Second Year Program Specialization Selection Process

Information on Placement of Students into Specialized Programs for Fall 2020

Please note that policies and procedures are subject to change. Some students may have seen earlier drafts of this information which are no longer accurate. Please check back for the latest information.

Information is different for each cohort so please choose the correct link:

Admission to all second year program specializations and degree routes is determined through a competitive process based on student preference, grade point average (GPA), and course load.

To qualify for a second year program specialization, you must complete your first year in satisfactory standing (2.0 GPA or higher), and have completed at least 30 units of engineering course weight (not including ENGG 100 or ENGG 101/ENGG 160).

As part of the admission process, you are required to complete a Program Selection Form (button below). You will rank at least 10 program choices on this form, but it is recommended to rank all of them. Please rank your program choices in order of preference (1 = First, and highest choice). A minimum of 10 choices is required, but it is recommended to rank all of them. Using this information, the Faculty of Engineering generates a Program Admission Factor (PAF) for all students. PAF is a combination generated by combining your GPA and course load. You are then admitted to your highest program choice that is consistent with your PAF.

High school students do NOT need to complete this form.

This form will close on April 30th, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The form will reopen on June 1, 2021, at 8:00 am, for one last, and final opportunity to make changes to your ranking, and will close on June 15, 2021, at 4:00 pm. When the form is closed you are not able to login to view your information, but a copy is emailed to you for your records.

The Program Selection will open on October 1, 2020. The form must be completed by all students with previous post-secondary credit. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Current First Year Students in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta.
  • Other Faculties at the University of Alberta.
  • Other Universities or Colleges in Alberta, or elsewhere.
  • Those who have attended technical institutions such as NAIT, BCIT, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Please login with your University of Alberta CCID and password.

*Please note: This is not an application form for admission to the University of Alberta. All applicants who are not already students in the Faculty of Engineering need to complete a University application form in addition to this form. You will need your University of Alberta ID number, and Campus Computing ID (CCID) to access this form.

Go to the Program Selection Form


Registering in Courses Beyond Qualifying Year

Students admitted to the second year of study in the Faculty of Engineering will follow a specific course sequence dependent on the program of study that they have been admitted to. Please note: Students will follow the calendar for the year that they were placed into their discipline, rather than the year they started with the Faculty of Engineering. For example, a student who successfully completes their first year of studies in 2020/21 would be placed into their discipline in the 2021/22 year, so would follow the 2021/22 Calendar for the remainder of their program.

For more information students can consult the University of Alberta Calendar.

Students in the Traditional program should consult the current Calendar for information on Required Courses and Suggested Course Sequence for their program.

Students in Co-op program should consult the current Calendar for information on Required Courses and Suggested Course Sequence for their program.

For further description of the requirements on the Program and Electives, see Programs of Study.

Course listings including course descriptions, fee index, and prerequisite requirements are available in the Calendar or through BearTracks, the online student portal.

Please visit Student Services if you need more information or have any questions.