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English Proficiency Requirements

McMaster University prides itself on the success of its students. In order to ensure our international students are set up for success, McMaster requires that students meet the minimum language requirements. For information on language requirements and testing information, please visit the Office of the Registrar website 

McMaster English Language Development Diploma (MELD)

Not sure if you will meet our English language requirements? McMaster strives to set students up for academic success. If you are a student who meets all academic requirements but does not meet the minimum English-language proficiency scores detailed above, you may still qualify for an offer of admission that is conditional upon the successful completion of the MELD program. 

The MELD Diploma is a 1-year (two academic terms) intensive transition program designed for students whose primary language is not English. MELD focuses on the development of academic English, acculturation, and engagement with the university community. Successful completion of the MELD Diploma guarantees admission into the undergraduate program that the student originally received the conditional offer from. 

McMaster English Language Development Diploma (MELD): Visit MELD
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McMaster Office for the Development of English Learners (MODEL) 

Should you be accepted to McMaster University, we offer continued language support to help ensure your success in our programs. MODEL is a free service designed to help both undergraduate and graduate students who may be struggling with the English Language. 

MODEL offers English-language training, workshops, and support, developed by certified ESL and EAP experts, to meet the needs of McMaster students of all academic backgrounds and levels of English language proficiency. 

MODEL also has an on-site student advisor with experience in both ESL and counselling who is available to meet with students to discuss personal, social, and academic concerns. 


McMaster Office for the Development of English Learners (MODEL) : Visit MODEL