Graduate Studies

The University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering is home to a vibrant community of scholars committed to teaching and research at the highest levels. The faculty is internationally recognized and ranks among the top 5 per cent of more than 400 engineering schools in North America, with approximately 4,400 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students.

By programs, the U of A’s mining engineering program ranks No. 18 in the world, and the chemical engineering program is among the top 100, according to the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings.

The University of Alberta ranks among the top five universities in Canada and top 100 globally in the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings.

The university has enduring global connections through collaboration and student exchanges around the world, and on campus has a diverse and multicultural environment—it ranked 31 in the Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017. International students make up nearly 17 per cent of undergraduate and almost 39 per cent of graduate students, the latter being among the highest percentages of any university in Canada.

More than 60 per cent of new faculty members at the U of A are from abroad, bringing the total percentage of international professors to more than 40 per cent.

With a growing number of professors, the Faculty continually recruits new graduate students. Many exciting opportunities exist at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. The benefits of earning a master’s (MSc, MEng, or joint MBA/MEng) or doctoral degree (PhD) in Engineering are higher salaries, and greater professional responsibility and satisfaction as a result of greater knowledge.

When choosing to pursue a graduate degree, many engineers will consider the value proposition of a Master’s or PhD.  Recognizing this, Canada’s five largest engineering schools joined forces in 2013 to consider the question: What is the value of a graduate degree in engineering?”

Over the past two years, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo (members of the Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium) have hosted 11 panel discussions on this topic. Nearly 50 expert panel members, including industry leaders, recent Master’s and PhD graduates working in Canadian industry, and engineering professors, have answered questions posed by potential graduate students about how graduate studies might affect their career development. The panelists agree that graduate degrees lead to increased earnings, responsibilities and professional satisfaction. You can find our list of frequently asked questions, and the panelists’ aggregate answers, here.

 

 

Panelists’ observations include:

 

 

Outcompete

“When you have graduate training, you can organize yourself better and you can learn things more quickly. You can outcompete.” 
- Smitha Koduru, PhD,
  Independent Consultant,
  North-East Anthony Henday Drive Project


Expand Your Options

“This investment in learning will improve your whole life. You will move yourself into the market of high-end engineering where you will do work that is inspiring and exciting. These two years will improve your next 50 years.”
- Pearl Sullivan, PhD,
  Dean of Engineering, Waterloo University

Be a Resource

“Graduate education gave me access to more interesting work, because I have the skills to solve more complex problems. Having a PhD means you get pulled into all kinds of projects, even those outside your immediate area.”
- Sylvie Boulanger, PhD,
  Vice-president, Technical Marketing, Supermetal