Instructions for Undergraduate Students

Dates & Deadlines


Find out if you are eligible to participate in an exchange to McMaster University. Visit your institution’s Study Abroad / Exchange office to inquire about the details of your school’s agreement with McMaster and all of the requirements.
  • September – March 


Online Application
Fill out the online application by the deadline. (This deadline applies to both the September and January academic terms.) The online application link (with an appropriate user name and password) will be provided to you by your exchange coordinator once you have been nominated by your institution.
  • March 31


Course Selection

When completing the online application, you must look at the Course Listings offered at McMaster. When choosing non-commerce courses, keep in mind of a few things. Students must remember to take a majority of commerce courses during their term of study (3 for one semester and 6 for a full year). If you are taking 5 courses in one semester, 3 of them must be commerce courses.

When choosing non-commerce courses, you are not allowed to take first year courses. Make sure to choose four extra courses than the maximum course load, just in case if a few are not approved. Pay attention to the pre-requisites for each course.

Make sure to NOT take a course in the same semester with its pre-requisite; you can view all courses and prerequisites in the McMaster Academic Calendar. Once you have selected your courses, you must check to see if it is available during your term of study, which can be found at our Master Online Timetable.

Once you have finalized the courses you wish to take, add them to your online application for faculty approval.

When faculty advisors send you approval for your online application, they will approve your courses as well. Courses that are not approved must be replaced by new courses. These new courses must be chosen by following the guidelines mentioned in Course Selection.

Once you have chosen your new courses, you must email us at for course approval. This must be done by the appropriate deadline.

  • Preliminary course selection is due by March 31.
  • All your courses MUST be approved by April 30th.
  • The McMaster Sessional Dates with all course registration and MOSAIC enrollment deadlines can be found here.


Supporting Documents

Mail in your supporting documents. (Note: We do not accept faxed or emailed documents.)

Supporting documents:

  • Most recent original transcript (with an English translation and grading system attached)
  • Nomination letter (If you are not currently studying at an English-speaking institution, your nomination letter should include a statement stating that you have fulfilled your institution’s English-language requirements)

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students from a non-English-Speaking country are required to present proof of English Language Proficiency with their applications for admission. Applicants must have:

  • Achieved a minimum score of 237 on TOEFL CBT, 580 on TOEFL PBT, 86 on TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 20 in each of the four component parts; 85 on MELAB; 6.5 on IELTS; 86 on COPE (minimum 32 in Writing & 22 in Listening and Reading); and 70 on CAEL, or
  • Attended an accredited English medium Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College in full-time academic studies, for at least 3 years, or
  • Attended an accredited English medium University in full-time academic studies for at least 1 year, or
  • Resided in an English speaking country for at least 4 years immediately prior to application to McMaster.
  • Supporting documents must arrive at McMaster before the end of the 2nd week of April


Faculty Approval
Once all supplementary documents have arrived at our office, faculty advisors at McMaster will begin to review your application and course selection.
  • Your approval status will be available on your online application by the end of the 2nd week of May, along with your student number, and student barcode.


Acceptance Package
You will receive your acceptance via e-mail from McMaster University. This will contain your official admission letter, an immigration letter, and other information that you will need prior to arriving at McMaster. Information such as course registration, health insurance, housing options, payment of fees, applying for residence, meal plans, and travel). Hard copies of your official admission letter and immigration letter will be mailed to your home university.
  • Acceptance e-mails will be sent out by the end of the 2nd week of May.
  • Hard copies of official letters will be sent out in June.
  • All students MUST register for courses on MOSAIC ( max 5 courses) by June 30.

Arriving at McMaster
How can you get to McMaster? Detailed information can be found here. After you arrive at McMaster, please visit the BizX office in DSB 112, and the International Student Services Office.
  • Late August
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