McMaster University

Campus in Hamilton, Ontario


  • Biology (BSC, MSc, PhD)
  • Biology & Environmental Sciences (BSc) (co-op)
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences (BSc, MSc, PhD) (co-op)
  • Environmental & Earth Sciences (BSc)
  • Ecology & Evolution (MSc, PhD)
  • Environmental Physiology (MSc, PhD)
  • Geography (BA, BSc, MA, MSc, PhD)
  • Geography & Environmental Sciences (BSc) (co-op)
  • Microbiology & Plant Biology (MSc, PhD)

Co-op option: Yes


Why Go Here?

With a long-standing reputation as one of Canada's top research universities, McMaster was also ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in 2014. Mac faculty are commited to creativity, innovation and excellence, encouraging students' critical thinking and passion for learning.  McMaster is also the only North American school that hosts a United Nations University: the Institute for Water, Environment and Health. The school offers an interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability, an opportunity for students of any major to complement their degree with sustainability-related courses. 


Applied Learning

McMaster offers many interdisciplinary research programs, allowing students to explore the relationships between society and the environment. The school has established several programs to give undergrad students increased opportunity for practical experience. The Sustainability Internship Program and the Graduate/Undergraduate Collaboration in Experiential Learning allow students of various levels to develop and implement a sustainable project while receiving course credit. Many courses involve local fieldwork or off-campus research trips. 


Extracurricular Activities

McMaster's Sustainability Programs Office aims to offer all students the opportunity to get involved with student led, community focused sustainability initiatives. Students in residence can participate in MacEARTH, a leadership program designed to promote environmental awareness through  interactive, educational events focused on sustainability. BioSphere, a subcommittee of the Biology Society, promotes environmental awareness on campus and in the community. The Mac Farmstand is a local agricultural initiatve which grows produce right on campus. The McMaster Teaching and Community Garden is site for local food production and hands-on learning.The school plans to implement a bike-share program for students, staff and faculty. 


Best Natural Feature 

Mac is located in the Niagara Escarpment at the western end of Lake Ontario. Students can access a variety of natural attractions, including the Cootes Paradise Wildlife Sanctuary, the Bruce Trail, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area and the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

Join a national network of environmentally-minded students