Although its steel- and manufacturing-based economy gave Hamilton its “Steeltown” moniker, students need not be deterred by images of an industrial wasteland. McMaster is actually a green campus with ivy-covered buildings blending in with modern glass and steel. Located near lakefront conservation areas, pedestrians rule the school grounds, as cars are not allowed beyond the parking lots located along the campus perimeter. Students are as enthusiastic and engaged as the forward-thinking professors, thanks to the university’s innovative teaching methods. In particular, the inquiry approach—a form of self-directed, problem-based learning—originated with the well-respected medical school, and universities around the world, including Harvard, continue to use Mac as a model. Students can take a break at the on-campus planetarium or the art gallery. President Patrick Deane lays out the school’s priorities: maximizing the undergraduate experience, building stronger community connections and driving research excellence. “We must serve our community by cultivating human potential in rapidly changing circumstances,” Deane says. “We must teach our lessons and gather our data, not only in lecture halls and laboratories, but also in the streets, shops and clinics, and the very landscape we inhabit.”
• Engineering and Management: This five-year program gives students the skills of an engineer combined with business fundamentals; students learn to solve complex industry problems with an interdisciplinary team approach.
• Justice, Political Philosophy and Law: Offering a cross-disciplinary range of courses, this program examines the world’s political and legal landscape, preparing students to go on in the fields of law, philosophy, politics, education, human rights or public policy.
• Health Sciences: Another example of the interdisciplinary approach; considers health and discovery sciences from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives.
• Modern Countercultures: Explore media from the mid-19th century to the present that worked against the grain of society. Students study the topics of surrealism, futurism, the beats, the sixties, situationism and punk.
• Stellar Structure: Study the inside workings of stars and their life cycles, including neutron stars, white dwarfs, and black holes.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
Arts: 75% to 78%
Science: 84% to 89%
|$7,206||Not provided||Full-time: 21,479
|3,578 (3,050 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 80.3%