Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Students

If you have completed any post secondary course work, including a degree or diploma, and wish to apply to the Faculty of Engineering for an Undergraduate Degree, then you are a transfer student or will have the same admissions and official document requirements as a Transfer Student.

There are three primary types of transfer students that seek admission into the Faculty of Engineering. Please review the descriptions below to find out which one best describes you.

Other Faculties or Programs at other Institutions
If you are currently or were recently enrolled in another Faculty on campus or in a full, degree granting engineering program at another university, please consult the Other Faculties for more information regarding how to complete your application and admission. 

Transfer Colleges
If you are enrolled in a one year, block-transfer program at one of our 7 partner institutions (Grant MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, University of Lethbridge, Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Medicine Hat College, or Red Deer College), please consult the Transfer Programs for more information regarding how to complete your application and admission.

NAIT – SAIT or other Technical Programs
If you have completed a technical diploma program from NAIT, SAIT or any other technical institution, please consult the Engineering Technologists for more information regarding how to complete your application and admission.


  • Other Faculties

     Current U of A Students Considering Applying to the Faculty of Engineering

    The information provided is intended to assist U of A students who may wish to apply for admission to the Faculty of Engineering. All admissions for transfer students to the Faculty of Engineering is competitive and based on transferable post-secondary coursework and the applicant's most recent fall/winter GPA. 

    The courses listed below are common first year equivalent courses currently being offered by other faculties. Some courses require specific minimum grades to earn engineering credit. However, completion of these courses DOES NOT GUARANTEE admission into the program. Students seeking admission to Engineering are expected to maintain an above average academic record while carrying a full course load of five courses per term. All second year admissions are subject to departmental enrolment limits.


    Course Title

    Minimum Grade Required

    Engineering Equivalent 

    Engineering Unit Weight 

    CHEM 101   CHEM 103

    4.3 

    MATH 114

    B+

    MATH 100 

    3.5

    PHYS 130*   PHYS 130 

    3.8 

    Complimentary Studies Elective**   Complimentary Studies Elective  3.0
    ITS Elective **    ITS Elective 3.0
    CHEM 102   CHEM 105 

    3.8 

    CMPUT 174   ENCMP 100 

    3.8 

    MATH 115

    B+

    MATH 101 

    3.5 

    MATH 125

    B- 

    MATH 102 

    3.5 

    ENGL 102, 103 or 125   ENGL Elective 

    3.0 

     


    *Registration in PHYS 130 for prospective transfer students pending special permission from the Faculty of Engineering, as well as space availability. Please email engginfo@ualberta.ca for more information. 

    **Refer to Section 84.6 of the Calendar for the list of complementary studies electives and the list of ITS Electives.  A maximum of 6.0 units can be considered for transfer credit from the list of complementary studies courses.

    Sample Timetable

    This is a possible timetable for students considering a transfer to Engineering from another faculty on campus.

    Example:

    Fall Term

    Course

    Min. Grade for
    Transfer Credit

    Engineering
    Equivalent 

    Engineering
    Units 

    CHEM 101

     

    CHEM 103 

    4.3 

    Complimentary
    Studies Elective**

     

    Complimentary
    Studies Elective 

    3.0

    MATH 114

    B+

    MATH 100 

    3.5

    MATH 125

    B- 

    MATH 102  

    3.5 

    PHYS 130

     

    PHYS 130

    3.8

    Total:        18.1       

    ITS Elective**

    Winter Term

    Course

    Min. Grade for
    Transfer Credit

    Engineering
    Equivalent 

    Engineering
    Units 

    CHEM 102

     

    CHEM 105 

    3.8

            CMPUT 174    


       ENCMP 100   

        3.8   

    ENGL 102, 103 or 125

     

    English ELEC

    3.0 

    MATH 115

    B+

    MATH 101

    3.5 

    ITS Elective**

     

     

    ITS Elective**

    3.0

    Total:        17.1      

    **Refer to Section 84.6 of the Calendar for the list of complementary studies electives and the list of ITS Electives.  A maximum of 6.0 units can be considered for transfer credit from the list of complementary studies courses.

  • Transfer Programs

    Students who complete the Engineering Transfer Program at one of the following institutions with a GPA of 2.5 or higher may apply to enter second-year Engineering at the University of Alberta and will be considered for program placement on an equal basis with continuing University of Alberta Engineering students. Please review the information about Choosing Your Specialization for further details.

    Engineering transfer programs are offered through the following institutions:Grande Prairie Regional College

    Keyano College (Fort McMurray)

    Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton)

    Medicine Hat College

    Red Deer College

    University of Lethbridge

    Admission to specialized programs is competitive and the minimum GPA varies by program each year. Regardless of the program they are entering, all students must meet the minimum admission GPA of 2.5 to be considered admissible to any of the programs.

    If you successfully complete the engineering transfer program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher at one of our affiliated institutions over one fall/winter session, you will be considered for admission into our second year programs based on your first year results. Admission and the basis for admission for students who spend more than one Fall/Winter session completing an engineering transfer program is at the discretion of the Faculty and such students should contact the Faculty for more information.

    Students in these programs must submit an application to the University of Alberta and follow all standard application procedures and deadlines. Applications must be submitted by March 1 for entry the following September. Official transcripts and other official documents as required are due by June 15.

    Transfer applicants are also required to submit an online Program Selection Form by April 8.
  • Engineering Technologists

    The Admission Process for NAIT/SAIT/Lethbridge College Engineering Technology Diploma Students 

    Students who complete specific engineering technology diploma programs can be considered for admission directly to the related specialized engineering degree program. Admission is only to the traditional program and not to the Co-op program. Admission is subject to space availability and is not guaranteed. 

    Please refer to Table I (below) for details of the links between the diploma program and the engineering degree discipline.

    Please note that a student who is seeking admission to a degree program not linked to his or her technology diploma program or to the Co-op program will be considered for admission only to the qualifying year of an Engineering degree program. Students who choose to be admitted to the qualifying year are expected to maintain a full course load. A reduced course load will result in an adjustment to the Program Admission Factor used for admission to Program Specializations.

    All students admitted with an Engineering Technologist Diploma from NAIT/SAIT/Lethbridge College will still be required to complete first year coursework regardless of whether they are admitted to the qualifying year or directly into their discipline.  


    Admission Criteria - High School Matriculation
    All applicants are required to complete the normal high school matriculation subjects for admission to the Faculty of Engineering (Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1, Math 31, Physics 30, Chemistry 30 and English 30-1). 

    Admission Criteria - Admission Average
    The minimum average required for admission is reviewed annually. The minimum cumulative or overall NAIT/SAIT/Lethbridge College average required for admission is expected to be at least 3.5/4.0 or higher, depending on space availability.  

    Transfer Details
    At the time of application, a student must confirm whether the application is to the traditional route in the engineering discipline linked to the diploma or whether the application is to the qualifying year. 

    Applications must be received in the Office of the Registrar, University of Alberta, by March 1 and transcripts must be received by June 15 for admission to an engineering degree program for the following September. 

    Program
    Applicants who have fulfilled high school matriculation requirements and have completed the engineering technology diploma with a minimum overall average of 3.5/4.0 will be considered for admission directly to the Engineering specialization linked to their diploma program (See Table I). Admission is subject to space availability and is not guaranteed.

    Courses
    Although some polytechnic program courses may have similar general content, the detailed core of Faculty of Engineering program courses relies heavily on the pre-requisite Math. The Math content in polytechnic courses does not meet the required University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering Math pre-requisite content required for most subsequent courses within the Faculty of Engineering. As such polytechnic transfer students should not expect transfer credit for previously taken courses.

    Degree Requirements
    All students admitted under these transfer policies are subject to the same Faculty of Engineering academic regulations as other students. Special note should be taken of the six-year time limit to complete a degree from the date of admission to a specialized program.



    Admission from NAIT/SAIT/Lethbridge College Engineering Technology Programs - Table 1  

    U of A Engineering Degree     NAIT Engineering Technology Diploma  SAIT Engineering Technology Diploma  

    Lethbridge
    College
     

    Chemical Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering
    Chemical CPC  Instrumentation Engineering  Instrumentation Engineering
    Civil  Civil Engineering Civil Engineering  Civil
      Construction Engineering  Engineering Design & Drafting - Civil Geomatics
      Engineering Design & Drafting Municipal Engineering Design & Drafting - Structural Design and Drafting
      Geomatics Engineering Surveying & Mapping
      Groundwater Engineering (until 1999/2000)  Wood Engineering
      Geomatics Engineering
       
    Civil - Environmental   Civil Engineering - Municipal
    Computer Computer Engineering  Computer Engineering 
      Network Engineering   
    Electrical  Electrical Engineering  Electrical Engineering 
      Electronics Engineering Electronics Engineering
      Electronics Engineering - Avionics Automated Systems Engineering
      Biomedical Engineering  
      Telecommunications Engineering  
         
    Materials Materials Engineering  Welding Engineering 
      Plastics Engineering  
         
    Mechanical Mechanical Engineering  Mechanical Engineering 
      Air Conditioning Engineering Aeronautical Engineering
      Engineering Design & Drafting - Machine Engineering Drafting & Design Process Piping
      Engineering Design & Drafting - Process Automated Systems Engineering Technology
      Power Engineering Technology Mechatronics Engineering Technology
        Industrial Engineering Technology
        Operations Management
        Power Engineering Technology
    Building Mechanical Systems
    Mining Mineral Engineering (Until 1999/2000)
    Petroleum Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Engineering