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Admissions and Fiancial Support

Description of admissions requirements and financial support

Admission Requirements and Financial Support

Admission Requirements

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 9 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.


Application Criteria

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 January 15 each year.  Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of February. After January 15th, applications will continue to be considered until space in the program is filled. Please note that we admit students to begin the program in September only.


Part-time Studies

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.


Financial Support

All successful full-time applicants will automatically be considered for financial support (TA-ships, McMaster Graduate Scholarships, and Ontario 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.


Teaching Assistantships

We strive to provide all of our full-time graduate students with the opportunity to become teaching assistants. The current hourly rate of pay for teaching assistants is $41.00.


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.

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