McMaster University Profile
McMaster is research-focused, student-centred and dedicated to pursuing excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. McMaster is known for its strengths in community-engaged learning, interdisciplinary teaching and research, as evidenced in renowned programs within Arts and Science, Integrated Science and Health Sciences. Its campus is located in the west end of the diverse city of Hamilton, adjacent to Cootes Paradise wetland and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Read more about McMaster University.
McMaster’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include high school, international and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Aboriginal learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Aboriginal recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Aboriginal learner. Read more about APSIP.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Indigenous Services holds a 3-day Summer Transition Program every August for Indigenous learners. It gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the campus, learn about resources, meet with Elders and participate in fun activities. The program will cover the cost of your accommodation and meals.
The McMaster Outdoor Orientation Student Experience (MOOSE) is a 4-day trip and orientation program that takes place before school starts. The program gives you opportunities to meet fellow students and faculty, and experience a variety of outdoor activities, including trips to Camp Arowhon and Algonquin Provincial Park.
SSC Academics: Online is an online program that helps you prepare for university and introduces you to university life. The program includes videos, interviews and live chats with other students and faculty members, as well as blog posts written by faculty members, campus leaders and other students.
Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) is a community-based Indigenous postsecondary institute in the Six Nations community. SNP graduates who participate in the University Consortium Year 1 Program can transfer some course credits to McMaster. Check out the SNP transfer policy or reach out to your SNP administrator.
New Marauder Orientation
New Marauder Orientation (NMO) is a 1-day program that helps you prepare for classes in September. You can meet with academic advisors, attend information sessions and mock lectures and learn about habits and behaviours that will help you to achieve success at university.
If you are interested in transferring to McMaster from another university or college, McMaster’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at McMaster and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists examples of the academic programs you can take at McMaster.
The Faculty of Engineering is committed to educating engineers who are engaged with their community, socially responsible and globally minded. You can choose from several departments at McMaster that include Engineering, Physics and Mechatronics in addition to Chemical, Civil, Computer and Electrical Engineering.
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a unique approach: It trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and midwives to work together as an effective healthcare team. You can choose from the spectrum of healthcare including Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation Science and Midwifery.
The Faculty of Humanities will teach you to think critically by promoting your leadership, creativity and willingness to question everything. Your love of Literature, History and Philosophy could be an important stepping stone to a successful career in business, law, medicine or teaching, among others.
The Faculty of Science gives you the opportunity to take part in ground-breaking research led by leading scientific researchers. Programs you can take include Biology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences.
The Faculty of Social Sciences offers you the chance to experience new ideas, hone your critical-thinking skills and develop research and communications skills that will help you throughout university and your future careers. Programs you can take include Anthropology, Economics, Indigenous Studies, Political Science and Sociology.
The DeGroote School of Business offers you business programs such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Executive MBA in Digital Transformation. Other programs include Commerce, Finance and Professional Accounting. DeGroote fosters interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management to transform business and society.
Be sure to check out all of McMaster’s academic programs.
McMaster offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at McMaster.
Academic Skills Coach
You can see an Academic Skills Coach for help on a variety of topics, including lecture note-taking, time management, procrastination and organization, as well as research and study strategies. For quick questions or referrals, drop in during Academic Skills office hours.
Learning Strategist Support
If you have a disability, you can access a Learning Strategist for information, guidance and support with your academic, writing and study skills. You can get one-on-one support to strengthen your writing skills, understand the structure of essays, develop study strategies and techniques, build time management and organizational skills and access technology to support your learning.
You can access tutor services from fellow McMaster students, at a cost, if you need academic assistance in various subject areas. You can also sign up to be a tutor and help other students.
Do you have questions about your program or your course requirements? What about dropping or adding a course? If you’d like to talk to someone about your academic courses, you can speak with an Academic Advisor within your specific faculty. Check out the Office of the Registrar’s website for your faculty advisor.
McMaster provides you with individual Help Centres on Campus focusing on economics, chemistry, math and physics to assist you in your studies. There is also subsidized tutoring available for undergraduate engineering students through the SSAP: MES Student Academic Assistance Program.
For more about McMaster’s academic supports, please visit McMaster’s Student Success Centre website.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. McMaster offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are 3 awards available at McMaster.
The HATCH Scholarship for Aboriginal Students is available to Aboriginal students in any undergraduate program, with preference given to Faculty of Engineering students.
The Adella Margaret Bragg Scholarship is awarded to a female student who is from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory and who is entering a full-time undergraduate degree.
The Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Bursary (PSET) is granted to Aboriginal students who demonstrate financial need.
Check out McMaster’s list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Indigenous Studies Office for information about financial aid available to you.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Indigenous Studies Program (ISP) Office strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at McMaster and the Indigenous Studies Office.
The ISP Office acts as your guide on campus and in the greater Hamilton community. If you’re a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student, the coordinator will help you through the application process and the transition to postsecondary studies. She can also help you navigate other McMaster services and opportunities such as academic advising; scholarships and bursaries or student wellness.
The ISP Office provides ongoing assistance and support to incoming and current students. This support includes academic, practical and culturally appropriate advising.
Every academic term, the program also invites a Visiting Elder to share their cultural knowledge with the campus community. Refreshments are provided during these monthly workshops, and all are welcome.
You can participate in Writing Skills Workshops twice annually, both at Six Nations Polytechnic and at McMaster, if you need help with research or writing a paper.
The ISP Student Library offers hundreds of titles in the areas of Indigenous Knowledge, research and language, as well as DVDs and language CDs that you can borrow. A research librarian from 1 of the campus libraries also offers students research-related assistance 2 hours every week.
The ISP Office is home to the ISP Student Lounge. The room is equipped with a flat screen TV, a DVD player, computers, a printer and Internet access. You can use this space to study, hold a meeting or just take a break.
One day each week, you can get delicious free soup for students. Soup days coincide with the weekly meetings of the McMaster First Nations Students Association.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more information about student life at McMaster.
Welcome Week is jam-packed with events, activities, concerts, tours and welcome ceremonies. From educational seminars to social events, the week is designed to connect you to the university community, your faculty, your residence or off-campus society and, most importantly, your fellow students.
Clubs and Societies
McMaster has almost 290 student clubs you can join. Clubs are divided into 5 categories: Academic, Cultural, Recreational, Religious and Social Issues. Clubs are the cornerstones of student life on campus. They allow you to come together with other students who have similar interests, backgrounds and ambitions for a shared experience.
Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs
The McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance (MISCA) raises awareness about Indigenous cultural, social and political issues. MISCA hosts events throughout the year on campus that include cultural workshops, powwows and Iroquoian socials.
The McMaster Indigenous Graduate Students (MIGS) club supports Indigenous graduate students at McMaster, and creates opportunities for scholarly dialogue about graduate research interests and shared experiences.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At McMaster, you are represented by the McMaster Students Union (MSU).
McMaster is home to the Marauders varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The McMaster Marauders participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information on varsity athletics at McMaster, including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
McMaster offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include dodgeball, soccer and hockey. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports you can access at McMaster, visit the SAS website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
The Queer Students Community Centre (QSCC) provides a contact point for McMaster students who may identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or queer, and their allies. The Centre, a “students-by-students” service provided by the McMaster Students Union, offers educational programming and access to resources of interest to the LGBTQ community.
McMaster Multi-Faith Resources Website
You can find information about spiritual and religious support on campus through the McMaster University Multi-Faith Resources website. The website gives you information about prayer and spirituality spaces at McMaster, places to worship and information about student life and positive spaces.
You can access child care through McMaster’s Children’s Centre, which offers high-quality care and learning for children ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years.
McMaster’s Security Services takes your safety very seriously and aims to create a safe and secure environment for you to study. You can find red assistance phones across campus, which are monitored by security. You can also download a new safety App for your smart phone called McMaster University Safety Security & Transit (MUSST).
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. McMaster gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
McMaster has 12 residence buildings with 3 styles of accommodation. Ten of the residences are the traditional dorm room, and 2 are furnished apartments/townhouse for upper-year students. You can also choose to live in lifestyle-themed communities, including quiet or all-female communities, and living learning communities that include themes such as Women in Leadership and Healthy Active Living. Check out your residence options at McMaster.
McMaster has an Off-Campus Resource Centre that can help you find housing in Hamilton. You can search 4 types of housing: Co-op/short term rentals, student rentals, sublets and graduate/faculty/staff rentals.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out McMaster’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at McMaster.
McMaster offers a bus pass known as the McMaster Student U-Pass that gives you access to Hamilton’s Street Railway (HSR), the transit system in Hamilton. You can use the U-Pass from September through August, and the cost of the U-Pass is included in your student fees.
Security and Parking Services operates McMaster’s public parking on campus. McMaster also encourages alternative transportation options such as bicycles, carpooling and GO Transit.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). The following are some of the services available to you.
Student Wellness Centre (SWC)
The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) aims to address your wellness needs. SWC gives you a wide range of counselling options, medical services and wellness education. If you need medical services, you can access nurses, doctors, sports medicine, naturopaths and mental health nurses on campus.
If you need to talk to someone, you can set up an appointment with a counsellor, and together you will explore support options and decide the next best steps. These could include individual counselling services, a community referral or connections to community/campus resources.
For more information on the well-being services provided by McMaster, contact the Student Wellness Centre. You can also visit the Indigenous Studies Program Office for information on the cultural aspects of health.