Northern Alberta Institute of Technology | Edmonton, Alta. | Founded 1962

(Courtesy of NAIT)

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a hotbed of industry-driven research, delivering education in science, technology and the environment, business, health and skilled trades. Its main campus is located in central Edmonton.

The heart of the campus—and NAIT’s largest building—is the Feltham Centre (formerly known as the Centre for Applied Technology), a 555,000-sq.-foot behemoth housing some of the most advanced simulation labs in the country. The 45 labs are used to simulate everything from an operating room to a dental office. The centre also boasts classrooms, lecture halls, restaurants, 11 student lounges, study spaces and an outdoor quad complete with an event stage.

In the autumn of 2018, NAIT opened the 190,000-sq.-foot Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC). The site serves as an industry-led hub for research and development. PIC houses several applied research centres including NAIT’s Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability, the Centre for Sensors and System Integration, the Centre for Grid Innovation, the Centre for Innovative Media and more.

With nearly 34,000 students, NAIT offers more than 90 programs that lead to degrees, diplomas and certificates. As a polytechnic, NAIT provides a hands-on, skills-based technological education. NAIT’s Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre also provides Indigenous students with access to a network of support services, including Elders.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Post-graduate Residence offerings
Large (10,000 full-time students or more) $3,983-$7,301 $3,770-$7,613 $2,477-$6,283 $11,240-$12,990 No

Cool options

  • Bachelor of Technology: Students with a two-year technology diploma can enhance their skill set and portfolio by gaining essential leadership and critical thinking skills to enter senior management roles.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration: Students can choose from specializations that range from entrepreneurship to innovation. The program also offers a trades-to-degree pathway, which allows recognized trade professionals to move up to the third year of the program.
  • Advanced Care Paramedic: Students learn how to become efficient first responders for medical emergencies in NAIT’s Simulation Centre, a 7,000-sq.-foot facility.

Popular Programs

  • Business Administration—Diploma
  • Digital Media and Information Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology

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