Undergraduate Studies

An Engineering degree from the University of Alberta is your key to unlocking a future with endless, rewarding career opportunities. With 21 different degree programs, there is no shortage of options for you to pursue. Our degrees are internationally respected and recognized, opening doors to U of A Engineering graduates around the world.

As a U of A Engineering student, you will join a community of proud alumni with a rich history. For over 100 years the University of Alberta has been providing an education to Engineering students, making us one of the oldest Engineering Schools in Western Canada and consistently recognized as one of the best in the country and the world.

In our program you have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in their fields, conduct research both inside and outside the classroom and to work with your fellow students on projects, in clubs, and in the community.

Common First Year Program

On your first day of engineering at the U of A, you'll be joining a diverse group of students from all over the world. You'll be among the best and brightest minds and will be given excellent opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Your first year will establish the courses for your future as an engineer. The curriculum is designed to give you a solid foundation and introduce you to the vast opportunities available in engineering. You'll not only increase your academic capacity, you'll also discover how you can shape the future.


Choosing Your Program Specialization

Admission to all second year program specialization and degree routes is determined through a competitive process based on student preference, grade point average (GPA), and course load, calculated at the end of your first year.


Engineering Co-op Program

The Co-operative Education in Engineering Program (link) allows you to experience paid engineering work experience while completing your degree. The Co-op program requires five years compared to the traditional four-year program. With the additional time, you gain 5, four-month work experience terms. During your work terms, you are treated as a full-time employee in a position related to your field of study and will get to work under the supervision of other engineers. Our Co-op program is the second-largest in Canada, with more than 1,400 placements annually.