Re-Admission for McMaster Students

Former McMaster students who voluntarily withdrew from an undergraduate program more than five years ago AND who have not been enrolled at another university (nor received a college diploma) since attending McMaster must apply for  readmission using the Returning Student application. Those former students who voluntarily withdrew AND subsequently attended another university or received a diploma since attending McMaster regardless of the amount of time that has elapsed must apply on the 105 application at www.ouac.on.ca and submit official, non-McMaster transcripts.

Former McMaster students who were enrolled in classes within the last five years, left the university in good academic standing AND have not attended another post-secondary institution do not need to re-apply to McMaster. Such students will be permitted to enrol online in classes in the former program or another for which they qualify. It is recommended that students see an academic advisor for advice on program/course selection. Please note that former students of McMaster’s School of Nursing must apply for readmission regardless of the time elapsed following voluntary withdrawal in good standing.

See application deadlines in the dates & deadlines section. Nursing deadline is February 1 for September entry.

All application fees are non-refundable.

Reinstatement for McMaster Students

If you are ineligible to continue at the university (i.e.your result of session on your last grade report was “May Not Continue at University”) and you wish to apply for reinstatement, please contact the Office of the Registrar for a paper application.

You MUST consult your faculty’s website for specific guidelines regarding the requirements for reinstatement. You may be asked to include some of the following information:

  • a summary of the relevant circumstances surrounding your academic situation during the last session attended
  • reasons for reinstatement at this time
  • reasons for selection of courses/program indicated
  • activities since last registered at the university, including all academic work

Reinstatement is not guaranteed. If you have questions or concerns regarding reinstatement, please contact the faculty office associated with your program(s) of interest.

Second Degree Applicants

Admission is by selection. If you have a first non-Honours degree, you may apply to take an Honours second degree in the same subject area or a second degree in another discipline. Please note the following exceptions for second degree consideration at McMaster: B.Arts Sc (Arts and Science), B.Com. (Bachelor of Commerce), B.Com. (Honours), B.Com. (Honours) Integrated Business and Humanities, B.H.Sc. (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)), B.Sc. (Honours) Integrated Science (ISCI), B.Sc. (Honours) Kinesiology, B.F.A. (Honours), any Honours Multimedia program, B. Eng. BME and B.H.Sc. Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences. The programs listed above cannot be pursued as second degrees. This guideline is set out in the General Academic Regulations.

Admission consideration to second degree programs requires, in part, the completion of appropriate introductory courses in the second degree subject area of interest (as part of the first degree). If, for instance, an applicant has completed a B.A. in Political Science and wishes to pursue a second degree in Sociology, the completion of the equivalent of McMaster’s SOCIOL 1A06 would be one of the requirements. If the introductory course requirement(s) have not been completed as part of the first degree, it may be the case that the course(s) can be completed at McMaster as a Continuing Student.

If you wish to enter a Second Bachelor’s Degree in a subject area from the Faculty of Science, please note that admission to all limited enrolment programs, with the exception of Medical Radiation Sciences I, may not be possible. Second Degree applicants to all Science programs except Medical Radiation Sciences 1 are not eligible to apply to or be admitted to any of the other first year Science programs. Second Degree applicants must have already completed all first year requirements for the second year program they wish to apply to with the exception of Medical Radiation Sciences 1. Please contact the Office of the Associate Dean (Studies) of the Faculty of Science for further information.

If you are a McMaster graduate or potential graduate, you may apply electronically using the McMaster Returning Student application.