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Program Types

Learn about the differences between Level II programs including degree type, enrollment process and co-op opportunities.

Degree Type

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Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)

An Honours B.Sc. program normally requires the completion of 120 units (4 years), including a set of courses in a specific discipline and allows for interdisciplinary, and/or liberal arts studies through electives from other Departments, Schools and Faculties. Please refer to departmental program descriptions for details. Graduates of Honours B.Sc. programs are well equipped for a career in their field or a related discipline as well as post graduate opportunities.

Some examples of Honours B.Sc. programs include:

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)

Students who successfully complete the first three levels of any Honours B.Sc. degree may request permission from the Office of the Associate Dean of Science (Academic) to transfer to graduate with a 90 units (three year) B.Sc. degree.

Some examples of B.Sc. programs include:

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc)

An Honours Human Behaviour (B.A.Sc.) program requires the completion of 120 units (4 years), including a set of courses in a specific discipline and allows for interdisciplinary and/or liberal arts studies through electives from other Departments and Faculties. The Honours B.A.Sc. with a Specialization requires the completion of 150 units, including similar courses for the affiliated Honours B.A.Sc. program, as well as designated upper-level courses and applied placements, in the area of the Specialization. Levels II through IV of the programs run consecutively from September of Level II to completion of the program at the end of April in Level IV.  

Some examples of Honours Bachelor of Applied Science programs include:

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Honours Applied Psychology in Human Behaviour

Autism and Behavioural Science Specialization


Honours Applied Psychology in Human Behaviour

Early Childhood Studies Specialization

Enrollment Type

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Limited Enrollment

Limited Enrollment programs only have a certain number of seats available by program. Minimum GPAs, and grades or averages in specific courses might be required, but do not guarantee admission to programs with Limited Enrollment. Since space is limited, an average above the listed minimum required average is recommended in order to be competitive.

Some examples of Limited Enrollment programs include:

Unlimited Enrollment

If a program is not limited, they have unlimited space, and having the minimum published requirements will be sufficient for entry to that program. There are as many seats available as they are eligible students.

Some examples of Unlimited Enrollment programs include:

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

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Cooperative Education is an integrated approach to higher education that enables highly motivated students to alternate academic terms with paid, relevant work experience. The term “cooperative education” emphasizes the partnership between the employer, students and McMaster University.

Cooperative education is “hands-on” education, extending the learning process beyond the classroom into the workplace by alternating academic terms with paid co-op work terms.

Co-op students will develop a network of valuable contacts and the skills to successfully transition into graduate studies or a career.

Some examples of Level II programs which have co-op programs that start in Level III include: