Ontario Secondary School Applicants

Research Your Options & Make A PlanApply OnlineStay Informed & ConnectedAccept Your Offer Enrol in Classes & Attend Orientation

STEP 1: Research Your Options & Make A Plan 
(No later than October of your final year of High School)


 STEP 2: Apply to University (Online) 
(early November 2016 to early January 2017) 

  • Apply online at the Ontario Universities Application Centre’s (OUAC) website by January 11, 2017
  • Include a valid and unique e-mail address that only you can access/use. McMaster and many Ontario universities use email to send important information. Note: We recommend adding @mcmaster.ca to your safe sender/trusted list on your e-mail client to ensure our messages are not marked as spam. See details.
  • Apply before the recommended deadline to ensure your application is processed without delays. Note: Applying beyond January 11, 2017 (via OUAC) is still possible, to programs which do not have a mandatory supplementary application deadline that has passed. Adding/changing a McMaster program choice after January is also possible via OUAC’s ‘Review and Change’ function.
  • Submit a Supplementary Application, if required. Note: Arts & Science, Engineering, Integrated Business & Humanities*, Integrated Science, Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (IBEHS)*, Health Sciences and Nursing are the only Level I McMaster programs that require a supplementary application
  • Review McMaster’s Statement for Application Fraud

* These programs are pending final government approval.

STEP 3: Stay Informed After Applying
(January to May 2017)


STEP 4: Accept Your Offer 

(by June 1 for current full-time Ontario secondary school students or the deadline listed on your offer letter)

  • Accept your offer on OUAC by the deadline listed on your offer letter (see Video for instructions)


STEP 5: Register for Classes & Attend Orientation 
(June to August 2017)

Visit START.mcmaster.ca for our ‘Quick Start’ Guide.
Listed below is an overview of some of the major action items on our ‘Quick Start’ website.