2021/22 Academic Year

The majority of MacEwan University’s courses are being offered online, with a mix of hybrid courses (a combination of online and and face-to-face delivery) and in-person delivery. The university’s first priority in making this decision is to protect the health and safety of our students and employees.

Course delivery modes: online, hybrid and face-to-face

Online delivery

Instructors may include any number of methods to engage students given the circumstances of individual courses. Some “online” courses have times/dates listed: instructors will determine if and when students should log in and access course content, or if students can view content at their leisure. Instructors will communicate this information to students closer to the beginning of the Winter term. 

Hybrid and face-to-face delivery

To ensure that our students receive the best learning outcomes, some courses are delivered using a hybrid model, using a combination of online and face-to-face delivery. 

Other courses will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Examples of these courses include fine and performing arts programming and labs. Where courses will be delivered face-to-face on campus, we have put measures in place to keep students and faculty safe while they are on campus.

In order to protect the health and safety of our community, course delivery mode may be changed during the term if the pandemic situation worsens or infection rates increase.

Finding course delivery information

Students can find out how their courses will be delivered by checking their course schedule and details in the Campus Solutions section of myStudentSystem.

Find out more

Students can check with their program for answers to any specific questions or concerns about changes to their schedule or the way their courses will be delivered.

Tuition and fees


There is no change in tuition: while the course delivery mode may be different, the tuition costs remain the same. MacEwan has have always charged the same rate for tuition, regardless of modality. Our faculty and teams have worked to ensure that courses are re-designed to allow for students to be successful within the new delivery formats.

Mandatory fees

Medical Clinic fee

The Medical Clinic fee will remain as the clinic continues to be open to students.

Registrarial and Information Technology fees

These fees remain in place as work continues in supporting students with the delivery of in-person and online classes.

Sport and Wellness fee

This fee applies to all students except those in a program offered at a campus outside of Edmonton, regardless of class delivery format. To support students and their overall wellbeing, MacEwan Sport and Wellness will offer online programming.

SAMU fees

The following fees are collected by the university on behalf of SAMU. Questions related to SAMU fees, membership or services should be directed to SAMU.

  • SAMU Membership fee

  • U-Pass

    • After consultation with transit and post-secondary partners, it was decided that U-Pass will not be offered for Fall Term. More information on transit fees for students can be found on the City of Edmonton’s website.

  • SAMU Building Levy

  • Health Care Benefit fee

  • Dental Benefit fee


The university will provide letter grades for courses. These grades remain the most meaningful indicator of student achievement.

Deferring studies or admission

Continuing students who do not want to take online classes may take time away from their studies. If a continuing student is away from their studies for 12 months, they will be discontinued from their program. To return to MacEwan, the student must re-apply and meet admission requirements to return. 

Deferring admission for incoming first-year students 

Domestic students Incoming students can not defer admission. Admission is valid only for the term to which an applicant has applied.

International students

International applicants should contact MacEwan International for guidance on admission, border restrictions and immigration. 

Refunds on Admission Confirmation Deposit

Current refund policies apply.

International students can receive a full refund of their Admission Confirmation Deposit if they are unable to commence their studies due to COVID-19 restrictions. International applicants should contact MacEwan International for guidance on seeking a refund.

Placements/Clinical Experience/COOP opportunities

The availability of these opportunities will depend on the number of positions offered by external organizations. Students should contact their program with any questions or concerns.

Questions and contact

Office of the University Registrar


Contact the Office of the University Registrar about:

  • General information about MacEwan University (program offerings, how to apply)

  • First steps on application process

  • Status of admission application, transfer credit assessment

  • Accepting offering of admission/payment of confirmation deposit

  • Tuition, fees and financial aid

  • General registration assistance

    • First steps

    • How to register/use myStudentSystem

    • First point of contact for troubleshooting technical issues

  • Student Records and Convocation (transcripts and parchments)

Academic Advising Centre


Academic advisors can be the first stop for students looking to connect with information and resources to help navigate the university and programs.

  • myStudentSystem program planning tools - Academic Program Progress Report, declaring major(s)/minor(s)

  • Connections to additional university support services

  • Moving between programs

  • New to MacEwan: Getting to know your university and program

  • Future students: Understanding the admissions process, decisions and next steps

  • Coming back to a program

Academic Advisors in your program

To find your advisor, visit your program web segment and check the contact page.

Academic advisors in your school or faculty are available to help you navigate your programs.

  • Academic planning (i.e., which courses to take to fulfill program requirements)

  • Obtaining special permissions, such as visiting student permission, permission to enroll in restricted classes, credit overload, etc.

  • Specific program-related questions

  • Block transfers and internal laddering or subsequent baccalaureate options in your program

  • How transfer credit applies to your program requirements



Online learning

Online courses are offered using Blackboard Learn. Students get access to their courses on the first day of class.

Blackboard access and resources

Access your course(s) at myPortal.MacEwan.ca. Log in with your MacEwan UserID and password. Click on “Blackboard Learn” under Quick Links and then select the course link under “My Courses.” You can also watch a video on Finding and Accessing Your Blackboard Courses. To get an overview of online and tips for successful learning online, enrol in the Blackboard Student Orientation Course. You must be logged into the student portal to access the course.

For support using Blackboard and learning online, visit the eLearning Office Student Support webpage or view the Blackboard video tutorials.


Student travel

MacEwan's travel restrictions will end, as scheduled, on August 31. As a result, faculty, staff and students can again request and receive approval for international travel.

Some conditions must be followed:

  • Approval of travel will be contingent on a border being open prior to the date of travel. For example, while a faculty member could apply to attend a conference in Japan in November, Canadians currently cannot enter Japan for non-essential travel. If Japan opens its borders for Canadians by November, the faculty member would be able to travel. Those applying for travel authorization should consult The Government of Canada ada Travel Advisory website.

  • Individuals are responsible for any additional requirements related to travel. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test that is required to enter a foreign country or to return to Canada are the responsibility of the traveller. Travellers should confirm vaccination and quarantine requirements needed for a country prior to booking travel.

  • Travellers must be aware that border openings, requirements, and travel authorizations could change at any time. It is possible for travel authorization to be revoked.

For more information about student travel:


Students on Clinical/Field Placement

MacEwan University’s first priority is to protect the health and safety of our students and employees. We continue to follow the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Health Services in making decisions related to our operations related to COVID-19. 

The information below is specific to students in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies and Faculty of Nursing.

COVID-19 effects on placements

Due to the current pandemic, field placement and clinical opportunities may be modified, replaced, or suspended with little to no notice should the university/placement organization determine there is a risk to the health and safety of students, staff and the community.

Student clinical and field placement opportunities are dependent on the ability of our partner organizations to accommodate students on-site. During this time, unforeseen circumstances may occur that impact the availability, number, variety and scope of clinicals and field placements that are available for students.  As a result, some programs have deferred courses or moved this component to virtual delivery, others have a combination of virtual/on-site, and for others it is on-site.

Please note that other constraints may be imposed while in practicum or clinical with little notice – this will require flexibility and adaptation to changing conditions within partner organizations and at the university. We must also recognize that individuals or student groups may be impacted differently as the constraints may be specific to the site they are working on.

We know that uncertainty can be unsettling; however, quick responses may be necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all of us and the communities we serve.

COVID-19 effects on program completion

It is important to recognize that these unknown and changing conditions may have an impact, not only on your current placement, but also on the timeline to complete your program. Your program completion is our top priority; however, we ask for your understanding as these changes are often beyond MacEwan’s control.  We are making every effort to adjust schedules to achieve the planned outcomes for your courses and program in as timely a manner as possible.

The health and safety of our communities is a shared responsibility.  We ask you to not put yourself or others at risk and ensure you follow the health and safety measures in place by staying home if you are symptomatic and to report as required.
We remain committed to ensuring that students complete programs on time, that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to practice, and that we all stay healthy and safe.


Information for Faculty

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has gathered information to assist faculty in developing and delivering courses for Fall 2021.

Centre for Teaching and Learning Resources