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Frequently Asked Questions

Online Academic Advising

We are now arranging online advising.  If you have any issues email us at socscfac@mcmaster.ca.

Book your advising appointment Online.

Who do I contact for course permission or a seat in a course?

If you are trying to obtain course permission or a seat in a course offered within the Faculty of Social Sciences, please contact the corresponding department of the course, either in person, by phone, by checking the departmental website or by email (i.e. the abbreviated course code, such as 'ECON 1B03', has the name of the department you should contact). Department contact information can be found here.

For 'SOCSCI' courses, ensure you indicate your name, student number and which course, term, section and tutorial you require and we will respond to your request.

If you are a Social Sciences student interested in courses offered through another Faculty, you must direct your request to the appropriate department within that Faculty:

How do I submit a Late Withdrawal request?

We will be accepting Late Withdrawal applications beginning Monday, March 16th.  Students are requested to come to KTH-129, complete the Late Withdrawal Application form and review with their Academic Advisor.  If you are unable to come in person to the Office, please send an email to socscfac@mcmaster.ca indicating the reason why and we will make alternative arrangements for you to communicate with your Academic Advisor about a Late Withdrawal request.

How do I view my program change result?

Log into MOSAIC  - “Student Center” - Academics - “My Academics” - look to the grey box on the right with your “My program” breadcrumb.

How do I submit a program change request?

Log into MOSAIC - “Student Center” Academics - “My Academics” - “View my service requests”  - “Create New Request” - “Requests for Program Change” (click “next”) - indicate in the comment section which program you would like to transfer to (see below for example):

 i.e. “I would like to transfer to Honours __________ or B.A.  ___________” 
Important: Make sure to indicate “Honours” or “B.A.” beside your desired major.

Check the status of your service request by returning to “View my service requests”, as indicated above.

How do I view my “academic standing” and “GPA”?

Log into MOSAIC - “Student Center” - Academics - “other academic…” (drop-down menu) - “Grades” (click the blue arrow button) - select the most recent Winter term (click “continue”) - scroll down to view “Academic Standing” and “GPA” (located at the bottom of the “Cumulative Total” column).

Where do I find my “enrollment appointment”?

Log into MOSAIC - “Student Center” - look for the box on the right titled “Enrollment Dates” to find your “Enrollment Appointment”.

Where do I find my program/academic requirements (aka "advisement report")?

Log into MOSAIC and click the Owl Tile labelled “Advisement Report” on the front page.

Log into MOSAIC  - “Student Center” - Academics - “My Academics” - “View my advisement report”.

What would be required if I were in a different program from the one I am in now?

Log into MOSAIC  - “Student Center” - Academics - “My Academics” - “Create a what-if scenario”.

What level am I?

Your level is assessed at each academic review period (i.e. the month of May) and it corresponds to the total number of units you've completed at the end of each Fall/Winter session:

24 units or more = Level 2
54 units or more = Level 3
84 units or more = Level 4  *only Honours Programs*


Please note: units completed during the Spring/Summer term do not get factored into your total unit count until the following academic review period (i.e. the following May). Thus, if you are completing courses during the Spring/Summer (specifically to advance to the next level in your program), you will need to contact your home Faculty before the start of September and request a level change.

How do I look up course prerequisites?

  1. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s Undergraduate Calendar
  2. Select the most recent academic calendar (i.e. “Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019”). This can also be done from the drop-down menu located in the top right corner.
  3. Click “Course Listings” (also located on the left 8th from top).
  4. Select the subject code in the “Prefix” drop-down menu (i.e. SOCIOL for Sociology; PSYCH for Psychology; etc.)
  5. Click “Filter”
  6. Find your course(s) and click on them to see: course summaries, prerequisites, anti-requisites, and cross-listed information.

How do I look up program admission requirements?

  1. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s Undergraduate Calendar
  2. Select the most recent academic calendar (i.e. “Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019”). This can also be done from the drop-down menu located in the top right corner.
  3. Click “Programs (by Degree) and Minors” (located on the left, 5th from top)
  4. Scroll down to “Bachelor of Arts (Honours)” heading for a list of Honours Programs (4-year) OR scroll down to “Bachelor of Arts” heading for a list of B.A. programs (3-year)
  5. Find your desired program(s) and click on them to see admission and program requirements.

What are some useful links?

Where is the Academic Advising Office Located?

McMaster University

Tel: 905-525-9140 ext. 23772

Email: socscfac@mcmaster.ca