Our Mission

At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.

Our Vision

To achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation, and excellence.

The University’s Mission and Vision statements were adopted in this form in Refining Directions (2003, reaffirmed 2008). They position McMaster as a student-centred, research intensive university with a clear purpose: the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. They also establish the University’s commitment to excellence, and to integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork.