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General Admission Requirements (for all programs)

Admission to a graduate program is based on a judgement by the University that the applicant can successfully complete the graduate degree program. The University's minimum requirements are identified in the Graduate Studies Calendar and have been reproduced here for your convenience.

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold a 4-year engineering or science undergraduate degree, with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12) in the final year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work. Each applicant will also be interviewed as part of the admission process. Professional work experience is desirable but not essential.

Prospective applicants who did not attain the required standing in their undergraduate degree, but who have at least four (4) years of relevant work experience, should discuss their situation with the program director. If the experience is deemed sufficient, the director will recommend an interview. Evidence of ability to do graduate work will be required. (See Sections 2.1.1 Admission Requirements for Master's Degree and 2.1.3 Admission of Students with Related Work Experience or Course Work Beyond the Bachelor's Degree in the Graduate Calendar.)

M.Eng.Design Program

See general admission requirements above. January intake is available only for the Product Design or Process and Production Systems streams. The application deadline date for International students is September 30, 2016. January application deadline date for domestic students – December 5, 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE means that ALL supporting documentation has been submitted for review, including references.

M.Eng. or M.Tech. Entrepreneurship Programs

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is a fast-paced program aimed at highly motivated students.

For students wishing to pursue the MEEI degree, in addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold an baccalaureate degree in engineering, or closely related discipline, with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12) in the final year in all courses.

Persons who wish to enter the MTEI program do not require a B.Eng degree, but are still required to have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and have at least a B- average. Additionally, professional work experience being highly desirable. Note: the MEEI/MTEI programs do not have a January admission . This is due to the nature of the program, which requires courses and project work be taken on in a particular sequence.

Because of the importance of personal attributes such as innovativeness, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work in teams, applicants need to meet several additional requirements. First, they are asked to provide the names of two potential referees who are contacted by the W Booth School with regard to these specific personal attributes. In addition, applicants will also be interviewed as part of the admission process.

M.Eng. and Public Policy Program

The Master's degree program in Engineering and Public Policy (MEPP) has the following program objectives:

  • to provide a high quality educational experience to graduate engineers and scientists in the areas of engineering, science and public policy;
  • to foster applied research in the areas of engineering, science and public policy through the successful completion and dissemination of a research paper;
  • to develop viable, working linkages between engineering, science and fields of study within social sciences and the humanities (public policy, economics, society, and others);
  • to nurture a diverse group of students who will be active participants within the broader range of activities in the W Booth School;
  • to produce graduates who will provide inspired leadership in the engineering, science and public policy areas within the public, private and NGO sectors.

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study, beginning in September or January. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in two years.

Students who take Leading Innovation and/or Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification may be granted advanced standing for these required courses upon registration in SEP programs.

M.Eng. Manufacturing Program

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold an Honours Bachelor's degree in Engineering with at least a B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0/12 GPA) in the penultimate and final years.

Delivery of the program includes a strong emphasis on project-based experience within the Manufacturing Industry, which is obtained through an industry-based project during the coursework portion of the program. Requirements for these are outlined below. Due to the strong practical orientation of the project components of the program, successful completion requires that students have strong interpersonal and communication skills. To this end, each applicant will be interviewed. A strong performance in the interview is a critical requirement for admission.


NOTICE: For technical assistance with the application, please email sgsonl@mcmaster.ca and include the details of your query. Please be sure to include details such as error messages and the name of the program to which you are applying. Screen shots are helpful.


About your Application

It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete an application. For security reasons, you will be logged out of the online application if you take more than 45 minutes on any one page.

Enquiries about graduate work should be made directly to the department of interest. Please check department websites for application deadlines.

Applications from outside Canada should be completed at least five months before the desired date of entry, to allow for any delays and for obtaining the necessary visa.

Required Documents

The following items are required before your online application will be considered complete. These documents should be sent to the department chair concerned.
  1. If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 (550 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Engineering, and a minimum of 92 (580 or 237) for all other Faculties. Some departments may require higher scores.
  2. Statement of interest in pursuing graduate studies.

Application Fee

Applications must be accompanied by the required $100 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit card payment or a cheque (or world money order) drawn on a Canadian bank made payable to McMaster University. Cheques (or world money order) drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15 processing fee, for a total of $115. Cheques with insufficient funds (NSF) will result in an additional $55 fee owing.

If you pay the application fee by cheque or world money order, please send the cheque (or world money order) to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
McMaster University
Gilmour Hall, Room 212
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4L8

Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been received.

Additional Information

Applicants are urged to declare any disabilities, as well as to provide details concerning accommodations provided by their previous educational institutions, at the time of application. Such declaration is encouraged particularly in cases where it is felt that the disability may have affected past academic performance, and/or where accommodation may be required in order for the student to be successful in his/her graduate program.

The School of Graduate Studies' policy with regard to students with disabilities can be found in Section 6.5 of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. The full policy and further information may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies or the Student Accessibility Services (x28652).

Tuition Fees - Graduate Studies

As soon as you have completed the enrolment process, your fees will calculate and appear in real time under the Student Financials tab in your Student Centre.

You will find the financial information for each program in the following PDF documents:

M. Eng Design
M.Eng Entrepreneurship & Innovation
M. Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation
M.Eng and Public Policy


M. Eng Manufacturing Engineering

Universal Health Insurance Plan - (UHIP) for International Students

Scholarships & Financial Aid - Graduate Studies

For students in need of financial aid, the W Booth School offers entrance scholarships valued at $6,000 each. The scholarships page can be found here:

Additionally, McMaster University offers several services for students with financial need. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) at http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/