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University transfer students

Most McMaster programs have enrollment limits and admission is by selection. Achieving the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

When you transfer to McMaster University, you will normally receive credit for courses in which you have obtained at least a C- standing (60%+ as per the McMaster grading scale). Assessment of courses for transfer credit is subject to the guidelines of the individual Faculties.

Our transfer credit tool helps you see course equivalencies from a number of institutions. Note that courses and equivalencies are subject to change.

CHECK TRANSFER CREDIT TOOL

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Mandatory transfer requirements

As a transfer student, you must also satisfy the Residence Requirements:

Most students complete all undergraduate work at McMaster University. However, students who complete work at other universities must meet these minimum requirements:

1. To obtain any four- or five-level, first undergraduate degree:

  • At least two levels (approximately 60 units of work) beyond Level I, including the final level, must be completed at McMaster University.

2. To obtain a three-level, first undergraduate degree:

  • The final level and at least one other level (a minimum of approximately 60 units of work) must be completed at McMaster University
    OR
  • The final level (approximately 30 units of work) including at least 18 units of program-specific requirements must be completed at McMaster University.

3. Courses taken at another university on a Letter of Permission will not count toward the residence requirements.

4. All course work for a second bachelor’s degree must be completed at McMaster University.

5. Grades obtained in courses taken at another university will not be included in McMaster’s Grade Point Average, and, therefore, cannot be used to raise your standing.

If you have been required to withdraw from another university and have fulfilled your period of suspension, you may apply for admission. However, you must present a letter of explanation and clarification concerning your past academic performance. You may also be asked to provide academic documentation for proof of further academic achievement which is both current and relevant.

NOTE: The University will not accord to you privileges that would not be granted by your own university.

Where do I apply?

Unless otherwise specified in the program information, applicants will apply for transfer or for a second degree using the online 105 application via the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). For all application dates and deadlines, plus information about any supplemental application requirements, please refer to the current Application Guide for McMaster University on the OUAC 105 application site.

English language proficiency

University transfer students may be required to pass an acceptable English language proficiency test.  Acceptable tests and their respective minimum score requirements, along with information on English Proficiency waivers, can be found on the English Language Proficiency page.

Program- and Faculty-Specific Information

University transfer students wishing to transfer to the same program offered at McMaster University will be required to meet the same course prerequisites for their selected program as current McMaster students must do. Program requirements can be reviewed via the McMaster University Undergraduate Calendar and on the academic calendar.

Minimum CGPA requirements for transfer from another university will vary by faculty and program.

Most undergraduate programs require the core secondary school subject prerequisites for application. For high school course/subject requirements please review the Admission from Secondary Schools section of our undergraduate calendar.

The following provides information for specific faculties and programs.

DeGroote School of Business – Commerce

For comprehensive information for university transfer students please visit the DeGroote School of Business website.

Note: Commerce may not be taken as a Second Degree

Faculty of Engineering (including B.A.Sc. Computer Science)

For specific program prerequisites requirements, review your program of interest here.

All Engineering programs/disciplines are limited in enrolment. For CGPA requirements for consideration please visit the Engineering website.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours

Enrolment in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) is limited and admission is based upon satisfying the admission requirements and the completion of a mandatory BHSc (Hons) supplemental application. Details can be found on the BHSC website.

Applicants who have completed more than one year of university degree study are not eligible to apply to Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons). This program does not accept applications for a Second Degree.

Nursing

Accelerated (F) Stream is open to applicants who have completed another university degree or have completed a minimum of 54 units (2 years) of university degree credits. Applicants with a nursing background will not be considered for this Stream. This program is available on a full-time basis and requires five consecutive terms of study.

Note: The Accelerated (F) Stream is offered only at McMaster University.

For complete information about the Nursing Accelerated stream please review the calendar information here.

Other Programs

For other Health Sciences transfer application requirements, policies and procedures, please use the following links:

Faculty of Humanities

Honours B.A. Programs (Art History, Classics, Communication Studies, English & Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Theatre & Film Studies, combined Peace Studies)

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements (normally 3 units of the introductory course in the discipline with a grade of at least C) and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

Honours B.A. in French, Linguistics, Cognitive Science of Language

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements (normally 6 to 9 units of the introductory discipline courses with an average of at least 5.0 in the relevant courses) and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

Honours B.A. in Multimedia

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements with a grade of at least C in the relevant course and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

Note: this is a limited enrolment program and may require a higher GPA for consideration. This GPA varies from program to program and year to year, depending on the size of the applicant pool.

Honours B.A. in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements, submit a supplementary application, and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

Note: this is a limited enrolment program and may require a higher GPA for consideration. This GPA varies from program to program and year to year, depending on the size of the applicant pool.

Honours B.F.A. in Studio Art

The Honours Studio Art program is a limited enrolment program. For consideration, applicants must have completed all admission courses/requirements with an average of at least 5.0 in relevant courses, a successful portfolio interview at the time of admission and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

Honours B. Music

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements with an average of at least 5.0 in the relevant courses, a successful audition at the time of admission and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (C).

B.A. Programs

For consideration, applicants must have satisfactorily completed all admission courses/requirements (normally 3 units of the introductory course in the discipline with a grade of at least C-) and possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 (59 per cent).

Faculty of Science

For specific program prerequisites and minimum average requirements, review your program of interest here.

For limited enrolment programs in Science that do not specify a minimum average requirement, please contact Science via email: science@mcmaster.ca or call at (905) 525-9140 Ext. 22612

Faculty of Social Sciences

For specific program prerequisites and minimum average requirements, review your program of interest here.

For limited enrolment programs in Social Sciences that do not specify an average higher than the minimum average requirement, it is recommended that applicants present a minimum CGPA of B- (70%) to be considered.

For all other undergraduate program options at McMaster please review the program-specific information from the list here.