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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.

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. Please visit the Mosaic Student Center (Personal Information > Demographic Data) to upload your photo.

Your McMaster Student Card will be available for pickup from the School of Graduate Studies, located in Gilmour Hall, room 212.

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.

Photo upload button not active?

Call the Registrar’s Office (905-525-4600) during business hours for assistance.

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.

Need help? Check out our step-by-step instructions

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 Center 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 Center 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:

  • email the completed form to, or
  • deliver the form to Human Resources, located in the Campus Services Building, room 202. (Building 31 on the campus map)