Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to supply TOEFL, even if I've studied English before?
If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score, or other evidence of competency in English is required unless you have graduated from an Institution in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia.
TOEFL:
   Internet Based Test:  minimum 88
   Paper Based Test: minimum 550
   Computer Based Test: minimum 213
IELTS:
   Minimum 6.5

The McMaster University Institution Code is 0936.
The Department of Computing and Software Department Code is 78.

TEST scores expire after two years. Only current tests will be considered.

I do not have a 4 year Honours B.Sc. in Computer Science, but I do have a degree in another subject plus some computer courses.  Do I qualify for entry into the M.Sc. program?  Is there any way I can do an upgrade?
Depending on your background, you may need to complete the equivalent of McMaster's  Second Degree Program in Honours Computer Science B.Sc., which normally takes 2 years.  You would then apply for the M.Sc. program in Computer Science.  Please contact the Graduate Secretary for further information.
I will need financial assistance for my studies.  Could you send me the appropriate forms?
All applicants will be considered for financial assistance, so no additional form is required.  However: International students are encouraged to apply for government scholarships to study abroad from their own country.

Students within Canada should consider applying for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships) and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) Scholarships.

Can the application fee be waived?
NO, unfortunately, we cannot waive the application fee.
Your application WILL NOT be processed without payment.
The application fee is now $100 (credit card or World Money Order) and $115 ($100+$15 for cheque or money order).
Please send a cheque or money order payable to McMaster University.
How can I find out my current status for my application?
Please check your application on Synapps for your most recent status. If there is a change to your status, you will receive an automatic update. This is the only way to check your current status.
Is the GRE required for my application?
The GRE is not required, however results are accepted. Submitted GRE results will be used for review purposes but not included in status reports. Please do not contact us for GRE status updates. (University Code is 0936 and Department is Information Sciences (0404) or Computer Sciences (0402).
I would like to know the fee structure for the M.Sc program
Information on fees (for domestic and international visa students) may be found at: http://www.mcmaster.ca/bms/student/pdf/fees_grad.pdf
My average is below a B-, can I still apply?
Admission to the M.Sc CS program requires the equivalent of a B.Sc. in Computer Science with *at least* a B- average from McMaster University. In addition, we are not able to assess your candidacy over email. If you meet the minimum application requirements, please do submit your application materials, and your application will be reviewed by the admission committee.
If I am not from a Computer Science background, how do I check that I have sufficient courses to apply and increase my chances of admission to the M.Sc program?
Applicants are expected to have taken courses in three fundamental areas, as listed at:
"http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/cas/0files/cas-2007-04msc.pdf.
Details of other degree programs are available at: Degree regulations
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