McMaster University

McMaster University

McMaster is a full-service university. With well-established strengths in health care, engineering, business,social sciences, science, and humanities research and education, the University offers both students and professors exciting and unique opportunities for research, education, and collaboration.

With a long-standing reputation as Canada’s “most innovative” university, McMaster has pioneered a number of programs that have changed how professors teach and students learn. Problem-based-learning (PBL), pioneered at McMaster, has now spread across North America as a preferred method of instructing undergraduate students.

Through its continued dedication to innovative education and ground-breaking research, the University has earned its reputation as one of the leading post-secondary institutions in Canada. McMaster continues in its commitment to be Canada’s most student-centred research university.

McMaster’s large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, is at the western end of Lake Ontario. Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment, the Waterfront Trail, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton, and the activities that a major city has to offer. Buses from the region’s public transit system make frequent stops on campus, facilitating travel between McMaster, Hamilton, and the surrounding area.

The campus has grown immensely since the University officially moved to Hamilton in 1930. The original six buildings, all still in use, were added to over the years, and now there are 56 buildings on McMaster’s campus.


Historically, McMaster University is the outgrowth of educational work initiated by Baptists in central Canada as early as the 1830′s. Named after Senator William McMaster (1811-1887), who bequeathed substantial funds to endow “a Christian school of learning”, the University was incorporated under the terms of an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1887.  The new University (housed in McMaster Hall in Toronto) offered courses in arts and theology.  Degree programs began in 1890, with degrees first being conferred in 1894.

In 1930 the University moved from Toronto to Hamilton, the forty-first academic session opening on the present site. The University’s lands and new buildings were secured through gifts from graduates, members of the churches of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec, and citizens of Hamilton.

Until 1957, the Governors of the University were elected by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. In that year, the University became a non-denominational private institution. The historic Baptist connection was continued through the separate incorporation and affiliation of a theological school, McMaster Divinity College.

Clubs & Organizations

McMaster University is home to many different clubs and organizations. You’re sure to find something that’s right for you.

Student Housing

McMaster University boasts 12 smoke-free residence buildings – totaling approximately 3700 bed spaces. Approximately 2900 spaces are reserved for incoming first-year students. Select one of the following building links to learn more information about each residence:

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