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McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the top 100 in the world. There are an estimated 18,000 universities worldwide.

Canadian Rankings

Research Infosource Inc.: October 2018

  • McMaster is Canada's most research-intensive, medical-doctoral university.
  • Seventh in Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2018, bringing in a total research income of $379.9 million.
  • Outpacing peers in research intensity, averaging $443,700 per faculty member - more than double the national average.
  • Research intensity measures research income per full-time faculty member.

Maclean’s University Rankings: October 2018

  • Sixth in the “medical-doctoral” category for the tenth year in a row.
  • Second in the country for total research dollars received.
  • Second in the country for Social Sciences and Humanities Grants.
  • Fourth in the country in overall student satisfaction.

Career Potential

McMaster has been ranked among Canada’s top universities when it comes to graduate employability according to Times Higher Education’s Global Employability University Ranking which surveyed thousands of international recruiters and managing directors across 20 countries.

Global Employability Rankings

International Rankings

Shanghai Jiaotong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): August 2018

  • McMaster has been consistently ranked in the top 100 since 2003, when the ARWU was first published.
  • #86 in the world and #4 in Canada.

QS World University Rankings: June 2018

  • McMaster is #146.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: September 2018

  • #77 in the world (up from #78 last year).

National Taiwan University: Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities: October 2018

  • #112 in the world and sixth in Canada.
  • #63 in the world (up from #69 last year) and fifthin Canada in the “Social Sciences” category.
  • Announced annually since 2007, this ranking system is based on research productivity, impact and excellence.

U.S. News & World Report: 2018 Global Universities Rankings: October 2018

  • #130 in the world  and fourth in Canada.

Global Employability University Rankings: November 2017

  • #74 in the world (up from #75 last year and #86 in 2015) and fifth in Canada.Based on responses from 6,000 firms from 22 countries on the question of which universities produced the “best graduates in terms of employability” in their own countries and abroad.

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) — The Top 1,000: June 2018

  • McMaster is #121 in the world (of the top 1,000 universities from 18,000 worldwide) and sixth in Canada.
  • “Since 2012, CWUR has been publishing the only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, research output, and citations without relying on surveys and university data submissions.”

McMaster Social Sciences Graduates

Changing the World

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John Williams

B.A. Honours, Political Science, B.A. Geography, McMaster University2012


Project Manager for the Hamilton Conservation Authority

Project Manager for the Hamilton Conservation Authority

“With a Social Sciences degree you feel you can change the world—fast. Working here allows me to effect local-level positive change through an organization whose goals align with the preservation of our environment and way of life. At McMaster I learned that being a complete person, balancing life and studies, is an important part of academic success.”

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Melissa Bennett

B.A. Honours, Gerontology & Health Studies, McMaster University2012


Donor development officer, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

Donor development officer, Hamilton/Burlington SPCA

“I very quickly felt a part of Hamilton. Professors often taught about the context of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, cultures and experiences. I gained an understanding of the city both geographically and demographically that is an asset in strategizing campaigns and stewardship efforts. I am satisfied that I am working for a great cause in a city that I love.”

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Marissa Ledger

B.A. Honours, Anthropology, BSc Life Sciences, McMaster University2014


Medical Student, University of Alberta

Medical Student, University of Alberta

“Life Sciences gave me some of the background I needed for medical school but my degree in Anthropology was most helpful in establishing my interests in medicine and preparing me to be the best doctor I can be. It gave me an appreciation for different cultures and belief systems that I come across frequently and has made it easier for me to work through tough ethical and cultural conflicts within medicine.”