ENGINEERING PROGRAMS IN CANADA

Credential
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BE or BEng)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET)
  • Combined Bachelor of Engineering Degree
  • Associate of Engineering (AE)
  • Associate of Engineering Science (AES)
  • Associate in Engineering Technology (AET)
  • Diploma
  • Program Length

  • Combined bachelor's degree: 4-5 years
  • Bachelor's degree: 4-5 years
  • Associate's degree: 2-3 years
  • Diploma: 2-3 years
  • Entry

  • Combined bachelor's degree - entry after 1-2 years of study
  • Bachelor’s degree – direct entry; entry after 1 or 2 years of general foundation studies; enter into third year with associate’s degree
  • Associate's degree - direct entry


  • Areas of Study
  • Specializations in engineering include disciplines such as aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, geological, industrial or manufacturing, materials or metallurgical, mechanical, mining or mineral, and software engineering, etc.


  • Special Features
  • co-op work experience or industry internship
  • international exchange
  • combined programs


  • In 1854 the first engineering course in Canada was offered at King’s College, which was to become the nucleus of the University of New Brunswick. Today, four- and five-year engineering degrees are offered by most Canadian universities leading to degrees with various names: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (BE or BEng), Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET). Students can enter the first year of the bachelor’s program directly from high school or into third year with an associate's degree. A bachelor’s degree is typically four years, with opportunities for internships or co-op experiences, or combined degrees which can extend the program to five years.

    International students usually undertake an engineering degree in one field of engineering, which is sometimes noted in the degree, as in BE (Aero) or BEng (Elec). Common fields for the degree include aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering science, environmental, geological, industrial or manufacturing, materials or metallurgical, mechanical, mining or mineral, and software engineering, etc.  As well, there are many kinds of specialties within these fields.

    Most Canadian engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), and graduates of accredited programs are eligible to become registered Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) or P.Ing, in Quebec.

    International exchanges and co-op or industry supervised internship programs are available, which can extend the program to up to five years.  As well, engineering can be combined with other areas of study such as business, science or social sciences leading to a joint degree or minor.

    Community colleges and technical institutes in Canada also offer a number of bachelor's degrees in engineering, as well as associate's degrees in engineering, which can ladder into a bachelor's degree at a Canadian university.