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Future International Undergraduate Students

We're redefining engineering education.

At McMaster Engineering, we offer you more than a best-in-class degree from a top-ranked university.

We offer experiences that help create global-ready, socially-aware citizens through project-based classes, flexible co-op work terms, research opportunities and dozens of clubs and teams.

The Faculty of Engineering offers four unique undergraduate programs.

Check out the below videos for details!

 

McMaster's undergraduate Engineering program, with a common first year, allows students to explore all of our degree path options before choosing a focus discipline. 

During the McMaster's common first year program, known as Engineering 1, students develop an understanding of all the engineering disciplines and gain a solid foundation in math and science. It also positions students to develop a broad personal network of peers before moving into an area of specialization.

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Beyond First Year

After successful completion of your first year in Engineering, students select from one of the multiple programs offered by the Faculty as well as the option of adding two options to your degree: Management or Society. 

Disciplines Options
Chemical Engineering Co-op 
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Engineering & Management 
Civil Engineering Engineering & Society 
Computer Engineering  
Electrical Engineering  
Engineering Physics  
Materials Engineering  
Mechanical Engineering  
Mechatronics Engineering  
Software Engineering  

The Honours Computer Science program offers courses designed to develop students into highly knowledgeable and skilled systems analysts, database specialists, software developers, and system administrators.

The new Computer Science curriculum takes experiential learning to the next level. In five practice and experience courses, the emphases will shift from lectures to lab-based exploration and discovery, including expanded coverage of practical topics. These new courses are in addition to the final year thesis and optional Software Entrepreneurship projects that are chosen and developed by students.

Co-op is an option you can add to your degree.

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The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology offers the Bachelor of Technology Combined Degree/Diploma Program and Degree Completion Program in response to industry needs.

Combined Degree/Diploma Program - for Graduating Secondary School Students

In the B.Tech. program, students enter the first year of a four year degree in one of three disciplines:

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology

Biotechnology

Automation Engineering Technology

Graduates earn a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree from McMaster University and an Ontario advanced diploma in technology and business management certificate from Mohawk College.

Co-op is mandatory for B.Tech. students.

Degree Completion Program - for College Graduates

This unique “diploma to degree” program is tailor-made for college graduates wishing to upgrade their education and further their careers. All eligible program entrants receive two years of advanced credit from their previously completed college diploma or university degree. Disciplines offered are:

Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology

Power & Energy Engineering Technology

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Software Engineering Technology

Technology Certificate - for Technologists in the Industry

Many technologists find, after working in industry for a few years, that they need additional education and training in order to be more effective in their positions and to advance professionally. These additional needs are concerned with both general leadership and supervision skills (i.e. management) and advanced technical knowledge and skills. If you would like to supplement your career with additional education but do not want to upgrade to a degree, the diploma or certificate program is for you!

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At McMaster University, we’re transforming healthcare challenges into a new learning experience with the Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) program. We’re bringing together the best of our top-ranked health sciences and engineering programs into a hands-on, project-based program with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and learning to solve real-world problems by doing.

The iBioMed program will give students a strong foundation in both engineering and health sciences. Students will have a common first year before choosing to specialize in either health sciences or engineering in their second year.

Co-op is an option you can add to your degree.

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All About International Admissions & Applications

Wondering how to apply to our Faculty of Engineering undergraduate programs?

Watch this video for information on applying to our Engineering, Computer Science, Bachelor of Technology, and Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences programs. Also find out about international admission requirements, scholarships, and more!

We know that tuition, cost of living, and scholarships are important to you, so we've listed resources and information below to help get you started on your journey. Read more about our co-op, student work programs, scholarships, and more.

 84% of international students choose the co-op option.

Students can work anywhere in the world, including for US employers such as Google, Microsoft, & Tesla 

EXPLORE CO-OP

Find more entrance awards for international students, including the Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students by clicking HERE!

 

The Faculty of Engineering Award of Excellence (Automatic)

Faculty of Engineering applicants will automatically receive:

Final Average
Award Amount
95%+
$3,000

Full details here

B.Tech. Entrance Scholarship (Automatic)

Bachelor of Technology applicants will automatically receive: 

Final Average
Award Amount
88%+
$2,000

Faculty of Engineering Entrance Scholarships (Application)

International students are welcome to apply for over $1,000,000 in available scholarships! ONLY ONE APPLICATION is required to be considered for all eligible Faculty of Engineering entrance scholarships. 

Click here for more information! 

Bursaries (Application)

International students, enrolled in Level II or higher and demonstrate financial need, can apply for the McMaster General Bursary Program!

Click HERE for details.

In-course Awards (Automatic & Application)

International students are eligible for our in-course awards once they have started studies. Both automatic and application-based, these awards are typically awarded based on grades.

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Research Experience Awards (Automatic)

All Faculty of Engineering application-based entrance scholarship winners are guaranteed a research position in the summer after first year. Valued at $6,000 and can count as co-op.

Read about past researchers

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We offer student work-programs  throughout the school-year and summer for international students who demonstrate financial need.  There are more than 1250 jobs available with more than 110 different McMaster departments.

 

International students have access to our world-class co-op program. Fully paid ($50,000 CAD average annual salary) positions available in Canada or abroad. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there.

Learn more about co-op.

Tuition fees vary by program, citizenship status, and number of units.  Head to our fees website to read more about tuition rates.

Program
Number of Units
BTech
30
Computer Science
30
Engineering
37
iBioMed
37

Want to get a bigger picture of what your first year will cost?

Use our cost-estimator to input your information and calculate your costs.

Inputs include citizenship status, program, and where you will be living! Other costs are pre-populated or you can add in your own amounts.

Estimate costs now!

Please see here for McMaster University entrance awards for international students!

There are no scholarships offered by McMaster that will fully cover tuition costs for international students. 

Please see here for more information!

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My International Journey to MacEng

My International Journey to MacEng

Out international students share their stories about coming to McMaster

Canada: From Our Point of View

Canada: From Our Point of View

Our MacEng international students talk about their first impressions of Canada

Students from more than 60 countries choose McMaster Engineering. Find out why.

Meet Mia (China)

Meet Mia (China)

“McMaster University has a really welcoming atmosphere. People here help each other. We get to know each other. You need to put yourself out there and meet new people. Find out what you want to do and take the initiative to find opportunities for yourself.”

Meet Oluwatosin (Nigeria)

Meet Oluwatosin (Nigeria)

“Getting to know people at McMaster is easy ... People are willing to share notes and lend a helping hand when you need it.”

Meet Shaun (Malaysia)

Meet Shaun (Malaysia)

“I chose McMaster University because there’s a lot of nature, a lot of clubs and societies, and most importantly, there’s support. I chose Canada because of its reputation and openness worldwide. It reminds me of home in the sense that it’s open and friendlier than most countries."

Meet Sana (India/UAE)

Meet Sana (India/UAE)

“A lot of my relatives and family friends went to McMaster, so it was a recommended choice, especially Engineering. Canada connected with me because most of the companies here have a good work-life balance. It was a crucial reason that made me realize that this is somewhere I could build my career and future.”

Meet Fabiola (Mexico)

Meet Fabiola (Mexico)

"Even though I’m an international student, I feel like everyone around me is the same in a welcoming and nonjudgmental way. Everyone comes from different places and embraces that... My friends here feel like family."

Meet Kareem (Egypt/Saudi Arabia)

Meet Kareem (Egypt/Saudi Arabia)

“My favourite thing about McMaster is definitely the community. I feel part of it and that everyone around me is there for me. I can go up to someone random, ask for help and they wouldn’t reject me, or would lead me to someone who could help. Being part of this community is amazing.”

Meet Sa\'ida (Jordan)

Meet Sa'ida (Jordan)

“Canada is a very welcoming and inclusive place, and at McMaster, the Faculty of Engineering is especially diverse. The students are helpful. There’s a real sense of community. Hamilton is now home for me.”

Meet Haoran (China)

Meet Haoran (China)

“What we learn in the classroom is theoretical. Professors teach, but we need to design and use what we learn and apply them to real-life cases. These teams help process the concepts you learn in lecture to real robots and designs.”

Meet Troy (China)

Meet Troy (China)

“I realized that having a work-life balance is real. It’s necessary, as is taking initiative. A turning point for me was that I learned how to take control, rather than doing what people told me to do. The fact that people would respect the decisions I made was pretty cool.”

Meet Amy (Barbados)

Meet Amy (Barbados)

“I gained communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills [during co-op]. I never had experience working with customers, and was really shy to talk to them and meeting people. But it was different; a new experience. Co-op was my first real job experience.”

Meet Mrinal (India)

Meet Mrinal (India)

“Work hard and never be shy. Apply yourself and take initiative. Good things happen when you take initiative. I’ve met amazing people at Mac... People are generally friendly, helpful and supportive. You never know when somebody will help you back.”

View more profiles

View more profiles

Download our program guide to view more student profiles and find out what they love most about McMaster Engineering. 

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Gaining experience on the job

July 12, 2019

Gaining experience on the job

In 2017/2018, over 1,700 students participated in over 2,700 4-month co-op work terms across the globe.

Join the club: How McMaster\'s clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

May 6, 2019

Join the club: How McMaster's clubs and teams help international students feel more at home

With more than 300 clubs and teams at McMaster University, there's something for everyone. Here's how some of McMaster Engineering's international students felt more at home as a result of them.

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

April 4, 2019

Journey to Mac Eng: How four first-year students conquered their beginnings at McMaster Engineering

Last year, 15 per cent of approximately 4,800 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering were international, coming from nearly 60 countries.

Supporting our Students

At McMaster Engineering, you're always among friends - more than 6000 of them! Our #FireballFamily is a supportive community where students build each other up in a spirit of collaboration, not competition. 

EXPLORE OUR SUPPORTS AVAILABLE

Learn more about McMaster Engineering

Take a by-the-numbers look at McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering to get a sense of who we are.

Worried about moving to a new country?

In global rankings, Canada is consistently ranked as a top country to live in for quality of life. Canada is a multicultural mosaic, with people that embrace diversity, are notoriously friendly, and are considered top talent for major international corporations. 

At McMaster, we have a variety of on and off campus supports and services available to help you adjust and thrive in Canada and at McMaster University. 

Use this list of resources to help you get started. If you can't find what you are looking for, email us at thinkeng@mcmaster.ca

Advice from current international students

My International Journey to MacEng

My International Journey to MacEng

Our international MacEng students share their stories about coming to McMaster!

Canada: From Our Point of View

Canada: From Our Point of View

Our McMaster Engineering international students talk about their first impressions of Canada!

The 7 best things to do in Hamilton

The 7 best things to do in Hamilton

We asked some of our international students what they love doing off-campus.

The 6 items every international student should pack when coming to McMaster

The 6 items every international student should pack when coming to McMaster

We asked first-year international students what they're glad they brought to Canada.

Distinguished University Professor Jamal Deen named to Academy of the United Nations Science and Technology Organization

September 13, 2021

Distinguished University Professor Jamal Deen named to Academy of the United Nations Science and Technology Organization

Academy unites academics for global cooperation on thorny issues

McMaster ranked among the top 80 universities worldwide

September 2, 2021 / Source: Daily News

McMaster ranked among the top 80 universities worldwide

McMaster has been named among the world’s top 100 universities for the fifth year in a row, according to a key international ranking that spans more than 1,600 institutions worldwide.

McMaster Engineering, one of Canada\'s top engineering programs, recruiting globally for research faculty positions

November 15, 2020

McMaster Engineering, one of Canada's top engineering programs, recruiting globally for research faculty positions

To support McMaster Engineering’s growth and longstanding strengths in research, innovation and graduate training, The Faculty is recruiting widely for tenure-track and teaching-track positions across multiple departments.

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