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Why McMaster?

As one of 4 Universities in Canada to make the World’s top 100 ranking* McMaster University provides world class education. A Social Sciences degree gives you learning experiences and opportunities that can lead to a career as unique as you are.

Over 150 Years of Excellence

For over 150 years McMaster University has been dedicated to discovery, creativity, communication, research, innovation and academic excellence.

In the Faculty of Social Sciences, our goal is to help you discover your passion and build your path to the career of your dreams.

When you choose the Social Sciences at McMaster University you will:

  1. learn from some of Canada’s most renowned researchers and educators.
  2. explore major and current issues, learning about the world and your place in it.
  3. have access to cutting-edge equipment and research facilities.
  4. acquire the tools you need to succeed in an ever adapting, interdisciplinary and global economy.

We invite you to visit us to see for yourself what makes McMaster so special.

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Graduate with Experience

Stand out from the crowd. Graduate with experience from paid internship, career placements, student experience and undergraduate research grants. The Social Sciences Experiential Education office offers a unique combination of education, career planning and practical experience for all Social Sciences students.


An Honours Degree & an Affliated College Certificate in 4 Years

Earn an affliated certificate from Mohawk College while you complete your social sciences degree. Graduate with two credentials in the same amount of time it takes to get a traditional B.A.

McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates

University Rankings

McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world. In 2017 McMaster earned a highly sought-after spot in a prestigious ranking of the world’s best universities. Mac placed 66th in the world in the rankings published each August by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This is an improvement of 17 spots over last year, when McMaster was ranked 83rd.


A World of Careers

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Phyllis Phiri

B.A. Honours, Labour Studies and Political Science, McMaster University2012

Strategy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Office

“Recognizing that the knowledge economy favours highly skilled professionals with technical expertise in a specialized field, I decided to marry my degrees and focus on labour policy. By learning the employment trends of different sectors I was able to identify areas of growth and skills gaps —including the need for labour policy professionals in government, which resulted in this important and rewarding work.”

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Paul Di Ianni

B.A. Honours Political Science & History, M.A. Political Science, McMaster University2008

External relations officer, Ontario College of Teachers

“I learned that being an active participant in discussions with classmates and professors was much more fruitful than sitting on the sidelines. Speaking up and readily accepting that there are other viewpoints out there is what I found most rewarding, along with seeing how fellow students, staff and professors would go the extra mile to ensure that a student would succeed.”

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Arinola Akinbobola

Honours B.A., Social Psychology, McMaster University (M.S.W. University of Toronto, 2015)2013

Children's Mental Health Centre

"One of the many things that make the Social Psychology program at McMaster special is the openness in the faculty. I was able to have those often avoided conversations about race, discrimination, and “other-ing” while in the Social Psychology program at McMaster. My time at McMaster taught me that those avoided conversations are not only important to have in academia, but also important to have in society at large."