Transcripts & Documents

How to submit your documents

Review your Mosaic portal to determine what documentation is required to complete your application.

Students will be required to upload relevant documents to the McMaster Applicant Portal.

Applicants should ensure their documentation is submitted by the appropriate deadlines listed on the Dates & Deadlines page. Do not send any documentation outside of what is required.

Review your Student Centre on Mosaic for status updates on submitted documentation. Updates can take up to five weeks from the date of receipt at McMaster.

Unofficial documents

OUAC 101 Applicants

If you are required to submit English Language Proficiency test scores, you can submit your score report via the applicant portal under the “English proficiency” checklist item.

OUAC 105 Applicants

Documents uploaded to the applicant portal 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.

IELTS, TOEFL and other English Language proficiency results can be uploaded to the applicant portal and will be verified.

Official documents

Documents that must be sent by letter mail or courier, including SAT/ACT results and AP 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



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. 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.


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.