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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I submit my documents?

Documents must be submitted in the applicant portal. Please accurately fill in the information and be patient in waiting for a response.

Given the changes in Ontario schooling, how is McMaster evaluating applications this year?

McMaster will continue to process applications from Ontario secondary school applicants (101) in the same manner as we have historically, which includes the by-selection programs.

  • Applicants will be reviewed in late February to early March based on grades available for completed 4U/4M courses.
  • A second round of offers will be made in late April to early May upon receipt of additional grades.
  • Applicants will need to be registered in any additional required courses in the final quad in order to be considered for admission.
  • We recognize applicants who are attending a school in a quadmester system will not be able to present grades for courses being completed in quad four during this timeframe.
  • Offers of admission will be conditional upon students completing any additional required courses by the end of the school year.
  • Students can be assured that we will not penalize those who still have coursework to complete at the time we are making admission decisions, regardless of whether or not the incomplete courses are required for admission.

By-selection Programs: Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program, Nursing, Integrated Science and the Arts & Science Program.

Offers of admission will not be made until the second wave in early May, and will be based on the grade data we have available at that time in the required grade 12 courses for that program, as well as the review of the mandatory supplementary application.

How long will documents take to be processed?

Documents can take three weeks to process or longer depending on volume. We appreciate your patience.

I submitted my documents weeks ago. Who do I contact?

If your submitted documents have not updated after three weeks, please use the chat function on the Registrar’s Office website.

Visa 101/105 Applicants

What acceptable English language proficiency tests can I use?

You can find out more about English language proficiency here.

I’m considering using the Student Direct Stream (SDS). How do I apply?

This step-by-step guide will help you through the process.

Step 1: Accept your offer of admission
You must accept your offer of admission by following the instructions in your official offer letter and before the specified deadline. For instructions on accepting your offer, please refer to OUAC.

Your offer letter(s) can be found on Mosaic. You will use the Letter of Acceptance attached to your Offer of Admission in the SDS application process.

Step 2: Visit the Government of Canada website
Follow the steps outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for the SDS processing. Make sure that you are from one of the approved countries to use this program.

Step 3: Calculate your tuition
You will find specifics about McMaster tuition fees on the Registrar’s Office website.

First-year tuition is equivalent to a 30-unit course load (37 units for Engineering students).
For a typical first-year course load (ex: Arts & Science: $1079.80 per unit × 30 units).
All science Gateway programs are categorized under ‘Science/Kinesiology’ for first year.
You can find out about ways to pay on our Payment Methods page.

Note: The published fee amounts are for the 2019/2020 academic year. These fees will change for students entering in the 2021/2022 academic year. You may use the 2020/2021 fee amounts for the SDS option until the new fees are posted in early June 2021. However, if you make your payment before the 2021/2022 fees are published, you will likely owe an additional amount. This will be payable when you arrive on campus in September.

Step 4: Keep your proof of payment
After your tuition fee payment has been submitted, it takes approximately 3-7 business days for the payment to reflect on Mosaic under ‘Finances’. You can access your proof of payment letter under ‘Admissions’ by clicking ‘View Letters’ once both your offer of admission and payment has been processed.

Students will receive a notification email when the payment confirmation letter is available.

What happens if my visa is rejected? Will I get my money back?

Yes, you will receive a full refund for tuition fees paid if you do not attend McMaster University. You will need to notify the Office of the Registrar and send a copy of the letter you have received explaining why you were refused to the Office of the Registrar using the email: student.services@mcmaster.ca prior to August 30, 2021. Ensure that you put your full name and McMaster Student Number (ie. 400 ### ###) in the subject line of the email message.

World Education Services (WES) evaluation shows up on my conditional offer of admission. Is submission required to meet my offer conditions?

Where a WES evaluation is stated on your conditional offer of admission, we have decided to waive this admission condition and encourage the use of Parchment for submission of your final transcript and other documents. All documents sent through Parchment are deemed as official.

Parchment is offering a complimentary Parchment Send account which would enable your school counsellors to process document requests completely online through June. You can request a complementary Parchment account here.

With the exception of maintaining a minimum final admission average (see above), applicants will still be required to meet all other conditions as stated on their offer.