McMaster University

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McMaster University – In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and society.

Our History

  • Founded in 1887 by Senator William McMaster, first president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce
  • Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930
  • University colours: maroon and grey (since 1912)
  • Celebrated 125th anniversary in 2011

Our Strengths

  • One of the Top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2012)
  • The “McMaster Model” – a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning – has been adopted by universities around the world
  • With a total sponsored research income of $325.9 million, McMaster University ranks sixth in the country in research intensity – a measure of research income per full-time faculty member – averaging $248,600 per faculty member (Research Infosource Inc., 2012)
  • McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
  • McMaster participates in more than 70 international exchange agreements around the globe
  • World-class athletic facilities; Vanier Cup champions, 2011

Our Students

  • 21,025 full-time undergraduate students
  • 3,436 full-time graduate students
  • Average entering grade of 86.3 per cent
  • 100 per cent of entering students with averages of 75 per cent or higher
  • More than 150,000 alumni living in 140 countries
  • 92.8 per cent of our graduates are employed within two years (institution rate, 2012)

Our Faculty

  • 1,377 full-time faculty (including clinicians)
  • 91 per cent of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree
  • Full-time faculty represents citizens of 59 countries (not including Canada)
  • Former home to Dr. Bertram Brockhouse, co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the 14th Canadian ever to win the prestigious award)


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