Access Program

McMaster’s Access Program assists academically qualified students from equity deserving groups in Hamilton and surrounding communities to access university education at the undergraduate level. We work with students to help navigate the application and admissions process, and we’re here to ensure success through to graduation.


For more information, please contact us at

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Our Access Strategy includes:

  • Hosting community information sessions to provide information to high school students and families about Access Program opportunities, university entrance requirements, application/transition resources and supports at McMaster
  • Providing elementary and high school students with opportunities to participate in and experience university activities that will have them feeling like post-secondary education is attainable
  • Introductions to the Student Success Centre and Registrar’s Office
  • Financial Assistance through OSAP, bursaries, scholarships, and more

Who qualifies for the Access Strategy?

Any student from an equity deserving group who is also affiliated with any of our community partnerships.

Equity deserving groups often include:

  • Students with parents who did not attend, or complete, post-secondary studies (first-generation university students)
  • Indigenous students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Certain racialized minority students (especially youth with Afro-Canadian and Latin American backgrounds)
  • Students from low-income families and neighbourhoods
  • Adult learners who are new to post-secondary education,
  • Students from rural communities
  • Women (in some faculties)
  • Students who wouldn’t attend post-secondary without additional programs or supports

Partnerships include:

  • Pathways to Education
  • Empowerment Sqaured
  • Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
  • Hamilton Community Foundation – ABACUS

Youth in extended society care tuition bursary

We know how challenging funding your education can be. If you grew up in the care of the Children’s Aid Society, you may be eligible for bursary support towards your tuition at McMaster University. We want to help you achieve your academic goals and support you during your time at McMaster.

The Registrar’s Office has more information on eligibility, the application process and where to go for more details.