New Students FAQ

Frequently asked questions

When are fees due?

Tuition is due at time of registration – anytime after August 1 and before September 1. After 30 days, interest will accrue in your Student Centre. Please visit your Student Centre in Mosaic to see your tuition and ancillary fees.

If I receive a scholarship, when will I receive the funds?

If you have received a scholarship, McMaster has introduced a new process for scholarship payments. In the past, scholarship recipients subtracted their scholarship award from their tuition amount and paid the balance. This year, scholarship money will be payable to students through their banking information that will be set up in Mosaic. Please follow these detailed instructions to set up your banking information. Your award will only be temporarily placed into your student account and within one day, be transferred to your personal bank account (this transfer may take up to two days for credit unions). You can then transfer this award money into your student account before September 27 to avoid late payments or interest. This new process allows students to decide how they wish to allocate their award funds.

When can I purchase a parking pass?

We strongly encourage you to purchase a term parking pass as it is the most economical option. Please visit Parking and Security Services before August 29 and your pass will be sent to the Ron Joyce Centre for you to pick up on or before the first day of Onboarding.

What is Avenue to Learn (A2L)?

McMaster University uses A2L for all course-based information to be in a central location for easy access by students. Most faculty members post the course syllabus online as well as lecture notes and other course related materials.

What is OSCARplus?

OSCARplus is your portal for event registration, co-op, summer and graduate job search and to book appointments with Academic Advisors or Relationship Manager. Login at

When will I know details of my cohort and learning group?

Information will be communicated via email the week of August 15.

Can I change cohorts or learning groups?

Your cohort and learning group have been carefully selected to reflect the breadth and diversity of our student population. All cohorts follow the same class schedule and as such, there will be no switching cohorts or learning groups.

Where and how do I purchase textbooks?

Open September 12 to 23
Monday to Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed

  • The MBA textbook refund deadline is September 23
  • The course materials list goes live at noon on August 17
  • If you can’t go to the store in person, free shipping on MBA course materials in Ontario is available from August 17 to September 18. The free shipping code is MBAFALL2016.

I am an international student attending Pre-MBA. What do I need to know?

If you have questions regarding DeGroote’s Pre-MBA Program, please contact Caitlin Rivero directly at This six day program is the best way for our international students to meet faculty, staff and classmates before the formal Onboarding week. From trips to dinners to interactive workshops and team building, this will be an unforgettable experience. More details can be found on our Pre-MBA webpage.

Is there a cost to ride the shuttle? Where can I find the shuttle schedule?

DeGroote offers a free shuttle service from two locations: Appleby GO Station and Main Campus (Hamilton). The shuttle schedule is reviewed every term based on class schedules. The shuttle schedule can be found here. An updated September 2016 shuttle schedule will be available soon. Please check at the Concierge Desk as well for up-to-date schedule changes.

What are the hours of operation at the Ron Joyce Centre?

The Ron Joyce Centre is open Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please know that during exams, the building extends its hours to accommodate late night studying.

What are the hours of the café operations at the Ron Joyce Centre?

The café is open before classes begin so students can get their coffee and breakfast. Daily lunch specials (vegan, gluten-free and halal options available) are prepared and a sandwich bar is available all day and evening. Take-out salads, snacks – healthy and sweet – are available as well. Hours are reduced during the summer months due to lower student traffic. Information regarding hours can be found online.

Is there a dress code for the MBA program?

Dress for the job you are aspiring to secure. First impressions can make the difference between candidates. Business casual is acceptable attire for most classroom days, but there will be many occasions when a full suit, or business formal, is required. Jeans are not recommended. Please see the following links for pictures of DeGroote’s definition of Business Casual, Traditional Business and Business Formal. And if you only have one suit, we encourage you to invest in at least one more dark suit.

Questions relating to your academic experience

Many of your questions can be answered by going online and reading the MBA Calendar. This comprehensive document is updated every year to ensure accuracy with our course offerings and school policies. The DeGroote School of Business works closely with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and their Calendar can be found here

Must I attend all of MBA Onboarding?

MBA Onboarding is considered a mandatory experience for all first year full-time and co-op students. It is recommended, but optional, for accelerated and part-time students. This four day program is filled with networking, interactive learning, reflection and skill development. Be on time and expect slightly longer days this week as the faculty, staff, senior student DeGroote Leaders and alumni all invest in your transition to the DeGroote MBA! Information delivered this week will not be repeated at any other time during your MBA experience. Details of the week can be found here: MBA Onboarding 2016.

I am travelling during the month of August and Career Prep has deadlines for me to meet before I arrive on campus in September?

Please refer to the Key Dates and Deadlines page for your respective program to see the deadlines associated with your Onboarding experience. Throughout the month of August, you will be asked to invest time to prepare your job-ready resume, create a sample cover letter, update your LinkedIn profile, complete CareerLeader’s assessment tool and share your career profile. You can complete these activities from anywhere around the world, but it is critical that you meet these deadlines so that you can maximize your Onboarding experience.

When do I need to submit my student card photo?

The deadline for photo submissions for the fall 2016 term is July 29, 2016.
Once you have accepted your offer to the MBA Program, please go into your Mosaic Student Center to upload a photo for your McMaster Student ID Card.

  1. Open your Mosaic Student Center
  2. Go to the “Personal Information” section
  3. Select “Upload Photo” from the drop-down menu and follow the instructions on the next screen..
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