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SHSM: Specialist High Skills Major

SHSM Opportunities

The Faculty of Social Sciences has Reach Ahead Experience programming and Advanced Credit available to students from the five SHSM programs that closely relate to our programs:

  • Business
  • Environment 
  • Health & Wellness
  • Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services
  • Non-Profit

Advanced Credit

Eligible SHSM graduates can earn a first year Social Sciences credit at no cost!

Students need to:

  • Prove completion of one of the five above noted SHSM streams
  • Obtain a minimum 82% final average on the 6 U/M courses assessed for admission
  • Enroll in Social Sciences I, Economics I or Health & Society I
  • Complete the Faculty’s SHSM credit form which includes a 500 word personal reflection on how their SHSM program helped prepare them for the Social Sciences

Information poster available here

Reach Ahead Experiences for SHSM Programs

The Faculty of Social Sciences is pleased to provide a variety of activities that qualify as reach ahead experiences for students in the above noted SHSMs

These activities can be tailored to your school from one or more of our twelve areas of study.  In the past our programming has included:

  • student panels
  • university lectures
  • problem based interactive activities with graduate students and/or faculty members

Often visiting SHSM programs pair the reach ahead experience with a campus tour.  A typical visit starts mid-morning with a campus tour, following by time for students to grab lunch.  After lunch students participate in the reach ahead experience.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Way, Manager Recruitment & External programs at eway@mcmaster.ca or 905 525 9140 x 23484