McMaster University, HAMILTON, ONTARIO - ADMISSION

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    McMaster University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    McMaster University is composed of 6 faculties and 27 departments that offer various Bachelor's & Master’s degree programs. Mac also offers various certifications, diplomas, continuing education, and doctorate programs. Regarded as one of the top universities to study in Canada, McMaster University is home to nearly 4500 international students. For the 2019-20 class, 11% international students were a part of the McMaster University undergraduate programs and around 27% were a part of the university’s graduate programs.

    International students who wish to take admission in an undergraduate course offered by the McMaster University will need to fill the OUAC 105 International Application form. Some of the undergraduate courses require Supplementary applications. McMaster University Admission for international students is open for the fall semester. Students are advised to apply early for the university as the admissions are on a first-come, first-served basis. International Applicants must provide proof of English Language proficiency and sit for exams required for studying in Canada

    Admission to Top Programs at McMaster University

    Programs Fees Per Annum Application Deadlines Scores Required
    M.B.A $33,393 Round 1: Oct 15, 2021
    Round 2: Jan 15, 2021
    Round 3: Mar 31, 2021
    TOEFL- 100/IELTS- 7
    GMAT- 600
    M.Eng Electrical and Computer Engineering $17,325 Jan & May intake: Oct 2, 2020
    Sep intake: May 3, 2021
    TOEFL- 92, IELTS-6.5
    GRE not mandatory
    M.S.N $8,548 January 15 TOEFL-92, IELTS- 7.0
    M.A Economics $8,548 Application opens- Nov 15 TOEFL- 92, IELTS-7.0
    M.Sc Computer Science $8,548 Mar 30 TOEFL- 92, IELTS-7.0
    MEng in Civil Engineering 18,625 Jan: Aug 2
    Sep: Mar 13
    TOEFL- 88, IELTS-6.5
    Masters in Public Health 42,187 Jan 15 TOEFL-92, IELTS-6.5
    Bachelor of Commerce 28,626 April 30 TOEFL-86, IELTS- 6.5
    Bachelor of Nursing 25,582 Feb 1 TOEFL-86, IELTS- 6.5
    M.Sc. Chemistry 8548 Sep Intake: April 30
    Jan Intake: Sep 1
    May Intake: Jan 1
    TOEFL-92, IELTS-6.5
    B.Tech 29,398 February 1, 2020 TOEFL-86, IELTS- 6.5
    BASc Computer Science 33,407 February 1, 2020 TOEFL-86, IELTS- 6.5
    BA Economics 26,725 February 1, 2020 TOEFL-86, IELTS- 6.5

    McMaster University Admission Deadlines

    The deadline dates vary for most of the programs offered by McMaster. Moreover, deadlines vary for domestic and international applicants. International applicants are advised to submit their application well before the deadline date. This will help in getting the Canadian student visa issued on time. 

    The application deadlines for programs(2020-21) for international students are:

    Faculty/Course Application Deadline
    Arts & Science, Nursing, Social Sciences February 1, 2020
    BTech/Business/Computer Science April 1, 2020
    Engineering, Health Sciences, Integrated programs, MBA January 15, 2020

    Note: Applicants are advised to check the deadline day once by visiting the program page before applying. McMaster University may close the application process for a particular course before the deadline if seats get filled. Additionally, the deadlines for submission of supporting documents required along with the application may vary from application deadlines for some programs. 

    Mcmaster University Admission Process

    Applying to McMaster is a basic 5 step procedure, beginning with the basic research of the programs at university website or through information centers in your region/country. 

    • Explore your academic and career goals and make a choice of the program you wish to pursue
    • Apply Online through OUAC. International freshman can apply online through OUAC 105
      • Submit a supplementary application for engineering, integrated business & humanities, nursing, health sciences, integrated science, arts & science, and integrated biomedical engineering & health sciences.
    • Stay updated with the Mosiac Application Portal of McMaster. You can also follow the Mosaic at twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.
      • Updates on application status are sent within 4-5 weeks post receiving the necessary documents through OUAC. 
    • Review the decision sent by the university and accept your offer
      • Applications for residence should be made as soon as offers are accepted. 
    • Attend orientation
      • Overview of the class schedule, course structure
      • Submit an application for financial aid for studying at McMaster.

    Applying to McMaster is a basic 5 step procedure, beginning with the basic research of the programs at the university website or through information centers in your region/country. 

    This process applies to both international and domestic students expect for the application form required. However, the requirements for international applicants vary, the details for the same are discussed below

    McMaster University Undergraduate Admissions

    McMaster offers more than 3,000 full-time and part-time degrees, certification, and diploma courses at the undergraduate level. All the programs have separate prerequisite course requirements, marks requirements. Some of the programs also require a supplementary application to be submitted.

    Where to Apply: OUAC 105

    Application Fee: 118 USD + 8 USD(International) + 68 USD

    The requirements of some of the courses and faculty are mentioned in the table below:

    Faculty/Course Prerequisite Course Minimum Marks Requirement Supplementary Application Deadline
    Arts and Science English and Mathematics(Calculus or Pre-calculus) 88% Mandatory February 1, 2020
    Business English and Mathematics(Two of Calculus, Pre-calculus, or Statistics) 86 - 90% IB Score: 34-36 Optional February 1, 2020
    Health Sciences English and Mathematics(One of Calculus, Pre-calculus, or Statistics) Biology, Chemistry,
    One non-technical course
    90% or more IB Score: 36+ Mandatory January 15, 2020
    Music English 78% IB Score: 29 Optional February 1, 2020
    Social Sciences English 78 - 82% IB Score: 29 -31 Not required February 1, 2020

    McMaster University Test Score Requirements

    International applicants who belong to a country where English is not the first language must provide the score of one of the tests mentioned below to show English Language Proficiency while applying to study in Canada. The minimum score required to be considered for admission varies according to the level of the program opted.

    Undergraduate Program

    Test Minimum Score for UG
    IELTS Overall 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
    CAE Overall 190 with a minimum score of 180 in each component
    PTE Overall 60(60 in writing and speaking)
    CAEL Overall 70 with at least 60 in each component
    TOEFL iBT 86 with a minimum score of 20 in each section

    Graduate Programs

    Test Minimum Score for Graduate program Minimum Score for MBA program
    TOEFL iBT: 92
    PBT: 580
    CBT: 237
    iBT: 100
    IELTS Overall 6.5 with 5.5 or more in each component Overall 7
    GMAT Not Required 600
    GRE 300 or more GMAT equivalent

    Note: McMaster University institute code for TOEFL/IELTS is 0936.

    McMaster University Admission Requirements

    • Online Application Form and Fee
    • Statement of Interest
    • Resumé/CV
    • Referee Reports(to be done directly using the e-referencing system - due within one week of receiving email request).
    • Transcripts of all previous academic records. 
    • Original transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution.
    • English Proficiency Test Score

    Visa Requirements for International Students

    International applicants who desire to study in Canada are required to get a Canadian student visa also known as a Study Permit and a temporary resident visa. They can apply for a study permit after they have received an acceptance letter from McMaster University.

    Applicants are advised to apply for the required visa/student permit as soon as possible. The following documents are to be submitted for the study permit and the temporary visa:

    • Valid passport
    • Specified application fee (billed in CAD)
    • Acceptance Letter
    • Evidence of sufficient funds
    • Medical exam
    • Biometric

    McMaster University Admission Decision

    McMaster University follows a good screening process before granting admission to as it is one of the best universities for higher education in Canada. The university receives more than 1 lakh applications every year. McMaster communicates the admission decision to its applicants through email within 4 to 8 weeks of the application being completed. 

    All the official transcripts and English proficiency documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution(s) addressed to the respective Department/School/Faculty of McMaster University at “(Receiving personnel), McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton ON L8S 4L8, Canada”

    Though the admission requirements may look easily attainable but the university has stringent admission policies. The acceptance rate for previous years has been observed to be lying in the range of 12-18%. The admissions committee mostly has a holistic approach, applicants are hence suggested to ensure that they not only match-up to the academic criteria but also have made relevant progress in co-curricular and community activities. 

    McMaster University - Ontario, canada: 1 answered questions


    Ques. What are the strongest academic programs at McMaster University?

    ● Top Answer By Niharika Gandhi on 11 Jan 21

    Ans. McMaster is one of the best among global universities so it won't be an exaggeration to say that almost all of its programs are pretty strong and well known. It ranks #4 in Canada so you can imagine the competition and crowd it must attract. They are specially known for their graduate employability in and outside Canada.  Still, it is especially known for its medical, engineering and IT related programs. However, you need to be very good to get into those programs as the competition there is seriously insane. You might get inside but staying there is another deal altogether. Other than these, their programs in the fields of arts, humanities and business have also garnered significant recognition in recent years. MacMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine is among the top 50 medicine universities as per THE Medicine Ranking.  While its DeGroote Business School is ranked #200-250 globally, it has been ranked #9 in Canada by the Canadian Business Magazine with an average starting salary of 68,000 CAD. This university is popular for its problem-based student centered learning. Its excellence is evident by its recent rank in the top global universities. These are MacMaster’s top ranked subjects according to QS: The university is a research-intensive medical-doctoral university and has been gaining new heights for its clinical, pre-clinical, and health programs. It brings about 379 million CAD research income. The outpacing peers in research averaging 443,700 CAD per faculty accounts for more than double of the national average.Read more
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