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Top 85 in the World

Consistently ranked in the world’s Top 100, McMaster placed 85th out of more than 1,800 institutions and fourth in Canada in the 2023 Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings.

Top 85 in the World: World Rankings

33rd in the World for Global Impact

At McMaster, we are working together to create a healthier, brighter world.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings recognize the role that universities, such as McMaster, play in supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In our commitment to creating a brighter world, the THE 2023 Impact Rankings have recognized and ranked McMaster’s achievements as 33rd in the world. While most of our research is tied directly to the UN SDGs and their targets, we are ranked Top 5 in Canada for our work in:

  • Ranked #1 for Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)
  • Ranked #4 for No Poverty (SDG 1)
  • Ranked #5 for Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)
  • Ranked #5 for Industry Innovations and Infrastructure (SDG 9)

To learn how McMaster is meeting the SDG goals, please visit our UN SDG Website.

33rd in the World for Global Impact: Impact Rankings
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Top 50 in the World for Life Sciences and Medicine

McMaster has once again been recognized as one of the world’s top 50 universities for the study of life sciences and medicine, according to the 2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject. McMaster also saw significant growth in the areas of engineering and technology, natural sciences and social sciences and management.

Top 50 in the World for Life Sciences and Medicine: View Rankings
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Teaching Excellence

For our commitment to high-quality instruction, McMaster was recognized with the 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award. Judges singled out McMaster for our strong vision and commitment to high-quality teaching and global engagement through international partnerships and programs, and opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning.

Teaching Excellence: Teaching Excellence
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Research Intensity

McMaster ranked 3rd in Research University of the Year 2022.

McMaster University continues to rank among the country’s most research-intensive universities – for both graduate students and faculty members – in the annual ranking of the country’s Top 50 Research Universities. McMaster placed 2nd in Graduate Student Research Intensity – averaging $74,200 per graduate student, and 2nd in Faculty Research Intensity – averaging $419,000 per faculty member; significantly above the national average for both.

Research Intensity: Research Intensity
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World-class Research Innovators

McMaster counts four Nobel Prize laureates among our alumni and faculty, as well as 129 endowed chairs and professorships, 70 Canada Research Chairs, six Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chairs, two Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chairs, two Ontario Research Chairs and one Canada 150 Research Chair.

World-class Research Innovators : Research & Innovation
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Global Rankings at a Glance

McMaster is highly ranked by Times Higher Education, QS, Shanghai Jiao Tong, CWS Leiden, Maclean’s magazine and others. Learn more about our consistently high performance and international reputation when it comes to global impact, teaching, research, top 100 programs, equity, diversity and sustainability.

Global Rankings at a Glance: McMaster Rankings