McMaster University



Founded in 1887, McMaster University owes its origin to the personal fortune of Senator William McMaster, one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs of the 19th century. Today, McMaster's beautiful, tree-lined campus bustles with more than 17,000 full-time and part-time students and boasts some of the best facilities in Canada, including a new active, real-time stock exchange trading room, a research nuclear reactor, an extensive library system and one of the finest public art galleries in the country. These facilities support a rich variety of programs that have made McMaster one of the top teaching and research institutions in Canada. Our innovations are many: the first medical school to train doctors using small-group, problem-based learning; 'theme schools' that promote in-depth interaction of students and faculty across the disciplines; and programs that stress critical thinking and problem-solving skills to give our graduates an edge in the emerging knowledge-based, global economy. Its no wonder McMaster has earned a reputation as one of Canada's most innovative universities.

Areas of Expertise

McMaster University specializes in Research, Medicine and other Health Sciences programs and Theme Schools. McMaster also has innovative programming options in: Arts and Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences departments; and Engineering and Management/Society. Students can minor in almost every academic subject and have access to many internship and co-op opportunities.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:74 beds
Co-ed:3,611 beds

There are approximately 2900 bed spaces available to first year students. On-campus residence fees range from $4,105 to $6,680 (excluding meal plans). The newest residence opened in fall 2006. It accommodates 390 students in single and double rooms equipped with a private bathroom and offer the same amenities as the other traditional residences.

Off Campus Housing

There is ample housing available off-campus within close walking or busing distance. The Off-campus Resource Centre is available to assist students in their research of off-campus housing options. Please visit the website for details.

Incoming Students

Services available to first-year students include one-day sessions, by the Centre for Student Development, to help students prepare for university and an open house for students and parents.


McMaster supports over 120 student clubs covering a broad range of subjects.

Information Technology

Students have access to five computing labs with over 300 computers. All labs provide access to popular and specialized software programs. Every student can register for an e-mail account, free of charge, with full access to the Internet. The enhanced campus modem pool service has in excess of 136 lines at 33.6 baud and 69 lines at 56 baud, both with PPP service. Rates are currently $0.40/hour for 33.6K and $0.50/hour for 56K. A limited free of charge 14.4 to 28.8 baud modem pool is also available. Student residences are wired with Ethernet connections to provide students with high-speed computer network connections. The McMaster University General Student Information system (MUGSI) is a World Wide Web interface to student data, which allows students to view and print their University related academic, financial and personal information, which the University has recorded about them.


Cultural services and institutions include the McMaster Museum of Art, Drama and Music productions and performances, various guest lectures and special exhibits.

Special Services

An Indigenous Studies counsellor and ability and access staff provide services for Native students and students with disabilities. A sexual harassment officer and human rights officer assist both male and female students in confidence. The Centre for Student Development can assist students with many issues including the accessibility of campus facilities, the provision of special equipment and alternative media formats and referrals to professional services or community resources.

Affiliated Institutions

McMaster University is associated with the following research centers and institutions: McMaster Divinity College, Bertrand Russell Editorial Project, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design (CAPPA-D), Centre for Antimicrobial Biotechnology, Centre for Electrophotonic Materials and Devices, Centre for Gene Therapeutics, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Centre for Peace Studies, Centre for Pulp and Paper Research, Centre for the Evaluation of Medicines, Centre for Studies of Children at Risk, Communications Research Laboratory, Experimental Economics Laboratory, Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre (St. Joseph's Hospital), Geographical Information Systems Laboratory, Hamilton Civic Hospitals Research Centre, Hamilton Clinical Research Institute, Health and Social Services Utilization Research Unit, Health Information Research Unit, Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Institute for Energy Studies, Institute for Environment and Health, Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Institute for Polymer Production Technology, Institute for the Study of Ancient And Forensic DNA, Intelligent Machines and Manufacturing Research Centre, Management of Innovation and New Technology, McMaster Accelerator Laboratory, McMaster Nuclear Reactor, McMaster Health Sciences International, McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health, Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization and Outcomes Research Unit, Power Research Laboratory, R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Gerontological Health Research, Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, Steel Research Centre, Supportive Cancer Care Research Unit and the William J. McCallion Planetarium.

International Involvement

McMaster University has become increasingly involved around the world in exchange agreements, institutional linkages and externally-funded international projects and programs concerned with collaborative research, education and human resource development and with improving the delivery of services in such sectors as business, environmental protection, community health, engineering and technology development and transfer. The Office of International Affairs has taken on an expanded international role that seeks to coordinate and facilitate McMaster's expertise in a highly complex and changing global environment. The Office of International Affairs facilitates international collaboration and co-ordinates activities that brings McMaster closer to the University's vision of being acclaimed internationally for its research, education and community service. Our mandates continue to grow however, our four main areas include: international development projects; international programs; international student recruitment; and international alumni communications. An international student's advisor provides administrative services for international students and McMaster students who wish to study abroad for a short period.

Campus Tour

Please contact us at least a few working days in advance to book any campus visit. You will receive all the details about where to park, start times and locations, etc., so that we can ensure that the necessary arrangements have been made on your behalf before you arrive. To book your campus visit, please contact Campus Tours. Regular Campus Orientation Visits consist of a one and a half-hour campus tour, providing an overview of the entire campus. It includes visit to one residence building and is conducted by a student tour guide. These visits are available Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by appointment. Visits on other days including weekends, can be arranged often within one week's notice.


McMaster University will also be conducting a Fall Preview. This university-wide Open House will feature a visit to display areas and a talk with representatives from academic, service area and student groups in a relaxed and informal Roam Around Session in the main gym. Campus tours will also be available at specific times. A March Break, Spring Open House will also take place. This will provide students with another opportunity to meet with academic, service and student representatives in one place at one time. This Open House will feature a Morning Roam Around Session, scheduled tours and an afternoon session about financial planning.

Modified on May 24, 2019