How to Apply

Graduate Programs Mechanical Engineering

MSc/PhD - Thesis Based Programs (in Mechanical or Engineering Management)

Thesis Based Programs require the student to take fewer courses than does the course based programs, however the research (thesis) component is significantly greater (see the Program Manual on the main Graduate page).

Students applying to thesis based programs must find a supervisor (one of our professors) willing to support them. An application cannot proceed without one. Your supervisor will provide funding in the form of a Research Assistantship. They will provide office and lab space and guide your research (thesis) throughout your program. You will be required to upload an email from your professor (into the online application) indicating their interest. Your application will be incomplete otherwise and not be considered.

(See the steps below for how to apply)

MEng - Course Based Programs (in Mechanical or Engineering Management)

Course Based Programs require the student to do more course work than does the thesis based programs, however the research (project) component is significantly less (see the Program Manual on the main Graduate page).

Students applying to the course based programs do not need to find a supervisor. This program is a self-driven program. There is no funding attached. The student must pay their own living and tuition expenses. Please review the link for estimates on the costs to study in Canada.

The course based programs are competitive. The department will determine the capacity (how many students can be taken into the program) each year. Once the application deadline closes, a review committee will evaluate all completed applications and the very best will be selected to fill the program to its capacities. It is common that the students accepted into the program have a GPA of 3.5 or greater. And so, the GPA requirement for the course based programs is listed as 3.5. Students can apply with a GPA that is less than this. Prior Engineering experience will be considered.

Check Admission Requirements to see if you qualify for our Graduate Programs

For MSc/PhD - (Thesis Based Programs)

You must find a Supervisor to support your application. An application cannot proceed without one. You must contact professors directly. If you visit our Research Areas you can click on each area to find the professors doing research in that field. You will find their contact information and links to their research as well. Click here for a sample 'letter of interest' to potential supervisors.

For All Programs MEng (Course Based) and MSC/PhD (Thesis Based)

Complete the Online Application. Be sure to check the Application Deadlines.

Review the Required Supporting Documents page to be sure you are uploading the needed documents in the correct format on the Online Application.

Please read the Requirements for Acceptance of Uploaded Transcripts.
Once the online application is complete and submitted the application will be reviewed by the department and sent to your Supervisor (MSc/PhD) or Admissions Committee (MEng) where support will be considered.

If the application is approved, it will proceed.

If the application is not approved, the student will be informed by email and the application will not proceed further.

Once your application is approved it will be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) for final review.

If the application is approved, it will proceed.

If the application is not approved, the student will be informed by email and the application will not proceed further.

Once your application is approved by FGSR

  1. you will receive an Electronic Admission Letter from FGSR to your University of Alberta email address;
  2. following that, the Graduate Applications Assistant will prepare the financial agreement letter with your Supervisor if applicable (MSc/PhD). The Official Electronic Financial Letter will be sent by email from the department.
(Notice:) Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter.  Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) office.

Application Deadlines

MEng

International Students
Fall: May 15
Canadian Students
Fall: July 15

 

MSc/PhD (thesis based)

International Students
Fall: May 15
Winter: September 15
Canadian Students
Fall: July 15
Winter: November 15