McMaster University: Statistics

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#131 of 14,131 In the World
#78 of 2,597 In North America
#8 of 101 In Canada
#3 of 24 In Ontario
#7 of 3,286 For Health Science
Top100 For 79 other topics
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Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate59%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate or recognized foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to April (September - December; January-April)
Full time employee1,413
Student:staff ratio21:1

We've calculated the 59% acceptance rate for McMaster University based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

McMaster University is a world-class research university with 121,596 scientific papers published and 4,026,164 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, Pathology, and Environmental Science.


McMaster University majors

by publication & citation count

72,691 / 2,809,310
71,318 / 2,753,586
55,209 / 2,093,337
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
51,970 / 1,722,361
46,842 / 1,406,705
45,267 / 1,340,617
Computer Science
44,226 / 1,547,100
39,948 / 1,617,331
37,822 / 1,658,811
Environmental Science
35,933 / 1,193,383
33,763 / 1,543,141
33,071 / 1,230,534
Quantum and Particle physics
29,352 / 843,125
28,938 / 1,078,338
27,218 / 1,185,904
Political Science
26,408 / 923,335
25,794 / 1,072,939
25,525 / 995,506
25,074 / 903,504
Organic Chemistry
22,795 / 727,576
22,104 / 696,734
Materials Science
21,552 / 561,993
20,903 / 672,742
19,620 / 687,381
Geography and Cartography
16,991 / 490,084
16,832 / 539,154
15,076 / 511,823
14,246 / 594,712
13,824 / 533,229
13,325 / 507,280
12,822 / 471,781
Public Health
12,675 / 480,465
12,672 / 470,552
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
12,635 / 343,642
Optical Engineering
12,482 / 316,222
11,752 / 290,947
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
11,733 / 456,435
Health Science
11,472 / 565,894
10,676 / 401,883
10,047 / 363,433

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 1141 10347
1991 1207 11536
1992 1269 13512
1993 1359 13648
1994 1339 16129
1995 1331 17363
1996 1418 20461
1997 1517 23019
1998 1487 26400
1999 1575 29830
2000 1700 34329
2001 1685 38163
2002 1763 42516
2003 1895 50199
2004 2187 53773
2005 2470 61982
2006 2698 69630
2007 2903 80972
2008 3247 89483
2009 3392 102255
2010 3427 112459
2011 3700 130637
2012 4074 148957
2013 4380 166564
2014 4665 180339
2015 4814 194483
2016 5093 204013
2017 5376 224734
2018 5284 226635
2019 5955 259408
2020 6867 312689
2021 8018 395096
2022 6927 388753
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)
    manufacturercomedianfilm directortelevision actoractor

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

  2. Eugene Levy

    Eugene Levy
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1946-.. (age 77)
    musicianvoice actorfilm directorwriterfilm producer

    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 73)
    voice actorfilm directorsingeractorcomedian

    Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian actor, comedian, and writer. 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 actortheatrical directorfilm directorfilm producerscreenwriter

    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 537,000

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