About McMaster University

About McMaster

McMaster's innovative Bachelor of Health Sciences program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of health. Currently one of McMaster's most popular and premier programs, the honours program has grown to 300 students since it was first offered in September 2000. The program continues to enjoy much success, with more than 3,000 prospective students applying each year.
Our Vision

In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and society.

From McMaster's Mission and Vision Statement

Our History

  • Founded in 1887 by Senator William McMaster-first president of the Bank of Commerce
  • Moved to Hamilton in 1930
  • University colours: maroon and grey (since 1912)

Our Strengths

  • One of the Top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking of world universities)
  • The "McMaster Model" - a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning-has been adopted by universities around the world.
  • With a total sponsored research income of $345 million, McMaster University ranks first in the country in research intensity--a measure of research income per full-time faculty member--averaging $308,000 per faculty member. ( Research Infosource Inc., 2006)
  • McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University.
  • McMaster participates in more than 40 international exchange agreements around the globe.

Our Students

  • 21,173 full-time undergraduate students
  • 3,025 full-time graduate students
  • Average entering grade of 84.3 per cent
  • 100 per cent of entering students with averages of 75 per cent or higher
  • 140,000 alumni in 128 countries
  • 96 per cent of our graduates are employed within two years (October 2006)

Our Faculty

  • 894 fulltime instructional faculty members, 1,434 (including clinical faculty
  • 96.7 per cent of faculty with PhDs
  • Dr. Bertram Brockhouse, co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for physics - only the 14th Canadian ever to win the prestigious award

Our Surroundings

  • 300 acres of property
  • 30 acres central core
  • Pedestrian campus
  • Quiet, residential neighbourhood
  • Hiking and mountain biking trails

Our Location

  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Fourth largest city in Ontario, ninth in Canada
  • 68 kms from Toronto; 71 from U.S. border
  • No. 7 on a ranking of the best cities in Canada in which to do business (Canadian Business magazine, September 2008)