Why McMaster?

Located in the vibrant city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, McMaster University is the proud home to over 32,000 undergraduate students. As one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities, we cultivate a community that unites the best and brightest minds within our diverse student body. Our unique program combinations encourage collaboration across disciplines, inspiring transformative real-world change.

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World Class Rankings

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023

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Life in Hamilton

Safe. Welcoming. Multicultural. Vibrant. Learn about our home city.

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Teaching Excellence

We take teaching and learning seriously, and it shows. Our vision and reputation for outstanding teaching is why we were awarded the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award. The McMaster Method — small group, problem-based learning with early exposure to relevant real-world experience — has been adopted by countless universities around the world. It’s all part of our mission to discover, share and preserve knowledge with a commitment to creativity, excellence and innovation in teaching.

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Research Intensity

McMaster is consistently ranked among Canada’s most research-intensive universities (Research Infosource 2022). In 2022, we were ranked #2 in faculty research intensity and graduate student research intensity. With a total research income of $374.6 million, McMaster research teams are making discoveries and advancing knowledge in every discipline.

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Residence & Housing

Every student deserves a great place to call home. McMaster supports on and off-campus student success through inclusion, community engagement and activities that promote personal growth, health and well-being.

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Student Services & Accessibility

McMaster has supports to help our students through their program and beyond. From counseling at the Student Wellness Centre to career help at the Student Success Centre, we’re here to help you at every step.