McMaster University

McMaster University | Hamilton, Ont. | Founded 1887

McMaster engineering student

Students spend time in the Maker Space in Thode Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, September 22, 2017. (Photograph by Hannah Yoon)

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; 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. The university is home to its own low-powered nuclear reactor, which is used for research and to produce medical isotopes for cancer treatment. Meanwhile, students can take a break at the on-campus planetarium or check out the art gallery or archives.

“McMaster’s success is rooted in taking chances,” says president David Farrar. “Our greatest leaps forward have happened when people came together and imagined something totally new like problem-based learning. Even more importantly, they were encouraged to exercise their creativity, take a chance and do something astonishing.”

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Standout Programs
Global Health: Students acquire the skills and experience necessary to be global health professionals in international health organizations, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.
Integrated Science: In this interdisciplinary research-based program, students learn cutting-edge science and how it can be used to tackle society’s challenges. Students explore all areas of science using small class sizes and problem-based learning.
Integrated Business and Humanities: This interdisciplinary program emphasizes responsible leadership and management tactics for a changing global economy. There is a strong focus on community engagement and sustainable business practices.

Cool Courses
Sport and/as Religion: Examine the relationship between sport and religion, including ritual aspects of sport and the religious dimensions of social interaction in sports.
Water and the Environment: This course explores various environmental issues related to water, from natural disasters to man-made projects and pollution.

$7,331 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78-80% · Science: 85-90% · Commerce: 85.5-88% · Engineering: 90-95%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 27,213 · Part-time: 1,077
Graduates: Full-time: 4,088 · Part-time: 769
International Students: First-year: 12.2% ·
Graduate: 31.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 4,123 (3,987 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $11,230 to $11,920· Single room with meals: $12,270 to $12,920 · Apartment-style: $8,325 to $9,000

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