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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 consistently ranked among the top 100 in the world (Shanghai Jiaotong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2016).
  • 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.

 

Our Students

  • 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.

 

Our Alumni

  • 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.

 

Our Faculty

  • 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.)
  • Sixth in the country for papers in peer-reviewed, scientific international journals, publishing 36,469.
  • 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.
  • The McMaster Forest: 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley.
  • 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.