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Future Undergraduate Students

Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in McMaster University earning its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. Our focus on experiential, problem-based learning and our inter-disciplinary approach to collaboration results in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas and greater optimism.

This approach is helping us create a Brighter World.

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Learn about the ways you can get involved with the McMaster Engineering community. There's something for everyone - from student politics, design teams, non-profit organizations, to the Engineering Musical. There's something for everyone!

McMaster Engineering Society

The McMaster Engineering Society (MES), one of the largest student groups on campus, supports students academically, professionally and socially. 

The MES supports about 20 groups and serves more than 5,000 undergraduate student members. Students are able to receive funding for various activities such as intramurals, conferences, special projects and more.

"Even just visiting McMaster, you can tell that everyone here is passionate about the Engineering community. That passion translates to people supporting one another, and working really hard to improve our community through clubs, teams, and our engineering society. That's the kind of people I wanted to be surrounded by." - Hannah McPhee, Engineering Physics

Learn more about the McMaster Engineering Society

Clubs, Teams, and Student Organizations

Under the leadership of the McMaster Engineering Society, there are dozens of groups you can get involved in. Below are just a few highlights!

More clubs and teams

McMaster Engineering Musical

McMaster Engineering Musical

A singing and dancing extravaganza, complete with a full band and interpretations of popular songs, the musical is an annual tradition. Each September auditions are held and then, week by week, the show is put together entirely by students - from writing songs to creating the script to building sets and playing music.

McMaster Solar Car Project

McMaster Solar Car Project

The McMaster Solar Car Project builds and races solar vehicles; provides training to students on basic and intensive technical skills that are not offered in any university class; and promotes the use of sustainable energy systems to the local and global community through outreach events.

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering

This group inspires young women to change the world by pursuing an engineering degree. It offers support to female students of many ages in a variety of ways, from camp programs, clubs, conferences and scholarships for elementary and high school students. 

Haleigh Longo

Haleigh Longo

"McMaster Engineering Musical is a group that really fosters community and growth in the students that are part of it. [...] In Mac Eng Musical, everyone helps each other out because we all understand the struggle of engineering, and we have a little more empathy and compassion for each other. In Mac Eng Musical there's a lot of growth that happens; a lot of people come in are very shy and introverted and after the show they have so many more communication skills and they've grown as a person. I've seen it happen a lot of times. But the best thing about Mac Eng Musical is the community feel that you get; everyone in cast, band, crew, and everyone else that helps with the show really grow together as a family." - Haleigh Longo, McMaster Engineering Musical, Mechatronics Engineering

Research Opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering is home to many internationally renowned researchers. 

McMaster Engineering professors receive the highest level of research funding per faculty member in Canada. They are involved in research Centres of Excellence, consult with industry and government, and contribute to internationally renowned institutes in all disciplines. McMaster's engineers are in an enviable leadership role in research and graduate education. The Faculty also boasts state-of-the-art buildings, laboratories and equipment. 

Undergradute students in the Faculty of Engineering have the opportunity to work with professors and graduate students on a research project. Students can get involved in research as early as after their first year of studies. See below for examples of undergraduate students who worked in research at McMaster!

Learn more about research

Meet Undergraduate Summer Researchers

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Take a tour of McMaster's Faculty of Engineering!

McMaster Engineering offers tours throughout the year. Hear first hand from our Student Ambassadors about academic programs, experiential learning opportuities, student life and more!

To book a tour, please complete and submit this online form:

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Upcoming Events

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

May 11 - 12, 2018

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

Overnight conference for grade 11 girls!

May @ Mac

May 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

May @ Mac

May @ Mac is our annual Spring open house. The open house includes campus bus tours, special facility tours, sample lectures, lab demonstrations and opportunities to speak with professors, staff and students.

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Youth Programs

Go Code Girl

February 10, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Go Code Girl

We are offering a new opportunity for girls called Go CODE Girl that provides an exciting free opportunity for girls in grades 7 to 10 to learn how to program, all across Ontario!

BASEF Science Fair

March 22 - 24, 2018

BASEF Science Fair

The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is a competition to all grade seven through twelve students from Hamilton, Halton Region, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Brant County and Six Nations.

Girl Guide Day

March 24, 2018, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Girl Guide Day

Venture is excited to offer Girl Guide Day @ Mac! We will provide a fun day of activities aimed towards achieving the Physics badge! $20.00 per Girl Guide

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Earning Money for School

There are several different ways you can earn money for your education. Listed below are resources we provide to help you with your finances.

 

  Value (CAD) Minimum for Eligibility
McMaster University President's Award $2 500 Admission Average: 95%+
McMaster University Honour Award $1 000 Admission Average: 90% - 94.99%
McMaster University Honour Award $750 Admission Average: 85% - 89.99%
McMaster University Honour Award $500 Admission Average: 80% - 84.99%
Dean's Excellence Entrance Award

4 at $10 000 each
24 at $7 500 each

Admission Average: 94%+
Must be an incoming student in Engineering, Computer Science, or Bachelor of Technology
Dean's Excellnce Entrance Award

14 at $7 500 each

Admission Average: 94%+
Must be an incoming student in iBioMed
FIRST Robotics Alumni Entrance Award

6 at $15 000 each

Must have substantial involvement in a school FIRST Robotics team
Must have not been awarded any other Faculty of Engineering specific entrance award

SHAD Alumni Entrance Award

3 at $5 000 each

Admission Average: 90%+
Must be a SHAD program alumnus

Schulich Leaders Entrance Scholarship

$100 000

 
HATCH Scholarships

$32 000

Admission Average: 94%+
Must be an incoming student in Engineering 1

 

Bursaries are granted on the basis of financial need, and are available to all registered McMaster students who apply and qualify.

  • the online bursary application is available in the Mosaic Student Center during the fall of your first year
  • a bursary is a grant which does not require repayment
  • students must apply to OSAP (or other government loans) prior to applying for bursary funds (some exceptions apply, see McMaster Aid on the SFAS website for more information

For more information on bursaries offered by McMaster University, click here.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that can make it easier for students and families to go to college or university.

The program offers funding for school through two kinds of money:

  • grants: money you don’t have to pay back
  • a student loan: money you need to repay

Funding is available for both full and part-time postsecondary students, and is based on a number of factors, including your family income. Some students may get their tuition covered by OSAP.

Visit the OUAC official website to learn more.

Engineering Co-op & Career Services connects students with employers, provides career-planning tools and resources, and provides opportunities for students to gain paid employment experience. 

Visit the co--op page to learn more.

The McMaster Work Program offers students, who demonstrate financial need, the opportunity for meaningful employment on-campus. These are paid part-time positions during the fall/winter term, and full-time or part-time during the summer. '

Click here to learn more about this program.

Paying for School

Tuition & Residence Costs

The amount of money you will spend depends on lots of factors like if you're an international or domestic student, whether you will stay on residence or at home, personal expenses and more. Visit McMaster University's Cost Estimator to find an approximation of the total fees customized for you.

Please visit the following sites for complete information as well as the summary below, prior to contacting us.

Program of Study: Target Enrolment: Admission Requirements: OUAC Application Deadline: Anticipated Admissions Average: Supplementary Application: Supplementary Application Deadline: Notes:
Engineering  900 students Click here. January 17, 2018 High 80s Mandatory. An invitation to access the online supplementary application will be emailed to you by KIRA within 10 days of submitting your application through OUAC. February 1, 2018 Admission is by selection, meaning both grades and the supplementary application are take into consideration. As a result, there is no absolute cut-off, and admission marks vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications. 
Computer Science  50 students Click here. January 17, 2018 90-95% None Not applicable. The admission marks vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications. 
Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed) 140 students Click here. January 17, 2018 +90% Mandatory. An invitation to access the online supplementary application will be emailed to you by KIRA within 10 days of submitting your application through OUAC. February 1, 2018 Admission is by selection, meaning both grades and the supplementary application are take into consideration. As a result, there is no absolute cut-off, and the admission marks vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications. 
Bachelor of Technology 240 students Click here. Recommended to apply by January 17, 2018. For deadlines see here. 77-80% None Not applicable. The admission marks vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications. 
Bachelor of Technology - Degree Completion Program  n/a  

December 1, 2017

April 1, 2018

 +75% Mandatory. Click here for more information.

December 1, 2017

April 1, 2018

 
Certificate in Technology  n/a  

Do not apply through OUAC. Please follow the instructions, outlined here.

Deadlines:

  • December 15, 2017
  • April 15, 2018
  • August 15, 2018
 +70% Mandatory. Please see here for more information.    Please see here for more information.

General Inquiries

The minimum admissions average is high 80s for Engineering, 90% for iBioMed, 90-95% for Computer Science, and 87-80% for Bachelor of Technology. Please click here for the most up-to-date information regarding admission requirements.

Along with your admissions average, we also take your performance on the supplementary application into account for Engineering and iBioMed.

You can check your application status on your Mosaic student centre. This is the first place you will be able to see an offer. We will email you as well shortly after Mosaic is updated.

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Free choice is granted to incoming engineering students with a high admissions average. With free choice, you are guaranteed your first choice of program after first year. Exceptions to the free choice are: Chemical & Bioengineering, as well as the Management and Society options.

You will not be at a disadvantage if you take a required course in the summer, night class or online. We will only consider the grades you’ve received for required courses.

Please note that you must complete all required courses by the end of your Grade 12 year to maintain your offer of admission (i.e. you can’t take a required course over the summer after Grade 12).

In Winter term, first year engineering students will be able to access the program selection system on Mosaic. You’ll need to rank your top 12 choices of programs. You will receive communication of the program you’ve received an admission to over the summer.

Co-op at McMaster Engineering is flexible and allows you to make your own work-study sequences. This means that you are free to choose between 4-month, 8-month, 12-month, and 16-month internships. You are also able to choose to opt-in or opt-out of the co-op program at any point during your degree.

You can find more information about our co-op program here.

Please refer to the financial aids section here.

The supplementary application is a mandatory part of the admissions process for the Engineering and Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed). It consists of two video questions and one written essay question.

You will receive an invitation by email to access the supplementary application portal within 10 days of completing your application through OUAC. Once you have access, you can practice as many times you want before you start your actual interview.

Each lab is approximately 3 hours long and depending on the class will either alternate weeks or be every week.

Meet our Student Ambassadors

Our five Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students who are experts in all things McMaster Engineering. They lead tours of our campus throughout the year and are available to answer all of your pressing questions about student life, programs and extracurriculars.

Learn what our ambassadors love most about being a part of the Fireball Family. 

 

 

Book a Tour

Our Student Ambassadors can give you a tour of McMaster Engineeering including our world-class facilities, and tell you about our top-ranked programs and student life!

Class Visits

Are you a high school teacher interested in spending the day at McMaster Engineering? We offer educational programming designed for the needs of your students. Request a class visit online.

Youth Programs

McMaster Engineering offers exceptional STEM programs for elementary and high school students throughout the year.

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

May 11 - 12, 2018

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

Overnight conference for grade 11 girls!

May @ Mac

May 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

May @ Mac

May @ Mac is our annual Spring open house. The open house includes campus bus tours, special facility tours, sample lectures, lab demonstrations and opportunities to speak with professors, staff and students.

See More Events