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McMaster University was founded in 1887 in the city of Toronto by Senator William McMaster. The University was a bequest from Senator William McMaster, a member of the first senate after Confederation, founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and chair of the Great Western Railway. As the facility grew, it was apparent more campus space was needed. In 1930, McMaster University relocated to the city of Hamilton.

World Class Rankings

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023. McMaster has been ranked 33rd in the world in the THE’s Education’s University Impact Rankings for 2023, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Leaders in Teaching & Research

In 2018, McMaster received the Global Teaching Excellence Award from the Higher Education Academy for the university’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement. McMaster consistently ranks among Canada’s most research-intensive universities and placed second in graduate student research intensity in the 2022 Research Infosource rankings.

Student Centered Learning

The McMaster Method, a problem-based, student centred approach to learning has been adopted world wide.

Renowned Research Centres & Institutes

McMaster is home to more than 60 research centres and institutes that cross boundaries and disciplines. McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).


Helping Students Excel Outside of the Classroom

Whether you are an athlete, artist or world traveler, McMaster’s student life has something for everyone. McMaster has over 350 student-led clubs on campus, more than 70 international exchange agreements and world- class athletic facilities. Our athletic facilities have been home to National Women’s Basketball Champions in 2019 and National Football Champions in 2011.

Our Students

  • McMaster is home to 32,174 undergraduates and 5,363 graduate students, for a total student population of 37,537.
  • In the 2022/2023 academic year, 17% of all McMaster students were international students, from 125 countries.
  • International graduate students represented 29% of the graduate student body in fall 2022/2023.
  • The percentage of undergraduates registering with an admission average of 90% and above has risen from 13.9% in 2000 to 70.1% in 2022/2023.

Our Alumni

  • More than 227,028 alumni represent 147 countries, including Canada.
  • Our alumni are cabinet ministers, business leaders, scientists, professional musicians, university presidents, Hollywood actors, Olympians, and an astronaut.
  • Nobel laureates: Professor Emeritus Bertram Brockhouse, co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics; alumnus Myron Scholes, co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics; alumna Donna Strickland, co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Our Faculty and Staff

  • McMaster is home to 992 full-time instructional faculty members (excluding clinical educators), 111 endowed chairs, 86 allotted Canada Research Chairs, 13 endowed professorships, one Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair, two Ontario Research Chairs.
  • Research intensity (research income per full-time faculty member) averages $419,000 at McMaster.
  • Selected as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for the past nine years in a row.
  • Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the past six years in a row.
  • The university employs more than 17,000 people in 11 employee groups.

McMaster Fast Facts

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