In this section you will find information about McMaster’s admission requirements, policies and supports that are available to you.

To find out about McMaster’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please
visit the McMaster admissions website.

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General Admissions

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.

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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.

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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.

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Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least 2 years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out McMaster’s mature learner policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.

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Transfer Policies

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, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

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