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McMaster University: World Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-wise Rankings 2020

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
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McMaster University ranks among the world’s top 100 universities consistently. The university is one of the only 4 universities in Canada making it to the list. The employability ranking of McMaster goes hand in hand with its academic excellence. The new ranking of THE Graduate Employability suggests that the employers want McMaster Graduates. This leap was observed as soon as the university received a Global Teaching Excellence Award (2018) recognizing its global engagement, experiential learning, and innovative thinking. 

McMaster University is known for its problem-based learning in the classroom. Making its fame through the invention of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), which is now used through Medical Schools in Canada.

McMaster University World Rankings

McMaster University’s ranking has become enviable with their model of problem based student centered learning. This model has been adopted by universities from around the world. The popular ranking agencies have acknowledged McMaster among their top ranking lists. 

AgencyMcMaster Ranking (2019)McMaster Ranking (2020)
THE Rankings#77#72
QS Rankings#146#140

Given below is a graphical image representing the global rankings of McMaster University from past few years:

McMaster University Global Rankings

Apart from making it to the top 100s list in ARWU and THE rankings, McMaster has got itself various other awards. 

  • Global Teaching Excellence Award (2018). 
  • Hamilton Literary Awards (3) were offered to writers with close connections to McMaster. 
  • The University has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university by Research Infosource for the past three consecutive years (2017-19). 

McMaster University Ranking: Times Higher Education

Various agencies have different criteria for ranking universities. Detailed below are the various criteria on which THE ranks McMaster. 

THE Ranking Criteria-McMaster University

As per Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, McMaster University was #2 in the year 2019. McMaster University was also #2 good health and well being global impact rankings, 2019. In the same year, the university was #78 for its global employability rankings.

McMaster University Ranking: US News

McMaster Ranks #126 among best global universities as per US News, 2020 Rankings. It is honored as #4 best global universities in Canada. The ranking criteria for US News is detailed below:

Ranking IndicatorsRelative RanksWeightage
Global research reputation#5812.5%
Regional research reputation#7912.5%
Normalized citation impact#18910%
Total Citations#1187.5%
Number of publications among 10% most cited#13712.5%
Percentage of total publication that are among 10% most cited#30710%
International collaboration- relative to country#5455%
International collaboration#3655%
Number of highly cited papers among top 1% of the field#1035%
Percentage of total publications that are among top 1% most highly cited papers#1435%

McMaster University Ranking: QS

QS/Top universities has a different criteria for ranking McMaster which is explained below. Each parameter is given a score on which the university is analyzed. The overall score is then used to generate the university rankings. 

QS Rankings Criteria-McMaster University

As per QS Rankings, the university lies among the top 10 global universities for its graduate employability. The graduate employability ranking of McMaster University is based on the following criteria:

Employer Reputation42.630%
Alumni Outcome38.825%
Partnership with Employers85.425%
Employer Student Connections55.810%
Graduate Employment Rate75.810%

The overall score of graduate employability of McMaster is 58. Graduate employability is an important aspect for students who wish to enroll with gradauate programs at McMaster University.  

McMaster University Rankings in Canada

McMaster University lies among the top four in the country which makes it at par with it’s contemporary institutions in terms of the higher education in Canada. Given below are the national rankings for McMaster University for 2019 and 2020 as per various popular ranking agencies:

AgencyMcMaster National Rank (2020)McMaster National Rank (2019)
US News#4-
GreenMetric University Rankings-#3

Macleans Rankings ranked McMaster University #1 for student services in Canada, #2 for total research in dollars and #3 for library aquistions. McMaster University when compared to UBC or U of T  or McGill, the top ranking universities in Canada, is considered to be lying at par for a variety of factors, such as research orientation, etc. 

McMaster University Subject-Wise Ranking

QS/topuniversities is a world renowned ranking agency that has been ranking universities across the globe . McMaster’s various subjects have also made it to the global rankings. Given below are the highly ranking subjects of the university. 

Subject2019 Rankings2020 Rankings
Anatomy & Physiology#32#33
Life Science#50#52
CS & IT#201-250#201-250

Not just overall rankings, faculties of the university have been performing outstandingly with their reputations, student learning offered, and world-class interdisciplinary research. Details of the rankings and awards acknowledged to various faculties of the university are detailed below. 

McMaster University Ranking: Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster is at a global standing of #26 as per THE Medicine Rankings (2020). Pulling past American powerhouses like University of California (San Diego), Boston University among top 50 medicine universities, confirming the calibre of health research and education at McMaster. 

The university has been maintaining international ranking for health and has been climbing the ladder. Earning the 23rd spot clinical (2019), pre-clinical, and health category the medicine school of McMaster has moved up from it’s spot of #27 previously. 

McMaster University Ranking: DeGroote Business School

Though the global ranking of DeGroote business school is around #200-250 as per QS, but is ranked among the top 10 within Canada by Candian Business Magazine. Around 40 universities offer an MBA in Canada, of which DeGroote has landed with the ninth spot. 

The Co-op MBA program of DeGroote has received high praise in Canadian Business Survey and the graduates from the previous class were hired at a starting salary of 68,000 CAD. Whereas, FT-MBA graduates from DeGroote were hired at a starting salary of 62,000 CAD. 

McMaster University Ranking: Faculty of Engineering

16 Academic disciplines of the Faculty of Engineering were ranked among the best in the world by Shanghai Rankings. These included metallurgical, civil, CS, transportation, water resources, and electrical and electronics. QS Rankings gave a spot to mechanical engineering, and computer engineering among the world’s top engineering colleges. The engineering faculty was ranked #185. 

McMaster University Rankings: Faculty of Science

Being a research intensive university, the faculty of science of McMaster has been recent recipient of the following awards:

  • Canadian Association of Physicist Brockhouse Medal (2019, Graeme Luke)
  • Krieger-Nelson Prize, Canadian Mathematical Society (2018, Megumi Harada) 
  • Chemical Institute of Canada, Macromolecular and Engineering Award (2018, Alex Adronov)

Additionally there are various rankings that the country has bagged a number of rankings for different subjects offered. 

  • Kinesiology is ranked #22 by ARWU. 
  • Life science is ranked #59 by QS rankings. 
  • Psychology is ranked #101-150 by QS rankings.
  • Biological Sciences is ranked #151-200 by QS rankings. 

McMaster University Rankings: Faculty of Humanities

The faculty of humanities at McMaster was ranked #66 by ARWU rankings. However, QS ranked the faculty #140. Though rankings may not be very prominent there has been an improvement in the rankings of the faculty of humanities. 

McMaster University Rankings: Faculty of Social Science

As per NTU field of Social Sciences at McMaster ranked #52 in the world. The faculty is considered second best in the country. USNews ranked social sciences and public health #66 globally & fourth in Canada. The faculty offers around 17 programs that are renowned across the country. 

Founded in 1887, in Toronto, Mcmaster was moved to Hamilton in 1930. The university has made its name in the top four universities consistently making their mark in the Top 100 universities across the world. 

The university has been named a research-intensive medical-doctoral university and has been gaining new heights for its clinical, pre-clinical, and health programs. It brings about 379 million CAD research income. The outpacing peers in research averaging 443,700 CAD per faculty accounts for more than double of the national average.

Not only academics, the university has been selected as Hamilton’s top employer for consecutive 5 years now. Offering a variety of programs that are not only making their mark in the country but are being acclaimed globally, McMaster has shown improvement in its overall and subject specific rankings over the years. 

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