Listeners attend all classes but don’t complete assignments or tests. No grade is assigned or credit earned. Please note that not all courses are available to Listeners. Please note, only the faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Science accept listener applications.
To apply, complete the Listener Form and upload to MacDrive.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee enrolment in a course.
- You may not be notified of enrolment until after the add/drop date at the start of term. This could be a week after classes begin.
- Learn about fees.
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If you’re currently enrolled at McMaster in a degree program and want to take a course, you may request permission to audit the course.
You must satisfy the prerequisites for the course, register and pay applicable fees. You will not be required to complete assignments or write the final examinations. No credit will be earned.
Please note: you will not be permitted to enrol in the course after the drop date and add to receive course credit.
Please contact your Faculty Office if you have any questions.
Senior (undergraduate degree courses)
If you’re over 65 by the last day of the course, you may enrol in courses for credit without payment of tuition and supplementary fees. You must still meet admissions and prerequisite requirements.
Seniors apply on the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre and pay the appropriate full-time fee.
Alternatively, if you are interested in being a listener for a particular class (ie. auditing the class but not being formally enrolled in it for credit), please see the relevant section on this page.
What is a sponsored student?
A sponsored student receives funding for tuition and/or supplementary/miscellaneous fees by an embassy, government, band funding or company.
Tuition and supplementary/miscellaneous fees covered by your sponsor will be removed from your student account and will be invoiced directly to your sponsor each term. If your sponsorship does not cover supplementary/miscellaneous fees, the charges will appear on your Mosaic student account and need to be settled by the deadline.
- Notify your sponsor of changes in enrolment and/or academic progress resulting in a change of fees
- Review your online Mosaic Account Summary and pay any charges not covered by your sponsor
- Provide any transcripts or progress reports directly to the sponsor, if required
How to check if your guarantee has been received
Log on to your Mosaic account. Select “Student Center” and then “payments”. If the guarantee has been received, it will be labeled as “Deferred to Third Party.”