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Applying for Reinstatement

May Not Continue at University

If after being reviewed a student’s academic standing is ‘May Not Continue at University’, this means they are ineligible to continue at McMaster unless reinstated.

When completing a reinstatement application, students should address the following questions:

  • What circumstances impacted your ability to succeed academically? You are welcome to include any documentation (e.g. doctor’s note) that you feel will support your application.
  • How have you resolved, or plan to resolve, these concerns in order to be successful if reinstated?
  • If reinstated to the Faculty of Humanities, what program do you plan to pursue?

If applicable, students must ensure they include transcripts from any post-secondary institutions attended during their absence.

Required to Withdraw

If at any review after reinstatement a student’s Grade Point Average falls below 3.5, they will be ‘Required to Withdraw’ from the university for a period of at least 12 months before they can be eligible again for reinstatement. Should students wish to apply again for reinstatement, it is expected that during the minimum 12-month leave students work to resolve any difficulties that interfered with their academic performance and provide evidence of the ability to succeed academically in Humanities.

In some cases, we recommend students pursue coursework through a College of Applied Arts and Technology, or through Distance Education courses offered by universities such as, but not limited to, Athabasca or Ryerson. These courses should focus on subjects and skills offered by Humanities, particularly essay writing. Transcripts from such courses must be included in your reinstatement application. There is no guarantee that courses taken at other institutions will be given transfer credit.

How to Apply

Applications for Reinstatement may be picked up in the Office of the Registrar (Gilmour Hall-108). Applying does not guarantee reinstatement. The faculty considers both the strength of the student’s application as well as the number of spaces available in our programs.

Students must apply for reinstatement by June 30 for September entry. Applications are due by April 1 for Spring/Summer entry.

To inquire further about the reinstatement process, please contact