If you have questions about program options, admission requirements or how to apply, you’ve come to the right place. The lists below provide a step-by-step guide to the admission process. You can contact an academic advisor for one-on-one help at any time.

Academic Advising Centre

Explore programs and apply early

Before you apply, research your post-secondary options and determine which academic programs match your interests. This will give you a strong sense of the options you have and how the academic decisions you make will affect your future.

Browse through our programs, where you will find a program overview and a list of the courses you will take. We’ve provided information on careers and links to external tools you can use to find out how to turn your current interests into your future work.


Every program website lists admission requirements. Early in the planning process, make note of admission requirements for your top-choice programs. Consider the following:

1. Categories of admission

Each category lists the high school subjects or post-secondary equivalents you need to complete and the minimum grades you need to achieve to be considered for admission to the program. Take note if your program of choice is considered competitive—which means you may need to achieve a higher admission average or complete additional admission criteria.

International students must qualify for admission under the regular or previous post-secondary categories for any program. The mature admission category is open only to Canadian applicants.

2. Additional admission criteria

In addition to academic criteria, some programs have program-specific admission requirements such as resumés, references, letters of intent, security checks, portfolios or auditions. Other programs require certain kinds of volunteer work or work experience, which you will need to start well before you apply. You may need to meet a certain level of English language proficiency or make arrangements to take a language proficiency test. If your program of choice has additional admission criteria, it will be listed under admission requirements on the program’s website.

Check deadlines

The application deadline for programs at MacEwan University is based on when you want to start your studies (the intake term). Check admission dates and deadlines to learn when you can start (fall, winter or spring/summer intake) and the last possible date to apply. If you apply after a deadline has passed, your application fee is not refunded.


Apply early

It’s always a good idea to apply early. When you apply early, you'll have your admission decision sooner and, if there are problems, questions or additional steps to complete with your application, you’ll have the time you need.


Early admission allows you to apply before you’ve finished your final year of high school.


As soon as you submit your application

Your username and password

After you apply, the Office of the University Registrar will send a Network ID and temporary password to the email account listed on your application. If you have not received your Network ID within two weeks of your application, email

Use your Network ID and password to log in to You will be prompted to change your password the first time you log in. 

In the university’s student portal, you can find links to several online applications and tools for students, such as:

  • Your MacEwan University student email account ( The university uses Gmail for students.
  • myStudentSystem: to track your application, pay fees and manage personal information.
  • mêskanâs: to access electronic materials for your classes
  • Library access: to search for books, articles, and more
  • TechSupport: for troubleshooting help

You are automatically assigned a student email account when you apply to your program. This email is offered through Gmail but will end in

It is crucial that you check your myMacEwan Gmail account regularly. After we send your network ID and temporary password, any further email communication from MacEwan University will be sent to your myMacEwan Gmail account. Access myMacEwan Gmail through

You need to track your application after you apply and throughout the admission process to ensure you respond to requests for additional information or documents. Track your application online through the university’s student information system, myStudentSystem.


We must receive transcripts and other educational documents before we can make a final decision on your application.


If your program has additional admission criteria, it is important to complete those requirements as soon as possible after you have applied. This criteria may include:

Review admission information carefully on your program website and contact your program if you have questions.

Submit the requirements as quickly as possible and monitor your To Do list in myStudentSystem for changes or new requests.

After an admission decision is made, we will let you know. Notice of an admission decision is sent by email to your student Gmail account.

Decision & Confirmation

After you receive an offer of admission or conditional admission, you must accept or decline the offer by the deadline. Log in to myStudentSystem to indicate your response.

Accept or decline your offer

Pay your admission confirmation deposit by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. This deadline is also posted in myStudentSystem. If you do not pay your deposit by the deadline, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.

More about the admission confirmation deposit

Make a payment

Many programs will contact you after you have paid your deposit to provide planning resources or invite you to an academic planning session.

Next steps for new students

The Getting Started guide includes general information for all new students, including details about the student portal, email, requesting learning accommodations, planning finances and paying fees.

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