Nov 18, 2018  
Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 
    
Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019

General Academic Regulations


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This section outlines the general undergraduate academic regulations of the University.  Students must read and comply with both these regulations and those set out by their Faculty elsewhere in this Undergraduate Calendar, as applicable.  In the event of a conflict between the Faculty/Program Regulations  and these General Academic Regulations, the program regulations take precedence.

Since the Academic Regulations are continually reviewed, the University reserves the right to change the regulations in this section of the Calendar. The University also reserves the right to cancel the academic privileges of a student at any time should the student’s scholastic record or conduct warrant so doing.

Faculties are authorized to use discretion in special situations by taking into account past practice, the spirit of the regulations, and extraordinary circumstances. Students who believe their situations warrant special consideration should consult the appropriate Faculty/Program Office .

Academic Commitments

Students should expect to have academic commitments (e.g., classes, labs, tests, examinations, etc.) Monday through Saturday, normally 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but not on Sunday or statutory holidays, as outlined in the Sessional Dates . Students are responsible for meeting all course requirements, including final examinations, as scheduled. Students who require accommodations to meet religious, Indigenous or spiritual observances must make their requests within 10 working days from the beginning of the start of term to their Faculty/Program Office .

Sessional Dates

Please visit the Sessional Dates  page for important dates for this academic year.

Student Responsibilities

Academic

McMaster University provides many resources to help students achieve their academic goals, including the Undergraduate Calendar, program advisement reports and academic advisors.  The University endeavours to enable students to enrol in required courses so that their program admission requirements and course requisites can be met in a timely manner.  The University reserves the right to change a student’s enrolment in classes should the need occur (e.g. low enrolment, urgent timetable changes, etc.).

Students must assume certain responsibilities. They include:

  • meeting admission requirements and application deadlines for their intended program(s) of study
  • selecting and completing courses in an order that meets requisite and program requirements
  • becoming familiar with and respecting University Sessional Dates , the General Academic Regulations, their Faculty/Program-specific regulations , and the Regulations for Aid and Awards as found in the appropriate sections of this Calendar.

Students who do not follow these guidelines may experience academic consequences such as cancellation of course enrolment, completion of courses that are not counted toward their degree, or delayed graduation.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, students are expected to: 

  • know and follow the Senate policies  
  • keep their student account in good standing, paying all charges on time
  • be aware that changes to course load and program may affect eligibility for government and University aid and awards (e.g. OSAP, work programs, bursaries, scholarships, etc.)
  • consult with Student Accessibility Services in a timely manner to make disability related accommodation requests

Communication

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • maintain current contact information with the University, including address, phone numbers, and emergency contact information
  • use the university provided e-mail address or maintain a valid forwarding e-mail address
  • regularly check the official University communications channels, including the Mosaic Student Centre. Official University communications are considered received if sent by postal mail, by fax, or by e-mail to the student’s designated primary e-mail account via their @mcmaster.ca account
  • accept that forwarded e-mails may be lost and that e-mail is considered received if sent via the student’s @mcmaster.ca account

Academic Obligations

Due dates and evaluations are described in course outlines except where other University policies apply, e.g., SAS accommodations, deferred exams, etc.  When students are aware of their progress early in a course they can make informed decisions. Restrictions are placed on academic obligations to enable students to plan their work schedules.

  1. Student learning in undergraduate courses should be assessed on more than one occasion. To that end, no single academic obligation (e.g., essay, test, examination, etc.) should have a value of more than 75% of the final grade without approval from the Department Chair or Associate Dean’s Office. Clinical, placement, thesis and capstone courses are exempt.
  2. For students requiring relief from an academic obligation, it is at the discretion of the instructor to determine the nature of the relief. In cases such as this, students can be offered the choice of another assessment or the option of writing a final examination which may be worth more than 75% of the course grade. 

Early Feedback

  1. All students must receive feedback regarding their progress prior to the final date by which a student may cancel the course without failure by default.
  2. For Level I and Level II courses, this feedback must equal a minimum of 20% of the final grade.
  3. For Level III courses and above, this feedback must equal a minimum of 10% of the final grade.
  4. For courses where it is difficult to achieve a numeric grade due to the design of the course (e.g., supervised study, thesis, capstone, inquiry, independent research/study, experiential courses, etc.), clear and early feedback must be provided.
  5. When academic obligations are completed by the due dates in the course outline, early feedback will be received by the final date by which a student can withdrawal from a course without failure by default . Students who use the MSAF process and other petitionable accommodations may not receive feedback by the early feedback deadline.

Restrictions:

  1. Due dates for all term work must be on or before the final day of classes  for courses with a final examination.  For courses with no final examination, academic assessments can be due on or before the final date of examinations .
  2. Tests, quizzes, exams and take home exams worth more than 10% cannot be assigned or due during the last five days of classes  plus the days(s) between the end of classes and the beginning of examinations.  Assignments worth more than 10% that are assigned at the beginning of the course and noted on the course outline, can be due during this time period, provided students are given sufficient additional detail to enable them to work on the assignment in advance of the due date.
  3. Academic obligations cannot be due during the Sessional Dates  or the fall and winter mid-term recesses, with the exception of deferred exams scheduled by the Office of the Registrar.

Residence Requirements

Most students complete all undergraduate work at McMaster University. However, students who complete work at other universities must meet the minimum requirements set out below.

To obtain any four- or five-level, first undergraduate degree:

  • at least two levels (approximately 60 units of work) beyond Level I, including the final level, must be completed at McMaster University.

To obtain a three-level, first undergraduate degree:

  • the final level and at least one other level (a minimum of approximately 60 units of work) must be completed at McMaster University,
    or,
  • the final level (approximately 30 units of work) including at least 18 units of program- specific requirements must be completed at McMaster University.

Courses taken at another university on a Letter of Permission will not count toward the residence requirements.

All course work for a second bachelor’s degree must be completed at McMaster University.

McMaster University Statement on the Collection of Personal Information and the Protection of Privacy

McMaster University collects and retains personal information of students, alumni and other parties, including but not limited to faculty, staff, visiting academics and private citizens using services provided by McMaster University, under the authority of the McMaster University Act, 1976. This information is used for the academic, administrative, employment-related, safety and security, financial and statistical purposes of the University, including for the administration of admissions, registration, awards and scholarships, convocation, alumni relations and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the University community, a user of services provided by McMaster or an attendee of, or applicant to, a public post-secondary institution in the Province of Ontario. The information will be used, among other things, to admit, register and graduate students, record academic achievement, issue library cards and, where applicable, local transit passes, to provide access to information systems and to operate academic, financial, athletic, recreational, residence, alumni and other University programs. Additionally, this information may be shared with other institutions of higher education in order to administer collaborative programs. Information on admissions, registration and academic achievement may also be disclosed and used for statistical and research purposes by the University, other post-secondary educational institutions and the federal and provincial governments. The names of alumni, their Faculty and program, award information, degree(s) awarded and date of graduation is considered public information and may be published by McMaster University. In addition, student photographs posted by the University in the form of individual pictures or class pictures may be publicly displayed. Aside from the foregoing, the information you provide and any other information placed in a student record, or in a personnel record, will be protected and used in compliance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (RSO 1990) and will be disclosed only in accordance with this Act. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact the University Registrar, University Hall, Room 209, Student Records, Gilmour Hall, Room 108, or the University Secretary, Gilmour Hall, Room 210, McMaster University.

McMaster University may also collect personal information from other relevant sources including, without limitation, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, secondary schools, colleges, universities and other institutions previously attended, including third-party services and test score providers where the items collected form a part of the application or admission process to a university program.

Furthermore, McMaster is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics and educational outcomes to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (the “MAESD”; formerly known as the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities). The Ministry collects this data for purposes such as planning, allocating and administering public funding to colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational and training institutions and to conduct research and analysis, including longitudinal studies, and statistical activities conducted by or on behalf of the Ministry for purposes that relate to post-secondary education and training. Any information collected by McMaster for the purposes of self-identification as a member of a specific group (i.e. First Generation, First Nations, etc.) may be subject to disclosure to the MAESD by McMaster and collected by the MAESD pursuant to its statutory authority. Further information on how the MAESD uses personal information is available on the ministry’s website (https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-advanced-education-and-skills-development).

In addition to collecting personal information for the purposes noted above, McMaster University collects specific and limited personal information on behalf of the McMaster Student Union, the McMaster Association of Part-time Students and/or the McMaster Graduate Students Association. These constituent student groups use personal information for the purpose of membership, administration, elections, annual general meetings, health plans and other related matters only. Please contact the relevant Student Union or Association office if you have questions about this collection, use and disclosure of your personal information and their respective privacy policies.  

September 2015

Notification of Disclosure of Personal Information to Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is the national statistical agency. As such, Statistics Canada carries out hundreds of surveys each year on a wide range of matters, including education. In order to carry out such studies, Statistics Canada asks all colleges and universities to provide data on students and graduates. Institutions collect and provide to Statistics Canada student identification information (student’s name, student ID number), student contact information (address and telephone number), student demographic characteristics, enrolment information, previous education and labour force activity.

The Federal Statistics Act provides the legal authority for Statistics Canada to obtain access to personal information held by educational institutions. The information may be used only for statistical purposes, and the confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act prevent the information being released in any way that would identify a student. Students who do not wish to have their information used are able to ask Statistics Canada to remove their identification and contact information from the national database. For further information, please see Statistics Canada’s web site at: http://www.statcan.ca or write to the Postsecondary Section, Centre for Education Statistics, 17th Floor, R.H. Coats Building, Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa, K1A 0T6.

Record Retention

When individuals apply for admission to and enrolment in programs at McMaster they accept the University’s right to collect pertinent personal information. This information is needed to assess qualifications for entry, establish records of performance in programs and courses, provide the basis for University aid and awards and governmental student aid programs, and to assist the University in the academic and financial administration of its affairs. All documentation submitted to the University in support of applications for admission, residence accommodation, University aid and awards, appeals and/or petitions becomes the property of the University.   

All application documents are normally destroyed at the end of each admission cycle for applicants who are not accepted, or who do not enrol following acceptance.  For applicants who become McMaster students, their application documents are normally destroyed five years after the last term of their enrolment at the University (regardless of whether or not they graduate).  

Supporting documentation relevant to government student aid programs (e.g., OSAP) is kept per the retention policies of the Federal and/or Provincial governments. Supporting documentation, by aid year, relevant to the administration of online aid applications, as well as University aid and awards, will normally be destroyed after seven years.

All information needed to produce official transcripts is maintained permanently. 

Second Bachelor’s Degree Programs

For admission to a second undergraduate degree program a student must hold a first undergraduate degree.  A second degree is not available in all degrees and/or subject areas. See University Graduates Applying for a Second Bachelor’s Degree .

  1. All work for the second degree must be completed at McMaster University.
  2. Second degree programs may not be available where there is substantial overlap in the requirements of the first degree. See individual Faculty/Program regulations  or consult Faculty/Program Offices  for exclusions or further information.
  3. Extra  courses taken while enrolled in a first degree program, or courses completed as a Continuing Student , may, with the approval of the Faculty, be applied to the second degree program.
  4. Students must meet the same regulations for continuation and graduation as are applied to students enrolled in a first degree program. 
  5. Credit from the first two degrees cannot be applied to a third undergraduate degree. To obtain a third undergraduate degree students must complete all program requirements, i.e. approximately 90 units for a three-level degree and approximately 120 units for a four-level degree.

Requirements for Second Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • Honours Degree following a Three-Level Degree in the Same Subject: For consideration into an Honours B.A. or B.Sc. degree program following a three-level degree in the same subject, a Cumulative GPA  of at least 5.0 in the first degree program is required. For consideration into all other eligible degree programs, a Cumulative GPA of at least 6.0 in the first degree program is required. If admitted, at least 30 units beyond the first degree, including all program requirements, must be completed.
  • B.A. or B.Sc. in Another Subject: For consideration, students must meet the admission requirements for the program. If admitted, at least 30 units beyond the first degree, including all program requirements, must be completed.  Students are not eligible for a second B.A. or B.Sc. degree in a program in which they have been awarded a minor, however, they may apply for an honours second degree in that subject.
  • Honours B.A., Honours B.A.Sc., Honours B.Sc. or Honours B.H.Sc. in Another Subject: For consideration, students must meet the admission requirements for the program and have a Cumulative GPA of at least 5.0.  If admitted, at least 60 units beyond the first degree, including all program requirements, must be completed.
  • B.M.R.Sc.: For consideration, students must meet the admissions requirements for the program.  If admitted, students will be required to complete a minimum of 24 units during Level I of the program. Some of these units may be extra to the degree requirements.
  • B. Eng., B.Tech., and B.A.Sc.: For consideration, students must meet the admission requirements for the program. If admitted, students must complete at least 60 units beyond the first degree including all program requirements.

McMaster Students Studying at Another University: Letter of Permission (LOP) and Exchange (Study Abroad)

  1. McMaster students who wish to complete courses at another university for transfer credit towards their McMaster degree must be in good academic standing. 
  2. Grades obtained in courses at another university will not be included in the calculation of McMaster averages, which may affect consideration for in-course academic awards.
  3. Courses taken at another university cannot be used to satisfy McMaster’s Residence Requirements.
  4. Students may take up to six units at another university toward a minor

Letter of Permission (LOP):

  1. Students must obtain necessary approval in advance from their Faculty/Program Office .
  2. Upon completion of course work, if a grade of 60% or better is obtained, the transcript designation reads T indicating transfer credit.  If less than a 60% grade is attained, the transcript designation reads NC indicating no credit. If the student withdraws from the course, the transcript designation reads W indicating withdrawn.
  3. Students who do not to use their Letter of Permission or drop the course must supply the Faculty/Program Office  with a certified letter from the host university, otherwise a grade of NC will be placed on the transcript.

Exchange (Study Abroad):

  1. Students must obtain necessary approvals in advance from both their Faculty/Program Office  and International Student Services.
  2. Upon completion of course work, if a passing grade (as determined by the host university) is obtained, the transcript designation reads T indicating transfer credit.  If less than a passing grade is attained, the transcript designation reads NC indicating no credit. If the student withdraws from the course(s), the transcript designation reads W indicating withdrawn.
  3. Students who return from exchange prior to completion of course work must supply the Faculty/Program Office  with a proof of withdrawal from the host university, otherwise grades of NC will be placed on the transcript.

Credit in Courses by Special Assessment (Challenge Examinations)

Students who have acquired knowledge at a different type of institution or in a manner that makes assessment of their qualifications difficult are permitted to seek degree credit through special assessment (Challenge for Credit).

Challenge for credit is not intended to give credit for skills or knowledge gained through high school, college or previous university instruction. The special assessment may include one or more of the following: written examinations, papers, essays, submissions of a substantial body of work, or portfolios, or laboratory tests. Credit can be granted only for those courses listed in the current McMaster calendar. Not all courses in all disciplines are available for challenge. Faculties and departments are free to determine which, if any, of their courses are open for special assessment. Challenges are assessed on a pass/fail basis. The passing grade for a challenge appears on the transcript as COM (Complete) and is not used in computing averages or evaluating honours or scholarship standing, but is counted as a course attempt. Unsuccessful attempts will be noted on the transcript as a grade of F. Special Assessment is not available for a course taken previously and a course may be attempted only once by special assessment. Once you have registered for a course by such means (known as challenge exams) the registration may not be cancelled and you may not withdraw from the course.

Waivers of prerequisites only (i.e. no degree credit) will be at the discretion of the department.

Voluntary Withdrawal from the University

Students who wish to permanently or temporarily withdraw from the University must consult their Faculty/Program Office . Students in receipt of government student aid (e.g., OSAP) and/or University aid or awards should contact the Office of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Petitions for Special Consideration

The University wishes to assist students with legitimate difficulties. It also has the responsibility to ensure that degree, program and course requirements are met in a manner that is equitable to all students. Students may submit, in a prompt and timely manner, a Petition for Special Consideration to the Faculty/Program Office  in those instances where a student acknowledges that the rules and regulations of the University have been applied fairly, but is requesting that an exception to the regulations be made because of special circumstances. Petitions should be submitted in a prompt and timely manner for the relevant term, but no later than July 31 immediately following the Fall/Winter Term or November 15 immediately following the Spring/Summer Term.

Two forms are available from your Faculty/Program Office :

Petition for Special Consideration (Form A):

The Petition for Special Consideration (Form A) is submitted for a variety of issues, including, when a student wishes to have a leave of absence or seeks to depart from University requirements based on compelling medical or personal reasons; or a student believes that an adverse ruling or decision about their academic performance, such as failing a course, or being required to withdraw from a program for failure to meet program requirements, should be waived because of compelling medical or personal circumstances.

Petition for Special Consideration: Request for Deferred Examination (Form B):

The Petition for Special Consideration: Request for Deferred Examination (Form B) is used when a student misses an examination because of compelling medical or personal reasons.

  1. Once a student has completed an examination, no special consideration will be granted.  
  2. A student who misses an examination because of compelling medical or personal reasons may submit a Petition for Special Consideration: Request for Deferred Examination (Form B) to the Faculty/Program Office , normally within five working days of the missed examination.
  3. If the reason is medical, the approved McMaster University Medical Form must be used. The student must be seen by a doctor at the earliest possible date, normally on or before the date of the missed exam and the doctor must verify the duration of the illness. Relief will not be available for minor illnesses. If the reason is non-medical, appropriate documentation with verifiable origin covering the relevant dates must be submitted, normally within five working days.
  4. In deciding whether or not to grant a petition, the adequacy of the supporting documentation, including the timing in relation to the due date of the missed work and the degree of the student’s incapacitation, will be taken into account.
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to check Mosaic Student Center > Deferred Exam Approvals or with the Faculty/Program Office  for a decision on the request for a deferred examination. If the deferred examination is granted, the student will be informed officially by means of the notation DEF which will appear against the relevant course on the student’s academic record and via Mosaic > Student Center > View My Grades.
  6. Deferred examinations are written during the next official University deferred examination period . Default of the deferred examination will result in a fail for that examination.
  7. Students who have been granted more than one deferred examination may be required by their Faculty/Program Office  to reduce their course load during the term in which the deferred examinations are being written. The decision on a reduced load will be made and communicated with the decision on the request for deferred examinations.
  8. At the discretion of the Faculty/Program Office , students who have been granted one or more deferred examinations, may not be allowed to enrol in a subsequent term until all deferred examinations have been completed and the Academic Standing calculated. Students will be notified of this decision by their Faculty/Program Office.
  9. Students who will be living more than 160 kilometres from Hamilton during the deferred examination period and wish to write their approved deferred examination at an institution other than McMaster must submit a Request to Write Deferred Examination Off-campus Form at least 15 working days prior to the deferred examination period . Students are responsible for making arrangements for a presider to conduct the deferred examination at an outside institution and for paying any fees such as invigilation and return courier.
  10. The authority to grant any petitions lies with the Faculty/Program Office  and is discretionary. It is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally-scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.

Decisions made on Petitions for Special Consideration are final. In accordance with the Student Appeal Procedures, decisions made on Petitions for Special Consideration cannot be appealed to the Senate Board for Student Appeals. However, should students believe a decision violates their human rights, they may wish to consult McMaster’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment: Prevention & Response and visit one of the four intake offices (Equity and Inclusion Office, Student Support & Case Management, Employee/Labour Relations, Professionalism Office in Faculty of Health Sciences) to initiate a complaint.

Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work (MSAF)

The University recognizes that students periodically require relief from academic work for medical or other personal situations. This academic regulation aims to manage these requests by taking into account the needs and obligations of students, instructors and administrators. It is the prerogative of the instructor of the course to determine the appropriate relief for missed term work in his/her course.

Any concerns regarding the granting of relief should be directed to the respective Faculty/Program Office  . Requests for relief should be made with a commitment to academic integrity in mind. Requests that deviate from this commitment will be handled under the Academic Integrity Policy and Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, where appropriate.

  1. Relief for missed academic work worth less than 25% of the final grade resulting from medical or personal situations lasting up to three calendar days:
    • Use the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) on-line self-reporting tool. No further documentation is required.
    • Students may submit requests for relief using the MSAF once per term.
    • An automated email will be sent to the course instructor, who will determine the appropriate relief. Students must immediately follow up with their instructors. Failure to do so may negate the opportunity for relief. 
    • The MSAF cannot be used to meet a religious obligation or to celebrate an important religious holiday.
    • The MSAF cannot be used for academic work that has already been completed/ attempted.
    • An MSAF applies only to work that is due within the period for which the MSAF applies, i.e. the 3-day period that is specified in the MSAF; however, all work due in that period can be covered by one MSAF.
    • The MSAF cannot be used to apply for relief for any final examination or its equivalent. See Petitions for Special Consideration.
  2. For medical or personal situations lasting more than three calendar days, and/or for missed academic work worth 25% or more of the final grade, and/or for any request for relief in a term where the MSAF has been used previously in that term:
    • Students must report to their Faculty/Program Office   to discuss their situation and will be required to provide appropriate supporting documentation (see Documentation Requirements below).
    • If warranted, the Faculty/Program Office will approve the absence, and the instructor will determine appropriate relief.

Documentation Requirements

If the reason for a request for relief is medical, the approved McMaster University Medical Form covering the relevant dates must be submitted. The student must be seen by a doctor at the earliest possible date, normally on or before the date of the missed work and the doctor must verify the duration of the illness.

If the reason is non-medical, appropriate documentation with verifiable origin covering the relevant dates must be submitted, normally within three working days.

In some circumstances, students may be advised to submit a Petition for Special Consideration (Form A) seeking relief for missed academic work. In deciding whether or not to grant a petition, adequacy of the supporting documentation, including the timing in relation to the due date of the missed work and the degree of the student’s incapacitation, may be taken into account. Failure to do so may negate the opportunity for relief.

If the petition is approved, the Faculty/Program Office  will notify the instructor(s) recommending relief. It is the prerogative of the instructor of the course to determine the appropriate relief for missed term work in their course.

Examinations

(See also Office of the Registrar (Examinations))

Examinations conducted by the Office of the Registrar will appear in the Mosaic Student Center and may be scheduled in the morning, afternoon, or evening, Monday through Saturday. Other instructor-scheduled tests and examinations may be held throughout each term in compliance with Academic Obligations: Restrictions.

Full details regarding examination procedures conducted by the Office of the Registrar are found in the Undergraduate Examinations Policy

McMaster student photo identification cards are required at all examinations.

Examinations are not rescheduled for purposes of travel.  Students must be available for the entire examination period as listed in the Sessional Dates  section. 

The Office of the Registrar will reschedule final examinations within the examination period for the reasons listed below.  Application to reschedule examinations must be made at least 10 working days before the scheduled examination period.  Failure to meet the stated deadline may result in the denial of the application.

  • Conflict with religious obligations 
  • More than one examination scheduled at the same time
  • Three examinations in one calendar day (midnight to midnight).
  • Three consecutive examinations over two days (e.g., December 14th at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm and December 15th at 9:00 am). 

Students who miss a final examination for medical or personal reasons may submit a Petition for Special Consideration: Request for Deferred Examination (Form B) to their Faculty/Program Office, normally within five working days of the missed examination.

Students who begin a final examination, but are unable to complete it for medical reasons, may submit a Petition for Special Consideration (Form A) to their Faculty/Program Office , normally within five working days of the examination.

Students with disabilities are required to inform Student Accessibility Services of accommodation needs for examinations on or before the last date for withdrawal from a course without failure by default. This allows sufficient time to verify and arrange appropriate accommodation.

Request to Write Deferred Examinations at an Off-Campus Location

Students living more than 160 kilometers from Hamilton during the deferred examination period and wishing to write their approved deferred examination at an institution other than McMaster must submit a Request to Write Deferred Examination Off-campus Form at least 15 working days prior to the deferred examination period.

If the deferred examination is written at an off-campus location, any fees incurred are the responsibility of the student. This includes the fee to courier the written examinations back to the Office of the Registrar, Scheduling and Examinations (GH 114).

For information regarding application for Deferred Examination, see Petition for Special Consideration: Request for Deferred Examination (Form B).

Academic Evaluations

Numeric Grading System

The results of all courses attempted will appear on the transcript.  The method for determining final grades will be given in the course outline. Unless otherwise specified in the course outline, course results determined on a percentage scale will be converted to an official letter grade, as indicated in the following equivalent percentage scale. 

Grade

Equivalent Grade Point

Equivalent Percentages

A+

12

90-100

A

11

85-89

A-

10

80-84

B+

9

77-79

B

8

73-76

B-

7

70-72

C+

6

67-69

C

5

63-66

C-

4

60-62

D+

3

57-59

D

2

53-56

D-

1

50-52

F

0

0-49 - Failure

Non-Numeric Grades and Notations:

Non-Numeric Grades Notations
AUD: Audit DEF
CAN: Cancelled EXTRA
COM: Complete REPEAT
CR: Credit UPGRADE
F: Fail  
INC: Incomplete  
IP: In Progress  
MT: Multi-Term  
NC: No Credit  
NMR: No Mark Received  
P: Pass  
T: Transfer Credit  
W: Withdrawn  
XCH: Exchange  

Withdrawn

After the last day for enrolment and course changes, students may withdraw from courses until the last day to withdraw without failure by default. Withdrawn courses will be shown on the student’s transcript with a grade of W. After the last day to withdraw without failure by default, the student will remain enrolled, whether or not they fulfil any further academic obligations, and a final grade will be assigned.

DEF

Courses with the notation DEF have been approved for a deferred examination.

Extra

Courses designated as “Extra” at the time of registration by the Faculty Office are not included as units toward completion of a student’s program. The grades obtained in such courses will not be included in the computation of the Cumulative GPA . However, they will be included in the computation of the Fall-Winter Average  and the Spring-Summer Average .

Unused

Courses designated as “Unused” cannot be used to fulfil the requirements for the student’s current degree program.  The grades obtained in such courses will be included in the computation of all averages.

Graded Units

Graded units refer to the number of units taken at McMaster for which a letter or Numeric Grade is earned.  Graded units do not include courses assessed with a Non-Numeric Grade.

Pass/Fail Courses 

Courses evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis are not included in the calculation of averages. The earned units are counted towards degree requirements.

Multi-Term Fall/Winter Courses

Codes for multi-term Fall/Winter courses have an A/B suffix. Part A must always be taken in the Fall Term immediately preceding Part B. Neither Part A nor B of a multi-term course has academic credit independent of both parts being successfully completed. Students who drop or withdraw from Part A must also withdraw from B.

Upon completion of the Fall Term, a grade of MT indicating multi-term will be assigned to Part A and the final grade will be assigned to Part B.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (Cumulative GPA)

The Cumulative GPA is the weighted average based on the Graded Units taken throughout the undergraduate career.  The Repeating Courses regulation, effective September 1, 2018, will affect the calculation of subsequent Cumulative GPA. 

Fall-Winter Average

The Fall-Winter Average is a weighted average based on the grades attained in the Fall and Winter Terms. Overload courses and Extra courses are included in the Fall-Winter Average.

Spring-Summer Average

The Spring-Summer Average is a weighted average based on the grades attained in the Spring and Summer Term.  Overload courses and Extra courses are included in the Spring-Summer Average.

Term Grade Point Average (Term GPA)

The Term GPA is a weighted average based on the Graded Units taken in the term.

Weighted Average

Weighted average is calculated by multiplying the grade points achieved in each course by the number of units in each course, totaling these results, and then dividing this result by the total number of course units.

Example of a weighted average calculation, using the grade points and units for courses attempted:

 Grade

Grade Points

 

Units

 

Total Points

 

A-

10

x

6

=

60

 

C+

6

x

3

=

18

 

B

8

x

6

=

48

 

B+

9

x

3

=

27

 

F

0

x

 6 

=

 0 

 

 

 Total

 24

 

153

 

 

 

To calculate average: 153 ÷ 24 = 6.4

Honour Lists

Students are reviewed for Deans’ Honour Lists (DHL) and Provost’s Honour List (PHL) each time a minimum of 30 units (may not exceed 6 units assessed with a non-numeric grade) have been completed. Subsequent assessments are based on all units completed since the previous review. Students will be named to the Deans’ Honour List when a minimum average of 9.5 is achieved. Students will be named to the Provost’s Honour List when an average of 12.0 is achieved.

With Distinction

Graduation With Distinction standing is awarded when a minimum Cumulative GPA  of 9.5 is achieved in a degree program. In this case, the Latin phrase summa cum laude (“with highest honour”) will appear on the graduate’s diploma.

Transcripts

A transcript summarizes a student’s academic career at McMaster University and is available by electronic request through Mosaic.  Transcript requests will not be processed for students with outstanding financial accounts at the University or those under investigation for an academic integrity violation.

Credentials 

A credential is a body of academic work or collection of course work that stands on its own and for which a parchment is issued.  McMaster credentials include certificates, diplomas and degrees.  A single course is permitted to be counted toward a maximum of two credentials.

Minors

Students enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences programs) are eligible to obtain a Minor in another subject area, provided that the subject area is not integral to the requirements of their degree program. At least 18 units must be completed at McMaster.  Students who wish to receive a Minor must consult the appropriate department section of the calendar. McMaster also offers Interdisciplinary Minors and Thematic Areas. To apply for a Minor, students must complete the Minor/Certificate Application in addition to their online Graduation Information Centre (GIC) application. The student’s Faculty will verify that the requirements have been met and, if successful, the transcript will indicate that a Minor has been obtained. Minors cannot be revoked once approved.

Overload Work

Students wishing to take more units than prescribed for their Level/program in the Fall-Winter Term or more than 12 units in the Spring-Summer Term (no more than 6 units in either session of that term) must seek permission from their Faculty/Program Office. Normally, a Fall-Winter Average of at least 7.0 in the immediately preceding review period will be required if an overload is to be permitted. Additional academic fees will be assessed for overload work.

OSAP Eligible Course Load

OSAP Eligible Course Load or equivalent refers to the 60% minimum course load per term (40% minimum course load per term for students with permanent disabilities) required to be eligible for full-time OSAP government student aid funding.

Repeating Courses

Effective September 1, 2018, students may repeat a course twice (i.e. attempt a course three times).  Cross-listed courses count as attempts. Grades from every attempt will appear on the academic transcript.  The Cumulative GPA  will include only the grade earned on the most recent attempt.  Units earned will be counted once toward the student’s program requirements, regardless of the number of times the course is repeated. Prior to September 1, 2018 the grades from all attempts are included in the GPA calculation.

Auditing Courses

Students currently enrolled in a degree program wishing to audit a course must obtain approval from the course instructor and their Faculty/Program Office . Additionally:   

  • course requisites must be met
  • academic obligations (assignments, test, examinations, etc.) are not completed 
  • a grade of AUD (audit) will be assigned
  • units will not be earned nor applied toward the student’s program requirements
  • tuition fees apply
  • students will not be permitted to enrol for credit in the course after the Last Day for enrolment and course changes   
  • students enrolled in a course for credit will not be permitted to change the course to ‘audit’ after the Last Day for enrolment and course changes  

Non-McMaster students wishing to audit a course must enrol as a Listener.

Personal Interest Course (PIC)

McMaster University encourages interdisciplinary study and believes undergraduate studies provides an excellent opportunity to explore topics which are new and unfamiliar. Students, however, may be reluctant to take a course if they are unsure of their academic performance for fear of compromising their Cumulative GPA . The Personal Interest Course (PIC) option is designed to encourage students to explore interests outside of their program without affecting their Cumulative GPA.

  1. A student can declare a PIC to signify they want an elective course to be assessed on a Credit or No Credit (CR/NC) grading scale. 
  2. To receive the grade of CR, the student must earn a final mark of at least 50%. Units earned from a successfully completed PIC will be counted in the units required for a student’s degree as applicable. 
  3. Courses with a final grade of NC do not count as degree credits or as failures, nor are they included in the GPA calculation or averages. Please note, government student aid (e.g., OSAP) will consider a NC grade as a failure.
  4. The PIC option is not available for any course that is considered a program requirement (which includes courses listed as possible required courses), independent study, thesis, field study or placement course, or on a list of required courses.  Students are responsible for ensuring the course is an elective course for their program. Engineering students should note the PIC option is available only for complementary studies electives.
  5. Students may declare a maximum of 3 units of PIC per term to a maximum of 12 units per four- or five-level degree or a maximum of 9 units per three-level degree.  A maximum of 6 units of PIC may be used to satisfy requirements toward a Minor.
  6. The PIC option is available to undergraduate students registered in a program above Level I, with a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, who are enrolled in a Program/Faculty which is participating in the PIC option. Exchange students should seek advice from the International Study Office and Faculty/Program Office .

    The PIC option is not available to students who

  • are enrolled in the School of Medicine, or
  • are enrolled in a Program/Faculty which is not participating in the PIC option (see Faculty Academic Regulations), or 
  • have graduated and are in a second degree or a non-degree program, e.g., continuing, etc.
  1. If a percentage grade in a course is required for future applications to graduate or professional school, the PIC option should not be selected for that course.  Students may not subsequently request to have a PIC grade recalculated to a numeric grade.  Students must carefully review any government (e.g., OSAP) and University aid and award eligibility rules which may be affected by the use of the PIC option.

  2. If the student changes their program of study and a course taken as a PIC becomes a required course, the new Faculty/Program Office may accept the course grade of CR or NC or have the grade converted back into a numeric grade.  If a grade is converted back into a numeric grade, there will be no retroactive reconsideration of aid and award.

  3. Students cannot use the PIC option for courses in which they have been found guilty of academic dishonesty.  In these cases, the grade will be converted into a numeric grade.  

Deadlines:
  1. Students must declare a course as a PIC on Mosaic by the last day for enrollment and course changes date.  The student progresses in the course as per normal, and has the option to withdraw from the course as per the normal procedures and deadlines.
  2. If the student would rather keep the numeric grade, they must indicate the course is no longer a PIC on Mosaic by the final date in which a student can withdrawal from a course without failure by default  and the numeric grade will appear on their transcript.

Academic Standing Review:

Each year in May and August (and after deferred examinations) academic standing is reviewed and determined for students who have:  

  • attempted at least 18 units of work since the last review, or
  • may be eligible to graduate.

In the academic standing review, three determinations are made:

  • whether a student may graduate
  • whether a student may continue at the University
  • whether a student may continue in a program.

Academic Standings:

Good Standing

A student who satisfies the minimum requirements to continue in their program without restriction.

May Continue in Program - Academic Probation

Academic probation is assigned when a student:

  • achieves a Cumulative GPA  between 3.0 and 3.4. If at any future academic standing review their Cumulative GPA falls below 3.5, the academic standing assigned will be May Not Continue at the University.
  • returns to studies after being Reinstated.  If at any future academic standing review their Cumulative GPA falls below 3.5, the academic standing assigned will be Required to Withdraw from the University.
May Continue in Program - Program Probation

Program Probation is assigned when a student’s Cumulative GPA  falls below the minimum requirements to remain in their program.  Failure to achieve Good Standing at the next academic standing review will result in their removal from the program.  See Faculty specific Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I.

May Not Continue in Program

This standing is assigned to:

  • students who fail to achieve the minimum Cumulative GPA  to remain in the program, or
  • students previously on Program Probation who fail to achieve Good Standing.

To continue at the University, the student must apply to transfer to another program.

May Not Continue in Faculty

May Not Continue in Faculty is assigned when:

  • a student enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Engineering or Business has achieved a Cumulative GPA  between 3.0 and the minimum requirements to remain in their Faculty, or
  • a student enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Business in Level II or above receives a grade of F in more than 6 units.

To continue at the University, the student must apply to transfer to another program or continue as a transition student for one reviewing period. 

May Not Continue at University

May Not Continue at University is assigned when:

  • a student achieves a Cumulative GPA  below 3.0, or
  • a student previously on Academic Probation fails to achieve Good Standing.   

The student cannot enroll in courses at the University unless granted Reinstatement.

Required to Withdraw from University

A student who at any time received a standing of Academic Probation and at a future academic standing review achieves a Cumulative GPA  below 3.5 will be required to withdraw from the University.  The student will be unable to apply for Reinstatement for at least 12 months. 

Reinstatement

Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to apply for reinstatement within the application deadlines.  Reinstatement is not guaranteed. 

If reinstatement is granted, the student is placed on academic probation and their Cumulative GPA is re-set to 0.0 on zero units.  At the discretion of the Faculty, the student may retain credit for courses successfully completed.  If at any academic standing review after reinstatement the student’s Cumulative GPA  falls below 3.5, the student will be required to withdraw from the University. 

The student must complete a minimum of 60 units of work after reinstatement to be eligible for Graduation With Distinction or other recognition based on the Cumulative GPA.

Level I Registration and Academic Standing Requirements

When you are admitted to McMaster University for a first degree, you will enrol in one of the following Level I programs: Automation Engineering Technology I Co-op (B.Tech.) Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology I Co-op , Arts and Science I , Biotechnology I Co-op , Business I , Chemical and Physical Sciences Gateway , Computer Science I , Economics I  (effective 2019-2020), Engineering I , Environmental and Earth Sciences Gateway , Health Sciences I , Honours Health and Society I  (effective 2019-2020), Humanities 1 , Honours Integrated Science (Level I) , Honours Kinesiology (Level I) , Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) I , Integrated Business & Humanities I , Life Sciences Gateway , Mathematics and Statistics Gateway , Medical Radiation Sciences (Level I) , Midwifery I , Music 1 , Nursing I , Process Automation Technology I , Social Sciences I  , and Studio Art 1 . If you enter the University without Advanced Standing being granted, you must normally attempt a full load of Level I work before proceeding to the work of higher levels.

If you are studying part-time, the Office of the Associate Dean  has the discretion to permit you to take some of the work in the higher levels prior to having attempted the full load of Level I. Decisions will be made on an individual basis, according to the special circumstances that apply in the particular case.

At any review during Level I before you complete the Level I work, as in the case of a part-time student, you must attain a GPA of at least 3.5 to continue at the University in good standing. If you attain a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4 you may remain at the University for one reviewing period, but will be placed on academic probation. You may be on academic probation only once during your University career. If your GPA is less than 3.0 you may not continue at the University.

At the review when you complete the Level I work, if you attain a GPA of at least 3.0 and have not previously been on academic probation, but fail to meet the admission requirements of any program, you may continue at the University for one additional reviewing period on academic probation. You will be enrolled in your original Faculty, and will be classified as a Level I transition student if your work may only qualify you to be considered for admission to a program in another Faculty. If, at the end of the next reviewing period, you again do not qualify for admission to a program, you may not continue at the University. If your GPA is less than 3.0 you may not continue at the University.

Students in Arts & Science I should refer to the Arts & Science Program regulations listed below.

Health Sciences I, Nursing I and Midwifery I students should refer to the program regulations listed in the Faculty of Health Sciences section in this Calendar.

Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I

Admission to the programs beyond Level I is based on performance in Level I. You must meet both the minimum requirements to continue at the University, as described above, and program-specific requirements of each Faculty, as described in this Calendar.

Arts & Science Program

B.Arts Sc. (Honours) AND B.Arts Sc. Programs

You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.0 to continue in the program. If your GPA is from 5.5 to 5.9, you may remain in the program, but will be placed on program probation for one reviewing period. You may be on program probation only once.

If your GPA is 3.5 to 5.4, you must transfer to another program for which you qualify, or enrol in the Arts & Science Program as a transition student for one reviewing period. During that period you cannot take Arts & Science Program courses. At the end of that period you may apply for readmission to the Arts & Science Program.

If your GPA is 3.0 to 3.4, you will be placed on academic probation. You may continue in the program for one reviewing period as a transition student but cannot take Arts & Science Program courses. The purpose of this period is to prepare yourself for a program outside the Arts & Science Program. You may be on academic probation only once.

If your GPA is less than 3.0 you may not continue at the University.

School of Business

Business I

For specific admission requirements to Commerce II see Program Notes under the heading Programs in the DeGroote School of Business  section of this Calendar.

If you are not admitted to Commerce II at the end of Business I, you have the following options available to you.

If your cumulative Grade Point Average is 3.5 or greater, although you may not continue into a Commerce program either now or in the future, you are still in good standing at the University. You may continue at the University in a program outside the School of Business or as a transition student in Business. To continue in a program outside the School of Business you must apply for admission to that program through the Office of the Associate Dean appropriate for that program. You should consult that office for more details.

If you are not admitted to another Faculty you may enrol in the School of Business as a transition student for one reviewing period. During that period you cannot take Commerce courses and you will not be eligible for consideration for admittance to Commerce II or re-admittance to Business I. The purpose of your registration as a transition student is to make yourself eligible for admission to a program outside the School of Business. If you have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 to 3.4, you will be on academic probation and may continue at the University for one reviewing period as a transition student in the School of Business but will not be permitted to take any Commerce courses. At the end of your probation period you will not be eligible for consideration for Commerce II or re-admittance to Business I. The purpose of the probation period is to make yourself eligible for a program outside the School of Business.

If you have a cumulative Grade Point Average of less than 3.0 at the end of Business I you may not continue at the University either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Commerce II

Upon satisfactory completion of Commerce II, qualified students may continue in one of the following programs:

Honours B.Com. Program:

You must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 to continue in the Honours B.Com. Program in Level III or IV or to continue in the Honours B.Com. Program. Once admitted to Honours B.Com., if your cumulative GPA is 4.5 to 4.9, you may continue in the Honours B.Com. Program, but will be placed on program probation. You may be on program probation for only one reviewing period. If your GPA is a 3.5 to 4.4, you may transfer to the B.Com Program. If your GPA is less than 3.5, you may not continue at the University. Regardless of your cumulative GPA, if you receive more than six units of failure (in required or elective course work) after entry to Level II Commerce, you will not be permitted to continue in a program in the School of Business.

B.Com. Program:

You must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 4.0 to continue in the B.Com. Program. If your GPA is 3.5 to 3.9, you are permitted to continue in the B.Com. Program on program probation for one reviewing period. If your GPA is less than 3.5, you may not continue at the University. Regardless of your GPA, if you receive more than six units of failure (in required or elective course work) after entry to Level II Commerce, you will not be permitted to continue in a program in the School of Business.

Integrated Business & Humanities:

To be admitted to Level II of the Integrated Business & Humanities (IBH)  program, students must have completed at least 24 units of the required Level I courses with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)   of 5.0. In Level II and above, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 5.0 to continue in the IBH program. If your cumulative GPA is 4.5 to 4.9, you may continue in the Integrated Business & Humanities program, but will be placed on program probation. You may be on program probation for only one reviewing period. If your cumulative GPA is a 3.5 to 4.4, you must transfer to another program for which you qualify, or enrol in the IBH program as a transition student for one reviewing period. During that period you cannot take IBH program courses. The purpose of this period is to prepare yourself for a program outside the IBH program. If your GPA is 3.0 to 3.4, you will be placed on academic probation. You may continue in the program for one reviewing period as a transition student but cannot take IBH program courses. The purpose of this period is to prepare yourself for a program outside the IBH program. You may be on academic probation only once.

If your GPA is less than 3.0 you may not continue at the University.

Regardless of your cumulative GPA, if you receive more than six units of failure (in required or elective course work) after entry to Level II, you will not be permitted to continue in the Integrated Business & Humanities program.

Faculty of Engineering

B.Eng., B.A.Sc. Programs

Admission to Level II Engineering programs requires completion of all 31 units of required Engineering I courses. Students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)  of 4.0. Admission to Level II Honours Business Informatics requires completion of the minimum requirements for these individual programs as stated within the Faculty of Engineering  section in this Calendar. In Level II and above, you must maintain a GPA of at least 4.0 to continue in an Engineering program or in the Honours Computer Science or Honours Business Informatics programs. If you have a GPA of 3.0 to 3.9, you may not continue in the Faculty. If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may not continue at the University.

B.Tech. Programs

For specific minimum requirements, please see the descriptions for the individual programs within the Faculty of Engineering  section in this Calendar.

Faculty of Health Sciences

For specific minimum requirements, please see the descriptions for the individual programs within the Faculty of Health Sciences  section in this Calendar.

Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences

Honours B.A. Programs; B.Mus. (Honours) Program; BFA (Honours) Program

You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 5.0 to continue in an Honours B.A. program. If your GPA is 4.5 to 4.9, you may remain in the Honours program, but will be placed on program probation for one reviewing period. You may be on program probation only once. If your GPA is 3.0 to 4.4, you must transfer to another program for which you qualify. If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may not continue at the University.

Honours B.S.W., B.A./B.S.W. and B.S.W. Programs

You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 6.0 to continue in an Honours B.S.W., B.A./B.S.W. or B.S.W program. If your GPA is 5.5 to 5.9, you may remain in the program, but will be placed on program probation for one reviewing period. You may be on program probation only once. If your GPA is 3.0 to 5.4, you must transfer to another program for which you qualify. If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may not continue at the University.

B.A. Programs

You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 3.5 to continue in, or graduate from, a three-level B.A. program. If your GPA is 3.0 to 3.4, you may remain in the program, but will be placed on academic probation. You may be on academic probation only once. If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may not continue at the University.

Faculty of Science

Honours B.Sc. Programs

(Requirements are effective for students who enter Level II of an Honours B.Sc. program as of the 2016-2017 Fall Term.)

Students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 5.0 to continue in and graduate from an Honours B.Sc. program. Students with a GPA between 4.5 to 4.9, may remain in the Honours B.Sc. program, but will be placed on program probation. Students may be on program probation for only one reviewing period. Students with a GPA between 3.0 to 4.4, must transfer to another program for which they qualify. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may not continue at the University.

Honours B.Sc. Kinesiology Program

Students must complete Level I Honours Kinesiology  (including KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1C03, 1E03 , 1F03 ) with a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 6.0 to continue onto Level II Honours Kinesiology .

If, upon completion of Level I Honours Kinesiology  (including KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1C03, 1E03 , 1F03 ), students achieve a GPA between 5.5 and 5.9, they may enrol in Level II Honours Kinesiology  but will be placed on program probation for one reviewing period. Students may be on program probation only once.

If, upon completion of Level I Honours Kinesiology , students who achieve a GPA between 3.5 and 5.4 and/or fail to successfully complete each of KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1C03, 1E03 , 1F03 , may enrol in Level II Kinesiology General and take Level II required Kinesiology courses (for which all prerequisites have been met). At the next review, such students must achieve a GPA of at least 6.0 including, successful completion of KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1C03, 1E03 , 1F03 , to transfer to the Honours Kinesiology program. Such students must attend a mandatory preregistration counselling session with an Academic Advisor. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements for transfer to Honours Kinesiology, must transfer to a non-Kinesiology program for which they qualify.

Students with a GPA between 3.0 to 3.4, must transfer to another program to which they qualify. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may not continue at the University.

Effective September 2019:

Students must complete Level I Honours Kinesiology  (including KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1E03 , 1F03 , 1K03 ) with a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 6.0 to continue onto Level II Honours Kinesiology .

If, upon completion of Level I Honours Kinesiology  (including KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1E03 , 1F03 , 1K03 ), students achieve a GPA between 5.5 and 5.9, they may enrol in Level II Honours Kinesiology  but will be placed on program probation for one reviewing period. Students may be on program probation only once.

If, upon completion of Level I Honours Kinesiology , students who achieve a GPA between 3.5 and 5.4 and/or fail to successfully complete each of KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1E03 , 1F03 , 1K03 , may enrol in Level II Kinesiology General and take Level II required Kinesiology courses (for which all prerequisites have been met). At the next review, such students must achieve a GPA of at least 6.0 including, successful completion of KINESIOL 1A03 , 1AA3 , 1E03 , 1F03 , 1K03 , to transfer to the Honours Kinesiology program. Such students must attend a mandatory preregistration counselling session with an Academic Advisor. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements for transfer to Honours Kinesiology, must transfer to a non-Kinesiology program for which they qualify.

Students with a GPA between 3.0 to 3.4, must transfer to another program to which they qualify. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may not continue at the University.

B.Sc. Programs

Students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 3.5 to continue in a three-level B.Sc. program. Students with a GPA between 3.0 to 3.4, may continue on academic probation for one reviewing period. Students may be on academic probation only once. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may not continue at the University.

Honours B.A.Sc. Programs

Students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA)  of at least 5.0 to continue in an Honours B.A.Sc. program. Students with a GPA between 4.5 to 4.9, may remain in the Honours B.A.Sc. program, but will be placed on program probation. Students may be on program probation for only one reviewing period. Students with a GPA between 3.0 to 4.4, must transfer to another program for which they qualify. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may not continue at the University. Graduation from an Honours B.A.Sc. program requires a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0.

M.R.Sc. Program

Students must complete all the course requirements prescribed for Level I Medical Radiation Sciences by the end of Winter Term of Level I, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 or permission of the Committee of Instruction (Chair Medical Radiation Sciences (Mohawk), Coordinator Medical Radiation Sciences (McMaster), Coordinator Radiation Therapy Specialization, Coordinator Radiography Specialization, Coordinator Ultrasonography Specialization). For additional program-specific regulations, see the School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) in the Faculty of Science section of this Calendar. Effective September 2018, admission to Level II of the Medical Radiation Sciences - Radiation Therapy Specialization was suspended.  Reinstatement of the program will be reviewed on an annual basis.  A decision regarding future continuation will be made no later than September 2020.

Graduation

The following minimum Cumulative GPA are required to graduate:

  • B.A. - 3.5
  • B.A. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.S.W. (Honours), B.A. /B.S.W. and B.S.W. - 6.0
  • B.Arts Sc. and B.Arts Sc. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.A.Sc. (Faculty of Engineering) - 4.0
  • B.A.Sc. (Honours) (Faculty of Science) - 5.0
  • B.Com. - 4.0
  • B.Com. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.Eng., B.Eng.BME., B.Eng.Biosciences, B.Eng.Mgt., B.Eng.Society - 4.0
  • B.F.A. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.H.Sc. - 5.0
  • B.H.Sc. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.H.Sc. (Midwifery) - 6.0
  • B.H.Sc. (Honours) (HESE Specialization) - 4.0
  • B.M.R.Sc.*- 4.5
  • B.Mus. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.Sc. - 3.5
  • B.Sc. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.Sc.Kin. (Honours) - 5.0
  • B.Sc.N. - 5.0
  • B.Tech - 3.5

* All requirements must be completed within five years from the time of registration in Level II.

Students who intend to graduate must complete the online Graduation Information Centre form by the appropriate deadline in their final term of study.  Students wishing to graduate with a Minor must complete the application in the Minor/Certificate Application Centre.

Degrees will be conferred at the Convocation immediately following the completion of the degree.  Students unable to attend the convocation ceremony who wish to attend a later ceremony should consult the Policy on Deferral of Attendance at Convocation and must contact the Office of the Registrar within the prescribed deadlines.

Parchments, Diplomas and Certificates

Diplomas will not be released to students with an outstanding financial account with the University. Diplomas are held for a period of 12 months following the Convocation date before being destroyed. Students requesting diplomas after this period are required to pay a replacement fee.

Graduates may request a duplicate or replacement degree parchment, diploma or certificate (fees apply). A duplicate copy will be issued when requested by a graduate or when the original document has been lost or destroyed.

The words duplicate copy or reissued will be affixed to all degree parchments, diplomas or certificates requested in this manner and will bear the signatures of the current Chancellor, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Registrar.

Damaged parchments must be returned to the Office of the Registrar before the new parchment, diploma or certificate is issued.