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Information for Newly Admitted Students

New Students to the Program:

Clearing a Conditional Offer of Admission

Upon completion of your current degree, please send us a copy of your official transcript which clearly states: “degree requirements completed/clear to graduate” or “degree conferred” in order to clear the conditional offer. (Only an official transcript can clear a conditional offer of admission--we cannot use copies of diplomas or certificates.) Please ensure that arrangements are made to have your transcript sent to the attention of the Institute’s Graduate Coordinator as soon as final grades have been made available.

On-Time Registration

Online registration for graduate students begins in early July each year and the “on-time” registration window typically closes in late July. To escape paying late fees ($50) imposed by the School of Graduate Studies, please ensure that you complete your online registration within the on-time registration time frame.  It is important to note that a minimum of one course per term need to be enrolled to complete the registration. A place holder course (SGS 700 for full-time students, SGS 701 for part-time students) can be registered for this purpose. 

Course Selections

Please note that registration is not the same thing as course selection. You will be able to add and drop courses until the end of September for Fall courses and until the end of January for Winter courses. Our course list can be found here. Please also read more about our Program for information about our program requirements. 

Tuition Payment

Full-time students do not have to pay any money to confirm their registration. Tuition and fees can all be deducted from a student’s scholarship and payroll. For further information, please click here.

Teaching Assistantships

TA course assignments are not made available until the first week of September. We will try to match you up with a course in the discipline of your undergraduate degree.

MAC Email Account

Please let us know if your personal email address changes. You will be assigned a McMaster email address in September which is to be used when communicating with the University. Access to your MAC email account will expire after convocation.

Student Number

Your student number is the 9-digit number on the upper right hand corner of the official offer of admission from the School of Graduate Studies.


There are no Graduate Residences on campus. However, off-campus housing is affordable. The McMaster Off-Campus Housing Office's website is a great resource and has many rental listings as well as descriptions of various neighbourhoods. You may also wish to visit to see other rental listings (with photos). If you come to Hamilton this summer to find a place to live, feel free to drop in and we can answer some of your questions and give you some pointers.


Hamilton's bus system (HSR) is free for McMaster students from September to August (included in your student fees), which means you can live a bit farther from campus to save on rent. For more information on transit, please visit the Alternative Transportation (ACT) website.

Hamilton is bike friendly with bike lanes and routes that serve the main campus.

GO bus and train services operate nearly 40 trips a day between Toronto and McMaster campus. A schedule can be found here. A wallet-sized schedule can be picked up at the Compass Information Centre in the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) marketplace.

Transportation to and from other Ontario cities is provided by Coach Canada, Greyhound, Burlington Transit, and Via Rail.

Campus Visit

If you're planning to visit campus, we would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Just let us know when you'll be here, and if our faculty members are available, you can arrange to meet them as well.

Other Questions

If you have any other questions, please contact:

Graduate Coordinator
(905) 525-9140, ext. 27556

Contact our Graduate Coordinator