McMaster University

Rank 8
Location Hamilton
Established 1887
Famous For Nursing, Medicine, Sports-Related Subjects


McMaster University is home to around 70 research centres and institutions, delivering a world-class education to students from over 120 countries. At McMaster, students can apply for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and part-time courses.

On average, around 3,000 international students enrol every year at McMaster University and the admission acceptance rate for international students is about 60%.

McMaster is ranked in the top 80 universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2022) and based on the 2020 Research Infosource rankings, McMaster professors generate an average of $404,400 in research funding, more than double the national average.

McMaster University, founded in 1887 in Toronto, was relocated to Hamilton in 1930 and became a public university in 1957. Senator William McMaster was the founder of this university. It had only three divisions in the early days - Arts, Science, and Divinity. However, it has now been crowned Canada's most research-intensive institution consecutively for four years by Research Info Source.

Services for International Students

McMaster can assist with enrollment verification, tuition fee support, international payment methods, study permit assistance, fee exemptions, health insurance, and financial awards for international students. An International Undergraduate Students Program Coordinator will ensure that you adapt to your new life in Canada.

McMaster also provides a free service for all students to help them improve their English Language through the McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners.


  • 189th in QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 85th in THE World University Rankings 2023
  • 33rd in THE Impact Rankings 2023
  • 126-150th in THE World Reputation Rankings 2022

McMaster is also ranked number 1 in Canada for Good Health and Wellbeing, Partnerships for Goals and Decent Work and Economics Growth in the Impact rankings.


McMaster University has nine residence buildings for international student accommodation. McMaster residence services are based on a first-come-first-serve basis and your application will be considered if you have paid in advance and filled out the registration form for on-campus residence. The University also provides an option to book a virtual residence tour.

About Location

McMaster University has four campuses in Canada - Burlington, Niagara, Downtown Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo. All locations are well connected with the city centre. Here students can enjoy the nightlife in popular restaurants and bars nearby. Also, there are many shops near the university campus for those who love books.

Hamilton is the ninth largest city in Canada, with a total population of over half a million.

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