McMaster’s admission requirements are divided into different student categories: High school, international and mature students.
Indigenous Student Policy
Indigenous Student Services is dedicated to providing support and services to Indigenous students for their academic success and well-being.
Alternative Admission and Transition Programs
Indigenous Student Services provides transition support to incoming students students through the Gaǫdadęihwahni:ya:s Summer Transition Program and one-on-one support with our Senior Advisor and Indigenous Recruitment and Admissions Specialist.
With an understanding that Indigenous students can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admission streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
Applicants wishing to apply through McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences – Facilitated Admissions Self-Identification Policy (FIAP) need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to McMaster university and program-specific application processes. The FIAP self-identification application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force through the online application housed on the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office website.
The McMaster Outdoor Orientation Student Experience is a 4-day trip and orientation program that takes place before school starts. The program gives you opportunities to meet fellow students and faculty, and experience a variety of outdoor activities, including trips to Camp Arowhon and Algonquin Provincial Park.
Student Success Centre Academics: Online is an online program that helps you prepare for university and introduces you to university life. The program includes videos, interviews and live chats with other students and faculty members, as well as blog posts written by faculty members, campus leaders and other students.
Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) is a community-based Indigenous postsecondary institute in the Six Nations community. SNP graduates who participate in the University Consortium Year 1 Program can transfer some course credits to McMaster. Check out the SNP transfer policy or contact your SNP administrator.
Mohawk College 2+2 Indigenous Studies Pathway is another program that allow students to start at Mohawk and transition to the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster. Students complete a college diploma and a university degree in 4 years.
If you have not attended a high school or college full time for at least 2 years, you might be considered a mature student.