The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate courses and provides research facilities for well qualified students of recognized universities who wish to pursue advanced studies leading to the MEng, MSc, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the Department offers a program in Engineering Management to graduate engineers of any discipline, leading to the MEng, MSc, and PhD degrees in Engineering Management.
The general fields of study include solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, biomedical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and engineering management.
While the general guidelines for entrance and program requirements are listed below, specific details for each of the degrees are found in the document Graduate Program Manual for MEng, MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management, available from the Department. As well, currently active areas of research are documented on the Department's home page.
The Department's minimum admission requirements for degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last ★60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.
Applicants with exceptional or tenured work experience who do not meet the minimum admission requirements may apply for special consideration. Specific details are found in the document Graduate Program Manual for MEng, MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management, available from the Department or on the Department's home page.
Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement ). Any one of the following is acceptable:
- a TOEFL score of 93 (Internet-based) or equivalent;
- an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with at least 6.0 on each band;
- an overall minimum CAEL score of 70 with at least 60 on each subset;
- an overall minimum PTE score of 61.
Applicants are also required to submit the following supporting documentation:
- Three letters of reference
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement
See Required Supporting Documentation on the Department website for further information.
Students wishing to be considered for select recruitment scholarships are encouraged to apply well in advance in the scholarship application deadlines – see Scholarships and Awards on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website.
MEng Fall Admission (September):
- January 15 for all applicants
There is no Winter Admission for the MEng program
MSc/PhD Fall Admission (September):
- May 15 for Canadian citizens
- March 15 for International students
MSc/PhD Winter Admission (January):
- September 15 for Canadian citizens
- July 15 for International students
Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and fellowships (see Graduate Financial Aid section of this calendar) and through the Department in the form of graduate assistantships and contract research (available for Canadian students and students holding valid work permits). The assistantships are normally available to students registered full time in thesis programs; funding is not normally provided for students registered part time or in MEng programs. Summer assistance can sometimes be arranged for students without scholarship support who continue their research full time through the summer months. Further information is available on the Department's home page.
Graduate Program Requirements