McMaster University Online Application

McMaster University Online Application

How To Apply


As a graduate student at McMaster University, you must be available to attend campus. McMaster University has paused its vaccine mandate for Spring/Summer term. For more information, please review McMaster to pause vaccine and mask requirements from May 1: A letter from the President and Provost.

Important information about the application process

If you require technical support with the Grad application, email technical support.

The application system will allow you to partially complete the process (if necessary) and return to it later.

Have a valid credit card or debit card ready for the application fee ($110 CAD/ $150 CAD for MBA and Master of Finance programs).

It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete an application. For security reasons, you will be logged out of the online application if you take more than 45 minutes on any one page.

This guide will lead you through the online application process:

Start Your Application

Review all admission requirements for your programs of interest

If you’re ready to apply, visit the application page.

Personal Background

Provide your name, date of birth, citizenship, and other identification details. Please ensure that all information is accurate and matches your official supporting documents.

Personal Background must be completed before applicants are able to select a program in an application.

Select your program

Review the available programs, and their open and close dates. Please note: Close dates correspond with applicants’ citizenship status in Canada.

Select the Apply Now button for the program for which you would like to apply. If the button is not active, please note the open/close dates for that program.

When you click the Apply Now button, your Personal Background information will open first. You will not be able to select a program in your application until you have completed Personal Background.

Please note: You need to complete Personal Background only once; this information will apply to all future applications through this portal.

Contact information

You may specify a mailing address different from your permanent address.

The email address you provide will be the one we use to communicate with you throughout the admissions process.


Create a list of all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended, including college, and/or university.

Provide details of all post-secondary study you have undertaken, including current studies, even if a degree has not been awarded. Begin with the most recent (or current) institution attended and continue in reverse chronological order.  You will be required to provide a copy of the transcript for each institution for your application to be assessed.

Please do not include your high school (secondary school) academic history.

Begin by clicking on Add Institution and enter your school name. If your school does not auto-populate, you may manually type the institution name.

Please include the time period when you studied there (approximate dates are acceptable), and the level of study that you have completed. Failure to disclose all previous post-secondary education may affect your application, evaluation, acceptance or registration.

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