Transcripts & Documents

  • Required Documentation

    The applicant category section below outlines the documentation you need to submit to support your application.Send only the transcripts/documents indicated. Do not send any additional documentation (letters of reference, certificates, achievements, financial statements, etc.).

    For most programs, the admissions decision is based solely on academics. Applicants to the Arts and Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Engineering, Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences, Integrated Business and Humanities, Integrated Sciences, Studio Art, Midwifery, Engineering I, Engineering Co-op I, Physician Assistant Program and Music programs have additional requirements indicated on the Letter of Acknowledgement and listed on the Supplementary Application Programs section of our Dates and Deadlines page. 

    Interim and final transcripts should be submitted as soon as possible. If your interim average is sufficiently high you may be considered for an early ‘conditional’ offer of admission. If your school reports quarterly, transcripts from each quartile should be submitted. 

    Transcripts should show all grades achieved to date plus all courses expected to be completed by the end of the academic/school year.

    Please ensure that you have provided your own valid, personal e-mail address through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and that you have made McMaster a safe sender with your E-mail provider using our Making Mac a Safe Sender instructions. 

    All 105 applicants will receive their admission decision via e-mail. After applying, please check your e-mail regularly for updates.

  • Statement for Application Fraud

    If McMaster concludes based on reasonable grounds that the applicant has falsified any information presented to the University as part of his or her application, without limiting any other rights of McMaster available at law, McMaster reserves the right to revoke the offer and, subject to applicable law and University Policy, to terminate a student’s registration.  

    McMaster’s Statement for Application Fraud

    Submission of Documentation

    It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to arrange for required documentation to be delivered to McMaster University well in advance of any deadline dates. Documentation received after the deadline for submission will be reviewed for admission on a case-by-case basis if space in the requested program/faculty exists.

    All documents submitted in support of your application for admission become the property of the University and are not returnable.  
    If you are not accepted, or you fail to enroll following acceptance, your documentation will be destroyed at the end of the admission cycle. If you reapply, you must submit any new academic information in addition to the documentation submitted previously.

    When submitting your document(s), use the label(s) provided, with your preprinted student number on them. This will ensure that your documents are matched to your file in the most efficient manner possible. If you are unable to use the labels provided, you should ensure that all supporting documentation is clearly labelled with either your McMaster Student Number (found on your confirmation letter) or your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) application reference number.

    All documentation should be submitted to:

    McMaster University
    Admissions – GH 108
    1280 Main Street West
    Hamilton ON  L8S 4L8
    Canada

    If you require confirmation of receipt of your documents, you must send the documents via courier and confirm delivery through the courier service.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript is a complete academic record of all individual courses and grades achieved at an educational institution. It must be signed by a presiding official and bear the seal or certified stamp of the issuing institution. The signature, seal and/or stamp should appear on all pages of the document. A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly to McMaster from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope. The University reserves the right to require applicants with an English Language Proficiency score disparate from their academic English prerequisite achievement to present further evidence of proficiency.  If evidence of misrepresentation of fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe.  McMaster University reserves the right to rescind any Offer of Admission and/or scholarship. 

Internationally educated applicants who are currently resident in Canada and are unable to request that their official transcripts be submitted to McMaster directly from their home institutions because they are no longer resident in that country, must subsequently provide a credential evaluation with document authentication from World Evaluation Services Canada (WES) http://www.wes.org/ca/index.asp. McMaster undergraduate programs require the WES ICAP Course-by-Course with GPA calculation assessment for colleges and universities. For High School Diplomas or Secondary Level Credentials, WES only provides the ICAP Basic Report. Please contact WES Canada directly to arrange for the appropriate evaluation.

McMaster University may require students presenting documents that will form the basis of their admission to the university, from schools outside of North America, to have those documents authenticated via WES Canada http://www.wes.org/ca/index.asp

Photocopies of Documents will not be accepted for admission consideration.

Where documentation from a school outside of Canada is in a language other than English, a certified English translation (signed, sealed, and stamped) must be included with the original language documents. A certified translation must be issued by one of the following:

  • The Canadian consulate, high commission or embassy in the country where the documents were issued
  • A translator accredited by a professional association of translators in Canada. 
  • A translator who has received accreditation through a federal, provincial, or municipal government in Canada. 
The translator must include a photocopy of the document(s) from which the translation was prepared, and an original statement indicating that the translation is accurate and authentic. The translator must also include their contact information (including identification number and/or seal, name, address, and telephone number) printed name and signature in the statement. 
 

APPLICANT CATEGORIES:

Secondary Schools
High School Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades International Secondary School 
American Style Curriculum Chinese Curriculum
Home School International Baccalaureate
British System (GCE, IGCSE, GCSE, etc)  
Post Secondary Schools

 Letter of Permission (Visiting Student)

Ontario College of Applied Arts & Technology 
US/American College (Applied Arts & Technology, Junior, or Equivalent) College – Applicants to the Bachelor of Technology
Degree-Completion Program

University Transfer University – Second Degree
University – Continuing Student CEGEP 
Post-Secondary Institutions with Religious Affiliation  

Secondary Schools

High School Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades

  • If you are currently attending high school in a Canadian province where government transcripts are issued (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan) have your high school provide complete transcripts including first term final grades and a list of courses for the entire year directly from your school. Provincial transcripts do not show courses in progress or interim grades.
  • If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, you should forward the official exam scores from the College Board to be considered for advanced credit.

International Secondary School 

  • High School Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades.
  • If you are attending an international school that offers multiple curricula (e.g. American Grade 12; GCE; IB) please ask your school to specify the curriculum in which you are enrolled and ensure that appropriate documents are submitted.

American Style Curriculum

  • High School Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades. If your school uses the Parchment Transcript Exchange Service, you may register for a student account at http://exchange.parchment.com and request a transcript to be sent electronically to Enrolment Services. If your school does not use the Parchment Transcript Exchange Service please arrange for your school to mail your transcripts directly to Enrolment Services. 
  • SAT I test results or ACT test results. Results should be sent directly to McMaster University from the test centre. The instutition code for McMaster University is 0936 for SAT I tests. The institution code for McMaster University is 5326 for the ACT.
  • Results of standardized tests such as SAT or ACT. A combined SAT I score of at least 1200 from the two components Critical Reading and Math (with a minimum 580 for the Critical Reading component and 520 for the Math component) or an ACT composite score of at least 27 are required.
  • If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, you should forward the official exam scores from the College Board to be considered for advanced credit. The institution code for McMaster University is 0936 for AP exams. 

Chinese Curriculum

Currently enrolled in a Chinese secondary school:

  • official Chinese Upper Middle School transcript which includes Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 midterm grades
  • official Unified Academic Upper Middle School Graduation Examination (HUIKAO) or Academic Proficiency Test (APT)
  • confirmation that you will be writing the Chinese University Entrance Examination (GAOKAO)
  • Applicants who do not present GAOKAO must provide a letter stating the reason(s) for not sitting for GAOKAO. We require transcripts for the last three years of Upper Middle School, results of standardized tests (eg. SAT, ACT, IB, AP, GCE) and school profile.
  • Applicants presenting a combination of Chinese curriculum and British Patterned A Levels must present three distinct A(2) level subjects required for the program of application

Completed Chinese secondary school:

  • official Chinese Upper Middle School transcript which includes Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 final grades
  • official Unified Academic Upper Middle School Graduation Examination (HUIKAO) or Academic Proficiency Test (APT)
  • a notarized copy of your Chinese University Entrance Examination (GAOKAO) results issued by the appropriate Provincial Education Commission. You must also arrange to verify your final GAOKAO results by the CDGDC (http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/how0to0a/272367.shtml) and have the Verification sent directly to Enrolment Services (see address above).
  • Applicants who do not present GAOKAO must provide a letter stating the reason(s) for not sitting for GAOKAO. We require transcripts for the last three years of Upper Middle School, results of standardized tests (eg. SAT, ACT, IB, AP, GCE) and school profile.
  • Applicants presenting a combination of Chinese curriculum and British Patterned A Levels must present three distinct A(2) level subjects required for the program of application

Home School

  • List of home school credentials including but not limited to structured curriculum completed through ACE (Accelerated Christian Education Programme) or other such programs.
  • Portfolio of written work; normally, we will expect to see evidence of appropriate intellectual maturity.
  • Results of standardized tests such as SAT or ACT. A combined SAT I score of at least 1200 from the two components Critical Reading and Math (with a minimum 580 for the Critical Reading component and 520 for the Math component) or an ACT composite score of at least 27 are required.
  • Official transcripts from accredited and ministry approved schools for any Grade 12 U/M courses completed (or equivalent courses from other educational jurisdictions).

International Baccalaureate

  • High School Transcript with Predicted and/or Final IB Grades.
  • Final IB diploma results must be submitted to be considered for advanced credit.

British System (GCE, IGCSE, GCSE, etc)

  • Ordinary ‘O’ Level Certificates AND Predicted and/or Final Advanced ‘A’ and ‘AS’ Level Results.

Post Secondary

Ontario College of Applied Arts & Technology 

  • High School Transcript with Final Grades.
  • College Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades – stating ‘diploma or degree granted’ (if applicable).

College Applicants to the Bachelor of Technology Degree-Completion Program

  • High School Transcript not required.
  • College Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades – stating ‘diploma or degree granted’ (if applicable).
  • All other official post-secondary transcripts, including other colleges and universities attended, are required. 
  • All applicants must submit the mandatory supplementary application available at:http://www.mybtechdegree.ca/supplementaryform.html

US/American College (Applied Arts & Technology, Junior, or Equivalent)

  • High School Transcript with Final Grades.
  • College Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades – stating ‘diploma or degree granted’ (if applicable).

University Transfer

  • High School Transcript with Final Grades.
  • University Transcript with Interim and/or Final Results.

University – Second Degree

  • University Transcript Stating ‘Degree Granted’.
  • High School Transcript with Final Grades.
  • If you are a McMaster University graduate, we will automatically retrieve your academic records.

University – Continuing Student

  • University Transcript Stating ‘Degree Granted’.
  • If the course(s) you applied to have specific Grade 12 prerequisites, you must also submit an official High School transcript.
  • A list of the McMaster course(s) you wish to take.
  • Continuing students should fill out and mail in the Continuing Student Courses of Interest Form. More information about continuing student requirements can be found on our Continuing Students page

Letter of Permission (Visiting Student)

  • Letter of Permission from your home university that gives approval for each McMaster course you wish to take.
  • University Transcript with Interim and/or Final Results.
  • If the course(s) you applied to have specific Grade 12 prerequisites, you must also submit an official High School transcript.

CEGEP

  • CEGEP Transcript with Interim and/or Final Results – stating DEC received (if applicable). 
  • R-Score is also required. 

Post-Secondary Institutions with Religious Affiliations

  •  High School Transcript with Final Grades.
  • College Transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades – stating ‘diploma or degree granted’ (if applicable).