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, visit
McMaster’s admissions website.

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General Admissions

McMaster’s admission requirements are divided into different student categories: High school, international and mature students.

Select the category that describes you best, then review category-specific admission requirements and policies.

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Indigenous Student Policy

Indigenous Student Services is dedicated to providing support and services to Indigenous students for their academic success and well-being.

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Alternative Admission and Transition Programs

Indigenous Student Services provides transition support to incoming students by providing workshops and one-on-one support.

With an understanding that Indigenous students can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admission streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action.

Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences – Facilitated Admissions Self-Identification Policy (FIAP) need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to McMaster university and program-specific application processes. The FIAP self-identification application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force (IHTF) through the online application housed on the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office website.

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 contact 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 Students

If you have not attended a high school or college full time for at least 2 years, you might be considered a mature student.

View McMaster’s mature student policy to find out how you can transition to university.

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Transfer Policies

If you are interested in transferring to McMaster from another university or college, view McMaster’s academic calendar for more information about its transfer policies and supports.

You can also find out if you are eligible for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer, an organization that provides information about credit transfers in Ontario.

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