McMaster Engineers are empowered to be difference makers.
We will teach you to be the engineer who sees only solutions, not problems. The one who can adapt easily to any situation, reinvent themselves throughout their career, and truly thrive in today’s dynamic technology-based economy.
It starts right from day one. We’ve taken our popular client-focused design course and integrated it throughout one-third of your entire first-year curriculum. With a focus on experiential, collaborative and project-based learning, students take real problems in society and learn the technical and teamwork skills to solve them.
Our foundational first year, called Engineering 1, introduces you to the engineering profession, but will also provide you with a solid background in the fundamentals important to all engineering disciplines. You will have the opportunity to develop strong ties with your classmates in first year and firmly establish your network of community within Engineering. With a full-year of broad-based engineering study under your belt, you’ll be well-positioned to select an area of specialization for your degree.
Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering*
Optional (for all disciplines except ChemBio):
Engineering & Management*
Engineering & Society*
Optional for all disciplines except ChemBio
*five-year program options
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. That is our Degree + Experience promise.
You are the sum total of your experiences.
At McMaster, you define your experience. We’ll help you get there.
We put students at the center of their education. Whatever you want to do in today’s changing, dynamic world, the experiences you gain at McMaster will take you where you want to go.
Why choose McMaster Engineering?
Common first year: This year provides you with the time, support, and
resources to select your best-fit program of choice for second year
Customizable co-op: Flexible co-op program that allows you to
design your own degree.
Research-intensive: Largest undergraduate research program
in Canada with 500+ research assistant, teaching assistant, or
technical assistant opportunities available.
Community: 60 clubs, teams and societies come together as one
#FireballFamily to learn through cooperation, not competition.
Diversity: We believe that engineering is for everyone. In Fall
2020, female students account for more than 30% of our
McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the best in the world
Engineering School in Ontario
Student success rate in first year
Your co-op, your way!
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.
How it works:
Your professional career starts in your first year with an introductory non-credit co-op course.
Throughout the year, a team of 18 staff from the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office connect with more than 1,000 employers, bringing them directly to you through over 300 virtual and in-person workshops and events annually. We also work with you to help navigate the career exploration, job search, application, interview and offer process.
Beginning as early as the summer after your first year, you can begin completing four-month co-op positions. After your third year, you’ll have the option to complete longer, more immersive eight-, 12- or 16-month positions.
Twelve months of co-op is needed to graduate with the designation on your degree, but you can gain up to 28 months of work experience before graduating.
$50k average annual salary $23/hr average hourly rate
2,000+ students are on co-op each year around the world!
98% of employers would hire another MacEng student
4,000+ positions are posted each year, which means the opportunities are endless
The only university in the world to offer an Employer of the Week series
Top co-op partners:
Microsoft, Honda, CIBC, City of Hamilton,Tesla, IBM, Amazon
The Faculty of Engineering offers $1,000,000+ in entrance scholarships and research awards to students entering a Level 1 Faculty of Engineering program. Only one application is required to be considered for all eligible awards!
All Faculty of Engineering application-based scholarship winners will also receive a Research Experience Award valued at $6,000, the summer after first year. Learn more here.
Application deadline: February 12th, 2021
Scholarships available include Dean’s Excellence Awards and Big Ideas Awards, as well as scholarships for participation in organizations like SHAD, FIRST Robotics, and DECA. Open to both domestic and international students. See full details here.
Maanav, Software Engineering, Level 3Learn more about Maanav, Software Engineering, Level 3
“On co-op at Microsoft, I got to work on a project that I felt was very visible and very applicable to the real world. Not only did I gain a lot of real-world experiences as a software engineer, but I was also able to really figure out what I want to do in the future. I also got to make a lot of amazing friends and on top of that, getting to spend my summer in Seattle meant I could visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
Lacey Wice, Mechanical Engineering & Society, GraduateLearn more about Lacey Wice, Mechanical Engineering & Society, Graduate
“Being a part of the Engineering & Society program, I have gained an incredible perspective on my impact on the world around me not only in my personal life, but also as a prospective engineer. By continuously challenging my understanding of the sustainability and long-term effects of my actions, I am much more critical of the information I consume, and more thoughtful when implementing ideas.”
Want to take a look at this year’s offerings and build a mock schedule? You can use McMaster’s MyTimetable tool to pick from Mac’s entire course offerings this year. We have pre-populated it with what your first semester may look like and left space for electives.
Step 1: Look at your first semester. You will see a schedule filled out with a typical first semester of courses. If you would like to start from scratch, press “Start Over” in the bottom left.
Step 2:Start searching for classes in the box on the left. Don’t know where to start? You can type out subjects, such as “English” or “Physics” or pick from the courses listed below under “Typical First-Year Courses.” Classes that have the number “1” in the title are first-year courses.
Step 3: Pick your classes and times. When you find a class that you like, click on it and it will appear in the calendar on the left. You can pick different tutorial and lecture times to fit the classes you want. When you find a class and times that you like, click on it in the calendar to pin it in place.
Step 4:Fill out your schedule and save the URL. Keep picking classes and times until you have your schedule (this is usually five courses per semester). Once you’re finished, save your URL so you can come back and see what you’ve built.