105 – McMaster University

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Last updated: September 19, 2017

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About McMaster University

History

  • Founded in 1887 in Toronto through a bequest from the estate of Senator William McMaster, a member of the first Senate after Confederation and founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
  • Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930.
  • Celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2012.

The Campus

  • McMaster is located in Hamilton, Ontario: the fourth largest city in Ontario, the ninth largest city in Canada and about a 45‑minute drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. Hamilton is a vast multicultural city that is an urban and industrial centre, which offers a variety of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • McMaster’s 12‑hectare main campus, bordered by the Royal Botanical Gardens, is considered to be one of the most attractive in Canada.
  • The architecture offers a harmonious blend of the traditional with the ultra‑modern.

Special Characteristics

  • McMaster University is ranked 66th in the world and third in Canada in the 2017 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
  • The “McMaster Model” – a student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning – has been adopted by universities around the world.
  • Eighth in Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2015, bringing in $310.6 million in sponsored research income in 2014.
  • First in the country for total corporate research income ($588.7 million) and total corporate research income as a percentage of total university income (35.1%).
  • Home to more than 62 research centres and institutes.
  • The only university in Canada to serve as host to the United Nations University through the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
  • More than 70 international exchange agreements.
  • World-class athletic facilities; 2011 Vanier Cup national football champions and 2012/2014 Vanier Cup finalists.

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Admission Decisions

Admission to all McMaster programs is by selection. Attaining minimum requirements for undergraduate programs does not guarantee admission to McMaster University. All programs have enrollment limits and may become full prior to published deadlines. McMaster University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, not to accept, process or adjudicate applications or amendments to applications to any program at any time. You are advised to submit your application and/or amendments well in advance of the deadlines. An appeal procedure is not available for decisions on admission or re‑admission to the university. See the full admissions policy.

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Application Choices

You normally receive an offer of admission to only 1 program. Note: If more than 1 McMaster program is selected, the application will be reviewed for the highest choice program first.

You will only be reviewed for subsequent program choices, in order of the preference you indicated on the application, if you are not eligible for the first choice program.

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Non‑Refundable Application Fees

McMaster University will not refund any portion of fee payments for application to the University. Ensure that you have carefully researched your application and our admission policies and procedures before you submit your application.

Find McMaster University contact details.

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Application Deadlines

By-Selection Programs

All programs have enrollment limits and may become full prior to published deadlines. McMaster University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, not to accept, process or adjudicate applications or amendments to applications to any program at any time. Meeting minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission to any program at McMaster University.

McMaster University has a number of highly competitive by-selection programs that require a mandatory supplemental application/assessment and all of these programs have early application and supplementary submission deadlines, as specified in the chart below. Failure to apply on time or to submit the required supplemental application/assessment by the specified dates will automatically disqualify consideration for these specified programs. You are advised to submit your application and/or amendments well in advance of the deadlines listed below.

Program Application Deadline Mandatory Supplemental Application Deadline
Arts & Science I (Honours) February 1 February 1
B.Com. Integrated Business & Humanities 1 (IBH) February 1 February 1
Bachelor of Engineering I & Bachelor of Engineering I (Co-op) January 17 February 1
Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) I & Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) I (Co-op) January 17 February 1
Health Sciences I (Honours) January 17 Early February

Applicants will be provided with access for supplementary application submission in late January by the program office. The supplementary application questions are available for review prior to submission via the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) website.

Health Sciences (Honours) (Above Level I) April 1 Early April

Applicants will be provided with access for supplementary application submission in early April, by the program office. The supplementary application questions are available for review prior to submission via the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) website.

Note: Current registered university transfer applicants must be able to submit official final transcripts for the current academic year no later than June 1 to be considered for admission to this program.

Health Sciences (Above Level II) Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization February 1 February 1
Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization (Bachelor/Master)
Honours Integrated Science February 1 February 1

Honours Integrated Science Program

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law April 1 April 1

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law Program

Midwifery (including submission of all official transcripts and other required documentation) February 1 N/A
Physician Assistant (including submission of all official transcripts and required documents) February 1 February 21

Physician Assistant Program

Social Work (Social Sciences Honours BA [Above Level I]) December 1 March 1
Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion (Above Level I)
  • April 1 (May intake)
  • July 15 (September intake)
  • November 1 (January intake)
Must be completed by the application deadline.

View more information about the mandatory supplemental application for Bachelor of Technology degree.

Nursing I February 1 Mandatory Supplemental application information is available at: takecasper.ca.
Nursing I (University transfer applicants from programs other than Nursing) must have completed a minimum of 12 units of degree study prior to date of application) February 1 Mandatory Supplemental application information is available at: takecasper.ca.
Transfer from Nursing program at McMaster Site Students from other university Nursing programs should contact the McMaster Nursing program office at 905‑525‑9140, ext. 22232, for information about transfer options and application procedures. McMaster will not normally accept transfer applications from students already in a Nursing program elsewhere.
Nursing: Basic-Accelerated Stream (Above Level I) February 1 Mandatory Supplemental application information is available at: takecasper.ca.

Application Deadlines For All Other Undergraduate Programs

February 1 – Equal consideration deadline. All applications to first-year Level I programs from current secondary school applicants (with no previous postsecondary experience) received on or before February 1, with all supporting official documentation received no later than February 15, will be given equal consideration in the admission process.

Post-February 1 – All applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of space in the program.

April 1 – The final date to apply for admission and submit all required documentation for admission consideration is April 1. This final deadline applies to all International and Domestic applicants.

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Application Processing Timelines

McMaster requires all relevant official documentation before we will deem an application file ready for admission consideration.

Once we receive all required official documentation and process it in our office, it will take approximately 5-8 weeks to process a decision.

Note: Second- or third-year programs in the faculties of Science and Engineering will not make admission decisions for university or college transfer applicants until after receipt of official final (vs. interim) transcripts. This means that admission decisions for applicants who are currently registered at other institutions at the time of application will not be made until May or June when final transcripts become available.

Spaces in all of the upper-year programs in these 2 faculties are very limited and admission will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Meeting minimum application requirements will not guarantee admission. All decisions for applicants using the 105 application will be posted and available in the online McMaster Applicant Portal with a notification of a decision emailed directly to the email account you supplied in your application.

Programs listed under Application Deadlines with January and February application deadlines, and mandatory supplemental application deadlines will make the majority of their offers of admission in early May.

Note: Many of our programs may become full before published deadlines and we will stop making offers of admission if this happens, regardless of an applicant’s qualifications. It is critical that you apply and submit any necessary documentation well before published deadlines.

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Scholarships

Entrance awards are offered to Canadian students and permanent residents entering Level I of a first baccalaureate degree program who have completed high school within the last 2 years and have not attended another postsecondary institution.

Awards are based on final admission averages as of June 30, 2018. McMaster offers many in‑course scholarships for students enrolled in programs above Level I.

Note: Some eligibility restrictions apply.

View information about terms and conditions for all scholarships and financial aid.

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Residence Accommodations

Residence places for Level I current high school applicants are allocated based on academic standing.

In previous years, a minimum average in the mid-80s (or equivalent standing) was required for guaranteed residence. This average is subject to change for 2018 admission.

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

We encourage you to review available off-campus housing opportunities listed on the McMaster Off-Campus Resource Centre (OCRC) site.

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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 job search and interview skills workshops.

Student Accessibility Services offers various supports for students with disabilities, including learning strategies, assistive technologies and classroom accommodations.

The Student Wellness Centre is available for all McMaster students and includes medical and health services and personal/psychological/academic counselling.

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Semester Entry Points

Full‑time: September only (fall/winter session).
Part‑time: September, May and June. January entry is available for the B.Tech. Degree Completion (Above Level I) program only.

The 105 application is used for applying to a full‑time fall/winter session or part-time entry in spring/summer or fall/winter.

Note: International applicants who study in Canada under a study permit are required to be enrolled in full-time study only.

Previous McMaster students should consult our website for information about the appropriate application form to use. See the McMaster University Returning Student Application form.

Note: The majority of McMaster’s programs are available for September entry only. If you are completing your high school diploma in May or June, you are not eligible for May or June entry and should apply for fall entry only.

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Important Additional Admission Information

Email

If you are applying to McMaster, you must provide and maintain an active personal and unique email address that is not shared with any other current or previous applicants to McMaster University or shared with any current student or employee at the university.

During the application process, McMaster will communicate important information, including application decisions via email. If you do not provide a personal and unique email address as described above, we cannot guarantee that you will receive critical and timely communication from us, and your application may be jeopardized.

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

Email is the primary communication tool for Admissions at McMaster University. Important messages outlining the next steps required to complete your application and other important information will be sent to the email address associated with your application.

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

Postsecondary Transfers

Students applying for transfer from a college or different university with advanced standing should be aware that competition is keen for a limited number of spaces.

Note: Admission is by selection and most programs will require academic standing well above the minimums stated in the McMaster Undergraduate Calendar or on the McMaster Future Students website. McMaster University will make early conditional offers of admission to currently registered university or college students who present a strong academic record at the end of the fall semester.

To be considered for an early conditional offer you must forward, by February 1, an official interim transcript from your current school, including fall term grades, your official high school transcript and other documentation as requested. Although the last day to apply and submit all required documentation for September 2018 entry is April 1, McMaster cannot guarantee a timely review of applications will occur for applicant files where all required documentation has not been submitted by February 1, especially for limited enrollment programs that may become full prior to April 1.

Document Evaluation Fee (Non-Refundable)

All applicants are required to submit a non‑refundable $90 document evaluation fee to the OUAC.

Exceptions:

  • Those who are currently attending full‑time academic study in the final year of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma program.
  • Those who are enrolled in any program at Six Nations Polytechnic and have not previously attended a postsecondary institution.

Research McMaster programs carefully before applying and paying your fees. Application fees will not be refunded.

Students Applying with International Documentation

Applicants with foreign (non-Canadian and non‑continental US) transcripts should pay particular attention to this requirement.

McMaster University may require students presenting documentation from schools outside of North America, to have their admission documents authenticated by World Education Services (WES) Canada.

Transcripts

You must arrange for McMaster to receive official transcripts directly from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the McMaster Admissions Office by the issuing institutions.

Transcripts from most Ontario universities and/or colleges may be ordered by you at the same time as the application is submitted, using the online transcript request form as part of the application.

  • If you are currently attending a fall semester at your school, you should order a transcript to be sent as soon as the grades from the semester are available.
  • If you are currently attending a winter or spring semester, order a transcript to be sent immediately, as well as at the end of the semester.

Your schools/institutions should send official matriculation certificates well in advance of the session you are applying to. Additionally, official, notarized English-language translations must accompany official transcripts that are issued in a language other than English. Photocopies of transcripts are not acceptable. Find more information about international transcript documentation.

Any additional requirements will be communicated after the initial receipt of the application. All transcripts and other documentation should be sent by the issuing institution(s) to McMaster Admissions.

Note: All documents submitted in support of an application become the property of McMaster University and are not returned.

English-Language Proficiency

Students admitted to McMaster University must be proficient in English. You must be able to demonstrate English-language proficiency as part of your application by meeting 1 of the following conditions:

  1. achieved an acceptable score on 1 of the English-language proficiency tests recognized by McMaster University;
  2. attended, in full‑time academic studies (non‑ESL), an accredited high school or postsecondary college in an English‑speaking country for at least 3 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster;
  3. attended, in full‑time academic studies (non‑ESL), an accredited English-medium high school or postsecondary college for at least 3 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster;
  4. attended, in full‑time academic studies (non‑ESL), an accredited English medium university for at least 1 year immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster;
  5. resided in an English-speaking country for at least 4 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.

Exemption from ESL testing is not automatic and meeting 1 of the requirements listed above does not guarantee exemption. McMaster may require a test of English-language proficiency from any applicant at any time.

Note: McMaster University may, at its sole discretion, challenge any test score it deems as either suspicious or inaccurate and may require you to take another test of our choosing for English‑language proficiency.

View more information about English-language proficiency requirements.

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Mandatory Supplementary Applications

These limited enrollment, by-selection programs have mandatory supplementary applications, which are a critical component of the selection process. Note: You will not be considered for admission unless both the OUAC application (including application fees) and the supplementary application are submitted by the specified deadline date.

Offers of Admission for all by-selection programs are normally made in early May.

Arts & Science (Honours)

This is a special interdisciplinary program with a limited enrollment of 60 students in Level I. A minimum average of 88% is normally required to be considered for this program. The mandatory supplementary application must be submitted online.

B.Com. Integrated Business & Humanities (IBH)

This exciting new program augments the business education offered by the DeGroote School of Business with robust educational opportunities in the Faculty of Humanities, to create a unique undergraduate program that is focused on training responsible leaders and citizens of the future. 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 80 students. A minimum secondary school average of 88% is required for admission consideration. A mandatory supplementary application must be submitted prior to the specified deadline.

  • Admission is not available for College Diploma Transfer applicants. Admission is based solely upon high school academic performance.
  • This program is not available as an option for application for either university transfer applicants or second degree applicants.

Find further information about B.Com. Integrated Business & Humanities.

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

Enrollment in Level I Engineering is limited. A minimum average in the high 80s is required to be considered for this program. A mandatory supplemental assessment must be submitted online prior to the specified deadline. Find further information about Bachelor of Engineering.

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

Biomedical engineering is an emerging discipline requiring graduates with both specialized training and an interdisciplinary breadth of learning across many fields of study. This innovative program aims to produce such graduates, as it will be the first of its kind in Canada to offer a 5-year Biomedical Engineering + specialization program that integrates Engineering with Health Sciences. Admission is by selection and enrollment is limited to 140 students. A minimum secondary school average of 90% is required for consideration to this program. A mandatory supplementary application must be submitted online prior to the specified deadline. Find further information about Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

First‑year enrollment is limited to 240 students. A minimum average of 90% is required to be considered for this program. The mandatory supplementary application must be submitted online.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Above Level II) Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization

The new Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program is the culmination of much planning for a multidisciplinary training program, concentrated in the biomedical sciences, which equips graduates with strong discovery research skills, business acumen and a meaningful experiential connection to the Health Sciences sector.

This innovative “4+1” year Bachelor–Master program provides a unique entry point – level III of undergraduate studies – for students in the following programs:

  • Health
  • Life
  • Physical Sciences

Students in other programs may also be eligible to apply, depending on their educational background.

Find more information about Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization application procedures and the mandatory supplementary application (due February 1).

B.Tech. Degree Completion (Above Level I)

Enrollment in all degree completion disciplines is limited and admission is by selection. A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 75% from a relevant 3‑year Engineering Technology Diploma program is required.

A mandatory supplementary application must be submitted before all published application deadlines for your selected date of entry.

Honours Integrated Science (iSci)

The enrollment in Level I is limited to 60 students. Successful candidates will present a minimum average in the high 80s. In first year, you will be engaged in research and obtain an integrated background in science subjects. The program is designed to produce students who will understand how scientific thought is created and communicated.

You will be taught by interdisciplinary teams of instructors in laboratory and field settings as well as in lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Thematic modules will be used to allow you to understand the connections between various scientific disciplines and the relevance of science to modern society.

Find the mandatory supplementary application must be submitted online.

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law

Building on McMaster’s internationally recognized expertise in legal philosophy and constitutional law, the Faculty of Humanities has introduced an exciting new Honours program.

The program fosters a sophisticated understanding of the law and legal institutions, and of the political and moral theories that address the value and justice of these institutions. Students enter the program in Level II and take a wide range of courses on law, policy, global politics, political philosophy and moral theory, feminist jurisprudence, human rights, globalization, international law, and war and peace.

In order to qualify for the program, we recommend that students complete Humanities I with at least 3 units of Level I philosophy. Applicants transferring from other universities will be required to apply for admission and complete a mandatory supplementary application no later than April 1.

 

Nursing (McMaster site) and Nursing Basic Accelerated Stream

Enrollment in all Nursing streams is limited and admission is by selection. The deadline to apply to the Nursing programs is February 1 and the test dates can be found at takecasper.com to complete the required mandatory CASPer supplementary assessment/application for Nursing.

Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant Supplementary Application and all official transcripts are due February 1 and the test dates to complete the required mandatory CASPer supplementary assessment/application for Nursing. To be eligible for admission to this program, you must first complete at least 2 full academic years of undergraduate course work by June 2018 and have achieved the required minimum grades/GPA for admission consideration.

The Physician Assistant Education Program at McMaster requires a supplementary application. Access to the supplementary application will be sent by email in mid-February. The deadline for the $85 supplementary application assessment fee is February 21.

Social Work

Download the Social Work supplementary application or call the School of Social Work at 905‑525‑9140, extension 23795.

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Co‑operative Education/Internships

The Faculty of Science offers Honours Co‑op programs in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology & Pharmacology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medical & Health Physics
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Physics

These programs commence in year 3 of a 5‑year program.

The Faculty of Engineering permits you to enroll in a co‑op or a non‑co‑op version of each program in any level. Simply choose the appropriate Engineering or Computer Science co‑op courses at the time of registration to be considered as registered in the co‑op version of the programs. Co‑op placements are a mandatory component of all B.Tech. degree programs.

The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science offer industrial internships in your second or third year (or fourth year for some Engineering 5-year programs).

The School of Business offers an internship program after successful completion of Level III.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers an internship option to those registered in most Honours programs if you have successfully completed your second year.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science faculties, through combined Honours programs. In addition, interdisciplinary minors and thematic areas of study are available in Archaeology, Globalization Studies and Jewish Studies. A concurrent diploma from McMaster is available in Music Performance if you are enrolled in degree programs at McMaster.

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Collaborative Programs

B.Tech. Degree Completion Program

This program is offered jointly by McMaster University and Mohawk College. Admission requirements include satisfactory completion of a relevant 3-year Engineering Technology diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 75%. View more information about the B.Tech. degree completion program.

B.Tech. (Honours)

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology have partnered to create a new 4‑year Bachelor of Technology (Honours) program that provides an accelerated path to both a Bachelor of Technology degree (B.Tech.) from McMaster and an advanced Diploma in Technology from Mohawk College. View more information about the B.Tech. 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. View more information 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. Each of the 3 education sites will offer the 4‑year program that uses a problem‑based learning and small group tutorial educational model. Apply to Nursing at the 2 college sites via OCAS.

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Other Program Options

Medicine at McMaster

McMaster also offers an undergraduate program in Medicine. Find information about Medicine at McMaster or call 905‑525‑9140, extension 22235.

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Contact Information

McMaster University
Office of the Registrar, Admissions Office
Gilmour Hall, Room 108
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 4L8

Telephone: 905‑525‑4600 or 905‑525‑9140, ext. 24796
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