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Not Coming Straight from an Ontario High School?

Enrolment tips for out of province/out of country high school students, graduates of colleges of applied arts & technology, McMaster Centre for Continuing Education, university transfers and mature students

Enrolment Tips

Out of Province / Out of Country High School Students

High school students from outside of Ontario and from outside Canada may require course permission to enrol in a course which requires a high school prerequisite. While the majority of courses you will select as a Social Science I student do not have high school prerequisites, others such as Math, Science and Language courses may require prior preparation.

For example, the following Level I courses require a Grade 12 or equivalent prerequisite:

Psychology 1XX3 Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

  • Prerequisite: Grade 12 Biology U or credit or registration in one of Biology 1A03, 1M03, 1P03.

Mathematics 1M03 Calculus for Business, Humanities and the Social Sciences

  • Prerequisite: One of Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U, MATH 1F03  or a grade of at least B- in MATH 1K03.

Please contact the Faculty of Social Sciences if you have questions related to your high school prerequisites. If the Faculty determines that a prerequisite has been met, permission will be coded for individual courses, allowing students to include them in their enrolment. This may take several days to complete. We strongly advise that you contact the Faculty as early as possible, as courses fill up quickly.

University Transfer Students

University transfer students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Calendar to confirm what courses are required to complete your McMaster degree. If you are considering a course with a high school prerequisite, you must contact the Office of the Associate Dean, so we may determine if you have the academic background to take the course and add the necessary course permissions.

Mature Students

If you have not attended secondary school or college on a full-time basis for at least two years and you have never attended university, you may be admitted as a Mature Student. When selecting your first courses, always make sure you meet the prerequisites and consider your interests.

Choose courses based on what you think you would enjoy while meeting the requirements of your Level I program. You may want to think ahead to your Level II degree program and select your courses with those in mind.