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Your path to success - progress through diploma programs to earn your university degree!

Is the My OWN McMaster pathway right for me?

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The first step in pursuing the My OWN McMaster degree pathway is to speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors. After discussing your educational background with us, we can help you to determine if My OWN McMaster is a suitable pathway to achieve your goals. 

The provided chart provides you with a sense of whether MyOWNMac would be right for you. After reviewing the chart, if you’d like to learn more about pursuing the MyOWNMac degree pathway, please contact one of our advisors today. We’d be happy to help you get started.


 Are you? Is My OWN McMaster right for you? 

Currently enrolled in a McMaster University certificate or diploma program offered with McMaster University Continuing Education

Yes! My OWN McMaster is an ideal pathway for you to continue your studies with McMaster University Continuing Education  in order to: 

  • complete a diploma program
  • select and complete additional McMaster University Continuing Education courses as general electives; and
  • proceed to degree studies 

Important Notes:

  • If you are currently in a Certificate program, you will need to switch to a Diploma.
  • If you have not yet graduated from the Certificate, those credits will be used towards the elective portion of My OWN McMaster. Or, if you are moving to the Diploma within the same program, the credits will be used towards the Diploma requirements, as applicable.
  • If you have already completed and been granted a Certificate, please see Q+A below for important details.

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A graduate from a McMaster University Continuing Education diploma program?

Yes! My OWN McMaster allows you to apply your completed diploma as one of the pathway requirements. You will select and complete additional McMaster Continuing Education  courses to achieve the required number of general electives. Then, you will proceed to degree studies. 

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A graduate from a McMaster University Continuing Education Certificate program?

Yes! You are eligible to apply to the My OWN McMaster pathway, however please note the following important points:

  • Credits earned under the Certificate cannot be used towards the Diploma portion of My OWN McMaster.
  • Credits earned under the Certificate cannot be used towards the General Elective portion of My OWN McMaster.

As per McMaster University Senate policy (May 2017), a course can be used no more than two times towards a McMaster University credential. At McMaster, the term credential refers to a certificate, a certificate of completion, a diploma, a MyOWNMcMaster milestone, and an undergraduate degree.

This means that credits from a previously earned McMaster Certificate cannot be used towards the My OWN McMaster pathway. Using the credits from the previously earned Certificate (1) towards the 60 units of continuing education credit for My OWN McMaster (2) and then towards degree studies (3) exceeds the maximum.

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A graduate from an accredited university, but you are interested in earning a second degree?


No. My OWN McMaster is a pathway for students who have not achieved a university level degree. You can learn more about applying for a second degree by contacting to the Office of the Registrar

 
A graduate of a diploma program from an accredited post-secondary institution and wish to pursue an undergraduate degree program?
 
Yes! My OWN McMaster is one option for you to earn a 3-year, Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University.

You may be approved to have your diploma program credits applied to the General Elective portion of the pathway, and you may continue your studies with the Centre for Continuing Education and undergraduate studies.  

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A recent graduate from high school (under the age of 21 years) and want to apply to degree studies?. 

 
No. My OWN McMaster is designed for adult learners over the age of 21 years who have not completed a university degree program.  

If you are a recent high school graduate, proceed to the Admissions website for details. 


Completed some courses at college, or McMaster University Continuing Education units, but did not complete a program? 

 
Yes. My OWN McMaster is a definite pathway for you to continue your studies to complete a diploma program and your elective courses with McMaster University Continuing Education. Once you complete your 60 units of study with McMaster University Continuing Education with a minimum 8.0 GPA, you can begin your degree studies.  

Contact us to speak to an advisor, or proceed to the My OWN McMaster admission page

Interested in completing a university degree program, but have never attended college/university, or McMaster University Continuing Education?

Yes, My OWN McMaster pathway is an option for you! 

The My OWN McMaster pathway provides you with a route to complete 60 units of academic credit with McMaster University Continuing Education that will be applied to your degree program. 

Once you complete a McMaster University Continuing Education diploma and remaining credits for 60 units with a minimum 8.0 GPA, you will transfer to the Faculty of Humanities or the Faculty of Social Sciences as a degree student. You will complete the 30 units remaining for a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree.  

Contact us to speak to an advisor, or proceed to the My OWN McMaster admission page

Note: My OWN McMaster is designed for part-time, adult learners who are unable to complete a full-time degree program.  If you wish to apply as a full-time degree student, proceed to the Admissions website for details.  

 Have you?   Is My OWN McMaster right for you? 

Started an undergraduate degree program, completed a few courses, but did not graduate?

Maybe! My OWN McMaster may be one option for you to complete a diploma + a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University.  An evaluation of your completed undergraduate courses would be necessary to determine if the pathway is right for you.  

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Started an undergraduate degree program with McMaster, completed a few courses, but did not graduate? Now, you want to resume your studies in that same program. 

No. My OWN McMaster is not the pathway to resume undergraduate studies in your original program or to apply for a second degree.  

If you wish to resume your previous degree studies as a traditional full-time, or part-time student, proceed to the admission guidelines for degree studies (returning student). 

Completed some courses at college, or CCE units, but did not complete a program? 

Yes. My OWN McMaster is a definite pathway for you to continue your studies to complete a diploma program and your elective courses with CCE. Once you complete your 60 units of study with McMaster University Continuing Education with a minimum 8.0 GPA, you can begin your degree studies.

Contact us to speak to an advisor, or proceed to the My OWN McMaster admission page



 

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