Historically, McMaster University is the outgrowth of educational work initiated by Baptists in central Canada as early as the 1830s. Named after Senator William McMaster (1811–87), who bequeathed substantial funds to endow “a Christian school of learning,” the University was incorporated under the terms of an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1887. The new University (housed in McMaster Hall in Toronto) offered courses in arts and theology. Degree programs began in 1890, with degrees first being conferred in 1894.

Since its founding in 1966, innovation has been the hallmark of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ont., and a major contributor to its international reputation for excellence. Under the leadership of Dr. John Evans, the school’s first dean, a ...

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