The Economics Department
The department currently consists of 20 permanent faculty members, a number of adjunct professors (holding permanent positions in the business school or epidemiology department), and several active emeritus professors. Their current research is summarized in the department’s annual research report. The department's strength lies in applied economics and policy-relevant economic research.
In a typical year there are 15 students enrolled in each of the Masters of Arts in Economics and Masters of Arts in Economic Policy programs, and about 20 students enrolled in the doctoral program. Students graduating from our programs tend to do well on the job market. The first employment of past graduates is summarized here for the Masters program and the PhD program.
McMaster University was established in 1887. It was initially located in Toronto, but in 1930, the university accepted the offer of a building site on the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. It has since grown into a medium-sized university: the full-time student body now includes 20,400 undergraduate students, 2800 graduate students, and 600 medical interns and residents. There are approximately 1200 faculty positions at the university. See Fast Facts for further information on the university.
City of Hamilton
Hamilton is a city of 500,000 people located at the western tip of Lake Ontario, which is one of the five Great Lakes. The north shore of Lake Ontario from Hamilton to Toronto is heavily urbanized. The regions to the west, south and south-east of Hamilton are largely agricultural. One of Canada’s premier wine-producing regions is a half hour drive to the south and east of Hamilton; and Niagara Falls is one hour away. The area to the west is farmland, interspersed with smaller towns and cities.
Hamilton is a forty-five minute drive from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Munro International Airport, located on the outskirts of Hamilton, offers air connections to a number of Canadian cities and a few American cities. GO Transit offers bus and commuter train connections to downtown Toronto.
The climate is relatively mild by Canadian standards. The mean temperature is 21° C in July and -6° C in February. Average annual rainfall is 68 cm and average annual snowfall is 143 cm.
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