems in society and learn the technical and teamwork skills needed to solve them.

You will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with your classmates in first year and firmly establish your network within Engineering. You will also gain a broad exposure to engineering before choosing a specialization for second year and beyond.

Enrollment is limited and by selection. A minimum average in the high 80s is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline and time (ET).

Read more about our Engineering I program.

Bachelor of Technology (BTech): Automation Engineering and Technology (Co-op), Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology (Co-op), and Biotechnology (Co-op)

The BTech program puts you at the forefront of change in engineering industries. With a unique blend of theory and practice, you will spend more than 750 hours in lab settings applying engineering principles to develop innovative, technical solutions. Guided by industry advisory committees and taught by professors with relevant experience, each of the 3 BTech programs is geared to tackle technological change head on.

You can apply directly to your desired program:

  • Automation Engineering Technology (Co-op)
  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology (Co-op)
  • Biotechnology (Co-op)

Enrollment is limited and by selection. A minimum average in the low 80s is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline and time (ET).

Read more about our BTech program.

Computer Science and Computer Science (Co-op)

Honours Computer Science is a direct-entry, 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree program where you learn:

  • programming,
  • software design,
  • systems and
  • theoretical foundations.

In our 5 practice and experience courses, the emphasis is on lab-based exploration and discovery. This includes expanded coverage of practical topics like profiling and tuning, and foundational topics like operating systems and compilers.

Enrollment is limited and by selection. A minimum average in the mid-90s is required for consideration. A mandatory supplementary application is required by the specified deadline and time (ET).

Read more about our Computer Science program.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, wellness and illness. It offers you an understanding of health from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives through the integration of foundational and health sciences.

Enrollment in Level I is limited to 240 students. A minimum Grade 12 average of 90%, including the completion of the required Grade 12 courses, is required for consideration. You must submit a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) mandatory supplementary application by the specified deadline.

Honours Integrated Science (iSci)

Enrollment in Level I is limited to approximately 60 students and admission is by selection. Successful candidates will present a minimum average in the high 80s.

In first year, you engage in research and obtain an integrated background in science subjects. The program is designed to produce students who understand how scientific thought is created and communicated.

Interdisciplinary teams of instructors teach in laboratory and field settings as well as in lectures, workshops and tutorials.

You will use thematic modules to understand the connections between various scientific disciplines and the relevance of science to modern society.

You must submit the iSci mandatory supplementary application by the specified deadline.

Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) and Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) (Co-op)

This program is the first in Canada to offer a truly interdisciplinary biomedical program that integrates Engineering with Health Sciences. It is the only Health Sciences program in health, engineering science and entrepreneurship.

After a common first year, you will enter either the Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering or the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship degree program.

Admission is by selection and enrollment is limited. A minimum average in the low 90s is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline and time (ET).

Read more about our iBioMed program.

Midwifery

Enrollment in the Midwifery program is limited and admission is by selection. The deadline to apply to Midwifery is January 12, 2023.

Find the test dates for the required Casper supplementary assessment on the Casper website.

You must complete the Identity and Admissions Survey by February 1, 2023.

Nursing

Enrollment in Level l is limited to 120 students at each of the 3 sites (McMaster, Mohawk and Conestoga) and admission is by selection. Successful candidates must present a minimum average of 85% for consideration. The deadline for application to this program is January 12, 2023.

Find the test dates for the required Casper supplementary assessment on the Casper website.

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Admission Deferrals

We will review written requests to defer enrollment for a maximum of 1 year. You must accept our offer of admission through the OUAC prior to the required response deadline and must also satisfy all conditions of your admission by the specified deadline before you submit your written request to defer your enrollment to fall 2024. Our deferral application process normally opens in July each year. Check our Registrar’s Office website for more information.

All requests for deferral of admission should be based on extraordinary circumstances. Submit requests via the online process by September 1, 2023.

Deferrals of enrollment are not automatic. We assess each request on its own merit. If we grant you a deferral, admission for the following fall/winter term is guaranteed provided you do not attend a secondary or postsecondary institution in the interim.

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Co-operative Education/Internships

The Faculty of Science offers honours co-op programs in the following areas:

  • Honours Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
  • Honours Chemical Biology
  • Honours Chemistry
  • Honours Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Honours Environmental Sciences
  • Honours Life Sciences
  • Honours Mathematics and Statistics
  • Honours Medical and Biological Physics
  • Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics Research Specialization
  • Honours Physics
  • Honours Sustainable Chemistry

These 5-year honours programs start in third year.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers honours co-op programs in the following areas:

  • Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization
  • Honours Biology and Pharmacology

These 5-year honours programs start in third year.

The Faculty of Engineering offers co-op programs in the following areas:

  • Automation Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum 12 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum of 12 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Biotechnology (co-op mandatory – minimum of 12 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Computer Science (co-op optional)
  • Engineering (co-op optional for all disciplines, including 5-year program options)
  • Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (co-op optional for all degree selections)

The School of Business offers a limited enrollment internship degree program that you can apply to following your second year of studies:

  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program with Internship
  • Integrated Business & Humanities Program with Internship

The internship is a 12-16 month work opportunity with 1 employer following third year, which extends the 4-year program to 5 years. Opportunities are available in all areas of business, including accounting, finance, human resources, marketing and supply chain.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers an internship option to those registered in most honours programs if they have successfully completed their second year.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary studies in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

A concurrent diploma from McMaster is available in Music Performance if you are enrolled in a degree program at McMaster.

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Collaborative Programs

Bachelor of Technology (BTech)

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology and Aviation have partnered to create a 4-year Bachelor of Technology (Honours) Co-op program that provides a combined path to both a BTech degree from McMaster University and an Advanced Technology Diploma and Business Management Certificate from Mohawk College.

Read more about our BTech program.

Medical Radiation Sciences

The Faculty of Science offers a fully integrated, collaborative, 4-year program between McMaster University and Mohawk College. You pursue 2 qualifications simultaneously and receive a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster and an Advanced Diploma in Medical Radiation Sciences from Mohawk.

Read more about Medical Radiation Sciences.

Nursing

If you are interested in a McMaster Nursing degree (BScN), you have 3 location options:

  • McMaster University,
  • Mohawk College or
  • Conestoga College.

The 3 education sites offer the same 4-year program that uses a problem-based, small group learning methodology.

Read more about our Nursing program.

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Additional Program Options Beyond First Year

Medicine at McMaster

McMaster offers an undergraduate program in Medicine. You must complete a minimum of 3 years of undergraduate university study prior to application/admission.

Read more about Medicine at McMaster.

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Contact Information

McMaster University
Office of the Registrar, Admissions Office
Togo Salmon Hall 111
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 4M2

Live chat available

Visit the following websites for specific information about each program:

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