If you are a former McMaster student who wishes to return to your program and resume studies, you can apply for re-admission if the following criteria have been met:

  1. You have not attended another university nor received a college certificate or diploma since you last attended McMaster.
  2. You left voluntarily in good academic standing.
  3. You have been absent for more than 5 years.*

How to apply

If you meet all of the above criteria, you can apply for re-admission using the Returning Student Application.

If you have attended another university or obtained a college certificate or diploma during your absence, please apply using the OUAC 105 application. Transcripts from these institutions will be required for the application.

If you did not leave McMaster in good academic standing (i.e. your last result of session was either ‘May Not Continue at University’ or ‘Required to Withdraw from University’), please review the Reinstatement process.

If you have been enrolled within the last 5 years, have not attended any other university nor graduated from college, and are in good academic standing, you do not need to re-apply to McMaster. Please contact your faculty office to discuss returning to studies and course enrolment.

*Former students from the School of Nursing must apply for re-admission regardless of time elapsed following voluntary withdrawal in good standing.

Can I apply for re-admission to a different program?

Yes. You should check the admission requirements of your program of interest prior to applying. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and admission is by selection. Use the Undergraduate Calendar to browse our programs.

I took just one course at another university. Can I still apply using the Returning Student Application?

If you have attended another university, you will need to follow the OUAC 105 application process.


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