McMaster University was founded in 1877 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.
McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 70 in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2021. McMaster has been ranked 17th in the world in the THE’s Education’s University Impact Rankings for 2020, based on the Sustainable development Goals of the United Nations.
In 2018, McMaster received the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award from the Higher Education Academy for our strength’s in experiential learning and our commitment to global engagement. McMaster has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university in 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Research Infosource.
The McMaster Method, a problem-based, student centred approach to learning has been adopted world wide.
McMaster is home to more than 70 research centres and institutes that cross boundaries and disciplines. It is in these facilities that we advance basic research and increase our capacity to work on the world’s research stage. McMaster is only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
Whether you are an athlete, an 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. In fact, our athletic facilities have been home to our National Women’s Basketball Champions in 2019 and our National Football Champions in 2011.