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MacEwan University Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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MacEwan University, shortened to MacEwan is a non-profit, public co-ed institution for higher education in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Accredited by the Alberta Advanced Education, it offers programs of varying duration and modes of learning, in diverse areas of study.

  • Fine arts
  • Health and community studies
  • Liberal arts
  • Nursing
  • Business

Why Choose MacEwan University?

Rankings and Standings

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is a member of Polytechnic Canada. The other reasons to join this institute are as follows:

  • Ranked 47 (country) and 1407 (worldwide) – UniRank
  • Country ranking is 73 and World ranking is 4255 – 2018 edition of Ranking Web of Universities
  • In a Globe and Mail survey, degree students rated the University an “A” for the overall quality of education.
  • Ranked higher than other western or Canadian institutions in the National Survey of Student Engagement, for its supportive environment, student/faculty interaction, and level of academic challenge.

Salient Features

  • 19,000+ part-time and full-time students and 12,000+ in credit program
  • Financial aid of CAD 8.4 million dollars provided to more than 6,000 students.
  • International partnerships with several global universities including the University of New England, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies.
  • Dedicated job portal, MacEwan Works, that caters to both existing students as well as recent grads to find placement opportunities.
  • Nearly 90 clubs under the Student Association of MacEwan University (SAMU)


Type of universityPublic
Institutional AccreditationAlberta Advanced Education
Operating BudgetCAD 237.1 million
Total Staff Members (including teaching and non-teaching staff)972
Undergraduate Programs53
Number of Full time Undergraduate Enrolment12,340
Number of Full time International Enrolment1,400
Admission BasisAcademic Records
Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate International Students

# Source: MacEwan University -2017 rounded preliminary fall enrolment.

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities for the academic year 2017-18.


MacEwan has two campuses:

  • The City Centre Campus stretches across six-blocks. Apart from the many classrooms and labs, the campus also houses the Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness, Library, MacEwan International and MacEwan Residence among others.

  • Alberta College Campus is home to the School of Continuing Education and the Conservatory of Music alongside more than 50 classrooms, computer and science labs, library, recital facility etc.

Faculties, Schools, and Programs

Faculties and Schools

Faculty of Arts & ScienceFaculty of Fine Arts & Communications
Faculty of Health & Community StudiesFaculty of Nursing
School of BusinessSchool of Continuing Education
Open Studies-


MacEwan University offers 8 four-year bachelor programs, 2 applied degrees, 43 diploma and certificate programs, apart from University Transfer Programs and Distance Programs. The programs are available in full-time, part-time as well as distance/online mode of studies

Application Process

Criteria for Admission

  • English Language Proficiency: It is mandatory for international students to submit their IELTS/TOEFL or any such similar English language proficiency test scores. Applicants are advised to check the University website for a detailed list of recognized Tests and respective acceptable scores.
  • Applicants must have a minimum aggregate of 65%, with each subject score not less than 50%.
  • Applicants yet to complete their qualifying course can apply for early admission provided the details of the course is submitted to the University.

When to Apply?

Admission to all MacEwan University programs opens in the Fall Term. Only a select few programs offer additional intakes in the winter and/or spring terms.

The table below summarizes the application and document submission deadlines for each intake at the university.

TermApplications for Admission OpenApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
Fall (September)1-OctMarch 30/June 301-Aug
Winter (January)1-FebSeptember 30/November 301-Dec
Spring/Summer (May/June)1-May-1-Apr

How to Apply?

Prospective students are advised to start the application process early and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Choose your desired program to clearly understand admission requirements and check deadlines in order to apply early.
  2. Post submission of application, applicants can track their application status by logging in to
  3. Submit transcripts and other documents as required by the document submission deadline.
  4. Complete additional admission criteria, if any.
  5. Look out for the admission decision.
  6. Accept or decline the admission offer.
  7. Pay the mandatory admission confirmation deposit
  8. Check Started for further proceedings.

Application Fee: Application fee for admission is CAD 110

Note: Applicants are required to submit all official transcripts/academic documents from any high school or post-secondary institute that they have attended within the document deadline.

Costs and Expenses

An admission confirmation deposit amount has to be paid by the applicant towards the tuition fees, once application is accepted. Non-payment of this confirmation fee within the specified deadline will result in the withdrawal of admission offer.

International Students Residing outside of Canada at time of applicationCAD 10,000
International Students Residing in Canada at time of applicationCAD 1,000 (non-refundable)

Please note that International applicants residing outside of Canada at time of application will receive a full refund of the Admission Confirmation Fee if the Study Permit is denied, upon submission of a copy of the Study Permit denial to the Office of the University Registrar.

Term Fees are charged on the basis of the number of credits at the rate of CAD 608 per credit. International Students need to take up at least 9 credits a term in their program.

Other mandatory fees apart from the tuition fees are tabulated below:

Mandatory Term Fees (2018-19)Same across all Terms
Information Technology FeeCAD 34.50 (per term)
Medical Clinic FeeCAD 10 (at 6+ credits)
Registrarial Service FeeCAD 13 (at 9+ credits)
CAD 6.50 (1-8 credits)
Sport & Wellness FeeCAD 84 (at 6+ credits)


  • On-campus residences are available for 4-month/8-month/12-month terms, the cost of which ranges from CAD 618 – CAD 1,082 per month.
  • Utilities like internet connection, water, power, and heat charges are included in the residence fees.
  • MacEwan Residence does not have in-house dining facilities; however, students can opt to buy a declining balance dining card and redeem the same at on-campus food service outlets.

How to Apply?

MacEwan Residence space is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The process involved in registering for MacEwan Residence through the Student portal of the University is briefly outlined below:

  1. Submit online application including myMacEwan email address and MacEwan Student ID.
  2. Accept room offer once it comes in and pays the confirmation deposit of CAD 700 within the specified deadline.
  3. Select your roommate by creating the desired roommate profile and selecting from available matches on the residence portal.
  4. Pay residence fees on or before deadline dates.

Residence Application Fee – CAD 50 (non-refundable); the fee must be submitted along with the application for residence.

Confirmation Deposit – CAD 700 (books the residence space and goes towards the residence fees)

Financial Aids and Scholarships

There are several financial resources available to help students finance their education.

  1. Student loans and grants: Loans and grants are available only to domestic students through their province.
  2. Scholarships, awards, and bursaries: Scholarships are based on academic performance. Awards are based on criteria such as criteria like volunteerism or leadership, and may also consider academic achievement or financial need. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need.
  • In the 2015-16 academic year, the Student Awards Office at the University disbursed awards worth CAD 8.4 million to over 6,000 students, from both internal and external sources.
  • Students need to apply for financial aid through the student portal in the following steps:
  1. Log in to
  2. Launch MyStudentSystem
  3. Select the To-Do List tab
  4. Click on the Application link and follow the steps to apply

Work While You Study

  • Over 90 courses at MacEwan University include an experiential learning component wherein students can engage in Practicums and internships, co-ops and volunteering.

  • The University also encourages undergraduate research through grant funding, research week, a research journal and student-led conferences and presentations.

  • Through the University’s Job Portal, students can seek part-time jobs/summer jobs/volunteering and field placements to gain that additional experience before completing one’s education while earning some extra money.
  • The University also assists students to prepare for as well as find a rewarding career. The Job portal MacEwanWorks works towards developing connections with potential employers and placement host organizations to give the students access to professional opportunities

Alumni Network

The University offers several benefits, services and supports to the alumni in order to help them stay involved with their alma mater. Recent grads (within last 2 years) can register with University Job Board MacEwanWorks to search for job postings, upload documents, book an appointment and register for events.


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