May 24, 2024  
Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015 (Fall/Winter) 
Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015 (Fall/Winter) [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Financial Information

Upon receiving official acceptance from the Registrar’s Office and upon submission of registration, you are responsible for the payment of all fees as defined in this Calendar. Payment of academic fees does not imply your acceptance to the University or approval of your registration. Academic requirements have to be fulfilled before your registration is completed.

If you are a new student, you may not forward academic fees to Financial Services until you have received your Letter of Acceptance.

You should not send residence fees unless you have received notification of acceptance.

You are responsible for the fees for each academic session. No fee credits can be transferred from one academic session to another.

It is the policy of the University not to accept registrations until all previous accounts are paid in full. Any payments received are, therefore, first applied to previous debts and any balances to the most recent debts.

The following fees and regulations were the most recent available at the time of publication. All fees are subject to approval by the Board of Governors. For the most current fee information, please visit The University reserves the right to amend the fees and regulations at any time.

Undergraduate Fees

If you are a full-time student, fees cover your portion of the tuition cost, registration, library, campus health services, student organizations, and athletics, and are payable by all students.

No caution deposits are required, but students will be assessed for any unwarranted loss or breakage.

The University reserves the right to assess other supplementary fees or charges in some courses or programs to recover - in part or in full - the cost of providing course materials, accommodation and transportation for field trips, and the costs of breakages.

Fees charged by the University are approved annually by the Board of Governors for the academic year beginning September 1.

Fees shown below are for 2013-2014. The fee schedules for 2014-2015 are available on the internet at in the spring of 2014.

Tuition fees include a base per unit fee plus mandatory non-tuition related supplementary fees.

Base Per Unit Tuition Per Faculty

Below is a breakdown of Canadian, International (new admissions for 2012-2013 onward) and Visa Undergrad (returning visa students). Fees shown below are for 2013-2014. The fee schedules for 2014-2015 are available on the internet at in the spring of 2014.


($ per unit)

($ per unit)
($ per unit)
Arts & Science Level I 193.09 706.65 612.23
Arts & Science Level II 193.09 706.65 612.23
Arts & Science Level III 192.16 706.65 612.23
Arts & Science Level IV 191.25 706.65 612.23
Business Level I 271.50 848.00 635.77
Commerce Level II 267.63 848.00 635.77
Commerce Level III 257.71
Commerce Level IV 248.17 848.00 635.77
Engineering Level I 292.87 883.32 765.34
Engineering Level II 288.69 883.32 765.34
Engineering Level III 278.00 883.32 765.34
Engineering Level IV 267.69 883.32 765.34
Eng. Mgt. Level II 288.69 971.65 841.88
Eng. Mgt. Level III 221.66 883.32 765.34
Eng. Mgt. Level IV 224.51 971.65 841.88
Eng. Mgt. Level V 221.66 883.32 765.34
Eng. B.Tech. Level I 231.40 777.32 689.38
Eng. B.Tech. Level II 228.10 777.32 689.38
Eng. B.Tech. Level III 219.65 777.32 689.38
Eng. B.Tech. Levels IV, V 211.52 777.32 689.38
Eng. Computer Science Level I 232.11 759.65 612.23
Eng. Computer Science Level II 228.79 759.65 612.23
Eng. Computer Science Level III 220.32 759.65 612.23
Eng. Computer Science Level IV 212.16 759.65 612.23
Health Sciences (Honours) Level I 193.09 706.65 644.81
Health Sciences (Honours) Level II 193.09 706.65 644.81
Health Sciences (Honours) Level III 192.16 706.65 644.81
Health Sciences (Honours) Level IV 191.25 706.65 644.81
Humanities Level I 193.09 671.32 538.45
Humanities Level II 193.09 671.32 538.45
Humanities Level III 192.16 671.32 538.45
Humanities Level IV 191.25 671.32 538.45
Nursing Level I 193.09 777.32 644.81
Nursing Level II 193.09 777.32 644.81
Nursing Level III 192.16 777.32 644.81
Nursing Level IV 191.25 777.32 644.81
All Science Level I programs 193.09 706.65 612.23
Science Level II 193.09 706.65 612.23
Science Level III 192.16 706.65 612.23
Science Level IV 191.25 706.65 612.23
Social Sciences Level I 193.09 671.32 538.45
Social Sciences Level II 193.09 671.32 538.45
Social Sciences Level III 192.16 671.32 538.45
Social Sciences Level IV 191.25 671.32 538.45

Supplementary Fees

Fees shown below are for 2013-2014. The fee schedules for 2014-2015 are available on the internet at in the spring of 2014.

Students Taking 1 to 17 Units Pay (Per Unit):

Athletics and Recreation Activity Fee $4.98  
Administrative Services Fee $1.17


McMaster Association of Part-Time Students Fees:

Organization Fee $7.00  
Total Charge per unit $13.15

Nursing Students Add:

Learning Resource Fee $8.54  
Communicable Disease Screening $26.79
Respiratory Mask Fitting Fee $21.92

Students Taking 18 Units or More Pay:

Students registered in 18 or more units at ANY time during the session (including cancelled courses) will be responsible for the following fees.

Athletics & Recreation Activity Fee $112.25  
Student Health Service $57.43
SOLAR Car $1.07
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) $7.57
Engineers Without Borders $0.37
McMaster Marching Band $0.90


Note: If you do not wish to support the work of McMaster OPIRG you can claim a full refund by bringing your student card to the OPIRG Office within three weeks after the completion of the drop and add period.

McMaster Student Union Fees:

Student Organization Fee $122.61  
Health Plan Premium* $57.50
Dental Plan Premium* $115.00
H.S.R. Bus Pass $126.15
WUSC Student Refugee Fee $1.47
Ancillary Fee for CFMU-FM $12.50
Ancillary Fee for MARMOR Yearbook $9.12
Incite Publication  $0.95
Sub Total $624.89

*Note: Students who can prove comparable coverage may opt out of the McMaster Students Union Health Plan and Dental Plan Premiums. For deadline dates and detailed information, students should consult the MSU Insurance Plans web site at


  • McMaster Student Union’s University Student Centre Building fee ($0.63 per unit), to a maximum of $18.90
  • Student Services Fee ($4.38 per unit), to a maximum of $131.40
  • Administrative Services Fee ($1.17 per unit), to a maximum of $35.10
  • Athletics and Recreation Building Fee ($4.51 per unit), to a maximum of $135.30

And Faculty Specific Society/Support Fees as Follows:

Arts & Science  $28.11  
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) $30.00
Commerce $200.00
Engineering $190.01
Humanities $60.00
Medical Radiation Science Collaborative Fee $143.25
Nursing $189.92
Science $50.00
Social Sciences $65.60

Canadian Citizens, Landed Immigrant Students and Visa Students

The fee schedules for 2013-2014 are available on the internet at The 2014-2015 schedules will be available in the Spring of 2014.

Student Health Services Fees

The supplementary student health services fee of $57.43 supports the on-campus clinic facilities, which provide the services of doctors and nurses. The McMaster Students Union Health Plan Premium fee of $57.50 includes reimbursement of expenses resulting from an accident incurred during the academic year, where such expenses are not recoverable under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. The McMaster Students Union Dental Plan Premium fee of $115.00 provides a dental plan for all full-time undergraduates students enrolled in 18 units or more.

For details concerning coverage, contact the McMaster Students Union Office at ext. 22003 or visit their website at

Note: Students who can prove comparable coverage may opt out of the McMaster Students Union Health Plan and Dental Plan Premiums. For deadline dates and detailed information, students should consult the MSU Insurance Plans web site at

Co-op Fees

Co-op students attending the full academic term (September-April) should add a $1,300.00 Co-op Fee to the regular 30 unit Science fee. Co-op students attending one academic term should pay half the 30 unit Science fee plus a $650.00 Co-op Fee. Faculty of Engineering Admin Co-op Fee is $100.00 and B-Tech Co-op Fee (per work term) is $600.00.


You may register as a Listener in some degree courses. The cost is equivalent to a regular course but the student simply audits the course and does not receive a grade. Listener status is not available in limited enrolment classes. For any degree course, written permission to attend must be obtained from the course instructor before registration is finalized by the Office of the Registrar. Listeners withdrawing from a course may do so without penalty up to five working days before the first session. After that and before the second class, an administrative fee of $60.00 applies. There is no refund after the second class. This category excludes currently registered students, who may audit a course. See Admission Requirements  section in this Calendar for details.

Persons Aged 65+

Subject to meeting admission and prerequisite requirements, if you will be aged 65 or over during the academic session for which you are registering, you may register without payment of tuition and supplementary fees.

Residence and Meal Plan Fees

Regular Session

If you live on campus, your residence fees cover the period, from Labour Day weekend to 5 p.m. on the day following your final April examination, and excludes the December holiday break.

The fees below are those for 2013-2014.

The Inter-Residence Council also levies an additional fee of $46.09 per student. For more information on the IRC, visit


Traditional Residences    
Bunk and Loft Triple Room $4,695.00
Quad Room 5,235.00
Double/Triple Room 5,550.00
Double Room with Washroom 5,970.00
Single Room 6,260.00
Single Room with Washroom 6,680.00
Apartment Style Residences    
Bates Apartment Room 7,195.00
Mary E. Keyes Suite Room 7,700.00

Meal Plans

The Residence Meal Plan is an integral component of living in any of the McMaster University residences and all students living in residence must purchase a mandatory meal plan.

If you are living in a traditional residence, you must purchase a meal plan from Group A. Students living in Bates and the Mary E. Keyes Residence must purchase a meal plan from either Group A or Group B.

The fees below are those for 2012-2013.

Mandatory Meal Plan $ 2,940.00 Mandatory Meal Plan $ 2,215.00
Optional Meal Plan 1 3,090.00 Optional Meal Plan 1 2,365.00
Optional Meal Plan 2 3,290.00 Optional Meal Plan 2 2,565.00
Optional Meal Plan 3 3,490.00 Optional Meal Plan 3 2,765.00
Optional Meal Plan 4 3,690.00 Optional Meal Plan 4 2,965.00

For more information on meal plans visit our web page at or contact Mac Express, Commons Building , Room 128, telephone (905) 525 9140, ext. 27448, email

For information regarding applying to residence visit the Housing web page at or contact Residence Admissions, Commons Building, Room 101, telephone (905) 525 9140, ext. 24342, email

Summer Residence

McMaster University offers residence accommodation for summer students and casual guests from early May to late August each year.

For further information, contact Conference Services, McKay Residence, Room 124, telephone (905) 525-9140, ext. 24781.

Payment of Fees

Tuition fees and residence/meal plan fees are payable in full during the registration period but no later than September 1st. McMaster University is committed to providing maximum flexibility to meet the financial needs of as many students as possible. McMaster University offers a wide variety of:

  • Funding Options
  • Payment Plans
  • Payment Methods

Our web site at contains valuable information about your fees, various payment options and important deadline dates.

Students following a payment plan other than the “Pay in Full” option will be charged interest at an annual rate of 14.4% (1.2% per month) subject to change. A full month’s interest is calculated on any balance outstanding on the last day of each month.

In addition, if you refuse to pay fees, or any part of the fees, you may be refused admission to the University or you may be requested to withdraw with all privileges suspended. Fees to the date of withdrawal will be assessed. If you wish to re-register within the same academic session, you will also be assessed a $100.00 reinstatement fee.

You will not be eligible for any examination results, transcripts, diplomas or the payment of awards of any kind, until fees and any other accounts owed to the University are paid, or until acceptable arrangements are made.

Note: Graduands who have outstanding accounts with the University will be permitted to attend convocation, but will not receive their diplomas until their accounts have been cleared in full.


If you are forced, by illness or other personal reasons, to withdraw from courses, you will be charged a partial fee for courses that are cancelled. The charge is determined by the date on which the course is dropped. It is important that you review the 2014-2015 cancellation schedule. It will be available on the internet at in the spring of 2014.

Miscellaneous Fees

The following fees were in effect for the 2013-2014 academic year, and are over and above assessed academic fees, supplementary fees, and residence fees and meal plan fees.

Academic User Fees

Applications for re-admission $75.00  
Applications to Part-Time Studies 75.00
Certification of Enrolment Fee No fee
Diploma Delivery Fee (not charged for pick-up at University) 25.00
Examination Reread (Refunded if grade increases by 3 points) 50.00
Graduation Fee (Service) for those attending 40.00
Letter of Permission No fee
Notarizing Fee (plus $0.50 per page over 10 pages) No fee
Replacement of Diploma 50.00
Verification of Student I.D. Card at Exams 30.00
Replacement of Student I.D. Card 30.00
Rush Transcript Fee (24 hour rush service) 15.00
External Exam Administration Fee 100.00
Transcript per copy (students who are not covered under Service Fee agreements) 10.00
Supplementary Application Processing Fee 85.00

Students writing deferred examinations at another centre are responsible for payment of fees, which may be assessed by the other examination centre.

Financial/Administrative User Fees

Certificate Replacement Fee    
Income Tax Receipt/Education Credit Certificate No fee
Certification of Fee Payment No fee
Meal Plan Withdrawal Fee $50.00
Meal Card Misuse Fine 25.00
Returned Cheque Charge (NSF, Stopped Payment)
First Occurrence 55.00
Each Subsequent Occurrence (Additional) 15.00
Late Payment Agreement Fee 50.00
Deferment Fee 35.00
Flex Payment Plan Fee, per term 35.00
Reinstatement Fee 100.00
Library Charges  
Overdue Recalled Books (per day) 5.00
Overdue Reserve Material (per hour) 5.00
Overdue Laptops & Projectors (per hour) 20.00
Replacement Cost (up to); list of item costs will be posted for users 2500.00
Non-refundable Administration fee for Replacement Cost 25.00


Costs Other Than Fees For Students in Clinical Courses

You must buy uniforms, shoes and uniform accessories, for clinical practice. If you are a Nursing student, your uniform and accessories are ordered under the direction of the School of Nursing. The approximate cost is $200.00. Level I Nursing students are also required to purchase a stethoscope at approximately $100.00 and a basic blood pressure cuff at approximately $40.00.

Registration Examinations

Graduates of the B.Sc.N. program can expect to pay fees (currently, approximately $600.00) to write the comprehensive registration examinations administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Insurance of Personal Property on University Premises

The University cannot assume any responsibility for the personal property of any employees, faculty members, or students, nor does the University carry any insurance that would cover their personal property. In most cases, personal fire insurance policies provide an automatic 10% extension covering property away from home. You should inspect your insurance policies to be certain that this is the case.

Death and Dismemberment Insurance

The University considers that the purchase of insurance coverage for death and dismemberment is the individual responsibility of its students. There are various insurance plans available, and although the University does not specifically endorse any one of these plans, it has no objection to explanatory brochures and literature being posted on bulletin boards or distributed in appropriate places. If you are involved in laboratory or field work, you are particularly encouraged to investigate such coverage.

For information on student awards and financial aid, please refer to Undergraduate Academic Awards and Student Financial Aid sections of this Calendar.