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Graduate Studies

Getting ready for life at McMaster

Before you join our graduate community, there’s a few things you need to do.

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Your Mac ID is essentially your username for accessing services and systems at McMaster.

McMaster email

Once you have your MAC ID set up and have enrolled in your courses, your McMaster email will become active. A link to your McMaster email will be sent to your applicant email address. Please continue to monitor your applicant email address in the meantime.

As a new student, you need a McMaster Student Photo ID card. Your student card is an important piece of photo identification that is required to access supports, services and even spaces on campus.

To create your student card, we need an uploaded photo by July 20. Please visit the Mosaic Student Centre (Personal Information > Demographic Data) to upload your photo.

Photo requirements

To be accepted as your student ID photo, your uploaded photo must:

  • be recent and similar to a passport photo (head shot only, looking straight into the camera)
  • have a neutral or smiling expression
  • be in colour, in focus and of good quality (scanned photos of your driver’s license, passport or health card are not acceptable)
  • be on an uncluttered background and of you alone (no other people or animals permitted in photo)
  • not contain props (i.e. hats, sunglasses or graduation caps)

Maximum file size of your photo must be 3MB or less to be successfully uploaded.

Uploaded photos not meeting the above criteria, will be deleted resulting in delays in receiving your student card.

Photo troubleshooting tips

Having issues uploading?

Check your file size. If your jpg image is too big, you will get a generic error message. The file should be less than 3MB in size. Try picking a different picture with a smaller file size or resize your image in Paint or Photoshop.

It’s important to update your personal and contact information – especially your  address – in Mosaic, so that you receive all important information.

You can add a new address or revise an existing one. Your “Mailing Address” will be the address to which you receive any mail from the university.


To receive your scholarships and TA/RA payments, you must provide your banking information in Mosaic.

If you do not provide information prior to initial payments, a cheque will be mailed to the mailing address under your Personal Information – Contact Information in the Student Centre of Mosaic.

If you are an international student looking for more information about banking in Canada, visit International Students: Banking.

Direct deposit

McMaster University uses direct deposit for all scholarship and employment payments to graduate students. This means that all monies will be deposited directly into your banking account.

You must ensure that your correct banking information is entered into Mosaic.

Where you enter this information will depend on what types of payment(s) you will receive. You may need to enter information in BOTH locations.

Enter information in the Student Centre for

  • Graduate scholarship
  • Entrance Scholarship
  • Department Scholarship
  • External scholarship
  • Tuition scholarship
  • Tri-agency awards (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

You will need Human Resources for

  • Research scholarship
  • Teaching assistant (TA)
  • Research assistant (RA) in lieu of TA

McMaster’s HR website provides details to help you understand all aspects of payments relating to being a Teaching Assistant or a Research Assistant in lieu of a TA (including Income Tax receipts and address changes).

You will need to fill out the Employee Contact and Deposit form (download from the HR site) and either:

Please note: For the Fall 2020 term, you will not be able to drop the form off at Human Resources; please email the completed form.