Last Updated: September 25, 2017

Important change for 2018 admissions: Staring in the 2018 admissions cycle, applicants may now apply to more than one of the Ontario MEP sites (applicants may apply to one, two or all three sites).  Please note that admission criteria and processes vary at the different sites, and the information on this page refers only to the McMaster Midwifery Education Program. For information about the other two MEPs please visit the Ryerson and Laurentian University websites.

Enrolment in the Midwifery Education Program is limited. Admission into the Midwifery Education Program is by selection and reserved for candidates who meet all requirements and who satisfy the academic regulations of the university. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. It is recommended that applicants have completed at least one year of university prior to applying. All certified transcripts from secondary and post-secondary education previously attended must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. The application deadline is February 1 each year for the following September intake. Applications received after February 1 will not be considered. Please note that all required courses must be completed, with final grades available on any and all official transcripts at the time of application (excluding current Secondary School students). All official transcripts must be submitted by the February 1 deadline. All documents submitted with the application become property of the university.

The Midwifery Education Program is a collaborative venture shared by McMaster, Laurentian and Ryerson Universities.

All applicants must have completed the following course requirements in order to be considered for admission:

A full course credit in:
1. Biology
2. Chemistry
3. English

A minimum grade of 75% in each course is required. It is recognized that applicants apply to the program with varying educational backgrounds. Applicants can fulfill the courses required from the following educational backgrounds:

The following are the minimum grade 12 U and M requirements under the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum for applicants directly from an Ontario Secondary School:

  1. English 12 U
  2. Biology 12 U
  3. Chemistry 12

Completion of additional 12 U or M courses to total six credits

Students must obtain a minimum grade of 75% in each of the three (3) required courses listed in points 1, 2 and 3 above AND a minimum overall average of 75% on grade 12 U or M courses including required courses.

Current Ontario Secondary School Students may apply if one or more of the three (3) required courses are in progress at the time of application; however, the grade 11 prerequisite(s) must be completed at the time of application so that a preliminary assessment of the subject area(s) can be made. Admission is based on in-progress secondary school grades for current secondary students only if the grade 11 prerequisites in that subject area is at least 75%.

How to Apply

Current Ontario Secondary Students apply though the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), as a 101 Applicant. For more information, please visit the OUAC website:
http://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/

The following are the minimum grade 12 U and M requirements under the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum for applicants from an Ontario Secondary School who have obtained their OSSD in the previous calendar year and have never attended University:

1. English 12 U
2. Biology 12 U
3. Chemistry 12 U

Completion of additional grade 12 U or M courses to total six credits.

Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade of 75% in each of the three (3) required courses listed in points 1, 2 and 3 above AND a minimum overall average of 75% on grade 12 U or M courses including the required courses. All required courses must be completed at the time of application.

Applicants from out-of-province with qualifications equivalent to Ontario Secondary School (i.e Advanced Placement Students, American Style Curriculum Students, International Baccalaureate Students, General Certificate of Education Students, etc.) should refer to the Future McMaster website for general requirement and required course information.
Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident status prior to applying to the Midwifery program.
No Admissions will be based on college standing.

For applicants with prior college/diploma studies who completed their college education within the last two years of applying to Midwifery and have never attended University, admission will be based on secondary school eligibility. If college education was completed more than two years ago, at the time of applying to Midwifery, please refer to the Mature Applicants section for eligibility and admission requirements.

Current McMaster undergraduate students must have Grade 12 U courses from high school or full university courses in the three (3) required subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, and English. A full university course is equivalent to 6 units. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 75% in each of the three required subjects/subject areas. In addition, the applicant’s overall average from their most recent undergraduate coursework at McMaster and the three (3) required courses must be a minimum of 75%.

Please note:

• A current university student who obtained their OSSD two or more years ago, must have completed 6 courses/18 units at the time of application.

How to Apply

1. McMaster Internal Applicants – Current McMaster undergraduate students who are not due to graduate in the spring convocation following the Midwifery Application deadline of February 1.

Pick up the Internal Application form in the Midwifery Program Office in MDCL or send an email to midwifery_admissions@mcmaster.ca to request that the form be emailed.

2. Returning McMaster – Current McMaster Students who are due to graduate in the spring convocation following the Midwifery Application deadline of February 1, or are enrolled in a Graduate Program at McMaster

Complete the McMaster Second Degree/Returning Student On-Line Application, found here:
http://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/process/returning/

Applicants must have Grade 12 U courses from high school or full university courses in the three (3) required subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, and English. A full university course is equivalent to 6 units or 1.0 credit, depending on the university. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 75% in each of the three (3) required subjects. In addition, the applicant’s overall average from their most recent undergraduate coursework and the three (3) required courses must be a minimum of 75%.

All prerequisites must be complete at the time of application.

Please note:

• A Prior McMaster University student is any individual who either completed their degree, or who did not complete their degree and is no longer a current McMaster student.

• A Prior/Current university student who obtained their OSSD two or more years ago, must have completed 6 courses/18 units at the time of application.

How to Apply

Prior McMaster University Students and Prior/Current University Students apply though the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), as a 105D Applicant. For more information, please visit the OUAC website:
http://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-105/

A Mature Applicant is someone who has been out of full time secondary school or college for the past two years, and who has never attended university (http://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/admission-requirements/mature-applicants/).  Midwifery does not offer mature admission directly to the program.  However, students interested in Midwifery may be admitted as mature students to another program in order to complete university pre-requisite courses for later consideration for admission to Midwifery.  Enrolment in this program is limited.  Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

In order to apply for admission to the Midwifery Education program, mature applicants must complete a minimum of 18 units of university level course work with a minimum cumulative average of 75%.

Applicants must have grade 12 U courses from high school or full university courses in the three (3) required subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, and English with a minimum grade of 75% in each. A full university course is equivalent to 6 units or 1.0 credit, depending on the university.

How to Apply

Once the above admission requirements are met, individuals apply though the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), as a 105D Applicant. For more information, please visit the OUAC website:
http://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-105/

For applicants with prior Midwifery Education or Experience, Ryerson University, through the division of Continuing Education, offers the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program. The purpose of this program is to provide internationally educated midwives with assessment and education which will prepare them to register as midwives in Ontario. (Refer to the Midwifery Education Program website for more information.)