American Curriculum High School applications are reviewed for admission based on McMaster’s own calculation of the admission average. McMaster’s calculations of the admission averages may vary from those used at other institutions.
5 Grade 12/Senior academic subjects or a combination of equivalents from IB, AP, SAT II Subject Tests
Grade 12 English/English Literature required for all programs
Math & Science equivalents:
Biology – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Biology (or equivalent)
Calculus – 4 years of high school Mathematics including Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus (either AB or BC exam) or equivalent.
Note: SAT II Mathematics subject test cannot be used as a substitute for the Calculus requirement
Chemistry – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Chemistry (or equivalent)
Physics – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Physics (or equivalent)
AP Challenge exam with a minimum score of 4 or 5 may be used in lieu of one science/math requirement if the subject is not offered at your school.
SAT II Subject Test with a score of at least 670 may be considered on a case-by-case basis in lieu of one math/science requirement.
Students presenting AP courses will be required to complete the AP Examinations via the College Board with minimum grades of 3 for consideration.
A minimum average of 80% (including all required subjects) is required for application eligibility. Admission is competitive and many programs will require grades/averages well above the 80% for admission consideration.
Documents Required for Review
Note: In response to the pandemic, McMaster University is making the submission of SAT/ACT optional for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. Results (if submitted), will be considered if they benefit the student and make their application stronger however students who do not submit a score will not be penalized.
Applicants choosing to submit SAT/ACT results may do so by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed school profile including grading scale
2nd quartile results can be used for consideration for a conditional offer of admission provided at least 2 of the 5 required courses have been completed and grades presented.
Grade 9, 10, 11 and Grade 12 2nd quartile results
SAT and SAT II Subject Test results must be sent from the College Board directly and cannot be accepted electronically.
SAT minimum – overall score of 1200 or greater (Reading/Math sections only) with a minimum score of 600 in each section (Institutional Code for SAT/AP – 0936)
ACT – minimum composite score of 27 or greater (Institutional Code – 5326)
Advanced Credit Policy
AP courses with a minimum grade of 4 may be considered for advanced credit at the discretion of the Faculty.