About McMaster

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Each year, McMaster's Bachelor of Health Sciences program receives 3,000 applicants for 160 positions.

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 2014, and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, October 2014).
  • A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, research and service.
  • The McMaster Model, a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that has been adopted worldwide.
  • Seventh on the list of Canada's top 50 research universities (Research Infosource Inc., October 2014).
  • Home to more than 50 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

  • 21,441 full-time undergraduate students and 3,519 full-time graduate students (Fall 2014).
  • 30,117: total student population, including part-time, interns/residents and Divinity College (Fall 2014).
  • McMaster students hail from 92 countries plus Canada.
  • Average entering grade is 87.08 per cent.
  • Students entering with an average of at least 90 per cent now comprise 27.6 per cent of the student population.


Our Alumni

  • 170,654 alumni in 137 countries plus Canada (August 2014).
  • 92.3 per cent of our graduates find successful careers within two years.
  • Our alumni collectively gave more than $8.3 million to McMaster in 2013.
  • Cabinet ministers, business leaders, scientists, university presidents, Hollywood actors, Olympians and astronauts.


Our Faculty

  • 1,413 full-time instructional faculty, including clinicians.
  • 94 per cent of our full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree.
  • Our full-time faculty hail from 69 countries plus Canada.
  • McMaster attracted more than $322.5 million in sponsored research income in 2013 (Statistics Canada).
  • Research intensity of more than $234,000 per full-time faculty member, well above the national average of $175,900 (Research Infosource Inc., October 2014).
  • Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (professor of physics at McMaster from 1962 until his retirement in 1982) was co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.


Our Surroundings

  • 300 acres of scenic property
  • Pedestrian-friendly campus
  • Quiet, residential neighbourhood
  • Outdoor recreational attractions and quaint Westdale Village nearby
  • Explore the natural beauty in McMaster's own backyard at Nature@McMaster


Our Location

  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • The Waterfall Capital of Canada
  • Fourth largest city in Ontario; ninth in the country
  • Close proximity to Toronto and Niagara Falls
  • Flourishing local arts community
  • Regional campuses in Burlington, Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton

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