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 David Atkinson, who is wrapping up six years as president. “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 new Centre for Arts and Culture is slated to open in fall 2017, providing classroom, lab, exhibit and performance space for students in fine art, theatre design and music.

READ: MacEwan through the eyes of a student

Standout Programs

Social Work: With small class sizes, the program prepares students to address the challenges of the diverse population of Alberta, including a focus on Indigenous peoples.

Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music: Students 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.

Cool Courses

Introduction to Sustainable Business: Students have five weeks and $5 to launch a business venture with an economic, social and environmental bottom line. Since 2013, nearly $120,000 raised has been donated to charities in the Edmonton region.

Introductory Psychology: Fall 2017 introduces an innovative learning model for this course. Rather than attending class three times a week, students will learn through online course content, delivered through a combination of text, audio, videos and quizzes.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Engineering: 75%
Arts: 65%
Science: 65%
Commerce: 65%
$5,716 (arts); $6,496 (science) Undergraduates: 15,937
Graduates: 0
865 (first come, first served)

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