Employee Fast Facts

Fast Facts About McMaster

Our Vision

In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and society.

From McMaster's Mission and Vision Statement


Our History

  • Founded in 1887 by Senator William McMaster, first president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce

  • Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930

  • University colours: maroon and grey (since 1912)

  • Celebrated 125th anniversary in 2012


Our Strengths

  • One of the Top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2012)

  • The “McMaster Model” – a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning – has been adopted by universities around the world

  • With a total sponsored research income of $325.9 million, McMaster University ranks sixth in the country in research intensity – a measure of research income per full-time faculty member – averaging $248,600 per faculty member (Research Infosource Inc., 2012)

  • McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

  • McMaster participates in more than 70 international exchange agreements around the globe

  • World-class athletic facilities; Vanier Cup champions, 2011


Our Students

  • 21,025 full-time undergraduate students

  • 3,436 full-time graduate students

  • Average entering grade of 86.3 per cent

  • 100 per cent of entering students with averages of 75 per cent or higher

  • More than 150,000 alumni living in 140 countries

  • 92.8 per cent of our graduates are employed within two years (institution rate, 2012)


Our Faculty

  • 1,377 full-time faculty (including clinicians)

  • 91 per cent of full-time faculty with a doctoral degree

  • Full-time faculty represents citizens of 59 countries (not including Canada)

  • Former home to Dr. Bertram Brockhouse, co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the 14th Canadian ever to win the prestigious award)


Our Surroundings

  • 300 acres of scenic property

  • Pedestrian-friendly campus

  • Quiet, residential neighbourhood

  • Outdoor recreational attractions and quaint Westdale Village nearby


Our Location

  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  • Fourth largest city in Ontario; ninth in the country

  • Close proximity to Toronto, Niagara Falls and the U.S. border

  • Flourishing local arts community

  • “Waterfall Capital of Canada”

  • Regional campuses in Burlington, Waterloo, St. Catharines and downtown Hamilton

The McMaster University Fast Facts is maintained by the Office of Public Relations, Chester New Hall, Room 111, (905) 525-9140 ext. 24073.


McMaster University Employee Population*

(as of August 31, 2011)

*total excludes temporary/casual employees

Employee Group

Number of Employees

McMaster University Faculty


Clinical Faculty


Clinical Scholars, Research Associates (Academic) & Post Doctoral Fellows




McMaster University Staff (CAW Local 555, Unit 1)


Parking & Transit (CAW Local 555, Unit 2)


Operations & Maintenance (SEIU Local 2)


Machinists (SEIU Local 2)


Hospitality Services (SEIU Local 2)


Operating Engineers (IUOE)


Security (CAW Local 555, Unit 4)


The Management Group


Sessional Lecturers (CUPE Local 3906, Unit 2)


Teaching Assistants (CUPE Local 3906, Unit 1)