Admission Requirements and Financial Support
Admission to the program requires an Honours Bachelor Degree (BA, BSc, etc.) with a minimum average of B+ (78%, or the equivalent of a McMaster GPA of 8.5 out of 12) in the final year. Admission to the program is very competitive, and in practice, successful applicants' grades are in the A (80% +) range. Facility in a second language and experience in another country or with an international organization are assets. We also give careful consideration to applicants' statements of interest as well as the faculty and resources available at the Institute.
Roughly equal weighting is given by the Admissions Committee to three items:
a. transcripts and grades;
b. confidential letters of recommendation; and
c. statement of interest.
Applications should be sent as early as possible. The program starts in September of each year. Students are encouraged to apply in sufficient time to meet the scholarship deadlines. University Scholarships are available to domestic as well as international students. To be successful, applications must receive approval from both the Graduate Committee of the IGHC and the School of Graduate Studies.
We begin reviewing applications for the Fall session on February 1 each year. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of March. Late applications will be considered after the first round of offers has been sent out. Please note that we do not admit students for sessions beginning in January.
The program is available to both full-time and part-time students. Part-time students usually complete one course per semester to finish within two years. Courses are 13 weeks and students must attend one three hour seminar on campus per course per week (summer courses have more hours per week, but run over 6 weeks only). Few courses will be taught in the evenings; if you cannot attend daytime classes you will not be able to complete the degree. Please note that we are unable to provide financial support or teaching assistantships (TA-ships) for part-time students.
All successful full-time applicants will automatically be considered for financial support (TA-ships and McMaster Graduate Scholarships). No separate application is necessary.
If you are accepted, your letter of admission will explain any financial support included in our offer of admission.
We strive to provide all our full-time graduate students with the opportunity to become teaching assistants. This academic year (2012-2013), Teaching Assistants work for an hourly rate of $39.40.
Teaching Assistants are represented by CUPE Local 3906 and union dues are deducted from these monies. Teaching Assistants at McMaster are organized as Local 3906 unit 1), Canadian Union of Public Employees which is the legal bargaining agent in matters of salary, working conditions, and grievances.
Canadian citizens / residents are encouraged to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Graduate Fellowship during the fall period before they apply for entry. You may also find this portal of interest: http://www.scholarshipstimes.com/. Here, you can access information about scholarships and financial aid available across the globe. Scholarships are categorized by country, by funder (government, NGO, trusts and corporate scholarships) as well as by level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate and post-doctorate).