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Brief Background

McMaster University is located in  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It was established in the year 1887. It is ranked in the world's top 75 colleges by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. It is recognized for introducing  "the McMaster model" which is a problem-based approach to learning. The university is affiliated to McMaster Divinity College. McMaster University has four campuses: Downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Niagara. 
The university houses the following departments: 

  • Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Geography & Earth Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Infrastructure

In 2017, the university was reported to have owned and managed at least 58 buildings, both on- and off-campus. One of the largest and most prized buildings of the campus  is the McMaster University Medical Centre, which is a research hospital built for multifarious purposes and is home to the second-largest neonatal intensive care unit and the third-largest child and youth mental health unit in the country. It is also attached to the Life Sciences building and the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery which consists of well-funded research groups in the areas of genetics, infectious diseases, and several specific conditions.McMaster University Library is a structure inclusive of four libraries with resources ranging from videos, maps, sound recordings, and microfilm to books and print and digital resources. The university also has the McMaster Museum of Art, and its primary aim is to contribute to the art discourse in Canada. It houses and displays the university’s art collection. The collection includes works by Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Walter Sickert, and Vincent van Gogh.

Residing Options

McMaster University houses a total of twelve student residences, namely  Bates, Brandon, Edwards, Hedden, Les Prince, Mary E. Keyes, Matthews, McKay, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden, and Woodstock Hall. It also has an Off-Campus Resource Centre which offers assistance to students by suggesting places for residence and also helps landlords find tenants from the student community looking for residence options. As of 2019, the accommodation fees for the residential buildings on campus range from $5,800 - $9,000, depending upon the room preferences, exclusive of meal plans which fall in the range of $2,995 to $4,995.

Financial Aid

The University has a number of entrance scholarships and awards such as President’s Award valued at $2,500 with the admission average of 95%, Honours Awards at $1,000 for admission average  of 90-94.99%, and $750 for an admission average of 88-89.99%. However, in Order To Be Eligible For This, The Students Must Be Permanent Residents Of Canada or must be International Students Who Have Completed Their Final Year Of High School In Canada. The Marjorie Anderson Financial Award For Indigenous Students is valued at $80,000 ($20,000 per year with A Minimum Average Of 75%. The University Also Provides Scholarships For International Students Such As Provost Entrance Scholarship Valued At $7500, The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships valued at $3,000, The Mcmaster Chinese Alumni Valued At $3000 Per Student. It Also Has A Athletic Financial Award valued At $4,500 With An Average Of 80% And A Minimum 6.5 Gpa In All Enrolled Courses Within Subsequent Academic Years.

Jobs and Placement

McMaster University has been reported to have a 90% employment rate. The university facilitates Career and Professional Development (CPD) to aid students through services such as One-on-One Coaching, an online service called vault that provides industry guides and sample interview questions, CQ Interactive which is an online interactive training service for interviews, CareerLeader which is an online career assessment tool, VMock which is a 24*7 online resume review tool among many others. The university also arranges events such as career fairs and industry nights. Some of the top employers of the university are Royal Bank of Canada, TESLA and  AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). 

Location  

The university’s main campus spreads at a generous 121 hectares and is situated near the neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjoining to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Those who wish to travel by flight can access the nearest airport to the university which is the Hamilton airport which is 11.6 km away from the campus. The closest metro station to the campus is the Stirling station which is 198 meters away from the campus. The bus routes commonly used by students are 1A – King stops on Main Street, 5C – Delaware travels through Campus, 10 – B Line express stops on Main Street, 51 – University travels through Campus and 52 – Dundas stops on Main Street for those taking the routes from Stoney Creek/East Hamilton/Downtown to McMaster (westbound) and A – King stops on Main Street, 5A – Delaware travels through Campus, 5 or 5E – Delaware stops on Main Street, 10 – B Line express stops on Main Street and 51 – University travels through Campus for those taking the routes from Dundas/Ancaster/West Hamilton to McMaster (eastbound). The students can also apply for an HSR/MSU U-Pass which provides students with unlimited rides on the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) for 12 months. The most easily accessible hospital is the McMaster University Medical Centre which consists of a wide range of adult speciality clinics and day surgery. 

Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering attempts to fuse challenges in the energy, food, health and environment sectors to train students how to tackle them both theoretically as well as pragmatically. It offers B.Eng, B.Eng. Biosciences, B.Eng. Management and B.Eng. Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes M.A.Sc and PhD degrees. The M.A.Sc program requires a minimum of three one-term courses along with a thesis which should be defended in an oral examination. The duration of the course is six terms full-time. The Phd program requires six half-courses along with a comprehensive examination and oral examination for a defence of the thesis. The department contains the following research facilities: The Polymer Processing Group, McMaster Advanced Control Consortium, The McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Technology and The McMaster Nuclear Reactor. The department has a total of 22 full-time faculty who are the recipients of Bernard S. Baker Student Award,  Electrochemical Society Canadian Section Student Award, Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award and fellowships such as Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 4 x Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Fellowship and have also been published in various international journals. Its key areas of specialization include Bioengineering, Polymer Materials and Manufacturing stream, Process Systems Engineering stream and Water-Energy Technologies stream. 

Civil Engineering 

The Department of Civil Engineering offers B.Eng, B.Eng.BME, B.Eng. Management, B.Eng. Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes M.A.Sc, M.Eng and PhD degrees. The M.A.Sc program is a one- to two-year course which is thesis-based and requires half graduate-level courses along with a  presentation and defence of a thesis. The M.Eng is a part-time program which requires 6 half graduate-level courses along with a presentation. The PhD course is for a minimum of four years requiring 4 half courses along with a comprehensive examination and an oral examination for the defence of thesis. The department contains the following research facilities: Applied Dynamics Laboratory, Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials Laboratory and Water and Environmental Engineering Laboratories. The department has a total of 28 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of Early Researcher Award and John B. Scalzi Research Award and have authored several books. Many of them have publications to their name in prestigious journals. Its key areas of specialization include Intelligent Energy Systems, Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Smarter Mobility and  Water Security under Climate Change.

Computing and Software

The Department of Computing and Software Engineering attempts to advance economic growth in a digital society. It offers BA.Sc, B.Eng in Mechatronics and Software Engineering, B.Eng.BME in Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering, B.Eng.BME in Software and Biomedical Engineering, B.Eng. Management in Mechatronics and Software Engineering, B.Eng. Society in Mechatronics and Software Engineering in its undergraduate program. Its graduate program includes M.A.Sc, M.Eng in computing and software engineering; M.Eng in Computer Science, Mechatronics, Software Engineering, Virtual Systems Design; M.Sc in computer science and eHealth; and PhD in Computer Science and Software engineering. The M.A.Sc program is a two-year course which requires a minimum of four graduate courses and the successful defence of a thesis. MEng is a two-year course which requires a minimum of six half graduate courses. M.Sc. is a two-year interdisciplinary program fusing two or more research areas together. The PhD course is for a minimum of four years requiring 4 half courses along with a comprehensive examination and  oral examination for the defence of thesis. The department has a total of 21 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of  Ontario Early Researcher Award, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Faculty Fellow, “Ten Year Most Influential Paper" Award, US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and have been published in sundry eminent journals. Its key areas of specialization include Computer Systems, Health informatics and Bioinformatics, Scientific Computing and Optimization, Security, Privacy, and Data Analytics, Software Quality and  Theory and Methodologies of Computation. 

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering covers areas such as design, maintenance, manufacturing and analysis within the larger ambit of mechanical systems. It offers BEng,  BEng Management, BEng Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes MASc and PhD. Its MASc program requires four half courses along with a thesis and is a two-year full-time course which can also be pursued on a part-time basis. The PhD program is for a minimum of four years course which requires either two half-courses beyond the Master’s degree or six half-courses belonging to Bachelor’s degree along with a comprehensive exam and an oral examination to defend the thesis. The department has a total of 25 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of the 2004 President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Outstanding Paper Award, Co-recipient, Chrysler Innovation Award, Innovator of Distinction Award, to name a few. Many of them have authored books and publications in eminent journals. The department’s key areas of expertise include Advanced Manufacturing, Biomechanics, Mechanics and Design and Thermo Fluid Sciences. 

Material Science and Engineering

The Department of Material Science and Engineering puts  emphasis on the properties and characterization of the latest materials. It offers BEng, BEng.BME, BEng. Management,  BEng Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes MASc, MSc and PhD. Its MASc and MSc program requires 4 half graduate-level courses along with a presentation and a defence of the thesis.  The PhD program is for a minimum of four years and requires 4 half courses beyond the Master’s degree along with a comprehensive examination and defence of the thesis. The department consists of The Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion and Steel Research Centre. The department has a total of 17 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of Charles Allan Thompson Summer Research Award, Dean’s Scholar recognition and Dean’s Award, Ontario Graduate Fellowship - McMaster Prestige Award, Early Researcher Award among many others and have been published in internationally recognized universities. The department’s key areas of expertise include Biomaterials, Data Analytics & Computational Materials, Materials for Manufacturing & Infrastructure and Smart Materials & Devices. 

Physics 

The Department of Engineering Physics tackles the emerging challenges in the field of technologies by incorporating the innovation of effective materials, devices, systems in the learning experience. It offers BEng, BEng.BME, BEng. Management,  BEng Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes MASc, M.Eng in Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering and PhD. Its MASc program requires a minimum of three half-courses with an average grade of B and a thesis. Students are also required to take a mandatory seminar half course. MEng UNENE Nuclear Engineering is a part-time course-based program consisting of ten half courses. The MEng course in Engineering Physics is a full-time 16-month course which requires a minimum of eight half courses. The PhD degree is a thesis-based program which is for a minimum of four years and requires two-half courses along with a comprehensive examination and defence of the thesis. The department consists of facilities such as  Biomedical Sensors centre, Biophotonics Lab, Nano- and Micro-Devices Lab, Nuclear Safety Labs, Organic Electronic Interfaces Laboratory, Photovoltaics Labs and Silicon Photonics Labs. The department has a total of 19 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of Sawamura Award and Guimaraise Award of ISIJ, MSU Teaching Awards, Best Young Researcher Award among many others along with publications and conference presentations to their name in the said field. The department’s key areas of expertise include Biomedical Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Nanotechnology and Micro-Systems Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems, Photonics Engineering and Smart Systems. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers BEng, BEng.BME, BEng. Management,  BEng Society in its undergraduate program, while its graduate program includes MASc, M.Eng in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and a PhD degree. Its MASc is for a minimum of 1.5 years when attended full-time. It requires four graduate half-courses along with a thesis and attendance of a mandatory seminar. The MEng course-based program is of  1.5-year duration. Those pursuing MEng in Electrical and Biomedical area require six graduate half-courses along with a project. Those pursuing an MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering require a minimum of seven graduate half-courses. The PhD degree is a thesis-based program for a minimum of four years which requires four-half courses along with a comprehensive examination and defence of the thesis. The department has a total of 35 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Award, EEE Canada AGL McNaughton Gold Medal, Overseas Academic Masters Scholar Award, Canada R.A. Fessenden Silver Medal Award, Technology Achievement Award from the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce,  IEEE Canada Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award among many others along with publications in sundry academically significant journals. The department’s key areas of expertise include Biomedical Technologies, Optimization, Learning & Control, Signal, Image & Video Processing, Power Electronics & Electric Machines, Electromagnetics & Photonics. 

Annual fees for Indians $17,000
Annual off-campus living $5,100
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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