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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree
The University requires, as the major indicator of ability to complete a Master’s program
successfully, the holding of an Honours bachelor’s degree with at least a B- average in the final year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Admission Requirements for Ph.D. Degree
Applicants may be admitted to a regular Ph.D. program at one of three stages in their academic work. First, entry after completion of a Master’s program. Second, admission to Ph.D. studies from a Master’s program at McMaster without completing the Master’s degree. And third, in exceptional cases, admission may be directly from a bachelor’s degree.
1. For applicants who hold a Master’s degree, the primary requirements are distinction in their previous graduate work (equivalent to at least a McMaster B+), and strong letters of
2. Students enrolled in a Master’s program at McMaster University may be transferred to the
Ph.D. program prior to completion of the Master’s degree upon recommendation by the departmental unit.
3. In certain programs, applicants with a Bachelors degree only, may be admitted directly to Ph.D. studies. Such students must show sufficient promise, including at least an A average.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Entrance Requirements for Non-Residents and International Students
Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s. In recognition of the changes taking place in the structure of university education as a consequence of the Bologna Accord, three-year, first-cycle degrees that meet the criteria of the “Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area” will be accepted in place of a four-year Honours degree. The equivalent of at least a B- average. A Diploma Supplement should accompany the official transcript.

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to furnish evidence of their
proficiency in the use of the English language. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. For TOEFL, a minimum score of 80 is required though each department sets its own specific requirements which can be much higher.

Residency Requirements

Please refer to the information under Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering above.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Please refer to the information under Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering above.