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How to Submit Your Documents

  1. Review the applicant categories below to determine what documentation is required to complete your application.

  2. Submit any documents, via the appropriate means, by April 1, 2019. Include your McMaster student ID number, or OUAC reference number, on any documentation sent to the University. Do not send any documentation outside of what is required.

  3. Review your Student Centre on Mosaic for status updates on submitted documentation. Updates can take 2-3 weeks from the date of receipt at McMaster

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Unofficial Documents

E-mailed documents are deemed unofficial and will be used for the initial review and admission decision purposes. If you are granted a conditional offer of admission and decided to accept that offer, we will require final official transcripts at that time.


E-mail all transcripts, school profiles or extenuating circumstances documentation to macdocs@mcmaster.ca.

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Official Documents


Documents that must be sent by letter mail or courier include SAT/ACT results, AP test results, IELTS, TOEFL and other English language proficiency test results. It is recommended that official documents be sent via courier or a method that has tracking capabilities. All documents are non-returnable.

Please mail official documents to:

McMaster University
Admissions - GH 108
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
Canada
1-905-525-9140, ext. 24796

 

Applicant Categories and Required Documents

Secondary SchoolPost Secondary School

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 send us complete transcripts including Grade 12 first term final grades and a list of courses for the entire year. Provincial transcripts do not show courses in progress or interim grades.
  • If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, send us the official exam scores from the College Board to be considered for advanced credit.

American Style Curriculum

  • High School transcript with Interim and/or Final Grades.
    • If your school uses the Parchment Transcript Exchange Service, you can register for a student account and request a transcript to be sent electronically to McMaster. If your school does not use the Parchment Transcript Exchange Service, please have your school mail your transcripts to us.
  • SAT test results or ACT test results
    • Results need to be sent to us directly from the test centre.
    • The institution code for McMaster University is 0936 for SAT tests. The institution code 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 of Critical Reading and Math (with a minimum 580 for the Critical Reading component and 520 for the Math component) OR the Redesigned SAT result of at least 1200 as a combined score (with a minimum of 600 in each section) OR an ACT composite score of at least 27 is 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.

British System (GCE, IGCSE, GCSE, etc)

  • GCSE/IGCSE Level Certificates AND predicted and/or final advanced ‘A (2)’ and AS level results.

Chinese Curriculum
If you are currently enrolled in a Chinese secondary school, please submit the following:

  • Official Chinese upper middle school transcript which includes year 1, year 2 and year 3 first term 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

If you have completed Chinese secondary school, please submit the following:

  • 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 or China Credentials Verification (CHESICC) and have the verification sent directly to us
    • 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 Accelerated Christian Education Program (ACE) or other such programs.
  • Portfolio of written work; 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), the Redesigned SAT result of at least 1200 as a combined score (with a minimum of 600 in each section) or an ACT composite score of at least 27.
  • 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.

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, GCE, IB) please ask your school to specify the curriculum in which you are enrolled and ensure that appropriate documents are submitted.

Post Secondary

CEGEP

  • CEGEP transcript with Interim and/or final results – stating DEC received (if applicable).
  • R-Score is also required.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.
  • More information about continuing student requirements can be found by searching “continuing student” in admissions criteria.

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 Transfer

  • High school transcript with final grades.
  • University transcript with Interim and/or final results.

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).

 

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 residing 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 residing in that country must subsequently provide a credential evaluation with document authentication from World Evaluation Services Canada (WES). 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.

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 the identification number and/or seal, name, address, and telephone number) printed name and signature in the statement.

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 their 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.