Step 1: Research Your Options & Make A Plan


Step 2: Apply Online

(mid-September to April)

    • Above Level I Programs with a Supplementary Application:
      • Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion
      • Honours Health Sciences
      • Nursing (Accelerated Stream)
      • Physician Assistant
      • Social Work (Honours)
  • Review McMaster’s Statement for Application Fraud

Step 3: Stay Informed After Applying

(January to May)

  • Check our Mosaic Applicant Portal for specific updates to your file or our Future Students Website for general updates
    • McMaster will start sending offers within 4 to 5 weeks of receiving the necessary documentation for OUAC 105 programs that do not require a supplementary application
  • Follow @MacAdmit (McMaster Admissions) on TwitterInstagramSnapchat and Facebook
  • Explore McMaster’s campus via our Virtual Tour
  • Visit our Campus (if you have not already done so)
    • Regular Campus Tour (mid-January – early April)
    • Campus Tours during March Break (March)
    • May@Mac Open House (May)
  • Review the conditions of any offer(s) you receive (from McMaster or elsewhere)

Step 4: Review McMaster’s Decision / Accept Your Offer

(by the deadline listed on your offer letter)

  • Download your admission decision letter on McMaster’s Applicant Portal
    • Decisions to programs not requiring a supplementary application are posted four to five weeks after your application’s requirements are marked as “completed”
  • Accept your offer on OUAC by the deadline listed on your offer of admission letter (see OUAC video).
  • Complete the online Residence Application (including deposit) by the deadline.

Step 5: Attend Orientation

(June to August)

Visit START.mcmaster.ca to review McMaster’s ‘Quick Start’ Guide for New Students. Listed below are some of the major action items on McMaster’s ‘Quick Start’ website:

  • Review our Undergraduate Calendar for an overview of courses in your first year (and beyond)
  • Register (select classes, schedule, pay fees, setup email, etc.) as a new McMaster student
  • Participate in summer orientations events offered by our Student Success Centre
  • Receive Residence Building & Roommate allocation details from the Housing Office (if you applied to residence)
  • Pay fees
  • Submit financial aid applications
  • Start classes and orient yourself to university life during Welcome Week