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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Schulich School of Engineering 3. School Regulations 3.1 Admissions
3.1 Admissions
Admission Requirements

New applicants should refer to A.2 in the Admissions section of this Calendar for regulations regarding University admission. Students wishing to enrol in the Schulich School of Engineering must meet minimum admission requirements for Standard Admission as set out in the Admissions section of this Calendar.

Students who have completed most of their high school work two or more years prior to the time of application should contact the Engineering Student Centre.

Students required to withdraw from another faculty or another post-secondary educational institution because of an unsatisfactory academic record will not normally be considered for admission to the Schulich School of Engineering within 12 months of the withdrawal. Students seeking admission or readmission to the Schulich School of Engineering who have been determined (through due process) to be guilty of academic or non-academic misconduct at this or any other academic institution must accompany their application with a letter of explanation and will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Students who have been expelled from the Schulich School of Engineering may not apply for readmission.

Students coming directly from high school must present English Language Arts 30-1, Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30 and Chemistry 30 as specified in the Admissions section of this Calendar. They must apply for admission by the deadline indicated in the Applications for Admission Schedule and submit transcripts to the Registrar's Office as soon as final grades become available and, in any case, not later than August 1. Students who have never taken Mathematics 31 and present another matriculation subject (e.g., Biology 30, Social Studies 30) instead of Mathematics 31 and who achieve a high standing (at least five per cent above the admission standard) over the five subjects used for admission purposes may be admitted to the School under special conditions. These conditions involve enrolment in an alternative calculus stream.

Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must apply for admission by the appropriate deadline and submit all transcripts to the Registrar's Office as soon as possible but not later than June 30. All applicants must present senior matriculation standing, or equivalent, in the five specified high school subjects, even though they may have attended a post-secondary institution.

Applicants who have a CEAB-accredited engineering degree may be considered for admission to a subsequent engineering degree at the University of Calgary if the degree program requested is determined by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) to be sufficiently different from the prior degree program. A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) is required for completion of a University degree. Students admitted under this regulation may, depending on how much transfer credit they are granted, have the Minimum Residence Time regulation waived.

Aboriginal Applicants

The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to enhanced access for aboriginal applicants. In accordance with the University Aboriginal Admission Policy, spaces have been set aside for aboriginal applicants seeking to enter first year from high school or seeking to enter first or second year as a transfer or change-of-faculty student. Students should contact the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) for more information.

Student Athletes

The Schulich School of Engineering encourages applications from student athletes. The school maintains a program that allows Varsity and National team students in first year to balance their academic workload with athletic responsibilities.

Admission to Engineering Program

Choice of an engineering program (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Geomatics, Mechanical, Oil & Gas, or Software) is normally made during the Winter Term of the first year of studies. Students in the BSc in Energy Engineering are admitted directly into their program. While a place in at least one of the programs is assured for every student advancing to second year with satisfactory performance, it is not always possible to accommodate every student's first choice of program. Students will not normally be admitted to a program if they are deficient in more than two courses from the first year program or if they are deficient in any courses which are prerequisites for second year courses in the program of choice.

First year Engineering students wishing to enter the Biomedical Engineering Specialization or the Energy & Environment Specialization must apply for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Specialization program or the Energy & Environment Specialization at the same time the choice of an engineering program is made.

In the event that the number choosing a program exceeds the program quota, students will be admitted to the program in order of academic performance until the enrolment limit is reached. Academic performance is judged on the student's GPA for those courses required for the engineering program and taken during the last review period. Priority is generally given to students who have taken a full course load in their last review period and who have all courses in the first year program complete. The exact policy for prioritization of students is determined by the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and may be revised from year to year. Students may obtain information on current policy from the Engineering Student Centre.

Students admitted to a program at the second year level include the continuing students who have completed their first year successfully in the School and transfer students. Many transfer-student files are not complete and thus no admission decision has been taken at the time registration starts in the summer. To give transfer students a fair opportunity for admission to their program of first choice, a certain number of places will be allotted to the continuing students and the remaining places will be retained for transfer students. The number of places in the two categories will be decided each year based on an assessment of the demand, with the objective of admitting transfer and continuing students to each program with equivalent qualifications. Transfer students are assessed for program admission on an equivalent basis to continuing students in terms of (a) the courses for which they have obtained transfer credit towards the engineering technical program, and (b) their GPA on those courses. Continuing students who have not registered in both Fall and Winter Term classes in their programs by July 15 will not be guaranteed their place in their program. Students who have not been admitted to a program will not normally be permitted to register in courses specific to that program, even if there is room in one or more courses specific to a program.

Admission to Minors

Application to a Minor within an engineering program is made during the Winter Term.

To be considered for admission into any of: Computer Minor in Electrical Engineering; Structural or Transportation Minors in Civil Engineering; or Petroleum, Manufacturing, or Mechatronics Minors in Mechanical Engineering, students will be evaluated based on the most recent 10 courses (pertaining to degree requirements) completed at U of C at the time of selection. For the Computer Minor, students must have completed (or be on-track for completion of) second year curriculum in Electrical engineering; and for all other minors listed above, students must have completed (or be on-track for completion of) third year curriculum in the appropriate program.

To be considered for admission into any of: Petroleum minor in Chemical Engineering, or the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (MEED), students must apply in their first year of studies. Requests from upper year students for MEED will be considered if space permits; see the Engineering Student Centre for details. For the Petroleum minor, a student must be first placed into Chemical Engineering; and for the MEED minor, a student must first be placed into a program. Students will be evaluated for these two Minors as outlined in Admission to Engineering Program (above).

To be admitted to any Minor, a student must be in good standing on their most recent academic review. In the event that the number choosing a Minor exceeds the number that can be accommodated, students will be admitted to the Minor in order of academic performance as described above, until the enrolment limit is reached.

Admission to the BSc in Energy Engineering Program

Applicants must have a Diploma in Engineering Technology from an accredited engineering technology program from a technology discipline relevant to Energy Engineering. Admission is competitive and applicants must have an admission average1 of at least 3.30 calculated over all courses comprising the engineering technology program2 to be eligible for admission consideration. However, we may also consider a range of accomplishments and qualifications, including:

  • overall grade point average (GPA)
  • Schulich School of Engineering minimum course requirements3
  • work experience


  1. This average is based on the marks/grades received by the applicants in the required courses for their engineering technology program.
  2. For students who are in the process of completing their engineering technology diploma, admission will be based on the average calculated for the first three terms of study (Fall/Winter of Year 1 and Fall of Year 2) and will be conditional on successful completion of the student’s engineering technology program prior to admission to the BSc in Energy Engineering program.
  3. The minimum course requirements for BSc in Energy Engineering applicants are noted in Section A.5.1.2 of the University Calendar. Individual course requirements may be substituted by equivalent courses taken as part of the applicant’s engineering technology diploma.

Detailed application requirements are available in the Online Supplementary Application.

Admission to the International Foundations Program (IFP) Pathways Stream

Applicants to the IFP Pathways stream are subject to the general requirements for admission to the Schulich School of Engineering listed under Admissions Requirements above. In addition, applicants must meet the minimum English Language Proficiency (ELP) scores for the IFP Pathways stream, as shown in A.11 Admissions.

Students admitted to IFP Pathways must complete the IFP Pathways curriculum and cannot submit ELP scores for early exit. The IFP Pathways curriculum is completed over two years, concurrently with the regular Schulich School of Engineering first-year curriculum (see 4.16 International Foundations Program (IFP) Pathways).

Limited Enrolment

Enrolment in the Schulich School of Engineering is limited. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of academic standing in high school and/or previous course work completed. As a consequence of the limitations in enrolment, the following procedures apply. In addition, refer to information given under the heading Admission to Engineering Program.

Readmission after Voluntary Withdrawal

Students who withdrew voluntarily from the Schulich School of Engineering for two consecutive terms (Fall and Winter Terms of one academic year, or Winter Term and the following Fall Term) and who wish to return, must re-apply for admission by the prescribed deadlines and will be considered in competition with all other applicants. Students are encouraged to consult with the Associate Dean (Student Affairs) prior to making a decision concerning voluntary withdrawal.

Transfer of Course Credits

The Schulich School of Engineering may grant transfer credit to students for courses taken in another post-secondary educational program. Students must normally have obtained an acceptable overall academic standing to be eligible for transfer credit. Transfer credit will be considered for courses which are approximately equivalent to courses in the Engineering program and in which grades of "C-" or higher have been obtained. Transfer credit for a course will not be granted unless the student has obtained credit for the prerequisites for that course (as listed in this Calendar). The maximum number of transfer credits for technical courses that will be awarded is 45 units (7.5 full-course equivalents), except that more may be awarded to a student admitted after completing a CEAB-accredited Engineering degree. Transfer credits for third and fourth year technical courses will only be granted if the instructor(s) of the transferring courses hold a P.Eng. or the equivalent in jurisdictions recognized by the CEAB. Credit for Engineering 513 will only be granted when the transferring course is from another CEAB or Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited program (or the equivalent in jurisdictions recognized by the CEAB).

Credit will not normally be granted for courses taken eight or more years prior to the date of admission to the Schulich School of Engineering.

Minimum Residence Time

To qualify for a degree, a transfer student must successfully complete at least four regular terms of full-time study and a minimum of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) while registered in the Schulich School of Engineering.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

Students who have received one or more approved undergraduate degrees (BA, BSc, BEd, etc.) may apply for admission to programs leading to a Second Baccalaureate Degree with a Major Field or a Second Baccalaureate Degree program with Honours in a Major Field.

Students must apply to the Admissions Office and meet all deadlines and requirements. For more information regarding admission to a second undergraduate degree, refer to A.5.5 in Admissions.