& McMaster University
Scholarships and Bursaries
McMaster University (founded 1887)
, known for its high standard of excellence and a creative, innovative
approach to learning and research, is located in the city of Hamilton
in the beautiful province of Ontario, Canada. The campus is situated
in the west end of the city on approximately 300 acres of natural
parkland. The campus atmosphere is friendly, casual and cosmopolitan,
with many support facilities and groups assisting students with
their day-to-day needs and concerns. The University is home to students
from over 70 different countries.
McMaster University has six faculties:
Engineering, Business, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences
and Humanities. Through these faculties over 130 undergraduate and
over 65 graduate programs are offered.
Details on these programs can be found on our web site at McMaster University. Additional information
on our undergraduate programs can be requested by contacting the
Office of International Affairs.
Hamilton and Surrounding Area
Hamilton is safe and cosmopolitan, with all the conveniences
of a large metropolitan city -yet small enough, that students feel
a sense of belonging to the community. The City is the fourth largest
in Ontario and the ninth in Canada. Hamilton is home to the world
famous Royal Botanical Gardens, concert halls and theatres and is
less than 1 hour driving distance from Niagara Falls and downtown
Toronto. Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo, Detroit and upstate New York
are all within a half-day's drive.
Nobel Prize Winners
Co-winner of the Nobel
Prize for Physics in 1994, Dr. Bertram Brockhouse, Professor of
Physics in our Faculty of Science, is shown speaking with our undergraduate
students. Dr. Myron Scholes, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in
Economics is a graduate of McMaster University. Also Dr. James Obrinski,
a graduate from McMaster, received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf
of Doctors Without Borders (1999).
Residences on McMaster Campus
McMaster boasts many new, modern residence
buildings with complete amenities. Residence is guaranteed
for all international and out-of-province high school applicants
who receive an offer for full-time studies in a Level 1 Program
("first year") at McMaster. International and out-of-province students who are
guaranteed residence admission must also comply with the residence
application and deposit deadline of 4:00 p.m., EDT, June 2, 2014.
on McMaster Campus
McMaster’s campus includes a new multi-million dollar recreational
and sport facilities, the David
Braley Athletic Centre, which includes access to tennis,
squash and racquet courts, an Olympic size pool, basketball courts,
soccer and football fields, climbing facilities, aerobic and many
other physical training facilities. The campus also has the world
Museum of Art, four libraries and many social centres..
The campus also provides many restaurant
and food service facilities that carry a wide range of foods
from around the world. In addition, the University provides many
support facilities and special events for international students.
Numerous international associations, the International Students’ Advisor’s Office
and the Office of International
Affairs provide avenues to support the international student’s
concerns and needs. If students wish to live off campus, affordable
rental units are available within walking distance. For those who
choose to live further from the campus, the City’s transportation
network provides regular services directly to the central campus.
A bus pass is provided to the student.
All fees subject
to change. Please note that McMaster is considering an
increase of tuition fees for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year.
If approved they will likely fall into the following ranges:
Engineering............CAD$ 25,257-29,150 (approx.)
Health Sciences.....CAD$ 19,345-21,200 (approx.)
Humanities............CAD$ 16,154-20,140 (approx.)
Science.................CAD$ 18,367-21,200 (approx.)
Social Sciences.....CAD$ 16,154-20,140 (approx.)
Books and Supplies $1,200
Accommodation $380 to $760 per month
Meals $275 to $375 per month
Health Insurance $756 per year
* All figures are in Canadian dollars (currency converter).
Scholarships and Bursaries
At McMaster University, international students who have registered
to begin their full time study in an undergraduate programme are
eligible to receive the Dean’s Scholarships. It is a discipline
based entrance scholarship for foreign students, the amount of the
award is up to $2000 .
The applicant must fulfill all the requirements needed to gain entrance
into an undergraduate programme at McMaster. Upon registration into
an undergraduate programme the applicant will be AUTOMATICALLY considered
for the Dean’s Scholarship based on the student's past academic
standing and potential for success in the programme.
All international students will be able to compete for the in-course
scholarships starting the second year.
Support for International Students
The Office of the International
Students’ Advisor provides a number of services for international
- reception and orientation for
newly arriving students,
- preliminary information on visa
and passport renewal and other immigration matters,
- campus and community services,
- liaison with sponsoring agencies,
foreign governments, consulates and embassies.
School of Business
(DeGroote School of Business)
The four-year Bachelor of Commerce and Honours Bachelor
of Commerce degrees offer concentrations in the areas of Accounting,
Finance & Business Economics, Human Resources & Management,
Management Science/Information Systems, Marketing & Business
The Faculty of Engineering, one of the most research-intensive
engineering faculties in Canada, offers four-year programs leading
to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in the following disciplines:
Chemical, Chemical & Bioengineering, Civil, Computer, Electrical,
Electrical & Biomedical, Electrical & Biomedical, Engineering
& Health Sciences, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical,
Mechatronics, Software, Software & Embedded Systems, Software
& Game Design and Business Informatics.
The Faculty offers a Bachelor of Technology(B.Tech), a 4 -year applied engineering degree in partnership with Mohawk College.
The Faculty also offers two unique five-year programs. The Engineering
and Management program combines a regular four-year program in a
specific Engineering discipline with the core business courses from
a Commerce program. The Engineering and Society program is fashioned
after the Engineering and Management program, but instead of business
courses, students can choose a set of non-engineering electives.
Faculty of Science
Home of the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1994),
Dr. Bertram Brockhouse,
Environmental & Earth Sciences: Earth & Environment, Environmental Sciences, Biology & Environmental Science
Physical Sciences: Chemistry, Computational l Biology, Medial & Health Physics, Physical Sciences, Physics
Life Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Biology & Mathematics/Psychology/Pharmacology, Computational Biology, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Psychology, Medical Radiation
Mathematics & Statistics: Computational Biology, Mathematics & Statistics, Mathematics & Computer Science/Physics, Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
cited as a model for medical schooling around the world, McMaster’s
Faculty of Health Sciences offers a Medical Program (M.D.), Bachelor
of Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Health Sciences (Midwifery) and
Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty from which Dr. Myron Scholes, recipient of the 1997
Nobel Prize for Economics graduated, McMaster’s Faculty of Social
Sciences offers degrees in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Gerontology,
Health Studies, Kinesiology, Labour Studies, Political Science,
Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, and Sociology.
Faculty of Humanities
McMaster offers a full range of studies in human thought
and communications,including Art, Art History, Classics (Ancient
History, Archaeology, Classical Literature, Greek and Latin), Communication
Studies, Comparative Literature, English & Cultural Studies,
French, History, Linguistics, Linguistic Cognitive Science,
Music Cognition, Multimedia, Peace Studies, Theatre and Film and Women’s Studies.
Special / Interdisciplinary Programs
Language Proficiency Requirements
You must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Please see acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and minimum score requirements below.
- 85 on TOEFL iBT (valid for 2 years) with a minimum of 20 in each of the four
component parts; or,
- 6.5 on IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); or,
- 70 on CAEL (valid for 2 years); or,
- 85 on MELAB (valid for 2 years)
Minimum 80 in each of the three required components,
Minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required); or,
- 70 on CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) Grade B with a minimum of ‘Good’ on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); or,
- 60 on PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic; valid for 2 years) with a minimum 60 in Writing & Speaking.
Note that it is your responsibility to make all arrangements regarding the writing of the English Language Proficiency tests and to have the official score report forwarded to Enrolment Services in the Admissions Office directly from the testing center in a timely manner.
At the discretion of the university, you may be exempted from these requirements if you meet one of the following requirements:
1. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College in an English-speaking country for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster; or,
2. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster;* or,
3. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium University for at least one year immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster; or,
4. Resided in an English speaking country for at least four years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.
*Please note that the Undergraduate MD program requires a minimum of three years of study at an English-medium university. More information about the admission requirements for Medicine at McMaster can be found at:http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog.
- The McMaster University institution code is 0936.
- Canadian citizenship, in and of itself, is not enough to satisfy the English Language Requirements, nor does a credit in Grade 12 English (or the equivalent)
- The University reserves the right to require applicants with an English Language Proficiency score disparate from their academic English prerequisite achievement to present further evidence of proficiency.
- If evidence of misrepresentation of fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. McMaster University reserves the right to rescind any Offer of Admission and/or scholarship.
General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Requirements
- Five GCE subjects at least two of which must be at the
- Advanced Level subjects appropriate for your chosen program.
For Science and Engineering programs, Mathematics and one of Physics
or Chemistry must be offered at the Advanced Level;
- Grades of at least C must be presented in each of the Advanced
Level subjects. Some programs may require higher grades.
Note: Possession of minimum grades
does not guarantee admission.
Applicants with a minimum grade of C in Advanced Level subjects
may be eligible for up to 12 units of Advanced Credit which will
be determined on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the
Further details on GCE requirements
Applicants who have completed the
International Baccalaureate Diploma will be considered for admission
to Level 1, provided the completed diploma program includes the
subject requirements of the program desired. An overall minimum
score of 28 (not less than a grade of 5 in any subject) must be
achieved in order to be eligible for admission. Diploma points will
be included in the overall score. Some programs require a higher
score than the minimum for admission. Predicted final grades will
be considered for early conditional admission.
Further details on IB Subject-specific requirements.
for Country Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants are responsible for providing
official documents. Photocopies of documents must be certified to
be acceptable. If Official documents are in a language other than
English, you must submit them in the original language as well as
an official, notarized English conversion.
Deadlines for September Entry:
Applications must be received by April
1 of that year.
All supporting documentation must be official and should be received
by April 1 of that year.
Apply on-line to:
Please send general inquiries to:
International Admission Inquiry
Ms. May Zhai,
International Student Recruitment and ESL Programs
Office of International Affairs
Alumni Memorial Hall, Room 203
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4K1
If you have any questions send OIA
an email and we will mail you the form with specific information
about a program.
2013-2014 Undergraduate Calendar
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information on Graduate Studies please contact the School
of Graduate Studies.
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