Delivering Excellence in Lifelong Learning

Before Enrolling

Admission Requirements

To enrol in McMaster Continuing Education programs, students must:

  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Be a mature student as defined in the Undergraduate Calendar of McMaster University; or
  • Be deemed an exceptional case.

Open Enrolment

Most McMaster Continuing Education programs are open enrolment, which means there is no formal application or admission procedure. To enrol in a course, simply register online. Continuing education courses can be taken as part of a program or individually.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements. Completion of TOEFL exam with a minimum acceptable score of 20 on each of the four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening), valid for 2 years. 

Additional Requirement

To ensure that students have the basic capabilities necessary to be successful in their online courses, they are required to have the following prerequisite knowledge and/or skills:

  • Knowledge and skills with general computer applications, such as keyboarding, file management, video talks and word processing


Most programs offered by McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education are open enrolment, and do not require an application. The policies listed below only pertain to the following programs:

  • Professional Addiction Studies
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Fundamentals
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • My OWN McMaster
  • Yes, the application fee applies to all applications received by the Centre for Continuing Education. There are no refunds for the application fee.

  • Depending on when the application is received, applicants can expect to receive a response within 2-3 weeks. Please visit the specific program admission requirements & application procedure pages for application due dates.

  • No, program staff will only review the documents submitted as part of an application package.

  • You may apply as a mature student without a degree or diploma. You must submit you application form, and relevant documentation that supports any of the admission requirements. Your application will be reviewed and the program manager will contact you if additional requirements are needed for admission. 

  • Applicants are required to submit proof of either an undergraduate degree or college diploma in a related field, or 4,000 hours of supervised experience in specific fields. Please see the Professional Addictions Studies Admission Requirements page for more details.


  • Payment must be made in full at the time of enrolment
  • Online credit card or debit payments are preferred
  • Accepted credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Accepted debit cards: Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard
  • Google Pay is available for faster checkout
  • Payments can be made from a Canadian Financial Institution and can take 2 to 4 business days to arrive in your McMaster student account. Once payment has arrived, you can register for your course. Please note that if the amount of the course fees owing is more than what was transferred to your student account, you will be dropped from the course.