Mac ID – If you are a new McMaster student, you will receive an email with information to activate your Mac ID after enrolling in your first course. Your Mac ID is typically representative of your last name and first initial (e.g. smithj). Please make note of your Mac ID and password, you will use this information to log into everything you need (Mosaic, Avenue to Learn, on-site WiFi, etc.).
If you are a returning student but do not remember your Mac ID and/or password, please see next steps here.
Order your textbooks – Not every course requires textbooks. You can view and purchase any textbooks your course may require through the Campus Store website as soon as term listings are available, which is typically a few weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Textbook listing dates and instructions for ordering textbooks can be found here.
Access the Mosaic Student Centre – this is where you can view your grades, see a history of your courses and fees paid, print a letter of completion for tuition reimbursement, request a transcript, print your tax certificate, etc. Please watch tutorial videos to get acquainted with this system.
Log into Avenue to Learn (A2L) – A2L is McMaster's online learning management system where all online, online self-study (OSS) and virtual classroom (VC) courses are delivered. Most in-person courses use A2L as well. You may want to bookmark this page. A link for your course will be visible 1-3 days before the course start date. You will use A2L to access live VC sessions, view your course outline, assignments, contact your instructor, and more. Watch our Avenue to Learn/Brightspace tutorial videos to get acquainted with this system.
We recommend students become acquainted with our academic and financial policies. Please note drop/refund policies are based on the course start date, not the date of enrolment. Enrolling after the course start date may delay course access and does not permit exceptions to coursework due dates, late textbook purchases, or the drop/refund policies.
Once you've reviewed everything above, you’re ready!
All the best with your studies, and if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us.