Admission Requirements are subject to change year to year. This information is intended for applicants to the Fall 2017 intake.

Current Applicants

I have submitted my application online – what should I do now?

  • After you submit your application don’t forget to check your requirements list to ensure that you have submitted the required information and monitor when it is received by our office
  • ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you’ – Once we have received all of your required information and we are able to assess your application, you will receive an email from us about the next steps. We appreciate your patience during this time.

When will I hear back about a decision?

  • Once your application is complete, meaning all required documentation is submitted, it will be sent to our Admissions Committee for assessment.
  • Each applicant is looked at carefully which means it can take different amounts of time to assess different applicants.
  • Typically the earliest any decisions will be made is in mid- January. We will do our best to have all decisions made by June 1, but this may not be possible.
  • You will be notified through email when your application is sent to the Admissions Committee and when we expect to have a decision for you.

What are the possible outcomes?

There are three possible outcomes after we assess your application. In all cases you will receive an email which explains the outcome in more detail.

  • Offer to program
  • Waitlist *Please note, you cannot request a place on the waitlist.
  • Denied to program

Before You Apply

Can my IELTS/TOEFL requirement be waived?

  • If you have attended, in full-time academic studies (non-ESL), an accredited English medium University for your 4-year undergraduate degree you may request that the English Language test be waived.
  • In this case we will require a clear statement on your transcript; or an official supporting letter from the University institution which indicates that instruction is fully in English language.

Can my GMAT/GRE requirement be waived?

  • No. This requirement is a mandatory part of the application and will not be waived in any circumstances.

How long is a GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL test valid for?

  • GRE/GMAT is valid for 5 years from the test date
  • IELTS/TOEFL is valid for 2 years from the test date

What transcripts do I submit?

  • For the purpose of assessment, you can upload a scanned transcript to your online application.
  • If you are given an offer you will need to submit an official original transcript.
  • ALL transcripts from ALL institutions attended are required. If you changed your institution or if you completed an exchange you will need to submit more than one transcript.

Where do I mail required documents?

  • If you uploaded documents online, please note that you do not need to mail in the same copies. Scanned documents are used for the assessment of your application. If there is a required document that you were not able to upload on your online application, please mail it to:

    Master of Finance Program – DeGroote School of Business

    McMaster University
    1280 Main Street West  DSB 104
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4

I have no work experience. Can I still apply?

  • Yes! This program does not require work experience.
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