McMaster University

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada’s McMaster Institution is a public research university. The theological faculty of Woodstock College and Toronto Baptist College combined to become McMaster University in 1887. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, McMaster is rated #105 worldwide in the field of life sciences. In the top global universities list, McMaster University is placed at 138. The acceptance rate at McMaster University is roughly 43%.

McMaster University

Entry Requirements:

Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate
International baccalaureate: 31- 36 points
A-levels: AAB–BBB


Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent B+ (B- for Engineering) minimum average, based on a full year equivalent of final year courses (3rd/4th level) relevant to the program.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
TOEFL:  86 overall with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
PTE: 60 overall with a minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking


IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section
TOEFL 92 (internet based)

McMaster University fees

Arts Degree: 43,116
Business Degree: 43,116
Engineering Degree: 61,724
Education 43,116
Health Sciences 61,724–48,995
Law 43,116
Nursing: 43,116
Physiotherapy: 43,116
Psychology: 43,116
Science Degree: 43,116


Business Degree:  45,490
Engineering Degree: 17,097
Education 17,097
Health Sciences 17.097
Science Degree: 17.097
Engineering Management: 45,490
Renewable energy: 17.097
Environmental Science: 17.097
Environmental Engineering: 45,490
Data Science: 17.097
MBA: 45,490
Public health: 17.097

Living cost

The average cost for tuition, residence, and a meal plan at McMaster is about $43,000 CAD.

Application Deadline

January 12, 2023
Deadline dates for grad programs
Fall term September to December 2023
Sept to Oct (1HF)
Nov to Dec (2HF)
Winter term
January to April 2024
Jan to Feb (1HF)
March to April (2HF)

Important information about the application process
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).

McMaster University Scholarship

The McMaster University Award of Excellence

Established in 2020 to celebrate the academic achievements of students entering a Level 1 program in the top 10% of their faculty.

Value: $3000

Eligibility for Award:
Incoming high school students entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program (open to domestic and international students).
The achievement of a final admission average in the top 10% of your faculty.
This award does not require an application

*The listed admission cut-offs are estimated and subject to change pending the calculation of final admission averages.

Faculty                     2023-2024 Estimated Top 10% Admission Averages*
Arts & Science                               99%+
DeGroote School of Business        95%+
Engineering                                   98%+
Health Sciences                             99%+
Humanities                                     94%+
Science                                           98%+
Social Sciences                              94%+

International Renewable Entrance Awards

Total Value: $20,000 (paid over 4 years) – 10 awards, $10,000 (paid over 4 years) – 5 awards

Eligibility for Award: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program.

An Award Spring application that includes: Short essay describing the accomplishments you are most proud of to date. You may choose to write about your accomplishments in schooling, (academic or non-academic), employment, community service (including service to family), or extra-curricular activities.
A reference letter
Deadline: February 17, 2024, at 11:59 pm (ET).

Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students

Established in 2018 to recognize the academic achievements of international students.
Value: $7500 (Up to 20 awards available per year)
Eligibility for Award: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program.

This award requires a letter of reference from an official from their high school (i.e. principal, department head, guidance counselor, etc.) who can comment knowledgeably about your academic achievements, character, community service, and leadership potential
Deadline: February 17, 2023, at 11:59 pm (ET).

The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships

Established in 1999 by Mr. Chung How Woo in honor of his late wife, Mrs. Ching Yung Chiu-Woo, mother and mother-in-law of four McMaster graduates.
Value: $3,000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)
Eligibility: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program.

Students are automatically considered for this award once enrolled at McMaster for the upcoming fall term.
Awards are based on final admission averages.

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