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Application Procedures

The online application portal for our graduate program in Cognitive Science of Language unlocks November 1st each year for September admission only.  The deadline for applying is as follows:

January 31st for International Students
March 31st for Domestic Students


Application Steps

  1. Complete the online application -> McMaster University Application 
  2. Ensure you have uploaded the required documents to your online application.

Required Documents

  • Statement of Interest (identify the faculty member you wish to work with)
  • Writing Sample (any type of academic writing i.e. term paper, thesis chapter)
  • Two academic references (McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf)
  • English Language Proficiency (if English is not your native language)

3. Arrange to have official documents mailed directly to our Department of Linguistics & Languages

Official Documents

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work completed to date (transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to our Department, please include English translation if applicable)
  • Official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS scores or any other evidence of English proficiency          (TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based), minimum of 20 per band; for the Faculty of Engineering a minimum score of 88 (internet based) or 213 on the (computer based) or 550 (paper based)                                                          IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section)

**NOTE** Applicants from outside of Canada should begin the application process as early as possible to allow time to obtain all necessary documents.

Where to send your documents:

Department of Linguistics & Languages                                                                                                  Togo Salmon Hall, Room 513
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M2

For more information about graduate studies at McMaster University, please see the School of Graduate Studies website.