McMaster University is amongst the top three research institutions in Canada. Established in 1887, McMaster was originally established in Toronto. It later relocated to Hamilton in1930, which is its main campus. The university comprises three more regional campuses- Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Burlington. McMaster’s Hamilton campus spreads across 377 acres with only 30 acres being used for teaching facilities; allowing students to explore the suburban campus. Not just this the campus is an hour away from Toronto and is equally close the Niagara Falls. 

The university comprises 17 faculties for undergraduate and 11 faculties for graduate students. There are over 100+ degree programs taught at McMaster University. The most popular courses at McMaster University are Engineering and Sciences programs, especially at master's levels. The university is currently home to 37,370 students with around 17% international students from 75 diverse countries. The student enrollment statistics for McMaster University in 2021 are showcased below:

Indian student enrollments at McMaster University have grown over the years. In 2021 enrollments, Indian students comprised 6.7% and 21.3% of international student enrollments at UG and PG levels respectively. The affordable cost of attendance, averaging at 25.98 lakhs per year is what attracts Indian students to McMaster in comparison to other Ontario universities like UofT and UWaterloo.

Graduates of McMaster University are placed #81 in the world, as per QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The university provides practical experience through internships, co-op, and career & placement workshops. With co-op opportunities, students get professional work experience and can earn upto 10,000 CAD. MSc graduates earn an average salary of 92,000 CAD, whereas, McMaster MBA graduates receive job offers worth even 160,000 CAD.


McMaster University Rankings

McMaster University was ranked 80th out of more than 1,500 institutions and 4th in Canada in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. We were ranked 19th in the world in Clinical and Health.

  • #80 World University Rankings 2022 by THE
  • #133 in Best Global Universities by US News & World Reports 2022.
  • #4 in Best Global Universities in Canada by US News & World Reports 2022.
  • #140 QS World University Rankings 2022
  • #164 World Rank by CWUR 2021- 2022
  • #6 National Rank by CWUR 2021- 2022

According to QS WUR Ranking By Subject at #21, Nursing is one of the top programs at McMaster University. Mentioned below is the comparison between the ranking of programs at McMaster University and Waterloo University


McMaster University Campus

McMaster University’s main campus is located in the Westdale neighborhood of Hamilton, Ontario, at the western end of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Commuting to the campus is easy with accessible bus routes and metro. All the necessary amenities are within a radius of 3km of the campus, it is home to the majority of the university's facilities.

Spread across 300 acres, the McMaster campus is divided into three main areas:

  • Core Campus: Houses most of the university's academic, research, and residential buildings
  • North Campus: Comprises Mac’s athletic precinct and a small number of surface parking.
  • West Campus: The least developed area of the main campus, consisting of only a couple of buildings, surface parking, and undeveloped land.

The university also has four regional campuses: Downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Niagara. The university also has a student club along with a fitness center and athletics teams. McMaster student club administers and supports around 250 academic, cultural, and social issues clubs on-campus. 

McMaster University Accommodation

McMaster University has 12 on-campus residences with an accommodation capacity of more than 3,600 students. Residences are just a five-minute walk to the classes, athletic facilities, libraries, and dining facilities. Buildings are divided into traditional dormitory-style and apartment/suite-style with a private room and kitchen, a washroom, and a living room on a shared basis.


Accommodation Type Cost (INR/annum)
Double Room 4.63 lakhs
Single Room 5.18 lakhs
Apartment 5.51 lakhs


5.61 lakhs