Glossary of academic terms

Technical academic definitions you might come across during your time here.

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Academic advising

How to read your Advisement Report, Faculty contacts for advising and Faculty-specific info.

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Graduate Studies

Graduate services, awards & funding and programs.

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Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre provides a range of counselling options, medical services and wellness programs so that you can get the most out of your McMaster experience, academically and personally!

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Good2Talk helpline

This free, confidential helpline (1-866-925-5454) provides professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.

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Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation assistance and related supports to students with disabilities at McMaster.

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International Student Services (ISS)

ISS provides core services to the international student population and to Canadian students wishing to go abroad.

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Student Success Centre (SSC)

From the time you accept your offer of admission up to ten years after graduation, the SSC will provide the services, programs and resources that are needed to help you achieve your immediate and future goals.

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Financial Affairs

More information regarding accounts payable & reimbursements, accounts receivable & invoicing, banking & eCommerce, etc.

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Student Affairs

As partners in learning Student Affairs provides students with opportunities to discover, learn and grow

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McMaster Students Union (MSU)

MSU is the central undergraduate student government at McMaster, representing approximately 21,000 undergraduate students.

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MAPS (McMaster Association of Part-Time Students)

Enrolled in part-time studies? MAPS provides support and services for part-time students.

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University Technology Services (UTS)

UTS provides services and support with MacID, email set up, Mosaic student portal, free campus software (like Microsoft Office 365 and, wifi, IT Security, etc.

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Campus Store

Textbooks, course supplies, Mac gear and more! The Campus Store has all of your McMaster needs.

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The McMaster Libraries system is here to support your research and learning needs.

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Information on parking permits, lot maps and rates.

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Mac Express/Hospitality Services

On and off-campus meal plans with a variety of balanced menu options that support health and wellness of the McMaster community.

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Housing & Conference Services

Housing & Conference Services serves and supports on and off-campus student success through inclusion, community engagement, and activities that promote personal growth, health and well being.

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