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McMaster University

McMaster University
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McMaster University has been established in the year 1887 as a BAPTIST organization, opened in Toronto in 1890, and moved to Hamilton in 1930. Commissioned by the provincial legislature, the university was named after WILLIAM MCMASTER, who accorded the bulk of his estate to it.

 It integrated 2 older Baptist educational enterprises: Woodstock College (established in 1857) and Toronto Baptist College (established in 1881). While in Toronto, McMaster had to witness the opposition of theological conservatives to the instruction presented.

 In the year 1930, under the supervision and initiative of Chancellor Howard P. Whidden, a fresh beginning was made in nearby Hamilton, which offered a bountiful setting for McMaster's students and also considerable private support from graduates, members of the churches of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, and inhabitants of Hamilton.

In the year 1957, the Governors of the University were voted in by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. In that year, the University became an independent private institution. The momentous Baptist connection was continued through the separate alliance and affiliation of a theological school, McMaster Divinity College. By virtue of the McMaster Act of 1969, McMaster Divinity College continued under its extant arrangement. Still, the rest of the University was formulated into the Divisions of Arts, Science, and Health Sciences, each supervised and operated by a vice president.

In 1974 the divisional format of the University was dissolved and the vice presidents were replaced by a single Vice-President (Academic), called Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The Faculties of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences were maintained, each under the administration of a dean.

McMaster University consists of nearly 27,500 undergraduate and 4,000+ post-graduate students. Alumni and former students reside across Canada and in 140+ countries.

Faculties & Programs

Faculties & Programs

McMaster University is internationally recognized for the innovative educational programs offered by each of its 6 faculties.

Degroote School Of Business

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration (E.M.B.A.)
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Finance
  • Professional Accountancy

Faculty Of Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing and Software
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Engineering Physics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems and Technology
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • U.N.E.N.E. Nuclear Engineering

Faculty Of Health Sciences

  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization
  • Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care
  • Clinical Behavioural Sciences
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Health Research Methodology
  • Health Science Education
  • MD/PhD
  • Medical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Faculty Of Humanities

  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science of Language
  • Communication and New Media
  • Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies
  • Communications Management
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • English
  • French
  • Gender and Social Justice
  • History
  • Philosophy

Faculty Of Science

  • Biology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Health and Radiation Physics
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Radiation Sciences (Medical Physics/Radiation Biology)
  • Statistics

Faculty Of Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economic Policy
  • Economics
  • Health and Aging
  • Globalization
  • Global Politics
  • Labour Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy in Digital Society
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Water Without Borders


  • Astrobiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Biology
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • eHealth
  • Global Health
  • Health Management
  • Health Policy
  • Neuroscience

Sessions, enrolment & fee: Important Dates & Deadlines

Sessions, enrolment & fee: Important Dates & Deadlines

Sessional Dates

Spring/summer term 2021

Item Date(s)
Classes begin May 3
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) May 10
Victoria Day: No classes May 24
Last day for withdrawing from courses June 2
Classes end June 18
Final examinations As determined by the instructor, in-class time
Deferred examinations October 12 to October 15, 2021

Spring session (34 days)

Summer session (33 days)

Item Date(s)
Classes begin June 21
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) June 28
Canada Day: No classes July 1
Last day for withdrawing from courses July 21
Civic Holiday: No classes August 2
Classes end August 6
Final examinations As determined by the instructor, in-class time
Deferred examinations October 12 to October 15, 2021

(Revised - April 2021)

Fall term (62 days)

Item Date(s)
Classes begin September 7
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) September 15
Mid-term recess October 11 to October 17
Last day for withdrawing from courses November 19
Test and examination restriction December 2 to December 8
Classes end December 8
Final examinations December 9 to December 22
Deferred examinations February 22 to February 25

Winter term (62 days)

Item Date(s)
Classes begin January 10
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) January 18
Mid-term recess February 21 to February 27
Last day for withdrawing from courses March 18
Good Friday Break: no classes or examinations 15th 16thApril
Test and examination restriction April 6 to April 13
Classes end April 12
Final examinations April 14 to April 29
Deferred examinations June 20 to June 24

Spring/summer term 2022

Spring session (34 days)

Item Date(s)
Classes begin May 2
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) May 9
Victoria Day: No classes May 23
Last day for withdrawing from courses June 1
Classes end June 17
Final examinations As determined by the instructor, in-class time
Deferred examinations October 11, October 14, 2022

Summer session (33 days)

Item Date(s)
Classes begin June 20
Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add) June 27
Canada Day: No classes July 1
Last day for withdrawing from courses July 20
Civic Holiday: No classes August 1
Classes end August 5
Final exams As determined by the instructor, in-class time
Deferred examinations October 11 &October 14, 2022

Enrolment Dates  2021-22

Fall 2021/winter 2022

  • Enrolment commences on June 18, 2021
  • Specific appointment dates will be posted in the Mosaic Student Centre on June 11, 2021, and the time will be posted on June 16, 2021.
  • My Timetable and Mosaic Class Search will become accessible on June 16, 2021
  • One will be randomly assigned an enrolment appointment within their academic level
  • One can enroll any time after their enrolment appointment date/time opens
  • Please note: one can continue to update, add and change his/her courses up until the add/drop date on September 15, 2021
  • It’s recommended to get enrolled in both Fall and Winter courses at the same time if one intends to take courses in both terms.
Academic level Enrolment appointments begin
Level #5 June 18
Level #4 June 21
Level #3 and Exchange June 22
Level #2 June 24
Level #1 June 28
Non-Degree Students (Continuing, L.O.P., and Visiting students) July 7

Fees Dates

Payment deadlines

Terms All students (including O.S.A.P. students)
Fall (September to December) September 25
Winter (January to April) January 25
Spring/Summer (May to August) May 25
Terms Type of block Date
Fall (September to December) Interim November
Winter (January to April) Full Service March
Spring (May to August) Full Service Prior fall registration

Financial blocks

Interim block – allows students to drop courses only and not add.

Full-service block – blocks students from all grades, transcripts, awards, diplomas, and all future enrolments. It may also change.

Grades At Mcmaster University


What is Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)?

G.P.A. is the approximated average based on the grades obtained in all courses undertaken. Before September 1, 2018, the grades from all courses strived for (including failed attempts) were included in the G.P.A. calculation. Courses that are excluded in the G.P.A. calculation are:

  • Courses one has undertaken at another university (Transferred Credit).
  • Courses that are assumed “Extra” to one’s degree requirements at McMaster University
  • Courses that one passed and in which he/she earned a non-numeric grade; i.e., P, NC, AUD or, C.O.M.
  • Former attempts of repeated courses taken after September 1, 2018. More information about repeating courses can be tracked in the General Academic Regulations of the Undergraduate Schedule of the university.

Grade point values

Grade point values extend from 12 (an A+) to 0 (‘F’). One is assigned a letter grade in each course.

The corresponding grade point values are enlisted in the Academic Calendar. The Undergraduate Grading system is also illustrated in the table for easy reference.

Grade Points Equivalent Percentage 4.00 Scale
A+ 12 90 to 100 4.00
A 11 85 to 89 3.90
A- 10 80 to 84 3.70
B+ 9 77 to 79 3.30
B 8 73 to 76 3.0
B- 7 70 to 72 2.70
C+ 6 67 to 69 2.30
C 5 63 to 66 2.0
C- 4 60 to 62 1.70
D+ 3 57 to 59 1.30
D 2 53 to 56 1.0
D- 1 50 to 52 0.70
F 0 0 to 49 0.00

Rankings Of Mcmaster University

Rankings Of Mcmaster University

Ratings Of Mcmaster University

McMaster University stands among the world's top 100 universities invariably. The university is one of the only four universities in Canada, making it steady on the list. The employability ranking of McMaster goes conjointly with its academic excellence. The new ranking of 'THE' Graduate Employability reveals that employers hanker after McMaster Graduates. This leap was observed as soon as the university achieved a Global Teaching Excellence Award (2018) for its global engagement, empirical learning, and avant-garde thinking.

McMaster University World Rankings

McMaster University's ranking has become exceptional with its model of problem-based student-oriented learning. Universities from around the globe have snagged this model. The popular ranking agencies have recognized McMaster among their top-ranking lists.

Rating Agency Ranking (2019) Ranking (2020)
‘THE’ Rankings No. 77 No. 72
‘Q.S.' Rankings No. 146 No. 140
‘A.R.W.U.' No. 90 No. 90
‘C.W.U.R.' No. 127 No. 127

Given below is a graphical image representing the global rankings of McMaster University from the past few years:

McMaster University Global Rankings

Apart from making it to the top 100s list in ‘A.R.W.U.' and ‘THE’ rankings, McMaster has attained various other awards. 

  • Global Teaching Excellence Award (2018). 
  • Hamilton Literary Awards- were presented to writers with close connections to McMaster. 
  • The University has been designated Canada’s most research-intensive university by Research Info-source for the last 3 succeeding years (2017-2019).

McMaster University stands tall among the top 4 in the country, which makes it at par with its concurrent educational institutions in terms of higher education in Canada. Cited below are the national rankings for McMaster University for 2019 and 2020 as per various acclaimed ranking agencies:

Ranking Agency McMaster National Position (2020) McMaster National Position (2019)
Q.S. No. 4 No. 6
THE No. 4 -
MacLeans - No. 4
A.R.W.U. - No. 3
C.W.U.R. - No. 6
U.S. News No. 4 -
GreenMetric University Rankings - No. 3
N.T.U.R. - No. 6

Rankings Of Mcmaster University

Fee structure & course duration at a glance

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
M.B.B.S.(1 Course) 3 Years CAD 29,900
M.B.A.(2 Courses) 20 - 28 Months CAD 39,750 - 49,500
M.S.(22 Courses) 8 - 24 Months CAD 11,400 - 46,500
M.Eng(11 Courses) 1 - 2 Years CAD 17,100 - 41,000
M.I.M.(6 Courses) 1 - 1.3 Years CAD 11,400 - 55,550
M.A.Sc. (9 Courses) 1.5 - 2 Years CAD 11,400 - 17,100
B.B.A. (6 Courses) 3 - 4 Years CAD 37,250 - 43,750
M.A. (17 Courses) 1 - 2 Years CAD 11,400 - 20,700
B.E. /B.Tech.(46 Courses) 4 - 5 Years CAD 41,550 - 58,250
B.Sc. (30 Courses) 4 Years CAD 39,200
Other Courses(133 Courses) 0.5 - 7 Years CAD 2,800 - 58,250

Undergraduate fees

Undergraduate fees

Tuition fees: 2021-22

  • Tuition is charged at a board-based & endorsed base rate per unit that is specific to each faculty.
  • Tuition fees are charged by unit. A typical course is equal to 3 units; however, some faculties (e.g. Engineering) offer courses that are weighted higher, and therefore, equivalent to more than 3 units.
  • A typical full course load is FIVE courses in both the fall and winter terms, equivalent to 15 units per term or 30 units.
  • One must refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for a complete listing of courses by the program.
  • Fees can change at the sole discretion of competent authority(s)
  • Fees are scheduled to be reflected in students’ accounts in the first week of August.

Any canceled units will result in fee cancellation. One must NOT forget to explore the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment before he/she begins to add courses.

Supplementary fees: 2021-22

This fee includes infrastructure, programming, and services for both full-time and part-time students. Supplementary fees are not user fees but similar to a tax, collected to sustain the university’s community’s success.

  • These obligatory fees are paid to McMaster along with other fees and will be refunded separately.
  • They are voted on by students through a student mandate.
  • They facilitate programs and services available to students of part-time and full-time status.
  • They are simplified into flat fees and per-unit fees.

Fees may change at the discretion of concerned authorities before payment deadline dates. One must monitor his/her student account.

Supplementary Fees   (approx. in C$)
Ancillary Fee $14.15
Dental Insurance Plan ** $130.00
Health Insurance Plan ** $103.75
H.S.R. Bus Pass $233.98
Incite Publication $0.40
McMaster Marching Band $1.05
Organization fee $137.10
University Centre (per unit to maximum of 30 units): $0.70
 Refugee Students $1.69
Athletics & Recreation Sports Building (per unit to maximum of 30 units): $5.20
Career Services – Student Success Centre $80.10
Engineers Without Borders $0.45
McMaster Solar Car Project $1.15
Ontario Public Interest Research Group $5.55
Student Wellness Centre $110.40
Transcripts, letters, tax forms & certificates fee (per unit to maximum 30 units): $1.45
University Athletics and Recreation Activity Fee $252.60

Graduate fees

Graduate fees

A graduate student must register in at least one course in 3 three terms to be fully enrolled and for fees to charge; otherwise, fee assessment will be incomplete. If one is not taking an academic course in any term, they must still add a place-holder course as follows:

  • SGS 700 – for students who pay fees on each term basis
  • SGS 711 – for students who pay fees on a cost-of-course basis

Complete details of regulations on fee evaluation for graduate students can be referred to under the Financial Matters of the Graduate Calendar.

One must not forget to explore the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment before he/she begins to add courses.

Fee structures are subject to change. One must refer to his/her student account for updates.

Fees are expected to be posted to students’ accounts in the first week of August.

Supplementary fees: 2021-22

G.S.A. – Dental Insurance Plan $199.50
GSA – Health Insurance Plan $218.00
GSA – H.S.R. Bus Pass $289.55
GSA – Student Assistance Program $6.15
Athletics & Recreation Sports Complex Building  $40.00
Transcripts, Letters, Tax Forms & Certificates Fee (per term) $7.95
Student Athletics & Recreation $97.80
Student Wellness Centre $111.00
GSA Organization Fee $65.50

Application & Selection Process

Application & Selection Process

Entry Criteria

Courses Exams
M.B.B.S. (1 Course) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 and Above TOEFL: 86 and Above P.T.E.: 60 and Above
M.B.A. (2 Courses) G.MAT: Accepted G.R.E.: Accepted I.E.L.T.S.: 7 and Above
M.S. (22 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 and Above TOEFL: 88 and Above P.T.E.: 70 and Above
M.Engg. (11 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50and AboveTOEFL: 88 to 92P.T.E.: 70 andAbove
M.I.M. (6 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 to 7.50 TOEFL: 92 Above P.T.E.: 63 and Above
M.A.Sc. (9 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 and Above TOEFL: 88 to 92P.T.E.: 63-70
B.B.A. (6 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50andAbove
M.A. (17 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 to 7.0
B.E./B.Tech(46 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50 and Above TOEFL: 86 and Above P.T.E.: 60 Above
B.Sc.(30 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 6.50andAbove
Other Courses(133 Courses) I.E.L.T.S.: 5 to 7 TOEFL: 86-92P.T.E.: 60 and Above

Language Requirements

Applicants are required to submit authentication of their proficiency in the English language as part of their application. The most common authentication is a score on one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: min. count of 92 (internet-based), 237 (computer-based), or 580 (paper-based), min. of 20 per band; for the Faculty of Engineering, a minimum count of 88 (internet-based) or 213 on the (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based)
  • I.E.L.T.S. (Academic): minimum overall count of 6.50, with at least 5.50 in each section
  • C.A.E.L.: minimum overall count of 70, with at least 60 per band
  • M.E.L.A.B.: minimum count of 85
  • P.T.E. Academic: minimum count of 63; for the Faculty of Engineering, a minimum score of 70
  • York University course: Y.U.E.L.I. Level 6 with a min. a final grade of ‘B.'
  • University of Toronto course: Academic Level 60 with a min. a final grade of ‘B.'

Each program may set additional/higher requisites. Please scrutinize the program website for details.

Documents Required

The following items are required before one’s online submission of the application will be considered complete.

Official transcripts

  •  of post-secondary academic work completed are up-to-date.
  • Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing authority(s) to the program office.
  • If the final transcript does not reflect that all degree requirements have been met or the degree is accorded, an official copy of your diploma is also required.

Two academic references

  • From instructors most acquainted with one’s academics.
  • McMaster University maneuvers an Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of one's referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on their behalf.
  • If for some reason, one is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, one can download the Reference Form.
  • Some McMaster programs may have different reference requisites. Please review the program's official website for details.

English language proficiency

  • Analyze and evaluate Language Requirements for acceptance tests.
  • Aspirants who have completed a university degree where the primary instruction language may have this requisite waived.
  • Please contact the program of interest for more information.

Statement of Interest

Please evaluate the program website for specific details and requirements.

Additional documents

Additional documents may be mandatory for some programs as part of the application. Please refer program website for details.

Placements & Jobs

Placements & Jobs

McMaster’s graduates are some of the most employable in the world, as per "Times Higher Education."
The university ranked #5 in Canada and #78 in the 2019 Global Employability Ranking overall.
The global ranking is based on the responses of approximately 6,100 firms from about 25 countries. Universities churn out the "best graduates in terms of employability" in their own countries and abroad.
The rankings include 251 universities across 40 countries.
Almost 90% of McMaster’s graduates find work within 6 months of graduating, and almost 94% are employed after two years.
At McMaster, one can end up interning at Tesla, Amazon, Palantir, Google, and N.A.S.A. There are various co-op opportunities where one can earn $13500 for a 4-month term.
An M.B.A. may fetch a $60,000+ salary if one is deserving.
Nursing jobs pay a little higher, about $76000.
Captivatingly, the University of McMaster is also receptive to the needs of the industry and provides customized courses based on future trends.



McMaster University caters to 13 residencies on campus guaranteed for undergraduate students. These residencies can accommodate a little over 3100 students. The university residences are as below:

  • Bates Residence
  • Brandon Hall
  • Edwards Hall
  • Hedden Hall
  • Les Prince Hall
  • Mary E. Keyes Residence
  • Matthews Hall
  • Mckay Hall
  • Moulton Hall
  • Peter George Centre For Living & Learning
  • Wallingford Hall
  • Whidden Hall
  • Woodstock Hall


Different Scholarships offered by McMaster are:

The McMaster University Award of Excellence

  • Value: C$3,000

Marjorie Anderson Financial Award for Indigenous Students

  • Value: C$80,000 ($20,000 per year)

Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students

  • Value: C$7500 (Up to 10 awards available per year)

The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships

  • Value: C$3,000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)

The McMaster Chinese Alumni – Peter George International Entrance Scholarships

  • Value: C$3000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)

The Access Award

  • Value: Up to C$25,000 per year

The McMaster Brighter World Entrance Award for Black Students

  • Value: C$2,500 (a variable number of scholarships available)

The Faculty of Humanities Entrance Awards

  • Value: C$1200- C$5000 (a variable number of scholarships available)

Loran Award

  • Value: Approximately C$100,000 over four years of undergraduate studies)

Schulich Leader Scholarships

  • Value: Up to C$80,000 – C$100,000 over four years

Nearby Cities & Airports

  • 4 km from Hamilton, Canada
  • 42 km from Mississauga, Canada
  • 49 km from Brampton, Canada
  • 52 km from Kitchener, Canada
  • 52 km from Etobicoke, Canada
  • 62 km from Toronto, Canada
  • 72 km from Vaughan, Canada
  • 80 km from Scarborough, Canada
  • 81 km from Markham, Canada
  • 94 km from Buffalo, NY

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