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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

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

Book a tour online


High School 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 visit

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

Ontario Universities Fair

September 28 - 30, 2018

Ontario Universities Fair

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Youth Programs

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

May 11 - 12, 2018

Eng Overnight: Gr.11 Girls

Overnight conference for grade 11 girls!

Indigenous Youth STEM Conference

May 16 - 17, 2018

Indigenous Youth STEM Conference

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, in partnership with Actua and Indigenous Student Services, will be a hosting two day overnight conference at McMaster University to engage Indigenous adolescents in engineering and science.

Outreach for Girls Conference

June 8, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Outreach for Girls Conference

The focus of this conference is to enable young women in grades 9 to 12 to participate in fun, engaging and informative programming to inspire them to consider the wide-ranging and impactful opportunities within the engineering profession. Students will participate in hands-on projects, be mentored by high-achieving female engineering students, talk to our female faculty, and meet new friends.

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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.

Meet our scholarship winners


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.

McMaster's Faculty of Engineering offers a variety of Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships to students admitted and enroled in full-time first-year degree studies within McMaster's Faculty of Engineering and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September 2018.

Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents and international students who complete their final year of high school in Canada are eligible.

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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.

Meet our FIRST Robotics Entrance Scholarship winners


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.


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

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Your First Year

General Inquiries

Yes, and we’d love to show you around! Engineering tours are offered at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm on weekdays and take approximately one hour. Book your tour here today!

If you would like a general campus tour, you can find more information here.

For a complete list of second-year programs available, please see Program Selection above. If the program you are interested in is not listed there, it is not offered at McMaster. However, some of our existing programs are applicable to other fields; for example, mechanical engineering has clear applications in the aerospace field.

Hamilton is located approximately 70 minutes from Toronto. For more information on places to see and food to eat, visit


Please contact the admissions office (contact information here).

No, it does not matter how you rank McMaster on OUAC.

What is involved?

The supplementary application is a mandatory part of the admissions process for 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 business 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. Please note that once you begin your actual interview, you will have 30 minutes to complete the entire process.

I have not received the email with login information.

Please wait 10 business days for the email to be sent to you. If it has been more than 10 business days, please email with the issue and your OUAC reference number.

 I am having technical problems with my KIRA application.

Please emailn KIRA directly at 

I'm having issues with payment.

Please email us at thinkeng@mcmaster.caso we can further assist you.

The anticipated minimum admissions average is high 80s for Engineering, 90% for iBioMed, 90-95% for Computer Science, and 77-80% 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.

Free choice is granted to incoming engineering and iBioMed 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. If you are granted free choice, it will be stated on your offer of admission. Please note that even without free choice, the vast majority of students are admitted into their first choice of program after first year.

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).

Programming experience is not necessary for admission to the Engineering, B-tech, or iBioMed programs. First year engineering students take a computing course that specifically teaches you how to code in Python and is taught from the ground up (i.e. assuming you have no experience in this area). If you would like to get some practice in advance or are curious about coding, check out Codecademy, a site that teaches you how to code (for free!) in a variety of languages.

Offers of admission for Computer Science, B. Tech, and Engineering are sent out in two rounds: the first round of offers will be sent out within the first two weeks of March, and the second round in early May.

iBioMed offers are sent out in early May (one round only).

Co-op and Financial Aid

Co-op at McMaster Engineering is available to all students. For B.Tech. students it is mandatory and for CS, iBioMed and Engineering students it is optional. The flexible format enables students to design their own work-study sequences. This means that you are free to choose between 4-month, 8-month, 12-month, and 16-month internships.

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

You can find more information on earning money for your education here.

Entrance Scholarships are awarded by a separate application to select incoming students to the Faculty of Engineering each year. Applications are available here and are due on March 6.

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!

High School 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 high school class visit online.

Youth Programs

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

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. 


May @ Mac

May @ Mac

Ontario Universities Fair

Ontario Universities Fair


Students helping students

April 17, 2018 /  Department News

Students helping students

iBioMed End-of-Year Showcase highlights design solutions to help McMaster students.

FIRST Robotics Competition fuses STEM and teamwork

April 11, 2018 /  Department News

FIRST Robotics Competition fuses STEM and teamwork

It sounded like a university basketball championship. But the roar that echoed throughout McMaster’s David Braley Athletic Centre actually came from hundreds of tech-loving high school students at this year's FIRST Robotics District Competition.

Professors aims to create collaborative capstone projects

March 19, 2018 /  Department News

Professors aims to create collaborative capstone projects

A big idea to change final year engineering projects promises to bring students together to solve major challenges facing the world.

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