Are you a Canadian student and have questions? We have answers!
Our Provost and Vice President (Academic) has shared a mid-planning update on Fall 2021 that you can read here. McMaster’s top priority is the health of our students and community. This drives our decision making about academic courses, on-campus activities and access to facilities.
If you have extenuating circumstances that may impact your academic performance, please reach out via this site’s chat function. We can direct you on the process and what is required for us to assess your situation as part of your admission.
With the exception of Business I, we do not look at Grade 11 marks for admission. For Business I, a very small number of early offers will be sent out in January of each year using marks from Grade 11. All other offers from Business I will use only Grade 12 grades and come out later.
Unless otherwise stated, domestic Canadian high school applicants to first-year undergraduate programs do not need to achieve a specified minimum mark (beyond a passing grade) in any individual course required to calculate their admission average.
For students who repeat up to two courses, the highest mark is used to calculate an admission average. Students repeating more than two courses, or an individual course three or more times, may be asked to provide a letter explaining the need for the repeats. The Admissions team will reach out to you if this is required.
Courses of this variety delivered by a Ministry-accredited institution/facility may be used for admission purposes without penalty. Summer courses taken immediately prior to the September entry, however, cannot be used for admission purposes.
You can find the list of acceptable tests, and possible exemption criteria on our English proficiency page. If you have access to your result, you can upload it on your student portal under the “English Proficiency” checklist item. They do not need to be sent directly from the testing centre.
International Baccalaureate (I.B.): Diploma or certificate students may request to be evaluated for advanced credit for completed Higher level courses with a minimum final score of 5, at the discretion of the faculty.
Advanced Placement (A.P.): Applicants who have completed A.P. courses will be considered for admission to a Level I program. Applicants who have completed A.P. exams in acceptable courses with a minimum grade of 4 may be recommended for up to 18 units of advanced credit. An official copy of the final A.P. Exam Results Report is required.
Post-secondary: Please use McMaster’s transfer credit tool to search courses by McMaster or external courses.
By-selection programs assess applicants based on grades and the mandatory supplementary application. Non-by-selection programs assess students based on grades only.
The following programs have mandatory supplementary applications/requirements:
We make offers on a rolling basis from late February into mid-May. If you apply to a by-selection program, some may only make one round of offers in May.
Your application will be manually assessed so we encourage you to submit it, along with any required documents, as soon as possible.
Your school does not need to send transcripts directly to us on your behalf – you can upload your own unofficial transcripts/report cards on the Mosaic portal. We will only require an official transcript from your school at the end of the year to clear your offer conditions.
We will only require an official transcript from your school at the end of the year to clear your offer conditions.
If a student is missing a grade 12 required course mark, we do not use a Grade 11 course grade in its place.
In the past, we required a minimum of three Grade 12 final course grades/six midterm grades from Ontario high school applicants, usually in mid-late February. These were used to assess students applying to programs without a supplementary application. This was long as the student was also registered for all the other required courses for the program, to be completed by June 30th. We would then make another round of offers in late April to early May.
During a traditional year, we require students to have six grades (including courses required by the program). Knowing this is not possible for everyone this year due to the varying curriculum structure, we will use the courses that are available to us at that time to make conditional offers. It may be only four or five courses, and possibly missing the required courses, knowing at the end of the school year, everyone needs to meet the same offer conditions.
Schools will continue to provide grades based on work completed throughout the semester. McMaster University will use whatever grades are submitted on behalf of the student.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has announced that OSSLT will be waived for all students graduating during the 2020-2021 school year. No student will be negatively impacted because of this test.
Please contact our University Technology Services team for assistance. They can be reached via their live chat at uts.mcmaster.ca. Be sure to have your McMaster ID number ready.
On the student portal, under “my application”, you will see a chart showing the program(s) you have applied to. Under “requirements”, if you see the link “complete admissions requirement”, click on it and it should direct you to your checklist for further details. If it is blank, it means you can hang tight as we await grades coming directly from your school.
Please review the “description” column for the full details on what we are looking for. Only submit the document once the information requested is available. Please note: official documents are not needed at this time. If you have access to the information, simply upload it on the student portal.
If you have access to your result, you can upload it directly on your student portal under the “English Proficiency” checklist item. It does not need to come from the testing centre.
As noted in the pop up box at the time of submission, if you have submitted the document successfully, our current processing time is 3-4. We will only update your checklist item once it has been processed by our Admissions team. Please do not resubmit your document as that will put you to the back of the processing queue.
If you have done your supp app, thank you! But we do want to stress that your supplementary application status on your MOSAIC account will be updated 3-4 weeks after the deadline so a status of “notified” is normal! As long as you have received a confirmation at the time of your supp app submission, you are good to go.
Your offer will appear on MOSAIC first; follow by OUAC. Within 48 hours of receiving an offer, you should expect to see your offer letter, along with any aids and awards information to appear on the student portal as well.
If you are a 101 applicant, you have until June 1st at 11:59 EST to accept our offers. For all other applicants, please refer to your offer letter and student portal for your assigned deadline.
If you have received a “conditional” offer, you will find all the conditions of your offer letter.
Deferral request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Once you have cleared your offer conditions in the summer months, you can submit your deferral request to us up till September 1st. Please note, if a deferral is granted, you are not allowed to attend any post-secondary institution or return to high school for additional courses.
Our automatic entrance scholarships are awarded to high achieving high school applicants entering a Level I program. No application is required. Eligibility is based on your admission application (e.g. admission average).
Our awards by application require an application and are given to students who meet certain criteria, usually based on community/athletic involvement. Once you’ve applied to McMaster and have activated your MacID, you can access our new AwardSpring portal. There, you can complete a common application and be automatically matched with awards that match your eligibility.
Students can be eligible for either the McMaster University Award of Excellence or the Faculty-specific Achievement Award.