McMaster University


About McMaster University

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McMaster has an illustrious history — it opened in 1890 in Toronto. However it soon outgrew its original premises and moved to a much larger sprawling campus in the industrial town of Hamilton in the 1930s. To this day it retains much of its old-world charm. The grounds, for example are surrounded by the Royal Botanical Gardens and the campus is basically off-limits to cars. This gives its 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students room to wander and find quiet places to study. The school regularly scores in the top 100 globally and is a top 10 Canadian school. Its alumni include business leaders, Noble laureates, and notable government officials both in Canada and internationally. McMaster is also well-known for its innovative teaching methods. In particular, the self-directed, problem-based approach to learning — known as the inquiry approach — was developed at Mac and can continue to be found at institutions all over the world including Harvard.

Signature Programs:

Health Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Social Sciences, MBA


Average Acceptance GPA: 85.0%

Admission requirements may vary by faculty and study program. Please consult the institution for further details.

International Students

16% International Student Body

International students will be well taken care of at McMaster: it has one of the best international student services in the country. One of the founding members of the U15 (Canada's Association of top research universities) McMaster has a well-deserved reputation as a foremost research institution moving billions of dollars through the Canadian economy every year.

Tuition Costs

Tuition fees for international students range from $15,373.26 to $40,658.21 per year, depending on the program.

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  • Watch: the McMaster Engineering Musical, an annual musical production that is written, directed, and cast by engineers.
  • Visit: downtown Hamilton for its lively restaurants, cafes, and music scene.
  • Read: the Plumbline, the main satire magazine of McMaster University.
  • Surprises: enjoy student clubs? McMaster has over 2 of them, with a little of something for everyone.

About Hamilton, Ontario via Wikipedia

Hamilton (2011 population 519,949; UA population 670,580; CMA population 721,053) is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was formed through the amalgamation of the former city and the other constituent lower-tier municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth with the upper-tier regional government. Residents of the old city are known as Hamiltonians. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario. Read more...

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