Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only five Canadian universities (and one of only two in Ontario) consistently ranked among the Top 100 in the world by the major global ranking systems.
A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. In the 1960s, we pioneered the problem-based approach to learning that came to be known around the world as "the McMaster model".
Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes, McMaster is comprised of six faculties: The DeGroote School of Business, and the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences.
With a total full-time student population of close to 28,000, McMaster welcomes students from 98 countries as well as Canada. The percentage of undergraduates registering with an admission average of 90 per cent and above has risen from 13.5 per cent in 2000 to 35.4 per cent in 2015.
McMaster's main campus, located in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario, is comprised of 300 acres of scenic property at the western end of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Our 30-acre central core is designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Waterfront Trail, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
McMaster University also has four regional campuses: downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Niagara.
Some highlights of the Westdale campus:
Libraries – The McMaster University Library consists of Mills Memorial Library (Humanities and Social Sciences), Innis Library in Kenneth Taylor Hall (Business), the H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering, and the Health Sciences Library in the Health Sciences Centre.
McMaster Museum of Art – Officially opened to the public in June 1994, the Museum contains five exhibition galleries, a paper centre and an educational access gallery. The Museum offers year-round exhibitions, as well as visiting artist talks, seminars, tours, workshops and concerts.
Athletics and Recreation – McMaster's athletic facilities include the Ronald Joyce Stadium, the Ivor Wynne Centre, the David Braley Athletic Centre, nine gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized pool, 200m indoor track, squash courts, a climbing wall, the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, and one of the largest university fitness centres in Canada.
Student Housing – The university owns and operates 12 on-campus residence buildings. Traditional residences offer co-ed, single-sex, small, medium and large floor/building choices. Apartment-style living is offered in two residences: Bates Residence and Mary E. Keyes Residence.
Conference Services – Conference Services provides custom-tailored events, arranging housing, meals, meeting requirements, parking, recreation, audio-visual and much more, so participants can feel at home and welcome at McMaster.
Research Reactor – Opened in 1959, the McMaster Nuclear Reactor was the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. Today, the MNR is one of the world's largest suppliers of the medical isotope iodine-125, used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
McMaster Fast Facts
- At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge.
- In our teaching, research and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence.
- We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do.
- We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for lifelong learning.
- We serve the social, cultural and economic needs of our community and our society.
- Founded in 1887 in Toronto through a bequest from the estate of Senator William McMaster, a member of the first senate after Confederation and founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
- Maroon and grey were adopted as the official colours in 1912.
- Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930.
- Celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2012.
- One of only five Canadian universities (and one of only two in Ontario) consistently ranked among the Top 100 in the world by the major global ranking systems.
- A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, research and service.
- The McMaster Model, a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide.
- Eighth in Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2016, bringing in $324.6 million in sponsored research income in 2015.
- Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes.
- The only university in Canada to serve as host to the United Nations University through the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
- More than 70 international exchange agreements.
- World-class athletic facilities; 2011 Vanier Cup national football champions and 2012/2014 Vanier Cup finalists.
- 24,473 undergraduate and 3,514 graduate students, for a total full-time student population of 27,987.
- International students represent 98 countries.
- In fall 2015, international graduate students represented 20 per cent of the graduate student body.
- The percentage of undergraduates registering with an admission average of 90 per cent and above has risen from 13.5 per cent in 2000 to 35.4 per cent in 2015.
- More than 182,000 alumni represent 134 countries.
- 90.36 per cent of our graduates find careers within two years.
- Cabinet ministers, business leaders, scientists, university presidents, Hollywood actors, Olympians and astronauts.
- 955 full-time faculty members, of which 93.7 per cent hold doctoral degrees.
- Full-time faculty members represent 57 countries (not including Canada).
- Research intensity of $358,300 per full-time faculty member, nearly double the national average, placing second among Canada's top research universities. ("Research intensity" measures research income per full-time faculty member.)
- 82 endowed chairs, 69 Canada Research Chairs, six endowed professorships, six Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chairs, three Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chairs, and one Canada Excellence Research Chair.
- Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (a professor of physics at McMaster from 1962 until his retirement in 1982) was co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.
- Chosen as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for 2016 and 2017.
- One of the top 5 employers in Hamilton.
- Employing more than 10,900 staff members in 10 employee groups.
- Visit workingatmcmaster.ca.
- 300 acres of scenic property.
- 30-acre central core designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- The McMaster Forest: 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley.
- Explore the natural beauty in McMaster's own backyard at Nature@McMaster.
- Hamilton, Ontario: The Waterfall Capital of Canada.
- Close proximity to Toronto and Niagara Falls.
- Flourishing local arts community.
- Regional campuses in Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton.