Based on the global rankings for the two universities, UBC (University of British Columbia) would seem to be the obvious choice among students. However, this cannot be the only criterion considered while choosing an institution for higher studies abroad. A detailed overview below of UBC or McMaster might help students to choose one.
With around 64,798 students, UBC takes a lead when it comes to the total number of students enrolled in the university. The international student community at UBC had an enrollment of around 17,225 students from over 160 countries while McMaster had a much smaller number of international students with just over 4,400.
India is among the top countries for the international student population with 9.2% and 7.8% enrollment at UBC and McMaster respectively.
Students who want to be part of a smaller community can choose McMaster while UBC for more socially inclined people who love a bigger social group.
Coming to the cost, McMaster University would be the first choice among students looking for a cheaper study option. The average annual cost of study for programs at McMaster is about 20% less than that of the University of British Columbia.
When it comes to eligibility, UBC has a higher score requirement than that of McMaster University where the average scores for GRE/ GMAT as well as TOEFL or IELTS are lower. Therefore it can be interpreted that admissions to McMaster University would be comparatively easier than admissions to UBC.
For the year 2018-19, McMaster University also provided more financial aid options with over 26 million USD investment on scholarships, fellowships and bursaries. On the other hand, UBC also had an investment of over 21 million USD on financial aid.
With an alumni of 339,000+ students representing 140+ countries, UBC boasts of around eight Nobel Prize winners while McMaster has had only three among an alumni of 195,162.
UBC receives around 477 million USD for research work. However, with only 265 million investment for research work, the strength of McMaster University’s research continues. This can be backed up by the fact that McMaster is the only university in Canada that is a part of Universitas 21, a prestigious global network of 26 research-intensive universities in the world.
Although the University of British Columbia ranks higher than McMaster and has more facilities available, McMaster can be on the priority list for students looking for a more cost-friendly higher education in Canada. Because of more financial aid options, a lower fee structure and also lower admission score requirements than UBC, MacMaster University outstands UBC when it comes to admissions.