How to Apply

One of the most exciting times of your life is just around the corner. If you have questions about program options, admission requirements or how to apply, you've come to the right place.

Follow the checklist below for a step-by-step guide through the admission process, or contact an academic advisor for one-on-one help at any time.

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Explore programs and apply early

Research your program

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 to get an overview and a list of the courses you will take. We've provided information on careers and links to some external tools you can use to find out how to turn your current interests into your future work.

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We're here to help

Our advising team is here to answer your questions about programs at MacEwan University. You may also want to look into career counselling or interest and aptitude testing to get a sense of what your career goals may be and how different post-secondary options can help you achieve those goals.


Academic Advising Centre

Academic Advisors can help you complete the steps you need to take to become a new MacEwan student. If you have questions about program options, admission requirements or how to apply, contact us at the Academic Advising Centre.

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MacEwan International

If you are an international student who would like to study at MacEwan, contact an International Student Specialist in MacEwan International. They can help you find the right program, help you through the application process and support you in additional tasks related to international study.

International Students


Careers and Experience

The Careers and Experience office helps students and alumni navigate their career journey. We give advice, provide resources, organize events and support development of career-relevant experience through leadership and volunteer opportunities as well as experiential learning opportunities such as course projects with community partners, internships, field placements and co-ops.

Careers and Experience


Financial Aid Office

Advisors in the Financial Aid Office can provide you with information regarding student loans, scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

Fees and financial information


Your program

An advisor in your program of choice can assist you with questions that are specific to your program of study. Visit your program's website for contact information.



Visit us. See the campus.

Get to know your university.  Every fall, at MacEwan's Open House, you can talk with faculty and staff from all programs, explore services for students and get a taste of the energy and diversity of campus life. Information sessions on specific programs take place throughout the year.

Open House

Information Sessions

Check admission requirements

Early in the planning process make note of admission requirements for your top choice programs. Consider both of the following:


1. Admission requirements

Every program website lists admission requirements. These are 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—that means you may need to achieve a higher admission average or complete additional admission criteria.


Required to Withdraw (RTW)

If you have been required to withdraw (or equivalent) from a program or institution, you will not be considered for admission for 12 months after the date of withdrawal. You can apply during this period for a term that starts after the 12 months have elapsed.


2. Additional Admission Criteria

In addition to academic criteria, some programs have program-specific admission requirements such as resumes, 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 and apply early

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 & deadlines to learn when you can start (fall, winter or spring/summer intake) and the last possible date to apply.

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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.

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

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As soon as you submit your application

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Your username and password

After you apply, the Office of the University Registrar will send your 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 

The university's student portal is where 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.


Your student email account

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. Once 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

Track your application

You will need to track your application throughout the admission process to ensure you meet requirements and submit transcripts/educational documents by the appropriate deadline. Track your application online using myStudentSystem and monitor your myMacEwan Gmail account for related emails. You can access both myStudentSystem and your myMacEwan Gmail account through

Track your application

Submit transcripts and other documents

Document deadlines

We must receive transcripts and other educational documents before we can make a final decision on your application. To avoid delays, please submit these documents as soon as possible and no later than the document deadline.

Admission dates and deadlines

Submitting documents

Some of your admissions documents can be uploaded directly into your student record through myStudentSystem:

  1. Log in to
  2. Launch myStudentSystem
  3. From your student homepage, select My Documents
  4. Choose the Document Type from the dropdown menu
  5. Upload the document (.PDF only)


The Office of the University Registrar will order official Alberta high school transcripts for you and transcripts from post-secondary institutions that participate in Apply Alberta. You must submit transcripts from other schools.

Please read through the additional information we've prepared about transcripts and educational documents to ensure we receive all the information we need to asses your application.


Complete additional admission criteria

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.

Watch for your admission decision

Submit admission documents as quickly as possible and monitor your To Do List in myStudentSystem for changes or new requests. Once an admission decision is made we will let you know.

Accept or decline your offer of admission

Once 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.

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Pay your admission confirmation deposit

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.

There are several ways to 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.

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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 your finances and paying your fees.