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We're redefining engineering education.

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

You define your experience, we'll help you get there.

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Degree + Experience: You define your experience, we'll help you get there.

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


Degree + Global Impact

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


#1 Most Research Intensive University in Canada

Research Infosource

Ranked Among Top 85 Universities in the World

Times Higher Education, 2023

#3 in Canada for Global Impact

Times Higher Education, 2021

 Degree + Co-op

We support valuable co-op experiences in a flexible format. 

For Computer Science, iBioMed, and Engineering students, co-op at McMaster is optional and supported. Choose from 4, 8, 12, or 16 co-op term lengths. B.Tech. students must complete a total of 12 months of required co-op. 

Read student co-op testimonials and how our team of 18 co-op staff can support you.

 Degree + Clubs

We reward those who learn outside of the classroom.

We offer innovative programming, both inside and outside the classroom, to inspire our students, setting them on the path to becoming tomorrow's groundbreaking thought leaders and innovators.  

Learn more about opportunities to get involved in clubs and teams.


 Degree + Balanced Life

We are a #FireballFamily.

The Faculty of Engineering community is a family of students, faculty members, staff and alumni. The fireball is our official symbol and is at the heart of what keeps us together. 

Learn more about this important symbol of MacEng pride.

Explore how our MacEng community will support you throughout your undergraduate journey. 

 Degree + Innovation

We are educating emerging engineering leaders. 

Our students have the technical know-how, innovative mind-set, and business skills needed to implement big ideas within new or existing companies. 

Find out about our DECA scholarships and unique engineering and business program combinations.

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.

Learn more

Explore ENGINEER 1P13

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.

Learn more

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


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!

Learn more

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.

Learn more


Apply to McMaster Engineering in 5 steps: 

Click on each box below to be redirected to pages explaining each step. 

Please visit the McMaster Admissions website for full admission details, including admission requirements, dates & deadlines, and the admission process and requirements for international students. 

Admissions Information

  OUAC Code Minimum Anticipated Admission Average Academic Prerequisites

Completion of a High School Diploma plus six Grade 12 U/M level courses including:

Engineering 1

Supplementary application required

ME or MEC (co-op option) +87%

Calculus & Vectors

Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences

Supplementary application required

MEH or MEI (co-op option) +90% English
Calculus & Vectors

Computer Science

Supplementary application required

MC or MCC (co-op option) +90%

Calculus & Vectors
2 of:
Computer Science
Earth & Space Sciences
Computer Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Technology*

Supplementary application required

MPT (Automation Engineering Technology)
MAT (Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology)
MTT (Biotechnology)

+80% English
Calculus & Vectors

*If you are looking to apply to BTech DCP please review the admission requirements and application process HERE

Expand your net worth and your network.

Every student has access to the co-op program. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there. The Engineering Co-op Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experiences before they graduate.The program combines academic study with work terms of durations from 4 to 16-months in length. In 2018/2019, over 2,100 students participated in over 3,200 4-month co-op work terms across the globe.

Learn more about the co-op advantage here.


Co-op Quick Facts

98.5% of employers would recommend hiring a MacEng Co-op student

$50k average annual salary and $23/hr average hourly rate

4,000+ positions are posted each year, which means the opportunities are endless

2,000+ students are on co-op each year around the world !

There’s more than one way to gain work experience at MacEng.

Our flexible co-op structure means you can complete work terms when and where it makes sense for you.

Check out our co-op students for two examples of how you might complete up to 28 months of co-op during your degree. 


Incredible Support

A team of 24 staff from the Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) office connect with more than 1,000 employers, bringing them directly to you through over 300 virtual and in-person workshops and events annually. They also work with you to help navigate the job search, application, interview and offer process.

Learn more about the ECCS here!

Upcoming Events

Register Now: MacEng Tours

In-person MacEng Tours are currently scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. time slots.


Engineering Virtual Tour of Campus

Can't make it to campus? This experience is the next best thing. Explore residences, lecture halls, gym facilities and more.

Take the 360 Tour

Explore the 360 virtual tour of the HATCH centre, iBioMed Design Studio, and BTech Learning Factory.


Explore the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles where researchers, students and industry professionals are working to resolve the issues facing the automotive industry. Our BTech Automotive & Vehicle Engineering students spend significant time here throughout their undergrad. 


Discover Hamilton

Hamilton is known as The Hammer. Steeltown. The Ambitious City. It's also been called the Brooklyn of Canada: the new housing hotspot for Toronto transplants. Hamilton is located less than an hour’s drive from the United States border and only 45 minutes from Toronto, Niagara Falls, Waterloo, and Guelph. An on-campus GO Bus Terminal allows students to commute easily from the Greater Toronto Area. 


Life at McMaster Engineering: 

where students come together as one #FireballFamily to learn through cooperation, not competition.

Our students are the sum total of all their MacEng experiences, inside and outside the classrooms. Discover how you can define your own experience here and how we will help you to get there with our Degree + Experience promise.

Connect with Our Student Ambassadors

Our Student Ambassadors are all current undergraduate students within the Faculty of Engineering. They meet with students, answer questions, share their experiences and lead tours. Learn more about our ambassadors and what they love most about being a part of the McMaster Engineering community.


Explore our Clubs, Teams & Student Organizations

Our students take extracurricular activity to the next level. Are you looking to get involved? With more than 60 Faculty of Engineering affiliated clubs and teams, exceeding 1,500 members, there's truly something for everyone.

Full List of Clubs & Teams Here!

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 team is a team of undergraduate students that designs and builds a solar powered car for competitions around the world. 

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. 

Fireball Diaries

Curious to learn more about the MacEng student experience? Fireball Diaries is a collection of stories and personal experiences from our incredible McMaster Engineering students. We encourage you to give them a read!



McMaster Engineering Society

The McMaster Engineering Society (MES), one of the largest student groups on campus, supports about 60 groups and serves more than 6,000 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, Graduate

Learn more about the McMaster Engineering Society

Be at the Forefront of Groundbreaking Discoveries

More than 500 employment opportunities are available each year in the Faculty of Engineering for undergraduate students to work as Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants or Technical Assistants.

Undergraduate 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 undergraduate research

Meet our Scholarship Winners


Start Something New

Big Ideas are born at McMaster Engineering. There’s a reason why so many of our students are also musicians, dancers, writers, poets and artists; engineering is a profession that is made for creative problem-solvers who use both sides of their brain to develop innovative solutions. At McMaster, students learn to identify and frame problems, design and prototype solutions and pitch their big ideas to clients and investors.

Get a head-start on your start-up at The Forge incubator, based at McMaster.

Begin your entrepreneurship journey here


We believe engineering is for everyone.

We believe engineering is for everyone.

Our diverse community is centred on a spirit of innovation through cooperation, not competition. 

Read about how we are working to make engineering more inclusive.

We are a #FireballFamily.

We are a #FireballFamily.

The Faculty of Engineering community is a family of students, faculty members, staff and alumni. The fireball is our official symbol and is at the heart of what keeps us together. 

Learn more about this important symbol of McMaster Engineering pride.

We value creativity and artistic expression.

We value creativity and artistic expression.

Our students use the arts as a creative outlet to fuel and inspire their studies. Using a design-thinking approach, big ideas go from imagination to reality.

Learn how you can turn your degree from STEM to STEAM.

Paying for Your Education

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.

For many of our students, co-op is the one of the best opportunities to gain valuable engineering work experiences but to also help manage finances. 

Read about Adhvait's personal experience supporting himself financially throughout undergrad

Scholarship Opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering Award of Excellence (Automatic)

Faculty of Engineering applicants will automatically receive:

Final Average
Award Amount

Full details here

Bachelor of Technology applicants with an 90%+ final average will receive $2,000!

Faculty of Engineering Entrance Scholarships (Application)

You 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. 

More information 

Research Experience Awards

All Faculty of Engineering application-based entrance scholarship winners are guaranteed a research position in the summer after first year.

These awards are valued at $6,000 and can count as a co-op placement. 

Read about past researchers

Bursaries & In-course Awards

Once you have started your studies, you will be eligible for our in-course awards and bursaries. 

A bursary is based solely on financial need.

In-course awards, are both automatic and application-based and are typically awarded based on grades. 

Learn more

Additional Resources

Co-op Program

The Engineering Co-op Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experiences before they graduate.

The program combines academic study with work terms of durations from 4 to 16-months in length.

All about co-op

OSAP (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 grants (money you don’t have to pay back) or 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 OSAP website

Work-Study Program

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. 

 Learn more

Cost Estimator

The amount of money you will spend on tuition and housing vary depending you whether you are an international or domestic student and on whether you plan to live on your own in residence or off-campus or commute from home.

Visit McMaster University's Cost Estimator to find an approximation of the total fees customized for you.

Access Cost Estimator 

Meet three of McMaster Engineering’s equity, diversity and inclusion scholarship winners

October 14, 2021

Meet three of McMaster Engineering’s equity, diversity and inclusion scholarship winners

McMaster Engineering scholarship winners Halima Banuso, James LeMoine and Adekunle Omoniyi consider the importance of scholarships being available to diverse groups and what winning a scholarship means for them and future generations.

McMaster Engineering celebrates two students awarded prestigious Vanier Scholarship in 2021

July 15, 2021

McMaster Engineering celebrates two students awarded prestigious Vanier Scholarship in 2021

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is awarded to doctoral student researchers across Canada from health, sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Candidates are rated on three criteria – academic excellence, research potential and leadership.

In the Media: Engineering scholarship for Black students at McMaster breaks new ground

February 3, 2021 / Source: The Hamilton Spectator

In the Media: Engineering scholarship for Black students at McMaster breaks new ground

She searched for faces that looked like hers, entering the amphitheatre on the first day of class, taking her place among 300 first-year engineering students at McMaster University.

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COVID-19: Information and Updates Regarding Admissions 

General Inquiries

We have 4 programs offered under the Faculty of Engineering:

  1. Combined Degree/Diploma Bachelor of Technology Programs. This program rewards graduating students with a Bachelor of Technology from McMaster University, an Advanced Diploma and a Business Certificate from Mohawk College. Offered in three streams:
    1. Automation Engineering Technology
    2. Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
    3. Biotechnology
  2. Computer Science. This program rewards graduating students with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences.
  3. Engineering I. This program rewards graduating students with a Bachelor of Engineering. Students go through a general first year and choose their second year stream of interest at the end of their first year. The second year streams are listed in the question below.
  4. Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences. This program rewards graduating students with a Bachelor of Engineering and a specialization in Biomedical Engineering or Bachelor of Health Sciences and a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Similar to Engineering I, students go through a general first year and choose their second year stream of interest at the end of their first year.
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering

With the exception of Chemical and Bioengineering, any of these programs can also be combined with the Society or Management options.

iBioMed students cannot select Chemical and Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, or the Society or Management options. 

B.Tech. students enter directly into one of three interdisciplinary streams: 

  • Automation Engineering Technology
  • Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Biotechnology

To learn more about the engineering disciplines offered at McMaster, click here.

We are less than an hour’s drive from the United States border and only 45 minutes from Toronto, Niagara Falls, Waterloo, and Guelph. An on-campus GO Bus Terminal allows students to commute easily from the Greater Toronto Area.

A 10-minute walk from campus, Westdale Village is the hub for student off campus living.

FOOD: From restaurants ranked among the best in Canada to a vibrant food-truck scene, Hamilton’s appetite for all things delicious knows no limits. International eateries, unique culinary events, and a growing craft beer scene completes the picture.

MUSIC: No matter your musical taste, Hamilton delivers from local clubs hosting hot bands to classical orchestras.

NATURE: Did you know? Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls. Natural beauty abounds throughout the city, including McMaster University’s own backyard, which abuts the Royal Botanical Gardens and includes several hiking trails.

CULTURE: The arts scene is booming in Hamilton from local art galleries and studios to the monthly James Street North Art Crawl and annual Supercrawl event, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

HISTORY & HERITAGE: Distinctive architecture, world-class museums and 15 National Historic Sites offer a glimpse into the city’s past and make Hamilton the fascinating community it is today.

SPORTS: Whether you love to bike, hike, or play organized sports, Hamilton has got it all. The city is also home to the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and other sports teams.

For more information on places to see and food to eat, visit

Please see here for more information!


We are here to support you with any admission-related questions you may have! Please reach out to if you are experiencing any difficulties. 

Once you apply on OUAC, you should receive an email shortly with information regarding you Mac ID and student number. If you have not received this email, please email us at with your full name, the email you registered with and your OUAC reference number. We will then look into this for you!

Nope, it does not matter! We do not factor your OUAC program choice into our admissions decisions.


What is involved?

Supplementary Application (mandatory) - $50 Fee | Submission Deadline: Friday, January 28th (12:00pm - noon) Eastern Time

The supplementary application is a mandatory part of the admissions process for students applying to any of our Faculty of Engineering programs, which includes Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science, Engineering 1 and/or Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed), including all 2nd-degree applicants. Only one application is required if you are applying to more than one of these programs.

The supplementary application will consist of 4 questions (3 video responses and 1 written response) and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Unlimited practice sessions are available for video responses, however, once you begin your formal video interview, you will only get one opportunity to answer each question.

For each video response: you will receive 1 minute to prepare your answer and 2 minutes to verbally respond to your question.
Written Response: you will have 10 minutes to complete your answer from when you receive the question.

How you respond to these questions is an opportunity for you to show us how you project yourself in person and in written formats under a time restraint. 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 as you want before you start your actual interview. Please note that once you begin your actual interview, you will have 20 minutes to complete the entire process.

What are some sample questions? 

Examples of practice supplementary application questions (practice questions will be different from real interview questions):

  • What does being resourceful mean to you, and why is it important?

  • Tell us about a time management strategy you used. Why does it work?

  • How do you create a balance for yourself when working in a stressful environment­?

  • Give us an example of a time you acted with integrity.

I have not received the email with the 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 McMaster Student number.

 I am having technical problems with my KIRA application.

Please email KIRA directly at 

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 mandatory supplementary application. 

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!

If you are granted Free Choice, it will be stated on your offer of admission (if determined based on grades presented at the time of admission) or on Mosaic (if determined based on final grades).

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. 

iBioMed students with Free Choice can select both their second year degree (Heath, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship OR Biomedical Engineering) and their second year engineering discipline, if choosing Biomedical Engineering.

Please note that even without Free Choice, many of our students are admitted into their first choice of program after first year.

For the Fall 2022 intake, the cut-offs for Free Choice are:

  • Engineering 1-  96.5% 
  • iBioMed 1 - to be determined in early May

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).

Offers of admission for Computer Science, BTech, 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).

You will not be considered for Engineering 1 automatically if you are not accepted into the iBioMed program. There are different programs with different requirements. You will have to apply to Engineering 1 separately if you are also interested in that program. The supplementary application need only be completed once if you are applying to both Engineering 1 and iBioMed.

Please see here for international admissions requirements: Please input "Attending a Secondary School outside Canada" and input your country. You can view the specific admission requirements there.

Please see here for instructions on submitting international transcripts. Please see the section titled "Official Transcripts" for details.

Additionally, please see here for McMaster English Language proficiency (including required documentation and deadlines). 

When you submit your transcripts, please include a school profile which includes the grade scale. The Admissions Office would need to review that information when they assess your application.


Lectures are the primary method for teaching and learning, where the professor explains various concepts for (usually) an hour. Labs and tutorials are more hands-on and have fewer students, which allows you to apply concepts learned in lecture and learn by asking more specific questions.

Each lab is approximately 3 hours long and tutorials are 1 or 2 hours long. Depending on the class, they will either be weekly or biweekly.

The average lecture size varies depending on the program you are in. Engineering students can expect an average lecture size of 250 - 400 students in their first year. Tutorials and labs range from 25 – 50 students depending on the course. Class sizes will decrease significantly as you progress through the program.

BTech students can expect lectures to be no more than 90 students, with the average size being closer to 60-80 students. Lab sizes will not exceed 20 students throughout all levels of the program.

The biggest class size a first year student can have is 600 students. This lecture is usually for the first year maths or chemistry. These lectures take place in MDCL 1305 which is McMaster University’s biggest lecture hall!

Every Faculty of Engineering program has a dedicated Academic Advisor and a team of administrative staff that are more than happy to assist you. 

Professors and teaching assistants host weekly office hours where you can visit them to ask for help with homework problems and assignments, or a further explanation of challenging concepts. Additionally, many subjects have “drop-in centres” that usually take place more than once a week. There are multiple teaching assistants available here to answer any questions you may have about the course material.

In addition to being a resource for professional development, the Student Success Centre offers workshops throughout the year on how to study more effectively, take better notes, and do well on tests. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodations and supports to students with disabilities. You can find more information about SAS here.

If you feel that you would benefit from extended one-on-one instruction, the McMaster Engineering Society (MES) also subsidizes a peer tutoring service, which means that for every $5 you pay to a peer tutor through this program, the tutor receives $15!

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 been assigned to over the summer.

To help you make an informed decision, the different engineering departments will be hosting information sessions in the Winter term where you will have the opportunity to meet faculty and upper-year students in that program, as well as learn about the courses you would take and potential career opportunities.

Programming experience is not necessary for admission to the Engineering, BTech, 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.

Get a head start on your university career through our flexible, optional pre-University program designed to suit your needs.

EMBER (Engineering Mentorship & Bridging Education Resources) prepares students who are entering their first year of Engineering, the Bachelor of Technology program, Computer Science, and Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (iBioMed) for academic and social success. Mix and match courses and other opportunities to create your own unique, customized EMBER experience. This program is offered at no additional cost to students. 


The Engineering Co-op Program provides students with an incredible opportunity to apply academic knowledge outside the classroom, enhance their academic experience through paid employment, and give them a competitive edge for the workforce. We are proud to offer Co-op terms that are incredibly flexible and work best for each student!

Find more information for prospective students online here.                See the full Co-op FAQs here!

Co-op is only mandatory for the Bachelor of Technology Program.

It is optional for the Engineering, iBioMed and Computer Sciences programs. However, in order to achieve the co-op designation on your degree, you are required to complete at least 12 months of co-op experience.

For the Bachelor of Technology Program, you are required to complete a 4 month co-op term after the summer of your second year and an 8 month co-op term during your 3rd year.

For our other three programs, it has a flexible structure which enables students to design their own work-study sequences.You can complete a 4, 8, 12, 16 month co-op placement depending on your preference at any time of your undergraduate career.

The Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) offers a wide variety of resources such as Mock Interviews, Networking Events, Resume Critiquing, etc. to help students in their search for a Co-op placement. For more information on the ECCS, please click here.

It is the student's responsibility to apply and interview for co-op positions, but there are many supports available for you through the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office - including LinkedIn and resume workshops, networking events, 1:1 meetings, employer events, and much, much more!  

Want to learn how to land that dream job? Check out this handy timeline and learn how Engineering Co-op & Career Services can help you every step of the way. 

Co-op work experience gives you a competitive advantage over all other new graduates. You have the ability to stay you already have a minimum of 1 year or more total paid work experience in your field. You can also count this co-op experience towards your PEO certification, if you meet the qualifications. 

The most obvious distinction is that you will graduate with a co-op designation on your degree and all the work you have done (even if you do not meet the 12-months of co-op requirement) will be recorded on your transcript. However, there are many other benefits to doing co-op. 

With a co-op degree, you will gain valuable work experience and technical skills that can boost your resume, which will aid your future career development. Your experiences will also create a job network that will be useful once you are looking for full-time permanent positions in the future. 

ANYWHERE!* Both domestic and international students can complete co-op placements locally or internationally.  

*in a typical year, may vary due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

McMaster's Faculty of Engineering has over $1,000,000 in entrance awards available!

Only one application is required to be considered for all the awards for which you are eligible. 


Additionally, every incoming student is automatically considered for the McMaster Entrance Awards. These entrance awards do not require a separate application. Scholarship values are based on a student’s final admission average to program.

Regarding scholarship decisions for Fall 2021, typically, decisions will be made and winners will be notified around mid-March, although decisions could continue to be released after this on a rolling basis. Scholarship winners will see their award on Mosaic, and will be communicated with by email. In addition, some winners may also receive their scholarship on their offer letter, but this is not always the case.

A typical entrance scholarship is valued at $7,500 which is open to both domestic and international students. We also have awards valued from $5,000-$15,000, including scholarships for FIRST Robotics, DECA, and SHAD alumni! We also have a $1,000,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship, that is open only for domestic students based on high school nomination.

Please keep in mind that we also "stack" scholarships, so there is the possibility of getting a $7,500 + $15,000 award for instance.

All Faculty of Engineering scholarship winners also receive a guaranteed campus research position valued at a minimum of $6,000. 

Please click here for information on Scholarships, Bursaries, the Work Program, Loans (OSAP) and more! 

International applicants can see here for more information on "Money Matters"!


All Faculty of Engineering scholarship winners also receive a guaranteed campus research position valued at a minimum of $6,000. To learn more about the summer research experience and to meet some past winners - please see here

Student Life

Our faculty is very proud to provide our students with a plethora of opportunities to get involved within the community, create meaningful relationships and foster the growth of various skills that will help prepare students for the real-world. 

The McMaster Engineering Society (MES) is essentially the engineering student government. Some of the things they do include improving student life by planning social events, increasing academic resources, and funding clubs and teams. To learn more about the MES, visit

McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success. Learn more here

Here are some of the Engineering specific groups that you can join:

  • BAJA Racing Team
  • Chem E-Car
  • Heavy Construction 
  • Formula Electric
  • Concrete Toboggan
  • Design League
  • Custom Vehicle Team
  • EcoCAR3
  • Rocketry Team
  • Seismic Design Team
  • Solar Car Project
  • Sumobot
  • Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton Niagara
  • Interdisciplinary Satellite Team
  • Engineers without Borders
  • EngiQueers
  • Hockey Team
  • Mac Eng Musical
  • Phase One
  • National Society of Black Engineers

In addition, there are over 300 clubs that you can get involved in through the McMaster Student Union. Find out more here

A gym membership is included with your student fees. This gives you access to indoor and outdoor running tracks, a swimming pool, and a cardio & weight facility.

For organized team sports, McMaster has multiple varsity teams and sports clubs (more information here). There are also intramural sports offered throughout the year and at various levels of competition.

Fun fact: the McMaster Engineering Society (MES) will fund your intramural team if it is 80% engineering students (including B.Tech., Computer Science, and iBioMed) or more!

One of the Living Learning Communities offered through McMaster's Residence Life Office in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering is specifically dedicated to first year Engineering students that offers a community focused on Innovation & Society. Students in this community will have access to programming aimed at building critical thinking, creativity and communication skills.

First-year engineers in the Innovation and Society LLC will learn a variety of practical skills essential to engineering. Through workshops, guest speakers, and competitions, students will become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators. At the same time, you will live in a community that will foster interdisciplinary relationships and multicultural views to help you thrive.

Read more about the LLC here.

You are encouraged to explore our Supporting our Students webpage to learn all about the various resources and supports that exist at McMaster Engineering & McMaster University!