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Offers of Admission

Basic Requirements for Admission
Students presenting six midterms or three finals at the 4U/M level will be considered for admission on a rolling basis beginning in March 2014. All applicants must have six 4U/M courses, completed or in progress, including program-specific requirements. Students will be reviewed again upon receipt of second-semester midterm grades. Note: Co-op courses are not included in any admission or final admission average calculations.

Admission to all programs requires the completion of English (ENG4U).

Failed and Repeated Courses
Normally, for students who have repeated up to two courses, the highest mark reported will be used in the calculation of the Admission average. Students who have repeated more than two courses or individual courses more than twice may be asked by the Admissions Office to provide a letter detailing any extenuating
circumstances that may have led to the need to repeat multiple courses. However, it should be noted that all programs have enrollment limits and we reserve the right to give priority to students who meet all course and grade requirements on their first attempt. Courses completed after June 30 will not be included in the Admission average calculation.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions
Students should check the university's "Admissions 101" page for information and updates about the admission process, estimated cut-offs, enrollment targets, application deadlines, and more. McMaster will begin making offers of admission in March, based on a minimum of three final 4U/M grades and registration in sufficient 4U/M courses to a total of six; or six interim and/or final 4U/M grades, including any required courses. 

All offers are conditional upon the completion of the OSSD with at least six 4U/M courses and an acceptable final admission average, which will be specified in the offer of admission.


1) Most offers to the Bachelor of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Integrated Science, and the Midwifery programs will be made in May. All of these programs make use of mandatory supplementary application information in the application process. Contact the university at http://ask.mcmaster.ca for details about application deadlines, timing of offers, and more.

2) McMaster does not automatically make alternate offers of admission. Instead, McMaster encourages students to apply to all McMaster programs in which they are interested (up to three). McMaster will give full consideration to each program selection.

3) McMaster University may not accept your application if you do not pay the OUAC application fee by the program deadline date.