Why Pursue Graduate Studies at McMaster?

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster has distinguished itself internationally for innovative educational programming and research.  Established in 1958, its numerous institutes, centres and laboratories are collaborating on hundreds of research projects with the public and private sectors.  McMaster is consistently ranked as one of the top-three doctoral research universities in Canada.

Renowned faculty

  • 13 Canada Research Chairs
  • 11 Endowed and Industrial Chairs
  • 14 Fellows of the Royal Canadian Society
  • 11 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 
  • 2 Members of the Order of Canada
  • Numerous distinctions and recognitions within most disciplines of engineering

You will be working with faculty drawn from across Canada and around the world.  They are passionate about their research and driven to succeed.  You will work in a collegial environment that allows you to gain knowledge and develop skills.  You will also have access to expertise and organizations working at the leading-edge of science, engineering and technology.

Like-Minded Students

McMaster attracts top students from across Canada and around the world.  You will be working with peers who share the same goal of developing knowledge, solving problems, and sharing their findings with the world.

Leading-Edge Research

  • Automotive and manufacturing
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Communications, information technology and multimedia
  • Computational engineering & science
  • Energy (nuclear, solar, wind, supercapacitors, fuel cells)
  • Engineering design
  • Engineering entrepreneurship
  • Engineering and public policy
  • Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Sustainable infrastructure

Cutting-edge research is underway in both emerging and traditional disciplines of engineering.  Pursuit of licensing agreements and the establishment of start-up companies are escalating like never before, supported by the University’s Office of Research and Industrial Liaison Office, the C4 technology transfer community, the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and numerous commercialization organizations and associations.  Thousands of research articles have been published and presented to leading academic and industry conferences by faculty and graduate students.

Leading Facilities

  • 17 research centres
  • Home to 4 national research networks
  • Numerous labs

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster is constantly investing in new equipment and facilities through government funding, private endowments and partnership with industry.

The fall of 2009 will mark the opening of the Faculty’s sixth building on campus, the Engineering Technology Building, which will house the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering, the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice’s centres of entrepreneurship, public policy and engineering design, as well as other research and education facilities.


McMaster offers graduate studies in traditional disciplines of engineering through its seven departments but also offers innovative programs such as the Master’s for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master’s of Engineering and Public Policy and Engineering Design.  Graduate schools have also been established for biomedical engineering and computational engineering and science.

Career Opportunities

Alumni of McMaster’s graduate programs are working in private and government research labs, managing groundbreaking projects in industry, and hold academic posts at leading universities.  The Faculty has research collaborations and interactions with hundreds of companies, organizations and government agencies.


McMaster is internationally known for its research intensity and for fostering a culture of innovation through its commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship.

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, McMaster is one of only four Canadian universities to be listed on the Top 100 universities in the world.  It has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni population of more than 125,000 in 125 countries.


McMaster fosters a collegial working environment that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration within and between Faculties.

The campus is nestled between Lake Ontario, the environmentally protected Niagara Escarpment and the Royal Botanical Gardens.  Residents are minutes away from waterfalls, nature trails, conservation lands, and parks, as well as the fresh produce of the local farming community.  The Niagara wine region and Niagara Falls are only a short drive away.

McMaster is conveniently located within a vibrant research hub.  It is only a short commuting distance to a network of universities, research facilities, associations and industry partners.  It is 72 km (45 miles) SW of Toronto, 57 km (36 miles) SE of Waterloo and Guelph, and 116 km (72 miles) to London, Ontario.

Hamilton has the amenities of any large city but is a much more affordable place to live.  Learn more about Hamilton.