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Indigenous Applicants

We encourage Indigenous applicants to self-identify when completing an application through the OUAC to benefit from the service and support of the Indigenous Student Services staff throughout the application, offer and registration process. Contact our office for more information (indigaa@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 ext. 24325).  

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Deadlines & Admission Requirements

Visit McMaster's Future Student website to confirm dates, deadlines and check on admission requirements for all programs including the Faculty of Social Sciences, Indigenous Studies Program.

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Tips for Application and Transition

Tips for the Application Process:

1. Self-identify as Indigenous when you apply on OUAC

By declaring your Indigenous identity you will be linked with staff from our office who will provide support for you during the application, admission and transition process. This option applies to First Nations (status and non-status), Metis, and Inuit students. 

2. Contact the Indigenous Studies Office to learn more about: 

  • Indigenous specific bursaries and scholarships
  • Support services for Indigenous students 
  • Academic programming with a focus in Indigenous Knowledge

3. Read all documentation carefully

This will ensure that you are fully aware of your application status, and any important dates and deadlines. 

Tips for the Transition Process:

1. Tour the Campus and meet the Indigenous Student Services staff

Contact the Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Officer to schedule an appointment for  a tour. Learn about Aboriginal specific resources, information and opportunities available for students at McMaster.

2. Meet the Indigenous Student Counsellor

The Indigenous Student Counsellor is here to be a support and advocate for you once you are a registered student. The counsellor also manages a list serve which will provide you with useful information about events, conferences, scholarships, employment opportunities and more!  

3. Get involved!

Attend Elder's workshops, link up with one of the many Indigenous-focused student groups on campus, and meet the Indigenous Student Services staff. These are friendly people who are here to help support you during your university studies and enhance your student experience.

4. Visit the Indigenous Student Wellness Website

Make the most out of your McMaster experience by learning more about transition, Indigenous community, mental health, physical health, sexual health, and finances. The website features information, tips, and resources aimed to help Indigenous students stay healthy. 

Visit the Indigenous Student Wellness Website