105 – McMaster University

Last updated: September 17, 2021

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About McMaster University

History

  • Founded in 1887 in Toronto through a bequest from 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.
  • McMaster has over 184,000 alumni in 139 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 that is 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. We keep all our buildings within a 30-acre, pedestrian-friendly central core.
  • We are now one of the only entirely smoke-free universities in the country.
  • The McMaster Forest: 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley.

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 70 by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021.
  • 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.
  • Named Canada’s most research-intensive university by Research Infosource every year since 2017.
  • 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; National women’s basketball champions (2019); national football champions (2011) and finalists (2012/2014).

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Admission Decisions

Admission to all McMaster programs is by selection. Meeting minimum requirements for any program does not guarantee admission.

All programs have enrollment limits and may become full prior to published deadlines. We recommend that applicants complete their application and/or amendments well before the deadlines. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, not to accept, process or adjudicate applications or amendments to applications to any program at any time.

See the full admission requirements, policies and procedures at McMaster.

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Application Choices

In some cases, you may receive an offer of admission to only 1 program.

Note: If you select more than 1 McMaster program, we will review the application for the highest-choice program first.

We will review your application for subsequent program choices, in order of the preference you indicated, only if you are not eligible for your first-choice program.

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Non‑refundable Application Fees

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

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Application Deadlines

By-selection Programs

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

We have several highly competitive, by-selection programs that require a mandatory supplementary application/assessment. These programs have early application and supplementary submission deadlines, as specified in the chart in this section.

Failure to apply or submit the required supplementary application/assessment by the specified dates will automatically disqualify you from being considered. We advise you to submit your application and/or amendments well in advance of the deadlines listed.

Program Application Deadline Mandatory Supplementary Application Deadline
Actuarial & Financial Mathematics (Above Level I) Regular and Co-op Programs April 1, 2022 April 30, 2022

Actuarial & Financial Mathematics (Above Level I) Regular and Co-op Programs

Arts & Science I (Honours) January 13, 2022 February 1, 2022

Arts & Science (Honours) supplementary application

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Integrated Business & Humanities I (IBH) January 13, 2022 February 1, 2022
Bachelor of Engineering I

Bachelor of Engineering I (Co-op)

January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
Bachelor of Engineering (Above Level I)

Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) (Above Level I)

Bachelor of Engineering & Management (Above Level I)

Bachelor of Engineering & Management (Co-op) (Above Level I)

Bachelor of Engineering & Society (Above Level I)

Bachelor of Engineering & Society (Co-op) (Above Level I)

April 1, 2022 April 17, 2022
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Automation Engineering Technology I (Co-op) January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
BTech Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I (Co-op) January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
BTech Biotechnology I (Co-op) January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
BTech Degree Completion (Above Level I) April 1, 2022 (May intake)

July 15, 2022 (September intake)

November 1, 2022 (January intake)

Must be completed by the application deadline.

BTech degree mandatory supplementary application

Computer Science I

Computer Science I (Co-op)

January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
Computer Science –BASc Honours (Above Level I)

Computer Science (Co-op) – BASc Honours (Above Level I)

April 1, 2022 April 17, 2022
Health Sciences I (Honours) January 13, 2022 Early February 2022

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 2021, 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.

Health Sciences (Honours) (Above Level I) April 1, 2022 Early May 2022

Note: Currently registered university transfer applicants must submit official final transcripts for the current academic year by June 1, 2022, to be considered for admission to this program.

Level II transfer applicants will receive an email from the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program on the mandatory supplementary application.

The supplementary application questions will be available on the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) website in September 2021. Refer to the website for any updates to the supplementary application process.

Health Sciences (Above Level II) Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization Program February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022

Health Sciences (Above Level II) Biomedical Discovery Commercialization supplementary application

Honours Biology and Pharmacology
Co-op (Above Level II)
February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022

Mandatory Letter of Intent specifying reasons for applying and applicant suitability for the program. Email by February 1, 2022.

Honours Integrated Science January 13, 2022 February 1, 2022

Honours Integrated Science Program

Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences I (iBioMed)

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

January 13, 2022 January 28, 2022, noon (ET)
Justice, Political Philosophy & Law April 1, 2022 April 1, 2022

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law Program

Midwifery (including submission of all official transcripts and other required documentation) February 1, 2022 N/A

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, 2022, if you are completing the corresponding Grade 12 subject in the second semester.

Nursing I February 1, 2022 You must complete the CASPer® test on 1 of the dates listed on the CASPer website.
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, 2022 You must complete the CASPer test on 1 of the dates listed on the CASPer website.
Nursing Accelerated Stream (Above Level I) February 1, 2022 You must complete the CASPer test on 1 of the dates listed on the CASPer website.
Nursing: Post-Diploma RPN Stream (Conestoga) (Mohawk) February 1, 2022 You must complete the CASPer test on 1 of the dates listed on the CASPer website.
Physician Assistant (including submission of all official transcripts and required documents) February 1, 2022 To be completed at the end of February 2022.

The supplementary application will be released by February 24 and must be completed by noon (ET) on March 3, 2022.

Physician Assistant Program

Social Work (Social Sciences Honours BA [Above Level I]) February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022

Supplemental SWAT Application for Honours BSW

Application Deadlines for All Other Undergraduate Programs

February 1, 2022 – Applications received on or before February 1, 2022, with all supporting official documentation received by February 15, 2022, from applicants with no postsecondary experience will be reviewed for admission pending space availability in the program. All applications received after February 1, 2022, will be considered only if there is space available in the program.

April 1, 2022 – The final date to apply for admission and submit all required documentation for admission consideration is April 1, 2022. This final deadline applies to all international and domestic applicants.

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Application Processing Timelines

We require all relevant documentation before we will deem an application file ready for admission consideration.

Once we receive all required documentation and process it in our office, it may take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process a decision.

For second- or third-year programs in the faculties of Science and all programs in Engineering, we will not make admission decisions for university or college transfer applicants until after receipt of official final (vs. interim) transcripts, usually May or June.

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

For some programs listed under Application Deadlines with January and February application deadlines and mandatory supplementary application deadlines, we will make the majority of offers of admission in early May.

For other programs with January and February application deadlines and mandatory supplementary application deadlines, we will make offers in March and early May.

Note: Many of our programs may become full before published deadlines. 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 – Aid and Awards

We offer entrance awards to international, Canadian and permanent resident (landed immigrant) students entering Level I of a first baccalaureate degree program and who have not attended a postsecondary institution.

Awards are based on final admission averages. 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 award at those sites.

Read more about terms and conditions for all 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 low to mid-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 college websites to find out 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.

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

The Student Wellness Centre is available for all McMaster students. Services include 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. Winter admission is available for the Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion (above Level I) program only.

Use the 105 application to apply to a full‑time fall/winter session or part-time admission in spring/summer or fall/winter.

Note: International applicants who study in Canada under a study permit must be enrolled at McMaster University 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: Most of our programs are available for fall admission only. If you are completing your high school diploma in May or June, you are not eligible for spring or summer admission and should apply for fall admission only. If you are completing your college diploma or university degree in May, then spring admission is not an option.

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Important Additional Admission Information

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 to McMaster University, or with any current student or employee at the university.

During the application process, we will communicate important information, including application 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, 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 admission to McMaster University. We will send important messages outlining the next steps required to complete your application and other important information.

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

Postsecondary Transfers

If you are applying for transfer from a college or different university with advanced standing, you should be aware that space is limited.

Note: Admission is by selection. Most programs will require academic standing well above the minimums stated in the McMaster Undergraduate Calendar or on the McMaster Future Students website. We 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, 2022, 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 fall 2022 admission is April 1, 2022, we cannot guarantee a timely review of your application if you do not submit all required documentation by February 1, 2022, especially for limited enrollment programs that may become full prior to April 1, 2022.

Document Evaluation Fee (Non-refundable)

All 105 applicants must submit a non‑refundable $95 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 the requirements.

Students presenting final transcripts from schools outside of North America may need to have their admission documents authenticated by World Education Services (WES).

Transcripts

Transcripts (unofficial) must be provided to the McMaster Admissions Office via the process outlined in our acknowledgement communication, which we will send to you within 3 to 5 working days following the submission of your application.

Transcripts sent to McMaster Undergraduate Admissions using acceptable electronic delivery protocols from sources like Parchment/Naviance, eSPRIP-SAFE, National Clearing House, OUAC EDI, etc. will be deemed as official for admission purposes.

You may order transcripts from most Ontario universities and/or colleges at the same time you complete your OUAC application.

Notes:

  • If you are currently attending a fall semester at your school, you should order a transcript to be sent after the grades from the first semester are available (normally sent in January for most curriculums).
  • 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.

We will communicate any additional requirements after the initial receipt of the application. Watch your email for notification of any changes in your McMaster required checklist items.

Note: All documents you submit in support of your application become the property of McMaster University and will not be returned.

Read more about international transcript documentation.

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English-language Proficiency

Students must present an acceptable score on 1 of the English-language proficiency tests that we recognize. See our English-language requirements website for acceptable score requirements.

At our discretion, you may be exempted from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements if you meet 1 of the following requirements (exemption is not automatic):

  • Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-English as a second language [ESL]), 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, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), 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, 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.
  • Resided in an English-speaking country for at least 4 years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.

We may, at our sole discretion, challenge any test score we deem as either 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, which are a critical component of the selection process. Although the deadline dates listed in this application guide were correct at the time of publishing, you should confirm specific deadlines for supplementary applications.

We normally make offers of admission for all by-selection programs 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 an Arts & Science (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 high school average of 88% is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline.

  • Admission is not available for college diploma transfer applicants. Admission is based solely upon high school academic performance and the mandatory supplemental application.
  • This program is not available as an option for application for either university transfer applicants or second-degree applicants.

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 to solve them.

You will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with your classmates in first year and firmly establish your network of community within Engineering. In first year, you will 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
  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Biotechnology

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.

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Degree Completion (Above Level I) (Co-op)

Our unique “diploma-to-degree” program is tailor made for college graduates wishing to upgrade their education and further their careers. All eligible program entrants receive 2 years’ worth of advanced credit from their previously completed college diploma or university degree.

You can apply directly to your desired program:

  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Software Engineering Technology

Enrollment in all degree-completion disciplines is limited and admission is by selection. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 75-77% or greater from a relevant 3‑year Engineering Technology Diploma program (or equivalent) is required.

Read more about our BTech Degree Completion 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 5 practice and experience courses, the emphasis at McMaster is on lab-based exploration and discovery. This includes expanded coverage of practical topics, such as profiling and tuning, and foundational topics, such as operating systems and compilers.

With our totally redesigned first-year curriculum, featuring 5 computer science, 3 math and 2 elective courses, you will gain specialized knowledge right away, become more employable in co-op positions after first year and have space to take specialized elective courses in upper years.

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.

Application to Level II transfer is limited to 20 students. A full year of university undergraduate studies is required, including a full course in both Biology and Chemistry and a minimum average of A-. A mandatory supplementary application for Level II transfer is required by the specified deadline.

If you have completed a university undergraduate degree or have completed more than 1 year or the equivalent of university undergraduate studies, you are ineligible to apply to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program.

Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization (BDC) Program (Level III Entry; Bachelor of Health Sciences [Honours])

The BDC program is a multidisciplinary training program, concentrated in the biomedical sciences, which equips you with strong discovery research skills, business acumen and a meaningful experiential connection to the Health Sciences sector.

An important goal of the BDC program is to expose students to business curriculum in the DeGroote School of Business to complement a strong foundation in the biomedical sciences obtained in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This innovative “4+1” bachelor-master program provides a unique entry point – Level III of undergraduate studies – for students in the following programs: Health, Life and Physical Sciences.

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

Selection is based on academic achievement, a written statement of interest and an interview. The minimum requirements are the submission of an online application by the stated deadline and completion of Level II (or above) of a Science or Health Sciences program (including first-year chemistry and biology courses) with a grade point average of at least 8.0 on the McMaster 12-point scale (equivalent to a grade of B).

Upon completion of the 4-year Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, students can apply to the 1-year professional course-based Master’s program, which includes a 4- to 8-month internship in the health sciences, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or consulting sectors.

A mandatory supplementary application is required by the stated deadline of February 1, 2022.

Read more about BDC application procedures and the mandatory supplementary application.

Honours Biology and Pharmacology Co-op (Above Level II)

Honours Biology and Pharmacology is the longest-standing undergraduate co-operative education program at McMaster University. It began over 20 years ago to provide students with comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge of Biology and Pharmacology (BioPharm). The program starts in Level III and takes 3 years to complete.

The Honours Biology and Pharmacology program combines courses from the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science with those from the Faculty of Health Sciences. Biology courses provide wide exposure to modern biological concepts and techniques, while specialized Pharmacology courses provide students with skills in theoretical and practical aspects of the actions and uses of drugs.

The BioPharm program at McMaster prides itself on the quality of its graduates both in their practical skills and theoretical knowledge. There are many aspects of the program that set it apart, including limited enrollment of 20 students per year, high instructor-to-student ratios in both tutorial and lab courses, problem-based learning and a self-directed approach to researching and learning about many aspects of Pharmacology.

The program also offers up to 12 months of co-op experience in major areas such as academia, government and pharmaceutical industries; the opportunity to develop a professional network during work terms with co-op supervisors and program instructors; a fully paid co-op placement; and excellent preparation for graduate schools, professional schools and the job market.

You must submit a mandatory Letter of Intent outlining reasons for applying and applicant suitability for the program prior to the February 1, 2022, application deadline.

Read more about our BioPharm program.

Honours Integrated Science (iSci)

Enrollment in Level I is limited to 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 5-year 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).

Note: Admission is based on high school academic performance along with a completed supplementary application.

Read more about our iBioMed program.

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law

Building on our internationally recognized expertise in legal philosophy and constitutional law, the Faculty of Humanities offers an exciting Honours program in Justice, Political Philosophy & Law.

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. You enter the program in Level II and take a wide range of courses in law, policy, global politics, political philosophy and moral theory, feminist jurisprudence, human rights, globalization, international law, and war and peace.

To qualify for the program, we recommend that you complete Humanities I with at least 3 units of Level I Philosophy. Applicants transferring from other universities must apply for admission and complete a Justice, Political Philosophy & Law mandatory supplementary application by April 1, 2022.

Nursing, Nursing Accelerated Stream and Post-Diploma RPN

Enrollment in all Nursing streams is limited, and admission is by selection. The deadline to apply to Nursing programs is February 1, 2022. Find the test dates for the required CASPer supplementary assessment/application on the CASPer website.

Read more about our Nursing, Nursing Accelerated Stream and Post-Diploma RPN programs.

Physician Assistant

Official transcripts must be submitted and received by McMaster prior to the February 1, 2022, deadline. To be eligible for admission to the Physician Assistant program, you must have completed at least 2 full academic years of undergraduate course work by June 2022. By February 1, 2022, you must have achieved an overall simple average of at least 3.0 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale for consideration.

The Physician Assistant Education program at McMaster requires a supplementary application available by February 24, 2022, and due by noon (ET) on March 3, 2022. The deadline for the supplementary application assessment fee, as specified on the Physician Assistant website, is March 3, 2022.

Social Work

Enrollment in this program is limited. To be eligible for consideration, you must have completed the equivalent of 1 full academic year of undergraduate course work by April of the year you apply.

Review the Social Work admission requirements and download the Social Work supplementary application or call the School of Social Work at 905‑525‑9140, ext. 23795.

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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 Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization
  • 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
  • Honours Physics
  • Honours Sustainable Chemistry

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers an Honours Biology and Pharmacology Co-op Program.

These are 5-year programs that commence in third year.

The Faculty of Engineering offers a world-class co-op program. The best part? You can complete co-op when it works with your schedule.

Students in first and second year can complete 4-month co-op terms and students in third year and above can complete 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-month co-op terms. You need 12 months of co-op to graduate with the designation on your degree but can gain up to 28 months of work experience before graduating.

Co-op programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Automation Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory)
  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory)
  • Biotechnology (co-op mandatory)
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology (co-op mandatory)
  • 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)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory)
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory)
  • Software Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory)

Four-month co-ops can begin as early as the summer after your first year of study in the Faculty of Engineering. After Level III, students can take on 8-, 12- or 16-month co-op positions for a maximum of 28 months total co-op.

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 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 faculties, through combined Honours programs
  • 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 with both Combined Degree/Diploma and Degree Completion program options.

The Combined Degree/Diploma program is a path to both a BTech degree from McMaster University and an Advanced Technology Diploma and Business Management Certificate from Mohawk College.

The Degree Completion Program allows you to receive 2 years’ worth of advanced credit from your previously completed college diploma or university degree.

Read more about our BTech Combined Degree/Diploma program and BTech Degree Completion 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. Each of the 3 education sites offers the same 4‑year program that uses a problem‑based learning and group tutorial educational model.

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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