McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

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The M.D. program at McMaster is a three year intensive program, which uses a problem based approach to learning that should apply throughout the physician's career. The components have been organized in sequential units with early exposure to patients and case management. Flexibility is ensured to allow for the variety of student backgrounds and career goals.

To achieve the objectives of the undergraduate medical program, students are introduced to patients within the first level of the curriculum. In this way, students understand the relevance of what they are learning, maintain a high degree of motivation, and begin to understand the importance of responsible professional attitudes.

The students are presented with a series of health care problems, requiring for their solution, the understanding of underlying physical, biological, and behavioural principles, the appropriate collection of data and the critical appraisal of evidence. In each problem area, the student may select the most appropriate issues to ensure the understanding and application of the fundamental concepts. This flexibility provides an opportunity for early consideration of individual interests and goals. The faculty functions as learning resources or guides. Learning by a process of inquiry is stressed.

On Campus Housing

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Female only:75 beds
Co-ed:3,625 beds

McMaster’s twelve on-campus residences are home to almost 3,700 students. Our residences are located within a five-minute walk to classes, athletic facilities, libraries and our award-winning dining facilities. We offer a range of building sizes and themed residence communities. Buildings are divided into traditional dormitory style–where you live with one/two other roommates in the same bedroom or apartment/suite style–where you have a private room and share a kitchen, washroom(s) and living room with three to five other students.

Incoming Students

The School of Medicine, established in 1965 and renamed the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2004, offers major programs in undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate medical education. The Undergraduate Medical Program for the MD degree was initiated in 1969, graduating its first students in May 1972. At present, 203 students are admitted to the program each year. The three-year program in Medicine uses a problem-based approach to learning that should apply throughout the physician's career. The components have been organized in sequential blocks with early exposure to patients and case management. The academic program operates on an 11 months-a-year basis and students qualify for the MD degree at the end of the third academic year.


McMaster is nestled in the west end of Hamilton in a residential area called Westdale Village. Bordered by Cootes Paradise, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the shores of Lake Ontario, the campus connected to kilometers of nature trails, biking paths, and Hamilton’s burgeoning waterfront.

Campus Tour

General campus and residence tours are held between May and August every year.


With meal plans you can access both on- and offcampus locations without having to carry cash. For instance, students can use the flex portion of a meal plan to dine-in or order from several off-campus vendors, including: East Side Marios, Kelseys, Basilique, Boston Pizza, Mahal, Pizza Pizza, Gino’s Pizza, Twelve Eighty and Pita Pit.

Modified on December 01, 2023