McMaster University: Statistics



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#128 of 14,131 In the World
#75 of 2,597 In North America
#8 of 101 In Canada
#3 of 24 In Ontario
#9 of 3,646 For Health Science
Top100 For 74 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* McMaster University is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate or recognized foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to April (September - December; January-April)
Full time employee1,413
Student:staff ratio20:1

Research profile

McMaster University is a world-class research university with 140,000 scientific papers published and 4,709,182 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Psychology, Pathology, and Environmental Science.


McMaster University majors

by publication & citation count

83,562 / 3,312,987
82,793 / 3,253,111
63,324 / 2,425,220
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
62,425 / 2,083,445
54,675 / 1,676,418
Computer Science
53,211 / 1,851,997
52,831 / 1,589,169
46,726 / 1,913,834
44,137 / 1,979,810
Environmental Science
42,778 / 1,437,327
38,490 / 1,782,893
37,506 / 1,417,077
Quantum and Particle physics
35,047 / 1,038,312
34,652 / 1,301,981
Political Science
32,435 / 1,122,849
31,853 / 1,404,123
30,963 / 1,102,799
30,602 / 1,206,659
29,677 / 1,309,937
26,891 / 827,890
Organic Chemistry
26,494 / 863,816
25,187 / 837,226
Materials Science
25,016 / 661,970
23,431 / 840,975
Geography and Cartography
20,574 / 596,392
20,320 / 648,919
18,217 / 613,292
16,674 / 656,824
16,040 / 698,371
15,814 / 606,557
15,321 / 561,186
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
15,269 / 425,539
Optical Engineering
15,090 / 399,668
Public Health
15,077 / 568,449
14,820 / 532,897
14,649 / 362,514
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
13,576 / 548,435
Health Science
13,550 / 694,598
12,925 / 469,369
12,296 / 346,229

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 1300 13102
1992 1383 15107
1993 1473 15203
1994 1452 17980
1995 1442 19440
1996 1578 22709
1997 1667 25453
1998 1642 29328
1999 1733 33117
2000 1876 38535
2001 1842 42878
2002 2302 49435
2003 2280 57194
2004 2544 61897
2005 2937 71105
2006 3146 79289
2007 3319 91807
2008 3500 100368
2009 3707 115180
2010 3835 128799
2011 4190 148233
2012 4648 166069
2013 4947 186058
2014 5087 199386
2015 5301 212649
2016 5780 227085
2017 5712 237948
2018 6089 260470
2019 6555 288411
2020 7561 345813
2021 7830 388663
2022 7475 409118
2023 7378 412856
Academic rankings


The tuition table for McMaster University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Domestic Tuition (CAD) International Tuition (CAD)
Arts & Science 6,840 27,000
Business 15,000 45,000
Engineering 12,500 43,000
Health Sciences 15,000 45,000
Humanities 6,840 27,000
Science 6,840 27,000

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by McMaster University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Baccalauréat spécialisé/Bachelor’s Degree - Honours Music
Maîtrise/Master's Degree Anthropology, Astronomy and Space Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economic and Finance Policy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Finance, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Health Administration, History, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Midwifery, Neurosciences, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Statistics
Diplôme et certificat de 2e cycle/Graduate Diploma and Certificate Accountancy, Behavioural Sciences, Epidemiology, Gender Studies, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Water Science
Doctorat/Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Neurosciences

McMaster University alumni

  1. John Candy

    John Candy
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1950-1994 (aged 44)
    comedianmanufacturerfilm actorscreenwriteractor

    John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian who is best known for his work in Hollywood films. Candy first rose to national prominence in the 1970s as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its SCTV sketch comedy series. He rose to international fame in the 1980s with his roles in comedic films such as Stripes, Splash, Brewster's Millions, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Spaceballs, The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, and Cool Runnings. He also appeared in supporting roles in The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Vacation, Little Shop of Horrors, and Home Alone, and featured in dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK.

  2. Eugene Levy

    Eugene Levy
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1946-.. (age 78)
    voice actormusiciancharacter actortelevision producercomedian

    Eugene Levy is a Canadian actor and comedian. Known for portraying flustered and unconventional figures, Levy has won multiple accolades throughout his career including four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011, and was made Companion of the Order of Canada in 2022.

  3. Martin Short

    Martin Short
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1950-.. (age 74)
    screenwritercomedianactorsingerfilm director

    Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian and American actor, comedian, and writer. Short is known as an energetic comedian who gained prominence for his roles in sketch comedy. He has also acted in numerous films and television shows. He has received various awards including two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. Short was awarded as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2019.

  4. Ivan Reitman

    Ivan Reitman
    Born in
    Slovakia Flag Slovakia
    1946-2022 (aged 76)
    film actorfilm producertheatrical directorproducerscreenwriter

    Ivan Reitman was a Czechoslovak-born Canadian filmmaker. He was best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.

All 100 notable alumni

McMaster University faculties and divisions

Centre : Child Studies Child Care and Development
Centre : Climate Change Meteorology
Centre : Emerging Device Technologies Technology
Centre : Evaluation of Medicines Medicine
Centre : Functional Genomics Genetics
Centre : Gene Therapeutics Genetics
Centre : Health Economics and Policy Analysis Economics
Centre : Microbial Chemical Biology Biology
Centre : Minimal Access Surgery Surgery
Centre : Peace Studies Peace and Disarmament
Centre : Statistics Canada Research Data Statistics
Centre : Surgical Invention and Innovation Surgery
College : Mc Master Divinity College Religion, Theology
Faculty : Engineering Biomedical Engineering, Business Computing, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Drawing and Design, Engineering Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Production Engineering, Software Engineering, Technology
Faculty : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Behavioural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Haematology, Health Sciences, Immunology, Medical Auxiliaries, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosciences, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Physical Therapy, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Rheumatology, Social and Preventive Medicine, Statistics, Surgery, Urology
Faculty : Humanities Acting, Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Cinema and Television, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, English, Film, Fine Arts, French, Gender Studies, German, Greek (Classical), History, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Multimedia, Music, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Painting and Drawing, Peace and Disarmament, Performing Arts, Philology, Philosophy, Polish, Printing and Printmaking, Russian, Sculpture, Spanish, Theatre, Women's Studies
Faculty : Science Astronomy and Space Science, Behavioural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geochemistry, Geography, Geography (Human), Mathematics, Neurosciences, Physical Therapy, Physics, Psychology, Radiology, Statistics, Water Science
Faculty : Social Sciences Accountancy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Religious Studies, Behavioural Sciences, Bible, Business Administration, Christian Religious Studies, Cognitive Sciences, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Environmental Studies, Experimental Psychology, Finance, Geography (Human), Gerontology, Health Sciences, International Business, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Studies, Islamic Theology, Judaic Religious Studies, Labour and Industrial Relations, Linguistics, Neurosciences, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Water Science
Institute : Automotive Research and Technology Automotive Engineering
Institute : Confucius Asian Studies, Chinese
Institute : Energy Studies Energy Engineering
Institute : Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Biotechnology, Molecular Biology
Institute : Polymer Production Technology Polymer and Plastics Technology
Institute : Respiratory Health Respiratory Therapy
Institute : Transportation and Logistics Transport and Communications, Transport Management
Institute : Water, Environment and Health Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Water Science
Research Division : Child Health Health Administration
Research Division : Childhood Disability Rehabilitation and Therapy
Research Division : eBusiness E-Business/Commerce
Research Division : Gerontological Health Gerontology
Research Division : Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Division : Management of Innovation and New Technology Engineering Management, Technology
Research Division : Manufacturing Production Engineering
Research Division : Materials Materials Engineering
Research Division : Medical Imagining Informatics Medical Technology
Research Division : Network for Evaluation of Education and Training Technologies Educational Technology
Research Division : Population Health Public Health
Research Division : Promotion of Women's Health Women's Studies
Research Division : Pulp and Paper Paper Technology
Research Division : Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Demography and Population, Economics
Research Division : Steel Metal Techniques
Research Division : Surgical Outcomes Surgery
School : Business Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Engineering Management, Finance, Human Resources, Information Sciences, Management, Marketing
School : Graduate Studies Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Astronomy and Space Science, Behavioural Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Cultural Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, English, French, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, Greek (Classical), Health Administration, Health Sciences, History, Labour and Industrial Relations, Latin, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Medical Technology, Metal Techniques, Neurosciences, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping

General information

Alternative names Mac
Founded 1887
Motto All things cohere in Christ
Colors maroon, gray

Location and contacts

Address 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S4L8
City population 569,000

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