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What Is the MSU?

The McMaster Students Union (MSU), is the largest group on campus representing approximately 24,000 undergraduate students of McMaster University. All students enrolled in 18 (or more) units are members of the MSU. The MSU serves students in two main areas; political representation and the enhancement of student life.

The MSU operates 25 different services and businesses to serve the needs of students. As well, the organization is the front line of student advocacy. The MSU advocates for student interests at the university, municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government.

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The McMaster Students Union main office is located in MUSC 201.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Phone: 905-525-9140, extension 22003

Fax: 905-529-3208

Email: oclerk@msu.mcmaster.ca

 

If you have a question or would like more information about a specific MSU service, please contact the manager directly. Full staff list is available for download below:

MSU Staff Contact List

 

1. What does MSU membership mean?

All full-time undergraduate students (18 units or more) are members of the McMaster Students Union. MSU membership gives you access to the MSU Health and Dental plans and allows you to work at one of the 35 businesses and services offered by the MSU. As an MSU member, you also have the right to run for a position and/or vote in the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) elections, as well as the MSU Presidential election.

2. Who are my representatives?

At the department/faculty level, every student is represented by members of the Student Representative Assembly (SRA). Each faculty is represented in the SRA by a number of student leaders weighted to the size of the faculty (larger faculties posses more student representatives). Moreover, at the university, provincial and federal levels, students are represented by the Executive of the MSU, comprised of the President and three Vice Presidents.

3. Who is the Executive of the MSU?

There are four members of the Executive, called the Board of Directors. For each new academic year, the Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice-President of Administration, Vice-President of Finance and the Vice-President of Education.

Click here to meet the current Board of Directors.

4. What fees do I pay?

There are numerous types of ancillary fees charged to students, in addition to the cost of tuition.  Programs, faculties and auxiliary university services (e.g Student Wellness Centre, Athletics & Recreation) all charge respective fees.  The MSU charges an Organization fee that pays for all of the MSU services, as well as fees associated with the students insurance plans and HSR bus pass.  For a comprehensive student fee breakdown, see the charts below:

 

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