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.
If you have any questions about admissions you may wish to contact:
Admissions, Office of the Registrar
Gilmour Hall, Room 108
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8
(905) 525-4600 askmcmaster.ca
|Faculty||Degree||Program Web link|
|Business||Bachelor of Commerce||http://ug.degroote.mcmaster.ca/apply/|
|Engineering||Bachelor of Engineering||http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca|
|Engineering||Bachelor of Technology||http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/btech.html|
|Humanities||Bachelor of Arts||http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/undergraduate/index.html|
|Science||Bachelor of Science||http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/index.php/departments-and-schools.html|
|Social Science||Bachelor of Arts||https://socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/future/programs|
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: http://www.mcmaster.ca/bms/student/SAC_fees_ug.html
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 http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/info_student_group.html.
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:
- -You have not attended secondary school or college on a full-time basis for at least two years
- -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):
One of Calculus & Vectors, Chemistry or Physics
Satisfactory standing in two Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics courses (or equivalent):
Satisfactory standing in four Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics & Science courses (or equivalent):
|Business I||Social Sciences I and Humanities I|
Satisfactory standing in two Grade 12 University preparatory Mathematics (or equivalent):
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:
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
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
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27423
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 129
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23772
John Hodgkins Engineering Building (JHE) A214
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24646
Office of the Associate Dean of Sciences (Studies)
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27590
DeGroote Business Building
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24433