McMaster University
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Hamilton & McMaster University
Estimated Costs
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.

Facilities 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 renown McMaster 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.


Estimated Costs*

Academic expenses:

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:

Business ..............CAD$ 19,073-25,440 (approx.)
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

Living expenses
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 students:

  • 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 Policy.

Faculty of Engineering
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
Intergrated Science

Faculty of Health Sciences
Frequently 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

Arts & Science

English 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);
  • 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:

  • 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;
  • 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 Faculty.
Further details on GCE requirements

International Baccalaureate

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.

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Official Documents

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,
Program Manager
International Student Recruitment and ESL Programs

Office of International Affairs
McMaster University
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

2012-2013 Undergraduate Calendar

For information on Graduate Studies please contact the School of Graduate Studies.

Application to Graduate School

2012-2013 Graduate Calendar

2011-2012 Graduate Calendar


McMaster University
Alumni Memorial Hall, Room 203
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4K1

Tel: (905) 525-9140, extension 24700
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