This page last updated: 2020-12-20
It is not possible to link directly to McMaster’s policy, but you can navigate there via this page: http://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/ . On this page, select the options “Not currently attending Secondary School” and “Home Schooled Applicants.”
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
Please refer to the English language requirements page for the minimum level of English proficiency needed for undergraduate study, including possible:
- exemptions/waiver conditions
- acceptable tests
- minimum testing scores; and,
- test results submission instructions.
McMaster English Language Development Diploma Program
If you are a student who meets all academic requirements but does not meet the minimum English-language proficiency scores detailed above, you may still qualify for an offer of admission that is conditional upon the successful completion of the MELD program.
The MELD Diploma is a 1-year (two academic terms) intensive transition program designed for students whose primary language is not English. MELD focuses on the development of academic English, acculturation, and engagement with the university community.
For more information about the program and how to apply, please see the MELD website.