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Current Student Resources

We’re here to provide you with more information and resources about important dates and other frequently asked questions.

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Resources for Current Students

We’ve prepared a list of resources and frequently asked questions for students who are currently enrolled in our Commerce or Integrated Business and Humanities programs. Don’t see the information you’re looking for? Contact us.

For some commonly required forms, please visit this link.

Important Dates and Deadlines


All sessional dates and deadlines are determined and approved by the Senate.

Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 dates and deadlines have been released by the Office of the Registrar.

Fall 2023 Term

  • Classes begin: Tuesday, September 5 
  • Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add): Wednesday, September 13 
  • Mid-term recess: Monday, October 9 to Sunday, October 15 
  • Last day for withdrawing from courses without failure by default: Friday, November 10 
  • Classes end: Wednesday, December 6 
  • Final examinations: Friday, December 8 to Thursday, December 21 

Winter 2024 Term

  • Classes begin: Monday, January 8 
  • Last day for enrolment and course changes (drop/add): Tuesday, January 16 
  • Mid-term recess: Monday, February 19 to Sunday, February 25 
  • Last day for withdrawing from courses without failure by default: Friday, March 15 
  • Classes end: Wednesday, April 10 
  • Final examinations: Friday, April 12 to Thursday, April 25 

We recommend that you enroll in both your fall and winter courses at the same time if you intend to take courses in both terms.

If assistance with enrollment is required, please visit DeGroote’s academic advising office for guidance regarding course selection.

Academic Level Enrollment Appointments

  • Level 5: Monday, June 19 
  • Level 4: Tuesday, June 20 
  • Level 3 and Exchange: Thursday, June 22 
  • Level 2: Monday, June 26 
  • Level 1: Wednesday, June 28
  • Non-Degree Students (Continuing, LOP’s and Visiting students): Tuesday, July 4 

 

Learn more from the Office of the Registrar.

Visit the Registrars Office

All students, including OSAP students, follow the same payment deadlines. 

Payment deadlines 

  • Fall (September to December): September 25 
  • Winter (January to April): January 25 
  • Spring (May to June): May 25 
  • Summer (June to August): July 25
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Frequently Asked Questions

Need help? The Undergraduate Student Experience team has compiled a list of common questions that they often receive from Commerce and IBH students. Don’t see the information you’re looking for? Contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Current Students

Have questions about enrolling or dropping courses, or other questions about your program? Check out some common questions below.

We understand that course enrollment can feel confusing at times. There are two great McMaster resources to help you make sure you’re on track to meet your degree requirements.

Advisement Report

Your Advisement Report on MOSAIC can show you which courses are required for your degree for each academic level. It can also show you which courses you are already enrolled in. Follow the steps to access your report:

Undergraduate Academic Calendar 

The Undergraduate Academic Calendar lists your program requirements based on your year of entry into the program:

If you are interested in taking an extra course in an academic term, this is called an “overload.”

Business 1 students cannot overload.

If you are a Level 2 or 3 student, you must have a GPA of at least 7.0 in the prior academic year. To overload, you must contact the Student Experience team via email to request permission.

If you’re in your final year and need to overload in order to graduate with your class, you can register for up to 36 units. Overloading is done at your own risk, and you can’t take more than six courses per semester. Email the Student Experience team if the registration system does not let you register for the extra units.

A traditional course load is five courses (15 units) per term. Commerce GR0 and Commerce 2IN0 are zero-unit courses and are often taken as a student’s “sixth” course in a term.

Many students opt to reduce their course load for a variety of reasons. To reduce your course load, only enroll in the number of courses you are comfortable taking per term.

Please note: if you want to have full-time student status, you need to enroll in at least nine units per term.

If you are not sure that you want to reduce your course load or want to discuss how a reduced course load will impact your academic progress, please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor via OSCARplus.

Closed Course

Sometimes courses that you may be interested in taking can be full.

If a class is “closed,” it means there are no seats left available for enrollment. You can continue to monitor MOSAIC for an opening in your desired course until the end of the add/drop period each term (see Dates and Deadlines).

To ensure an optimal learning experience for registered students, faculty offices cannot over-enroll a closed course.

We recommend that you log into MOSAIC to search for other potential courses that could fit your needs.

Reserve Capacity Criteria

Although a course may appear to have seats available, the seats in the reserve capacity that applies to you may be full at this time.

Oftentimes, faculties release a specific number of seats to students outside of their faculty. This may result in the error message that “Available seats are reserved, and you do not meet the reserve capacity criteria”. Once faculties are certain that their own students are able to enroll, these seats will be released. Similar to Business, students in these programs are guaranteed seats in their required courses.

We encourage you to try enrolling in a different section (if available) or a different elective with space and continue to try to swap into your preferred elective on MOSAIC once the reserved seats are released.

To confirm the reserved seat release date, you must reach out to the home faculty of the course offered.

Pre-requisites Not Met

If you receive the error message “pre-requisites not met,” please reach out to us by email so we can look into this for you further. If you are ever unsure if you are missing a pre-requisite for a course, please review the Academic Calendar.

When choosing non-Commerce electives, you may only enroll if there is a green dot beside the class indicating it is open. Be aware of any reserved seat capacity messages!

The Faculty of Business does not control non-Commerce electives and cannot enroll students in these classes.

Continue to monitor MOSAIC for an opening or contact the department that administers the class for more information! Please visit the McMaster Directory for faculty and department contact information.

If you do not have access to your Avenue content yet, please ensure that you are enrolled in the course on MOSAIC. There is a delay between when students add the course in MOSAIC and when the course appears on Avenue to Learn.

If you have been enrolled in the course for more than two (2) days and still do not have Avenue access, please contact the course instructor.

All Avenue to Learn related concerns should be directed to your course instructor. Their contact information can be found on the course outline, which should be available on the associated faculty’s webpage.

There is an additional option to withdraw after the last day for withdrawing from courses, which is called the Late Withdrawal (LWD).

A Late Withdrawal is available to students before the end of term, on the last day of classes, and before the last component of the course has been attempted (i.e., final examination or assignment).

The LWD option is to help students who have fallen behind in a course and are not prepared to write final exams. The maximum number of units you may request a Late Withdrawal for throughout your undergraduate degree is 18 units.

A few things to note:

  • Requests for Late Withdrawal cannot be made in courses for which all course components have been completed
  • Students cannot use the Late Withdrawal option for courses in which they are under investigation or for which they have been found guilty of academic dishonesty

A course approved for Late Withdrawal will be:

  • Assigned a non-numeric grade of ‘LWD’
  • Excluded from the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA
  • Ineligible for a tuition refund
  • It cannot be completed in MOSAIC

If a LWD is required, it must be requested by meeting with an Academic Advisor via OSCARplus, no later than the last day of classes, and before the last component of the course has been attempted.

Approval of a late withdrawal is final. Requests to be re-enrolled in a withdrawn course will not be considered.

 

If your course load is below 60% for your program, you are a part-time student. If your course load is above 60%, you are a full-time student.

If you want to have full-time student status, you need to enroll in at least nine units per term. If you enroll in only three or six units per term, you will be considered a part-time student.

If you have any questions about your course load, please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor via OSCARplus.

Each specific program and entry year has its own number of electives available. Within your Commerce degree, you will take required Commerce courses, Commerce electives, and non-Commerce electives.

Each year of your program, there are a different number of Commerce and non-Commerce electives available to you.

Your program requirements for each year can be found in the Academic Calendar or on your Advisement Report in MOSAIC. To do this, please follow the instructions below:

If you have fast-tracked your degree or taken courses off-cycle, it is important to review your Advisement Report each year for confirmation.

Students may repeat a course twice (i.e. attempt a course three times). Cross-listed courses count as attempts.

Grades from every attempt will appear on the academic transcript.

The Cumulative GPA will include only the grade earned on the most recent attempt.

Units earned will be counted once toward the student’s program requirements, regardless of the number of times the course is repeated. Prior to September 1, 2018, the grades from all attempts were included in the GPA calculation.

Your Major is Commerce; however, you can choose an Area of Focus by selecting your Commerce electives accordingly.

During your Bachelor’s of Commerce at DeGroote, your required courses fall into a few different disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic Management

You have the option of ‘specializing’ in any of these areas. During your third and fourth years of study, you are required to take what are referred to as ‘commerce electives‘. Commerce electives are business classes you get to choose from. Remember when you were in first year and selected from a list of electives, including anthropology and sociology? This is the same idea. So when you select an area of focus, all that really means is the majority of the commerce electives you take are from one of the disciplines listed above.

No. Many students at DeGroote choose to take courses from several different disciplines. They may choose to do this because they have diverse interests, aspire to have a more flexible education, or simply aren’t interested enough in any one area or for other reasons!

What’s great about DeGroote is that the choice is yours. If you would like to pursue certain careers, it may be beneficial to focus on one area. For example, taking more accounting classes is probably very valuable in pursuit of a CPA designation.

To answer a couple of common questions:

  • There is no record kept on your area of focus. Your choice will not be reflected on your diploma or transcript
  • You do not require a certain GPA to specialize in a specific area
  • Your major is still Commerce

An area of focus doesn’t appear on your transcript – so why should you care?

Here’s why:

  • Prepare for a designation. For some professional titles, you are required to take specific courses during your undergraduate studies.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of a field. The opportunity to take a deep dive on specific topics is a very fun experience!
  • Explore careers within a single area.
  • You enjoy those classes! If you have fun learning about a specific discipline, you’ll be more likely to work hard and go the extra mile.

While enrolling in courses for your third year, choose classes that are related to your area of focus. In the undergraduate course outline, you’ll find a list of available classes. In the right column, you’ll see the area of focus each class corresponds to. You can also check the undergraduate course calendar to find DeGroote’s newest classes.

For example, if you are concentrating in finance, consider enrolling on International Finance, Security Analysis, Financial Modelling, and other related courses.

The first letter in a class’s course code can also be an indication of what area it corresponds to. While this isn’t always accurate, it can be a quick way to find what courses you might be interested in.

For example:

Area Letter
Accounting A
Human Resources B
Finance F
Information Systems K
Marketing M
Operations Q or O
Strategic Management S or P

It’s important to keep in mind that, even if you aren’t ready to make a decision at the end of second year, you can change your mind later.

The DeGroote Student Experience team and area faculty host webinars to share more information about each Area of Focus. You can now access each of these webinars on DeGroote’s YouTube channel.

Yes, whether you’re in the Bachelor of Commerce or Integrated Business and Humanities program, you can work towards a Minor.

Learn more about how to use your electives toward a Minor.

If you are interested in pursuing a Minor, you should review the requirements of the Minor on the Academic Calendar.

You can complete the academic coursework requirements for various professional designations throughout your undergraduate degree. You can learn more about professional designations here.

At McMaster, you have the opportunity to explore new and unfamiliar topics through Personal Interest Courses (PIC). PICs were designed so you can explore interests outside of your program without affecting your Cumulative GPA.

What you need to know:

  • For students in a Bachelor of Commerce program, only non-Commerce electives may be taken as a PIC.
  • If you are pursuing a PIC and would rather keep the numeric grade for the class, you must indicate the course is no longer a PIC on MOSAIC by the final date in which a student can withdraw from a course without failure by default.
  • If you choose to do this, the numeric grade will appear on your transcript.

For more information about the PIC option, visit the Registrar’s website.

As per the Registrar’s notation, the Deans’ Honour List (DHL) status for the current year of study is based on a minimum 9.5 GPA on at least 30 units since last assessed (may not exceed 6 units assessed with a non-numeric grade). Subsequent assessments are based on all units completed since the previous review. You will be named to the Deans’ Honour List when a minimum average of 9.5 is achieved.

Being on the Dean’s Honour list does not result in any financial/or physicals awards. However, this achievement is noted on your transcript.

To see if you qualify for the Dean’s Honours List, view your unofficial transcript. Follow the steps below to access your unofficial transcript:

  • Click the ‘Student Center’ tile, clicking the dropdown menu in the Academics Section (where it says ‘other academic …’).
  • In the dropdown menu, select ‘Transcript: View Unofficial’ and hit the arrow button next to the dropdown box.
  • This action will pull up the ‘View Unofficial Transcript’ screen. At this point, you can click the yellow button saying ‘View Report’ and this will show your unofficial transcript.
  • Your Dean’s Honours List status will be depicted under the ‘Totals’ section of your academic year.

Please use the instructions below to schedule an Academic Advice appointment. Be sure to select the correct appointment type: Academic Advising In-Person OR Academic Advising Virtual.

  • Log into OSCARplus with your MacID and password
  • On the left-hand side, click ‘DeGroote School of Business’
  • Select ‘Appointments’
  • Click ‘Commerce’ and book an appointment by the View Calendar option
  • Select either the In-Person or Virtual appointment type
  • Please leave a detailed comment describing how an Academic Advisor can best assist you
  • Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation of the date/time of your appointment. If your appointment is Virtual, the confirmation will include Zoom details.

If you have any issues scheduling an appointment or if you need to cancel an appointment, please email buscom@mcmaster.ca with your appointment details and include your full name and student number.

Yes! Students requiring academic accommodation based on Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO) should follow the procedures set out in the RISO Policy. More information about RISO can also be found on our RISO Fact Sheet.

  • Students requiring RISO accommodation should submit their request to buscom@mcmaster.ca as soon as possible.
    • Include your RISO form, and be sure to include the dates/times needing to be accommodated.
    • You will be contacted via your McMaster email as soon as the RISO is reviewed and approved.
    • Students should contact their instructors to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests as soon as their RISO accommodation has been processed by the Student Experience Office.

If your RISO accommodation is for a final exam in December or during a deferred exam period, submit your RISO form to the Examinations Office by email to exams@mcmaster.ca at least two weeks prior to the Examination Period.

The McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) Self-Report may only be submitted once per term. It is a request for relief for:

  • Missed academic work worth less than 25% of the final grade;
  • Resulting from medical or personal situations lasting up to three (3) calendar days.

The McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) Administrative Report is a request for relief for:

  • Missed academic work worth 25% or more of the final grade and/or
  • Medical or personal situations lasting more than three (3) calendar days and/or
  • Any request for relief in a term where the MSAF (Self-Report) tool has already been used once.

Students should report their absence to buscom@mcmaster.ca within 24 hours after returning to their academic activities. Failure to contact and report an absence promptly will negate the opportunity for relief.

Please take the time to review our Missed Coursework Policy.

Although every effort is taken by the Faculty Office to ensure that Commerce midterms do not conflict, there may be a situation where you have a conflicting midterm date or time. Sometimes, Commerce midterms can also conflict with a non-Commerce course.

    • Your full name and student number
    • Course codes (i.e. Commerce 1AA3) of both conflicts
    • Dates and times of both conflicts
    • Supporting documentation supporting the conflict (i.e. screenshot of course outline, emails from professors, etc.)
  • Await approval. You will be notified by your McMaster email.
  • Follow up with your instructor.

If you expect to miss a midterm exam with a known conflict, you must provide our office ten (10) business days’ notice to be eligible for an alternate sitting.

To defer a Final Examination, you must fill out a Deferred Examination Form.

If approved, you will be required to write the deferred exam in the next deferred examination period (see Dates and Deadlines).

Reach out to your instructor immediately via email. Failure to do so may negate the opportunity for relief. Their email address can be found on your Course Outline or through Avenue2Learn.

Do not submit an MSAF. The MSAF cannot be used for academic work that has already been completed/attempted.

This includes the viewing and/or partial completion of an online assessment (quizzes, tests, etc.).

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation assistance and related support to students with disabilities at McMaster.

SAS is available to assist students transitioning from high school, other post-secondary institutions, undergraduate, continuing and graduate students.

Note to all students seeking academic accommodations: Please be advised that the process for activating academic accommodations must be completed at the start of every term.

For any questions related to this process, please contact SAS.

If you have concerns about the grade received on an academic component, a midterm or final exam, or your final grade, you must reach out to the instructor of the course directly.

Their contact information can be found on the course outline.

If you would like to review a midterm exam or final exam that you have written in a Commerce course, you must complete a Request to View an Exam form and return it via email to buscom@mcmaster.ca. Once received, we will review your request and connect you with the instructor to confirm the next steps.

It is an exciting time when you make the decision to explore your learning options abroad. More information on the steps and to understand your eligibility for exchange can be found via the Student Success Centre.

Once you have reviewed your eligibility and have started your exchange application, please contact the Student Experience Office via buscom@mcmaster.ca and request permission to be added to our new DeGroote-specific Avenue to Learn page. This is a new resource to keep you informed and updated about the exchange process and required steps. This is not where you will create and submit your exchange application – this is for information purposes only.

The Office of the Registrar has created a Graduation Checklist to guide you through the process of declaring your intention to graduate.

Some important points about the graduation process:

  • Later in the winter term, you will need to complete the convocation forms tile when it appears in your MOSAIC Student Centre.
  • If you have been working towards a Minor, you will declare this in your Minor/Certificate Application tile when it becomes available on MOSAIC.

Your Advisement Report on MOSAIC can show all your degree requirements, courses taken, courses enrolled, and how they all align.

Have questions? Book an appointment via OSCARplus to meet with an Academic Advisor and review your graduation eligibility.

New Paramount Studios is holding grad photo appointments at their studios in Mississauga and Toronto. We hope to see New Paramount on campus in the future, but we do not have any dates yet. Stay tuned to the bulletin and DCS social media for updates.

To book your appointment:

  • Navigate to the New Paramount website
  • Select “Book”
  • Register as a New User
  • Re-enter and select “University/College” – McMaster Commerce
  • Choose the time that conveniences you

Once registered, you will receive an email from the studio outlining their safety protocols and other terms.

If you have any questions about your graduation photos, please reach out to the DeGroote Commerce Society directly via info@degrootecommerce.ca.

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