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Electives in the BScN Program

Basic (A) Stream:

Students in the Basic (A) Stream require 18 units of electives.  Of these 18 units, 6 units must be at Level 2 or above.

Students at the Mohawk and Conestoga sites can take electives as COLLAB courses.  Course descriptions for these electives can be found in the McMaster Undergraduate Calendar.

McMaster site students must take all 18 units as McMaster courses.


RPN to BScN (E) Stream:

Students in the RPN to BScN (E) Stream require 21 units of electives. Of these 21 units, 9 units must be at Level 2 or above.


Both (A) and (E) Stream Students:

Students in both the (A) and (E) streams are required to have electives completed by the end of the first term of Level 4.  With the workload of 4Q03 and 4K10, it is impossible to take electives in the second term of Level 4.

Elective courses must be completed before students are eligible to graduate from the program.

You may decide to take electives during the spring/summer term.  McMaster electives are available through the spring/summer term.

The maximum course load during a Spring/Summer term is 12 units.

Be aware that taking electives during the Spring/Summer term may lower your course load during the Fall and Winter terms to part time status and may affect eligibility for OSAP or other awards and scholarships.  A minimum number of units per term and per session are required for OSAP and scholarships. 

For further information about the possible financial implications of reducing your course load, contact:

McMaster students:  The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships in Gilmour Hall, Room 120

Mohawk students:  Student Services in IAHS-121

Conestoga students:  Financial Aid & Awards in the Student/Client Services Building

Letter of Permission (LOP)

You may also take electives at another university on a Letter of Permission (LOP).

[Instructions about LOPs]

Please note the following:

  • Students must achieve a grade of at least C- on any elective course taken on LOP to receive credit toward their McMaster degree.
  • A transcript must be sent from the university where the course is taken, directly to the Academic Studies Office before credit can be given for the course (only transcripts received in an envelope signed and sealed by the other university’s registrar’s office will be accepted). 
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is completed in time for this transcript to reach the Academic Advisor prior to any deadlines.  This is particularly important with respect to graduation.  All transcripts must be received by April 30 if graduation is anticipated in June of that year, by July 30 if it is for an August completion.
  • Electives taken through an LOP will be noted on your transcript as T (Transfer credit). No mark appears on your transcript.
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