Part-time Applicants

As of fall 2016, the part-time degree studies application has been phased out.  Those interested in part-time study should use the
105 application at  If admitted, students may enrol in a part-time course load.
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    1. As a part-time student, may I take courses during the day?

    Yes. Part-time refers to the number of courses you take, not when you take them. As a part-time student, you may choose your courses from either the evening or daytime schedules.

    2. How long will it take me to do a degree on a part-time basis?

    A three-level degree program (e.g. a general B.A.) usually takes three years to complete on a full-time basis and requires a minimum of 90 units (30 courses). On a part-time basis, without interruption, it can take six to seven years to complete a three-level program. This may be shorter or longer depending on how many units you can complete each year. Typically, students start out slowly as they become accustomed to university life and pick up their pace as they get closer to achieving their goal.

    Four-year Honours programs take one additional year on a full-time basis, involve a greater degree of specialization, and require higher academic achievement.

    3. Where do I begin?

    Your first step should be to consider your program options and determine which program(s) are of interest to you. Refer to the chart below that lists programs available for completion on a part-time basis, and then review the future students university website for comprehensive information on all academic programs.


  • Admission Assistance

    If you have any questions about admissions you may wish to contact:

     Admissions, Office of the Registrar
    Gilmour Hall, Room 108
    McMaster University
    Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
    (905) 525-4600


Faculty Degree Program Web link
Business Bachelor of Commerce
Engineering Bachelor of Engineering
Engineering Bachelor of Technology
Humanities Bachelor of Arts
Science Bachelor of Science
Social Science Bachelor of Arts

4. Can I receive credit for course work that I have completed previously at college or university?

If you have completed some post-secondary education at another university, a community college, or at McMaster’s Centre for Continuing Education, you may be eligible for some advanced credit toward your degree program. McMaster has established policies for the recognition of credit from other such institutions subject to provision of an official transcript of marks for evaluation. You will normally be advised of any advanced credits when you receive an offer of admission from the school. You will not obtain advanced credit for interest courses that do not lead to a degree or a diploma or for work/life experience.

5. How much does it cost?

The 105 application fee varies based on the number of programs/universities applied to for a given academic session.  There is a base application fee and a document evaluation fee. Transcript requests from some institutions can be made through the online application for an additional fee as well.  Please note that all application fees are non-refundable.

Tuition fees vary from program to program and applicants should take into consideration textbook and other costs.  For information about our current tuition fees, please visit:

6. Is financial assistance available to part-time students?

Financial assistance is available. Click on the link below for Financial Aid and Scholarship information related to part-time studies

Admission Application and Documentation Deadline Dates

For Courses Commencing Application Deadline Document Deadline
September April 1 April 1
May April 1 April 1
June May 15 May 15

Mature Student Applicant

If you have not completed all of the traditional admission requirements as outlined in the current Undergraduate Calendar (e.g. graduation of a secondary school diploma with a minimum of six Grade 12 U/M courses including specific subject requirements or equivalent), McMaster may assess your eligibility as a Mature Student to some of our undergraduate programs. Please note that the following conditions must be satisfied:

  1. -You have not attended secondary school or college on a full-time basis for at least two years
  2. -You have never attended university

Note: applicants admitted as mature students will not be granted transfer credit

For more information, please visit our Mature Students page.

Life Sciences I and Environmental & Earth Sciences I
Mathematics & Statistics Physical Sciences I

Satisfactory standing in three Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics & Science courses (or equivalent):

  • Advanced Functions
  • Biology

One of Calculus & Vectors, Chemistry or Physics

Satisfactory standing in two Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics courses (or equivalent):

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors

Satisfactory standing in four Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics & Science courses (or equivalent):

  • Advanced Functions
  • Calculus & Vectors
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Business I Social Sciences I and Humanities I  

Satisfactory standing in two Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics (or equivalent):

  • Advanced Functions
  • One of Calculus & Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management/Statistics

Required to meet the mature student criteria as outlined above.



English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants may be required to prove English Language Proficiency if they have not been educated in an English speaking school system or country previously. A detailed description of the university’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) policy and acceptable standards and tests for proving English proficiency are provided at:

Supporting Documentation

You must contact all institutions (e.g. high school, college, university) you have attended and have them send your official transcripts directly to:

Admissions, Office of the Registrar 
Gilmour Hall, Room 108 
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

An official transcript is one that is sent directly to McMaster University from the issuing institution.  Transcripts that you may have in your possession are not normally deemed to be official and will not be accepted by the Admissions Office in support of your application.  Photocopies of required documents for admission are not acceptable.

 Faculty Advising Offices

Once you have narrowed your decision, it is advisable to contact the Faculty Advising Office for the program to which you intend to study. Advisors can assist you in understanding program requirements.

Humanities Social Sciences Bachelor of Technology

Chester New Hall, Room 107
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L9

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27423

Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 129
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23772

John Hodgkins Engineering Building (JHE) A214
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 0A3

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24646

Science Business  

Office of the Associate Dean of Sciences (Studies)
Burke Science Building, Room 129
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1\

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27590

DeGroote Business Building
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4M4

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24433