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Application Process

How to apply to graduate school at McMaster University

How to Apply

Thinking of applying to graduate school?

Before you begin the application process make sure you review the process and requirements in detail. It's important to note that the application requirements and deadlines vary between programs

Some  programs require statement of intent sent directly to the program program administrators vs. the School of Graduate Studies; some require other supplemental documentation.

To understand more about the general admission requirements visit the School of Graduate Studies.

How to Apply to Grad School

Application Deadlines for the 2018/19 Academic Year

Anthropology: All programs January 15

Economics: All programs January 30

Globalization: February 15

Health, Aging and Society: All programs January 15

Labour Studies: All programs January 31

Political Science:

Religious Studies: All programs December 15

Social Work: 

Sociology: All programs December 15

Water Without Borders:  January 1 through May 31

International Students

Canada is a great place to live and learn. McMaster University offers a number of services to help our English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) speakers including online learning modules that focus on the daily language needs of graduate students and postdoc learners, workshops, conversation circles, mentorship programs and social events.

McMaster University Rankings

McMaster University has been consistently ranked in the top 100 of the Shanghai Jiaotong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) since 2003. In 2017 McMaster was ranked #66 in the world and #3 in Canada (up from #83 in the world in 2016 and #96 in the world in 2015).