Application Process

Are you interested in attending McMaster University, but not quite sure where to start? We have divided the admission process into easy steps to help you. By following the steps, using the outlined tools, and completing these actions in the correct time-frame, you should find the admission process to McMaster less challenging. Be sure to follow our safe sender instructions to make sure that you receive our communications in regards to your application.

Our “Admission Statements” below also highlights answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to our admission process for various types of applicants.

Admission Statements on:

Repeated Courses

High School Applicants
Normally, for students who have repeated up to two courses, the highest mark reported will be used in the calculation of the Admission average.

Students who have repeated more than two courses or individual courses more than twice may be asked by the Admissions Office to provide a letter detailing any extenuating circumstances that may have led to the need to repeat multiple courses. However, it should be noted that all programs have enrolment limits and we reserve the right to give priority to students who meet all course and grade requirements on their first attempt. 

Courses completed after June 30 will not be included in the admission average calculation.

Usage of Secondary School Summer, Online, Night and Correspondence Courses

Summer, online, night school and correspondence courses delivered by a Ministry accredited institution/facility may be used for admission purposes, without penalty. However, due to the later availability of grades and lack of program seats, summer school courses–taken during the summer immediately prior to the September a student intends to commence studies at McMaster–cannot be used for admission purposes. 

Minimum Passing Mark/Grade needed for Required Courses

Unless otherwise stated, domestic Canadian high school applicants to McMaster University’s level I undergraduate programs are not required to achieve a specified minimum mark (beyond a passing grade) in any individual course required to calculate their admission average.

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.    

Without limiting McMaster’s General Statement on Collection of Personal Information and Protection of Privacy, please take note that McMaster University collects and retains personal information of applicants for admissions to McMaster University under the authority of The McMaster University Act, 1976. This information may be used for the administration of admissions and registration and, subject to McMaster University policies (as may be amended or revoked from time to time), McMaster may disclose any evidence of misrepresentation, fraud or falsification of admissions documentation to other educational institutions, to government agencies, to law-enforcement agencies and to other relevant third parties. 

Privacy & Information Collection

The information you provide on any application for admissions will be protected and used in compliance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSO 1990) and will be disclosed only in accordance with this Act. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the University Registrar, University Hall, Room 209; Student Records, Gilmour Hall, Room 108; or the University Secretary, Gilmour Hall, Room 210, McMaster University.