MacEwan University

MacEwan University | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1971


MacEwan University Profile Campus

MacEwan University, named for a former lieutenant-governor of Alberta, was founded as a community college for health care and social workers in 1971; the first classes were held in a local high school. Today, it has grown to accommodate more than 19,600 full-time and part-time students. It offers nine four-year bachelor programs and two applied bachelor degrees, as well as 40 diploma and certificate programs. There are two major research centres: the Institute for Asia Pacific Studies and the Institute for Innovation in Management Education. The school also emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning. “MacEwan University has long been recognized throughout Edmonton and Alberta as a teaching-focused institution,” says president David Atkinson. “We are committed to developing new degree programs and providing an outstanding undergraduate learning experience to our students.” The main downtown campus—set over six city blocks—is home to most of the action. The contemporary design offers open spaces and lots of study spots. A second-level walkway connects the buildings, with the exception of the residence. Step off campus, and you’re surrounded by the bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping of downtown Edmonton. The university is building a new Centre for the Arts and Culture on the downtown campus, set to open in fall 2017, but, until then, fine art, theatre design and music students take classes in an airy campus in the city’s west end.

READ: MacEwan through the eyes of a student


Standout Programs

Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music: Students can zero in on their passion for jazz, pop and rock ’n’ roll, and can major in composition or performance.

Nursing: Bachelor degrees are offered in psychiatric nursing, covering such areas as addiction and community mental health, and science in nursing, which develops skills in areas such as clinical judgment, health promotion and risk assessment.

Communication Studies: Learn core skills in communication theory, rhetoric, language, composition and visual communication. Upper-year students can specialize in journalism or professional communication.

Cool Courses

Philosophy of Space and Time: Students examine philosophical thought on the subjects of space and time as they changed throughout history and consider how we think about them today.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: This course introduces students to how human intelligence can be replicated or imitated. Techniques for writing artificial intelligence programs are explored in procedural and non-procedural programming languages.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Undergraduate students Residence spaces
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$5,707 (arts); $6,487 (science) Full-time: 12,541
Part-time: 3,329
865 (first come, first served)

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