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Admission to the Social Sciences at McMaster

Are you interested in attending McMaster University for Social Sciences, but not quite sure where to start? Let us help you!

General Admission Requirements

No matter which pathway in the Social Sciences you decide to follow (Psychology, Social Work, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Religious Studies, etc.) you will begin your journey by applying to Level 1 Social Sciences. 

Your first year in Social Sciences 1 is your start towards your degree program. The flexibility of the Level 1 program allows you to explore courses from a variety of disciplines. You will be able to choose courses from 12 different departments within Social Sciences and from the Faculties of Humanities and Sciences. 

At the end of your first year, you will "declare your major" and apply to the program in which you would like to specialize for your degree.  Most programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences require completion of 6 units of course work (two half year courses) in the discipline of choice and completion of a Level 1 program.


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What do I need to get in?

 The general admission requirements for entry to Social Sciences Level 1 at McMaster are:

  • English 4U
  • 5 additional U or M courses
  • 75% to 78% or higher

Note: for Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and Economics Calculus & Vectors 4U is strongly recommended.

Detailed Admission Requirements

Please visit the McMaster Admissions website for detailed admission requirements based on the minimum average, English proficiency requirements, application information, required courses and other important information about students from your region.

For more information on application dates and deadlines or the admissions process visit

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