McMaster University

McMaster University

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Program Overview

Virtual Tour The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University (McMaster) has established itself as one of the premier engineering schools in North America. It offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provides students with access to state-of-the-art facilities in all disciplines.

Undergraduate students enter a common first year, 'Engineering I', exploring the fundamentals of engineering before choosing their discipline in level two. Five-year options which enrich the students’ experience include Engineering and Management or Engineering and Society. The extremely flexible co-op program is available as an option for all engineering programs, however, it is not mandatory.


One of Canada's widest ranges of undergraduate engineering program options including studies in Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Bioengineering, Mechatronics and Software & Game Design. The Faculty of Engineering also encompasses the Bachelor of Technology program (B.Tech.) and Computer Science (B.A.Sc.)
The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report 2012 gave McMaster top marks in the "A" category for: quality of education, reputation with employees, recreation and athletics, and atmosphere
Research Infosource, a leading R&D intelligence paper, ranked McMaster as one of the Top 10 Canadian Research Universities and ranked McMaster second in research intensity
Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China ranked McMaster as one of only 4 Canadian universities in the Top 100 of their Academic Ranking of World Universities for the last 9 years
The Times Higher Education Supplement 2013 ranked McMaster in the Top 100 World Universities and the QS World University Ranking 2011 placed McMaster in the Top 200 World Universities

Institute Accreditation

Provincial Accreditation

Colleges in Canada Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Specialized Program(s) Accreditation

Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board

Credentials Offered (Undergraduate Only)

Colleges in Canada Bachelor Degree

Fields of Study

Colleges in Canada Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics
Colleges in Canada Biomedical Engineering
Colleges in Canada Chemical Engineering
Colleges in Canada Civil Engineering
Colleges in Canada Computer Engineering
Colleges in Canada Electrical Engineering
Colleges in Canada Environmental Engineering
Colleges in Canada Manufacturing Engineering
Colleges in Canada Materials Science & Engineering
Colleges in Canada Mechanical Engineering
Colleges in Canada Mechatronics
Colleges in Canada Nuclear Engineering
Colleges in Canada Optical Sciences & Engineering
Colleges in Canada Plastics Engineering
Colleges in Canada Software Engineering
Colleges in Canada Technology Management
Colleges in Canada Transportation Engineering
Colleges in Canada Video Game Design
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology
Colleges in Canada Biotechnology
Colleges in Canada Engineering Technology
Colleges in Canada Manufacturing Technology
Colleges in Canada Transportation Technology

Program Options

Colleges in Canada Career Placement Office
Colleges in Canada Co-op Education
Colleges in Canada Industry Practicum/Internship
Colleges in Canada Mentor Program
Colleges in Canada Peer Tutoring
Colleges in Canada Weekend Activities/Field Trips
Engineering & Management (B.Eng.Mgt)
Engineering & Society (B.Eng.Society)

Buildings & Facilities

Nestled in the quiet, residential neighbourhood of Westdale, Ontario, McMaster is made up of 30 acres of a pedestrian-friendly campus, surrounded by 300 acres of nature trails and forest conservation area.

Engineering encompasses several dedicated buildings including the first nuclear reactor built at a commonwealth university and a new Engineering Technology Building, with the dedicated first-year Elliptical Computer Lab. Most buildings on campus offer wireless Internet service.

Fully equipped lecture halls, tutorial rooms and specialized laboratories enrich the programs, as does the Thode Library of Science and Engineering, which contains over 50,000 books and subscriptions to over 190 engineering journals.

Admissions & Tuition

# Students Admitted to Program:  800
% Accepted:  40
Application Deadline    
Notification of Acceptance
Advanced Acceptance (Fall): 
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Minimum GPA:  86
Personal Statement: Not Required
Interview: Not Required
Letters of Reference: Not Required
Other Requirement: 
  • High School Diploma
  • English Language Proficiency

Annual Tuition (C$): 10,282
Faculty/Department Scholarships & Bursaries Available: Yes
Annual Program Fees (excluding books) (C$): 1,000
Estimated Total Cost of Program (C$): 20,602

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7
Phone:  1-905-525-9140 Ext. 27174
Fax: 1-905-540-1159

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Program Profile
Canadian Schools  Name of Credential Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering
Canadian Schools  Length of Program: > 4 Yrs
Canadian Schools Direct Entry: Yes
Canadian Schools Cohort Model: No
Teaching Methods:
 Colleges in Canada Capstone Projects
 Colleges in Canada Case Studies
 Colleges in Canada Directed/Independent Study
 Colleges in Canada Field Work/Projects
 Colleges in Canada Inquiry
 Colleges in Canada Labs
 Colleges in Canada Lectures
 Colleges in Canada Research Paper
 Colleges in Canada Simulations/Gaming
Average Class Size:
Colleges in Canada Core Classes: 50 - 200
Colleges in Canada Areas of Concentration Classes: 15 - 30

Student Profile
Canadian Schools Total F/T Undergraduate Student Enrolment in Program (All Years): 4,524
Male/Female Ratio:
Colleges in Canada % Male: 85
Colleges in Canada % Female: 15
Canadian Schools % Students from Out of Province: 2
Canadian Schools % International Students: 9
Canadian Schools # Countries of Origin: 31 or more
Famous Alumni:
 Colleges in Canada Stephen Elop, President Microsoft Business Division
 Colleges in Canada Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman & CSO, Open Text
 Colleges in Canada Roberta Bondar, Astronaut
Program Quick Stats
Canadian Schools Faculty/Department Name: Faculty of Engineering
Canadian Schools Year Faculty/Department Founded: 1958
Canadian Schools # Fields of Study/Concentrations: 23
Canadian Schools Opportunities for Part-Time Study: Yes
Canadian Schools # Full-Time Faculty: 146
Canadian Schools Total Tuition/Program Fees for Credential (C$): 28,800 - 40,000
Canadian Schools % Graduates Employed Within 3 Months of Graduation: 90
Institute Overview
Canadian Schools Institute Name: McMaster University
Canadian Schools Institute Type: 4-Yr University
Canadian Schools Public or Private: Public
Canadian Schools Year Founded: 1887
Canadian Schools # Faculties: 6
Canadian Schools # Full-Time Faculty: 1,377
Canadian Schools # Full-Time Students: 25,002
Canadian Schools # Part-Time Students: 3,505
Canadian Schools % International Students: 13
Canadian Schools Campus Setting: Suburban
Canadian Schools On-Campus Residence/Dormitories: Yes
Canadian Schools Nearest City: Hamilton
Canadian Schools City Population: 505,000
Canadian Schools Cost of Living: Medium
Canadian Schools Climate Range: -15°C to 30°C
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