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Letter from Associate Chair, Graduate

Dear Prospective Graduate Students:

At Physics & Astronomy, we know the importance of graduate students to the strength and diversity of a research environment. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that our graduate students do much of the work that moves our research areas forward. We work very hard to offer a welcoming environment for present and future students.

We are a medium-sized department, with 26 research faculty members and about 70 graduate students. Every university department has its own character. We are well-known as a very research intensive Department, that is situated at a research-intensive University. Our faculty members and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research over a wide range of research areas in physics and astronomy, and publish their results in top journals. Since we aren’t a large department, we are also famous for being a very friendly and welcoming place. By coming here, you benefit from the best of both worlds, including a healthy balance between work and play.

We offer both Master and Ph.D. programs. Most students start in September, but some arrive in January and May. Graduate applications are accepted beginning in October of each year, and most of our offers are sent by March for admission the following September.

All of our students, whether local or from abroad, are fully supported financially. All full-time graduate students are assured of an adequate stipend, including a teaching assistantship in support of the undergraduate teaching program, and a research fellowship paid by the supervisor's research grant. Many hold major external or internal scholarships. The relatively low cost of living in Hamilton ensures that our graduate students enjoy a pretty comfortable life. Graduate students benefit from McMaster's strong support system for graduate studies.

  • Current and incoming graduate students may find the Physics & Astronomy Wiki to be a useful collection of information about the program and the city, created and maintained by graduate students in the department:
    Physics and Astronomy Wiki

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Best wishes for your future plans.

Alison Sills
Associate Chair
Email: gradchair@physics.mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24189

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24559
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24558
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca