Engineering Tuition Increases

Under the Alberta Tuition Framework, The Faculty of Engineering has received approval from the Government of Alberta to implement a tuition increase that will enhance the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and the Masters of Engineering program. These changes apply to all domestic students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Masters of Engineering program in Fall 2022 and later.

RATIONALE

Our goal is to provide the best engineering program in Canada, a program that exceeds accreditation standards, walks students through experiential learning experiences, and cares about their full development. We know that there are ways we can continue to develop and enhance our program, however that will not be possible without an increase in tuition.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - BSc(Eng)

Current Tuition for Incoming
Domestic Students (2020/21)

Approved Tuition (2022/23)*

$812.16 CAD $1,011.04 CAD

*Per 3 credits of undergraduate course weight offered by the Faculty of Engineering. The increase takes effect in the 2022-2023 academic year. The increase to tuition fees does not apply to students who were enrolled in the program in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Undergraduate Cost Calculator

Master of Engineering (MENG)

Current Tuition for Incoming
Domestic Students (2020/21)

Approved Tuition (2022/23)*

$734.52 CAD $903.36 CAD

*Per 3 credits of undergraduate course weight offered by the Faculty of Engineering. The increase takes effect in the 2022-2023 academic year. The increase to tuition fees does not apply to students who were enrolled in the program in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Domestic Market Compactors BSc(Eng)

Institution

First-year Tuition**

Institutional Ranking*

University of Waterloo $16,000.00 2
University of Toronto $14,180.00 1
Queens University $13,160.84 7
McMaster University $10,394.10 6
Université Laval $9,513.30 9
Université de Montréal $9,300.00 11
University of Alberta $9,099.36*** 5
McGill University $8,505.60 3
University of Calgary $6,960.00 8
University of British Columbia $6,927.51 4
University of Victoria $6,558.00 --

*Based on the 2022 Maclean’s University Rankings: Engineering Programs
**Tuition costs were pulled from the respective webpages of each Canadian institution.
***Based on 30 credits; tuition will be adjusted according to course load, and number of engineering courses

BSc FAQs

Who is impacted by the tuition increases?

A tuition increase is being implemented for domestic students admitted in Fall 2022 and later in all nine engineering undergraduate BSc programs for both the traditional and cooperative streams (and all of their associated options):

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
How much is the tuition increase?
Tuition for undergraduate engineering courses is increasing by 24.5%. Assuming a 30-credit course load, this is expected to increase tuition from $7,309.44 per year to $9,099.36 per year. This increase includes the UofA-wide tuition increase.
Why is the tuition increase necessary?
The increase in tuition fees will be used to support key priority areas in the education of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. If these priorities continue to be under addressed, the quality and reputation of the Engineering at Alberta program will decline due to an erosion in front-line educational services, including laboratory equipment, instruction, and experiential learning opportunities.
What will the additional tuition funds be used for?

The additional funds will contribute to continuing to deliver top quality academic courses and allow the Faculty to continually improve while supporting key priority areas identified through on-going student consultation:

24.5% of the proposed increase will be allocated to improving course delivery by:

  • Increasing access to teaching assistants
  • Enhancing the qualifying-year program

33% of the increase will be allocated to improving course content by:

  • Modernizing the laboratory experience
  • Modernizing program content

16.8% of the increase will be allocated to increasing experiential and work-integrated learning opportunities by:

  • Establishing a work and research internship program
  • Expanding the Engineering Connects program
  • Increasing accessibility to the ELKO Engineering Garage

15.0% of the increase will be allocated to bursaries and hybrid awards established to support students from underrepresented demographics, students with families, or students with a demonstrated financial need

5.8% of the increase will be allocated to enhancing student services and support by:

  • Increasing access to career advisors
  • Investing in student well-being
5.0% of the increase will be allocated to emerging priorities of the student body; improvement areas to which these funds will be allocated will be determined based on feedback from ongoing student consultations.
Where can I find additional information on tuition increases?
Undergraduate students can access information on the Office of the Registrar webpage.
Where can I find information if this tuition increase causes a financial barrier?

Master of Engineering (MEng) FAQ

Who is impacted by the tuition increase?

An exceptional tuition increase is being implemented for all domestic students admitted in Fall 2022 and later to the Master of Engineering (MEng) program. The increase will apply to all Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees and their areas of specialization offered by the following programs

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
How much is the tuition increases?
Tuition for graduate-level engineering courses is increasing by 23.0%. Assuming a 30-credit course load, this is expected to increase tuition from $7,345.20 per year as proposed for the 2022/23 academic year to $9,033.60 per year.This increase includes the UofA-wide tuition increase.
Why is the tuition increase necessary?

The quality of the MEng program depends on the continuous alignment of course content with current practice, student interaction with industry, and development of practical knowledge and skills.

Addressing the specific needs of the MEng students requires the addition of specialized resources dedicated to meeting the unique needs of this student group, which is only possible with an increasein tuition. We believe that the improvements made possible by this increase will result in the training of highly-skilled, specialized engineers that will lead Alberta’s engineering community.

What will the additional tuition funds be used for?

The additional revenue raised through the tuition increase will be used to fund specific initiatives in each of the five improvement areas identified through student consultations. Investments are detailed as follows:

61.3% of the increase will be allocated to teaching and program support by:

  • Engaging a Program Coordinator to act as a liaison between Associate Chairs, MEng Advisors, and the MEng student body
  • Increasing access to teaching assistants

20.2% of the increase will be allocated to bursaries and hybrid awards established to support students from underrepresented demographics, students with families, or students with demonstrated financial need.

8.8% of the increase will be used to support online delivery by:

  • Recruiting the Audio Visual technicians needed to broadcast, record, and assist instructors with the preparation of high-quality online instruction for approximately 20 courses per year
5.0% of the increase will be allocated to the emerging priorities of the student body; improvement areas to which these funds will be allocated will be determined based on feedback from ongoing student consultations.

4.7% of the increase will be used for networking event planning and materials
Where can I find additional information on tuition increases?
Prospective graduate students can access additional information on the FGSR webpage. Current graduate students can access information on the FGSR webpage.
Where can I find information if this tuition increase causes a financial barrier?
Financial support can be found through the University of Alberta’s Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Support page.

CONSULTATION

We surveyed undergraduate and graduate students to understand what types of enhancements would best serve the student experience. We also consulted with the Engineering Students’ Society and the Graduate Students’ Association. Four virtual town halls were held to hear directly from students. The undergraduate consultation report is attached below for your review.

WHAT WE HEARD

The findings from both the surveys and town halls have been similar. For undergraduate students, the priority for improved course delivery, modernized course content, and increased experiential learning topped the list.

82%

81%

77%

82% of students chose Course Delivery as one of their Top 5 Choices 81% of students chose Course Content as one of their Top 5 Choices 77% of students chose Experiential Learning as one of their Top 5 Choices

 

 

Contact

For more information about these and other university tuition increase proposals, please contact:

Hallie Brodie
Issues & Strategic Communications Manager
hbrodie@ualberta.ca
780-983-2327