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. For more information, please visit http://www.mcmaster.ca/
Below 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 McMaster Admissions.
McMaster’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include high school, international, and mature students. Each type 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. The APSIP website includes information on events, resources for students, and contact information for the recruiters.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Indigenous Services holds a three-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.
McMaster Outdoor Orientation Student Experience (MOOSE) is a four-day trip and orientation program 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.
Summer Orientation for Academic Readiness (SOAR) 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 Native University Program (NUP) 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 one-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 haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two 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.
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 ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
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 assistances, 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. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at McMaster.
Academic Skills Coach
You can see an Academic Skills Coach for 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 economic, 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.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are three 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.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
McMaster Work Programs can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
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. Below are just some of the services you will find at McMaster and the Indigenous Studies Office.
The Indigenous Recruitment and Transition Coordinator 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 Student Counsellor 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 area, as well as DVDs and language CDs that you can borrow. A Research Librarian from one of the campus libraries also offers students research-related assistance two hours every week.
The ISP Office is home to the ISP Student Lounge. The room is equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD player, computers, 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 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. Below you will find more 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 five 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 ambition 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 both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at McMaster including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
McMaster offers recreational sports and leagues 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 McMaster University Multi-Faith Resources. The website gives you information about prayer and spirituality spaces at McMaster, places to worship, as well as 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 is monitored by security. You can also down 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 three styles of accommodation. Ten of the residences are the traditional dorm room, and two are furnished apartments/townhouse for upper-year students. You can also choose to live in lifestyle-theme 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 four 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, car-pooling, 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). Below are some of the services available to you
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.