Why McMaster?

McMaster is ranked among the world’s top 85 universities. Located in the vibrant city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, McMaster is home to over 31,000 undergraduate students. Bringing together the best and brightest minds within our diverse student body is the spark that makes a brighter world possible.

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Top 85 in the World

Consistently ranked in the world’s Top 100, McMaster placed 85th out of more than 1,500 institutions and fourth in Canada in the 2023 Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings.

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Life in Hamilton

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

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 named as one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities. In 2021, we were ranked #1 for graduate research funding and #2 in faculty research funding. With a total sponsored research income of $353.5 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.