At McMaster, the Faculty of Engineering offers all undergraduate engineering students a common first year, Engineering I. This gives students a full academic year to learn about all the engineering focus disciplines McMaster has to offer.
By March of first year, students are well-positioned to make an informed decision and select their preferred engineering disciplines to pursue in upper levels. Applicants with a strong admission average may be offered “Free Choice.” This guarantees a choice of Level II program (dependent upon successful completion of Level I Engineering). Please note: “Free Choice” does not apply to our Chemical and Bioengineering, Engineering and Management, or Engineering and Society programs.
In first year, Engineering I students typically take up to two approved complementary elective courses, offered by other faculties. These electives often relate to an individual’s strengths and interests in other areas such as philosophy, music, languages, social sciences and history.
Why Engineering at McMaster?
Founded in 1958, the Faculty of Engineering is committed to identifying new trends in the engineering profession and to introducing unique programs to cater to these trends. Students join an engaging and inclusive community dedicated to developing socially responsible, globally-minded engineers.
Our reputation for innovation and excellence in research and teaching is the pride of the Faculty of Engineering. We are not only recognized for having one of the highest levels of research funding per faculty member in Canada, but for our student-centred, engaging learning environment. Our academically rigorous engineering programs taught by first-class faculty have made McMaster one of the leading engineering schools in North America and the world.