When McMaster University celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2012, they had a long and storied history to tell.

Originally founded as Toronto Baptist College, the institution dedicated resources to training nurses during the periods surrounding both World Wars, after which scientific, technological, and liberal arts programs came into high demand.

The university is exceptionally proud of their teaching model, known as the ‘McMaster Model’, and they have a good reason to be, since this model has now been adopted by several other universities around the world.

The McMaster Model focuses heavily on interdisciplinary and student focused instruction. More specifically, it employs principals of problem based learning (or PBL), that were developed within the medical faculty and eventually incorporated into other faculties and schools.

Problem-based learning is now used in most of Canada’s medical schools, as well as about 80% of medical schools in the united states .

McMaster University – Quick Facts


  • 6th in Canada by Maclean’s University Rankings
  • 90th in the world by Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 45th for clinical medicine worldwide by Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 48th for social sciences worldwide by Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 94th in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • 25th for health sciences worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • 4th in Canada by Times Higher Education World University Rankings


McMaster University’s main campus is located only a few minutes from downtown Hamilton. The campus was founded in 1930, when the university moved from Toronto to Hamilton. McMaster also has regional campuses in St. Catherines, Burlington and Kitchner, which aare smaller towns located throughout the province of Ontairio. Regional campuses feature convenience for local students, but also provide far fewer opportunities.

Percentage of International Students:

Undergraduate 6%    Postgraduate 17%


McMaster University offers a multitude of programs within its 6 faculties, encouraging interdisciplinary studies and student-focused instruction in each. The university’s campus dominates northern Hamilton, stretching over 377 acres, though most educational facilities are centred in the core.

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Ideal Hamilton Neighbourhoods for Students


The residential neighbourhood of Westdale surrounds the Westdale Village shopping district. It is located within a 10 minute walk of the campus at exactly 1 kilometer (0.6 mi). The neighbourhood is framed by Cootes Paradise to the north, Main Street on the south, Highway 403 to the east and McMaster University on the west.

The charming homes in Westdale are mostly single family dwellings that run along picturesque tree lined streets. Architects found their inspiration for these homes in Tudor style homes, Streamlined Moderne and front porch square plan designs.

The neighbourhood provides many conveniences for student life as the campus is nearby, with cafes restaurants and pubs on the way. There is also an historic art deco movie theatre in the village that has been screening movies ever since the silent film era.

To the north of the neighborhood is a tranquil and natural retreat. Cootes Paradise is home to many species including wild flowers, eagles, herons and more.