McMaster University

    McMaster University
    Established on: 1887

    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada's McMaster Institution (McMaster) is a public research university. On 300 acres of land, the main McMaster campus is situated next to the Royal Botanical Gardens and close to the residential areas of Ainslie Wood and Westdale.

    The DeGroote School of Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Business, Engineering, and Science is one of its six academic departments. It belongs to the U15, a collection of Canadian institutions focused on research.

    William McMaster, a well-known Canadian senator and financier who left a CAD 900,000 donation to the university's creation, is the institution's name. It was established in 1887 by the merger of the Toronto Baptist College and Woodstock College per an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

    In 1890, Toronto saw its debut. It moved in 1930 because of inadequate facilities and a grant of land in Hamilton. Since then, it has been privately chartered, publicly supported, and non-denominational. Up until 1957, the university was under the administration of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec.

    McMaster University has a 129-year history of fueling curiosity, inquiry, and discovery, pushing the boundaries of knowledge daily through our ground-breaking approaches to teaching and learning and our world-class, interdisciplinary research.

    McMaster University values variety and embrace global viewpoints. Our staff and students come from 98 different nations, and there are 70 agreements in place for international academic interaction.

     McMaster University is the only United Nations University host site in Canada (The Institute for Water, Environment, and Health- UNU-INWEH). It is dedicated to improving society, individual health, and well-being to make the world better.

    A one-hour drive from Toronto and a one-hour flight from major American hubs New York City, Washington D.C, and Chicago, our campus is located in the heart of one of the most vibrant, innovative, and multicultural regions of North America.


    McMaster's purpose is to discover, communicate, and preserve knowledge. Committed to excellence in creativity, innovation, teaching, research, and scholarship. Integrity, quality, inclusiveness, teamwork, critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. Serving community and society's social, cultural, and economic needs.


    Impact, Ambition, and Transformation through Excellence, Inclusion, and Community: Advancing Human and Societal Health and Well-being.

    Why choose McMaster University?

    Some of the reasons why one should select McMaster:

    1. Teaching excellence
    2. World-class ranking
    3. Residence and housing
    4. Student Accessibility Services
    5. Research Intensity
    6. Scholarship and Financial Aid

    University Ranking

    McMaster University is one of Canada's finest public institutions. In the QS World University Rankings for 2023, it is placed 152.

    University highlights

    University Type


    Established Year


    No of Students


    Number of Courses


    Tuition Fees for International Students Yearly



    September, January, and May.

    Main intakes

    The main intakes are in September, January, and May.


    Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students

    • Value: $7500 (Up to 10 awards available per year)
    • Eligibility for Award: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program

    The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships

    • Value: $3,000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)
    • Eligibility: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program.

    The McMaster Chinese Alumni – Peter George International Entrance Scholarships

    • Value: $3000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)
    • Eligibility: Must be an international student, currently studying at a high school and entering Level 1 of their first baccalaureate degree program.

    Application Process/ documents needed for admission

    Academic Documents (For Bachelor)

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th-grade

    Academic Documents (For Masters)

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree in 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    • Passport
    • Experience letter
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2-3 LORs 
    • GRE/GMAT Scores
    • Application Fees
    • Proof of Scholarships - If any
    • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    • College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirement



    TOEFL (internet)



    86 (No Band less than 20)

    6.5 (No Band less than 6)


    Notable Alumni

    1. 11th Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic
    2. Tommy Douglas, the seventh Saskatchewan premier and the founding member of the NDP
    3. Physicist Bertram Brockhouse won the Nobel Prize for his research on neutron scattering.
    4. Donna Strickland, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for laser physics research
    5. Myron Scholes won the economics Nobel Prize for developing the Black-Scholes model
    6. The staples thesis and Toronto School of Communication theory benefited from Harold Innis' contributions.
    7. The Nokia Corporation's president and CEO, Stephen Elop.
    8. Republic Steel's founder and C&O Railway's chairman, Cyrus S. Eaton


    Q. Can I work as a student in Canada?

    Yes, International students in Canada can work part-time (up to 10 hours per week) during school hours.

    Q. Does McMaster University offer financial aid to International Students?

    Yes, McMaster University offers scholarships to international students. You can find details about scholarships in our scholarship section.

    Q. What are the different intakes at McMaster University?

    Generally, September, January, and May are the time when intakes occur.

    Q. Does the university offer any accommodation?

    Yes, the university does provide accommodation. McMaster University offers accommodation options if you want to live and study on campus. The annual cost is 7925 CAD.

    Q. Do I have to meet language requirements?

    Yes, the applicant must satisfy the language criteria mentioned above in the language requirements section. 



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