The University, through its continued dedication to innovative
education and ground-breaking research, has earned its reputation as one of the
leading post- secondary institutions in Canada.
McMaster is a medium sized, full-service university offering
educational programmes through six Faculties. The extensive activity in
research, supported by more than $74 million in grants and contracts, means
there are first-class libraries and sophisticated facilities. More than 13,000
full-time students attend McMaster University, 1,500 of whom are pursuing
advanced degrees offered through the School of Graduate Studies. In Addition,
about 4,000 part-time students are registered in the Fall/Winter session, from
September to April, and 3,500 in the Spring/Summer session from May to August.
The University also provides courses in centres located outside Hamilton, for
which full credit is granted.
Most of the 1,000 members of the University faculty hold doctoral
degrees in their areas of specialization. Faculty members are expected to teach
both graduate and undergraduate courses and may be involved in the academic
counselling of students.
The University's diverse academic programmes are supported by some
fine, and even unique, facilities. The University Library is a member of the
Association of Research Libraries and contains over 1.6 million volumes, and
has subscriptions to nearly 14,000 periodical titles. The Library has an
extensive special collections section which includes the
Archives, 18th Century materials and major Canadian collections. Facilities
for programmes in the Humanities include modern language laboratories, music
rehearsal rooms, art studios, an art gallery and seminar rooms. The work of the
Faculties of Science and Engineering is supported by sophisticated facilities,
which include a nuclear reactor and Van de Graaff Accelerator. Computing
facilities include mainframes, terminal clusters, and microcomputers. The
Faculty of Engineering has arranged for students to lease or purchase
The recreation and intramural programmes offer more than 30
different sports in which over 5,000 students participate. The intercollegiate
Athletic Programme provides 17 sports for men and 15 for women. The athletic
facilities include a 50-metre pool, a 400-metre, all-weather track, as well as
fully equipped laboratories for exercise, physiology and biomechanics.
McMaster campus, which is restricted to pedestrian traffic, is
adjacent to the Royal Botanical
Gardens at the western end of Lake Ontario. On-campus men's, women's and
co-educational residences are available for about 2,765 students.
The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton, Ontario, and the activities that a major city
has to offer. Students can get there by car or by
taking one of the buses from the region's public transit system, which make
frequent stops on campus.