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McMaster University


Macmaster University, established 1887, is one of four Canadian Universities listed among the Top 100 Universities in the world. Renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery it has a student population of 23,000 and more than 150,000 alumni in 128 countries.

Historically, McMaster University is the outgrowth of educational work initiated by Baptists in central Canada as early as the 1830's. Named after Senator William McMaster (1811-1887), who bequeathed substantial funds to endow "a Christian school of learning", the University was incorporated under the terms of an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1887. The new University (housed in McMaster Hall in Toronto) offered courses in arts and theology. Degree programs began in 1890, with degrees first being conferred in 1894.

  • Year established
  • Registered students

Academic specialism

McMaster is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2014, and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, October 2014). A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, research and service. The McMaster Model, a student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. It is seventh on the list of Canada's top 50 research universities (Research Infosource, October 2014) and is home to more than 50 research centres and institutes. McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).


  • DeGroote School of Business
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

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McMaster University
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
ON L8S 4L8
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Regional campuses are located in Burlington, Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton. Hamilton is the ninth largest city in Canada, fourth largest in Ontario, and ranked as one of the top 10 places to do business in Canada. Situated on the Niagara escarpment, Hamilton is only 45 minutes from Toronto and the U.S. border.

McMaster's main campus is bicycle and pedestrian friendly and easily accessed by municipal (HSR bus service) and GO Transit. McMaster's Downtown Centre at 50 Main Street East is conveniently situated in the core of Hamilton and is very well-serviced by local transit and all out-of-town buses that arrive and depart from Hamilton's GO Centre.