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he specific requirements for admission into a graduate program at McMaster University are described in the current Calendar of the School of Graduate Studies / General Regulations / Admission Requirements (section 2.1) .

Admission into the Chemistry M.Sc. program requires as a minimum:

  • An Honours Bachelor's degree or an equivalent 4-year university degree in Chemistry, with a B+ (or 9/12) average for Chemistry and other Science courses.
  • Excellent letters of recommendation.
  • A strong performance in the final year of studies, including good marks in undergraduate research projects.

Admission into the Chemistry Ph.D. program requires as a minimum:

  • An M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (or the equivalent)  or,
  • A B.Sc. degree in Chemistry combined with an excellent academic record.
  • Excellent letters of recommendation.

Summer research experience will be taken into consideration when evaluating an application.

All applicants are automatically considered for financial support. Highly qualified candidates will also be considered for entrance scholarships.

Graduate programs can start in January, May or (most commonly) September. Students should note that a period of approximately 4-6 weeks may be required to review the completed application. The September admission deadline is April 30th, however, outstanding candidates may be accepted at any time during the calendar year.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members directly prior to submitting a formal application but it is not required.


For further information, please contact the Graduate Assistant Ms. Christine Cosgrove .