McMaster Work Programs

The Basics

 What is the McMaster Work Program?

The McMaster Work Program offers students, who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity for meaningful employment on campus.

 What types of positions are available?

  • Part-time positions in the fall/winter terms
  • Full-time and part-time positions in the summer term
  • NEW for 2017/18:  Students may only accept one work program position at a time
  • Check the Job Board under Career Opportunities on the Mosaic portal

Work Program FAQs

How to Apply

Step-by-step instructions are available under ‘McMaster Aid’

  • Apply for the Fall/Winter Work Program and the Summer Work Program separately
  • Work Program approvals are sent to the student’s ‘To-Do List’ in Mosaic
  • Approval for OSAP-eligible students normally takes less than 30 minutes!

When do I apply?

  • Open application dates and deadline can be found under ‘Important Dates’
  • Applications or supporting documentation submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Ineligible for Work Programs

Students who are:

  • Not returning in the following fall/winter term (e.g. graduating students)
  • OSAP recipients not entitled to at least $1 of student loan OR non-OSAP students who do not demonstrate financial need on their online aid application need profile
  • Non-OSAP students and not enrolled in one of the eligible student groups
  • International students in their first year of studies are not eligible for the Fall/Winter Work Program
  • Continuing education (CCE) students
  • Not enrolled in a full-time course load (at least 9 units in fall or winter term)
  • Graduate students are not eligible for the Summer Work Program

Student Commitment

  • Apply for work program positions once approved to participate
  • Notify SFAS of any changes in financial status, income or enrolment
  • Report all work program income to OSAP
  • Remain enrolled in fall/winter terms to maintain work program eligibility
  • Maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance
  • Accept only one work program position at a time
  • Adhere to all McMaster employment standards


What’s New!

Indigenous Entrance Awards: McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Find out more about entrance scholarships for Indigenous students. Apply by July 15!

Spring/Summer CIFS: Students enrolled full-time for the spring and/or summer sessions can now submit a Continuation of Interest-Free Status application. Apply online via the OSAP website. Learn more about Interest-Free Status.

18/19 OSAP Application: Students can now apply for OSAP for the 2018/19 academic year. Apply via the OSAP website by June 30th, McMaster’s recommended deadline, if you require your funding in September.

Survey for Spring/Summer Part-Time Students: We want your input! Complete a three-minute survey to help us consider bursary options for funding part-time studies.

External Scholarships Page: Check out our new External Scholarships page for updated information on scholarships available through various companies/organizations.

Rhodes Scholarship Info Webinar: Missed the webinar? Lots of great information about the Rhodes application and experience is available in the webinar presentation (PDF)!


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