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Graduate Studies

Notes for successful applicants

Understanding your offer status

Final Offer: “Good Academic Standing” as it appears in the offer letter, refers to maintaining the required minimum grade in all  in-progress courses required by your program, and free of academic misconduct/dishonesty. Failure to maintain good academic standing could result in your offer of admission being rescinded.

Conditional Offer: Your condition(s) of admission are listed in your offer of admission. Please be aware of due dates as most conditions need to be satisfied well before the start of term. You are responsible for ensuring that all documentation is submitted to your program office prior to the deadline. Late submissions will jeopardize your admission status. For more information, visit Conditions of admission.

Your offer status will not change on the Applicant Portal when your condition has been met.

Deposit fee payment

If your program requires you to pay a deposit fee, the Applicant Portal (Account Summary) will display the amount due.

Responding to your offer

You may accept or decline this offer of admission by completing the on-line response form on the Applicant Portal. Your response due date is indicated under the “Admissions–My Applications” section of your Applicant Portal.

Please ensure you respond to any subsequent revised offer letters issued to you by following the same steps as above. Revised offers replace any and all previous offers issued.


Approximately two weeks before enrolment opens (mid-July, mid-November, mid-March), you will receive an email notifying you about the opening of enrolment. If you have any questions in the interim:

  • contact your program or supervisor directly;
  • check our website for updates about how to enrol;
  • check our website for information regarding scholarship deadlines and other important information.

Activating your McMaster email

For information and instructions for activating your McMaster email account, visit University Technology Services (UTS).

Graduate payments

All scholarship payments are paid in a lump sum per term by mid-September, mid-January and mid-May.

If you withdraw, take a leave of absence, or graduate (or become approved to graduate) part way through the academic year, you are not entitled to any further portion of the scholarship award and you may have to repay a portion of the award you received for the term. A Teaching Assistantship (TA) is paid as earned over the period in which you hold a TA. Note: Taxes, CPP, EI, union dues, dental (if eligible), etc., will be deducted from your teaching assistantship income.

Fast facts about scholarships and awards

OSAP: Students are encouraged to apply for OSAP. Your OSAP application could automatically consider you for bursaries available through McMaster.

Federal and Provincial awards: Students are encouraged to apply for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC Master’s or Doctoral scholarships through McMaster’s competition. If you apply for one of these Federal scholarships, you will automatically be considered for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship at McMaster. Applications for Federal awards are due in the fall of 2019 for the 2020-21 academic year.

Internal McMaster scholarships and awards: There are internal McMaster scholarships and awards for which students will be able to apply this fall. To apply, you must complete your student profile in Mosaic once you begin the academic year. Instructions on how to complete your personal profile and more information about the online Aid by Application process are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

For information about available awards, visit our scholarships database or visit the program to which you applied, and review the Related Scholarships tab – please note that eligibility criteria vary across all awards. Some awards may not be available each academic year.

Tuition and fees

For more information on tuition, fees, and other related financial matters, visit Fees and Payment.

Graduate Students Association (GSA)

For more information on the GSA, please visit the Graduate Students Association.

International graduate students can connect to the International Graduate Students Association through their Facebook group page.

Graduate program information

Be sure to check in with your graduate program for important information on condition clearing, registration, and orientation. For a list of graduate programs, visit our website.

International Student Services (ISS)

Visit the International Student Services website for information on Study Permits, events and health care.

Note: Health Insurance is mandatory for all Visa students and is provided through the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). For more details on UHIP enrolment, please visit UHIP – International Student Services.