Mcmaster University Homeschooled Admissions

This page last updated: 2018-06-11

It is not possible to link directly to McMaster’s policy, but you can navigate there via this page: . On this page, select the options “Not currently attending Secondary School” and “Home Schooled Applicants.”

Then, you should see the same text found in the current edition of the university calendar. (Note: The link below should continue to function year after year by simply updating the years in the URL in the event you find this page before I have updated it for the next academic year. 2018-19 means the school year 2018-2019, and fw means Fall-Winter)

Home Schooled

Home schooled applicants who, in addition to their home schooling experience, have completed six Grade 12 U/M courses at approved Ministry Inspected Schools or equivalent courses from another recognized academic jurisdiction may be considered for their program of choice providing they present the appropriate prerequisite courses on official transcripts from accredited schools and meet the required admission average. All other home schooled applicants may apply for admission to Humanities I or Social Sciences I only and must present the following for consideration:

  • List of home school credentials including but not limited to structured curriculum completed through ACE (Accelerated Christian Education Programme) or other such programs
  • Portfolio of written work in which we will expect to see evidence of appropriate intellectual maturity
  • Results of standardized tests. Applicants are required to submit a combined SAT 1 score of at least 1200 in the two components of Critical Reading and Math (minimum score of 580 for Critical Reading and 520 for Math) OR a Redesigned SAT result of at least 1200 as a combined score (with a minimum of 600 in each section) OR an ACT composite score of at least 27
  • The SAT institution code is 0936 and the ACT institution code is 5326

Interested applicants should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information regarding admission criteria.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements

If you have been asked to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and their respective minimum score requirements are listed below.

English Language Test Minimum Acceptable Score
IELTS – International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5 Overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) Valid for 2 years.
CAE – Cambridge English: Advanced 176 Overall with minimum score of 154 in each component. Valid for 2 years.
PTE – Pearson Test of English Academic 60 Overall with minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking. Valid for 2 years
CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language 70 Overall Valid for 2 years
MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery 85 Overall Valid for 2 years
Minimum 80 in each of the three required components
Minimum 3 in optional speaking component (Required)
TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) IBT: 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)Valid for 2 years

Important ELP Instructions / Notes

  • It is your responsibility to make all arrangements regarding the writing of the English Language Proficiency tests and to have the official score report forwarded to the Enrolment Services (Admissions Office) directly from the testing centre in a timely manner. Please refer to our deadlines and documentation pages.
  • Canadian citizenship, in and of itself, is not enough to satisfy the English Language Requirements, nor does a credit in Grade 12 English (or the equivalent)
  • The University reserves the right to require applicants with an English Language Proficiency score disparate from their academic English prerequisite achievement to present further evidence of proficiency.
  • If evidence of misrepresentation of fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. McMaster University reserves the right to rescind any Offer of Admission and/or scholarship.
  • * The Undergraduate MD program requires a minimum of three years of study at an English-medium university. More information about the admission requirements for Medicine at McMaster can be found at:
  • The McMaster University institution code for ETS/TOEFL is 0936.

ELP Exemptions

At the discretion of the university, you may be exempted from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements if you meet one of the following requirements (exemption is not automatic):

1. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College in an English-speaking country for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster, OR

2. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium Secondary School (High School) or Post-Secondary College for at least three years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster,* OR

3. Attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium University for at least one year immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster, OR

4. Resided in an English speaking country for at least four years immediately prior to your anticipated start date at McMaster.

Statement for Application Fraud

If McMaster concludes based on reasonable grounds that the applicant has falsified any information presented to the University as part of his or her application, without limiting any other rights of McMaster available at law, McMaster reserves the right to revoke the offer and, subject to applicable law and University Policy, to terminate a student’s registration.   More information on McMaster’s policy can be found on the Statement for Application Fraud page.