105 – McMaster University

Last updated: September 14, 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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Admission Decisions

All McMaster programs have limited space. Meeting minimum requirements for any program does not guarantee admission.

Programs may become full prior to published deadlines. We recommend applicants complete their 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.

Read more about 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 your application for the highest-choice program first.

We will review your application for subsequent program choices, in the order of preference you indicated. This will occur 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 review your application and our admission policies and procedures before you submit your application.

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Application Deadlines

By-selection Programs

We have several highly competitive, by-selection programs that require a mandatory supplementary application/assessment. A by-selection program is a program for which we consider a mandatory supplementary application, audition or creative submission in addition to your grades. These programs have early application and supplementary submission deadlines, as specified in the chart in this section.

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.

Submit the required supplementary application/assessment by the specified dates to ensure you are considered for the program. 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, 2023 April 30, 2023

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

Arts & Science I (Honours) January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023, 11:59 pm (ET)

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 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, 2023 April 17, 2023
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)
BTech Degree Completion (Above Level I) November 1, 2022 (January intake)

March 1, 2023 (May intake)

July 1, 2023 (September intake)

Must be completed by the application deadline.

BTech Degree mandatory supplementary application

Computer Science I

Computer Science I (Co-op)

January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
Computer Science –BASc Honours (Above Level I)

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

April 1, 2023 April 17, 2023
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.

Health Sciences (Honours) (Above Level I) April 1, 2023 Early May 2023

Note: Currently registered university transfer applicants must submit official final transcripts for the current academic year by June 1, 2023, 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 2022. Refer to the website for any updates to the supplementary application process.

Health Sciences (Above Level II) Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization Program February 1, 2023 February 1, 2023

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

Honours Biology and Pharmacology
Co-op (Above Level II)
February 1, 2023 February 1, 2023

Mandatory Letter of Intent specifying reasons for applying and applicant suitability for the program. Email by February 1, 2023.

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

Honours Integrated Science supplementary application

Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences I (iBioMed)

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

January 12, 2023 January 27, 2023, noon (ET)
Justice, Political Philosophy & Law April 1, 2023 April 1, 2023

Justice, Political Philosophy & Law Program

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, 2023, 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 February 1, 2023 You must complete Casper on one 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, 2023 You must complete Casper on one of the dates listed on the Casper website.

In addition, you must have completed or already registered for any prerequisite subjects by February 1, 2023.

Nursing Accelerated Stream (Above Level I) February 1, 2023 You must complete Casper on one of the dates listed on the Casper website.

In addition, you must have completed or already registered for any prerequisite subjects by February 1, 2023.

Nursing: Post-Diploma RPN Stream (Conestoga) (Mohawk) February 1, 2023 You must complete Casper on one of the dates listed on the Casper website.

In addition, you must have completed or already registered for any prerequisite subjects by February 1, 2023.

Physician Assistant (including submission of all other official transcripts and other required documents) January 12, 2023 To be completed at the end of February 2023.

The supplementary application will be released by February 24 and must be completed by noon (ET) on March 2, 2023.

Physician Assistant Program

Social Work (Honours BSW [Above Level I]) January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023

Social Work supplementary application

Social Work – Post Degree January 12, 2023 February 1, 2023

Social Work Post Degree supplementary application

Application Deadlines for All Other Undergraduate Programs

February 1, 2023 – Applications from applicants with no postsecondary experience will be reviewed for admission pending space availability in the program. All supporting official documentation must be received by February 15, 2023. All applications received after February 1, 2023, or without all paperwork submitted by February 15, 2023, will be considered only if there is space available in the program.

April 1, 2023 – The final date to apply for admission and submit all required documentation for admission consideration is April 1, 2023. This final deadline applies to all international and domestic applicants.

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Application Processing Timelines

We must receive all relevant documentation before we will consider your application.

Decision processing can take between 4 and 6 weeks after we receive and process all required documentation.

We begin making admission decisions for college or university transfer students after we receive official final transcripts, usually in May or June. This applies only to programs in the Faculty of Engineering and second- or third-year programs in the Faculty of Science.

Spaces in the upper-year programs in these 2 faculties are limited. We will consider admission on a first-come, first-served basis and meeting minimum application requirements will not guarantee admission. We 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.

Decisions for most programs are released starting in early May with some programs releasing decisions as early as March.

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

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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 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 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

Full‑time: September only (fall/winter term).
Part‑time: September, May and June. Winter admission is only available for the Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion (above Level I) program.

Use the 105 application to apply to a full‑time fall/winter term 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 visit the Registrar’s Office website for information about the appropriate application form to use.

Access 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, apply for fall admission instead of spring or summer admission. 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, 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.

Postsecondary Transfers

Space is limited for students transferring from a college or university.

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 with a strong academic record at the end of the fall semester.

To be considered for an early conditional offer, you must forward 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 2023 admission is April 1, 2023, we cannot guarantee a timely review of your application if you do not submit all required documentation by February 1, 2023, especially for limited enrollment programs that may become full prior to April 1, 2023.

Document Evaluation Fee (Non-refundable)

All 105 applicants must submit a non‑refundable $95 document evaluation fee to the OUAC.

Exceptions:

  • If you are currently attending full‑time academic study in the final year of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma program.
  • If you 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 are non-refundable.

Students Applying with International Documentation

If you are presenting final transcripts from schools outside of North America, you may need to have your admission documents authenticated by World Education Services (WES). Pay close attention to requirements for international student documentation.

Transcripts

We will send you an acknowledgement email 3 to 5 days after you submit your application. It will outline how to submit unofficial transcripts to the Admissions Office.

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

You may order transcripts from most Ontario universities and/or colleges while you complete your OUAC application.

Notes:

  • If you are currently attending the 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 both immediately and at the end of the semester.

We will communicate any additional requirements after we receive your application. Check your application portal frequently for any changes in your 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 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. Although the deadlines 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 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 high school average of 88% is required for consideration. You must submit a mandatory supplementary application prior to the specified deadline.

Notes:

  • Admission is not available for applicants transferring from a college diploma program. Admission is based solely on high school academic performance and the mandatory supplemental application.
  • This program is not available to 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 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.

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 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.

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 along with 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, 2023.

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 in both 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 the 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, 2023, application deadline.

Read more about our BioPharm program.

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.

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, 2023.

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, 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, 2023.

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

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

Physician Assistant

The deadline to apply to the Physician Assistant program is January 12, 2023. Official transcripts must be submitted and received by McMaster prior to the February 1, 2023, 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 2023. By February 1, 2023, 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 Physician Assistant supplementary application available by February 24, 2023, and due by noon (ET) on March 3, 2023. The deadline for the supplementary application assessment fee, as specified on the Physician Assistant website, is March 3, 2023.

Social Work

Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (Above Level I)

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

Read more about the Honours BSW program.

BSW Post-Degree

Enrollment in this program is limited. To be eligible for consideration, you must have completed an undergraduate degree by April of the year you apply. You must submit the mandatory supplementary application by the specified deadline.

Read more about the BSW Post-Degree program.

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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 12 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Biotechnology (co-op mandatory – minimum 12 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum 8 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)
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum 8 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Power and Energy Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum 8 months of co-op experience required to graduate)
  • Software Engineering Technology (co-op mandatory – minimum 8 months of co-op experience required to graduate)

Four-month co-ops can begin as early as the summer after first year in the Faculty of Engineering. After Level III, students can complete 8-, 12- or 16-month co-op positions up to a maximum of 28 months total co-op. Students in the Degree Completion Program can complete 4-, 8- or 12-month co-op positions.

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 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.

The 3 education sites offer 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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