McMaster University Fast Facts

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Our Mission

  • 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.


Our History

  • 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.


Our Strengths

  • One of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2015, and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, September 2015).
  • 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 2015, bringing in $310.6 million in sponsored research income in 2014.
  • First in the country for total corporate research income ($588.7 million) and total corporate research income as a percentage of total university income (35.1 per cent).
  • Home to more than 62 research centres and institutes.
  • The only North American host site of a United Nations University, 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.


Our Students

  • 22,558 full-time undergraduates and 3,519 full-time graduate students for a total full-time student population of 26,077.
  • 30,117: total student population, including part-time, interns/residents and Divinity College.
  • International students represent 79 countries.
  • In fall 2014, international graduate students represented 21 per cent of the graduate student body.
  • Average entering grade is 87.6 per cent.
  • Students entering with an average of at least 90 per cent now comprise 32 per cent of the student population.


Our Alumni

  • 171,528 alumni represent 137 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.


Our Faculty

  • 985 full-time instructional faculty (excluding clinical educators).
  • 93 per cent of full-time faculty members have a PhD or MD.
  • Full-time faculty members represent 57 countries (not including Canada).
  • McMaster's estimated total research income for 2014-2015 is $324.6 million, which includes affiliated hospitals.
  • Research intensity of more than $339,500 per full-time faculty member, nearly double the national average. ("Research intensity" measures research income per full-time faculty member.)
  • 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.


Our Staff


Our Surroundings

  • 300 acres of scenic property.
  • 30-acre central core designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Explore the natural beauty in McMaster's own backyard at Nature@McMaster.


Our Location

  • 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.