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Faculty of Engineering
UNB Fredericton

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How to apply

There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed all year round.

Once you complete the application and pay the application fee, the following supporting documents may be submitted through the online application portal.

  • Resume/CV 
  • Statement of Purpose – 1-2 pages. Please consider the following questions, as applicable:
    • Why do you want to study at UNB? What do you hope to accomplish while here?
    • Of those studied in our department, which field of research interests you, and why? Describe your past qualifications or experience in this field of research.
  • Transcripts – unofficial copies are acceptable for the initial application. The School of Graduate Studies will require official transcripts if you are accepted.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency – required for any applicant whose mother tongue is not English
  • Three References – at least two references should be from academic sources.

Once you have submitted your application, the School of Graduate Studies will ensure that all required documents and references are present, and that the application fee has been paid. Applications are then forwarded to the department for review. 

If accepted, the applicant is notified via email and regular mail with an official acceptance letter. If a faculty member has agreed to supervise and provide financial assistance to a research-based student, an official Offer of Financial Assistance will be sent shortly after the acceptance letter. Course-based students are not eligible for financial assistance.

The decision process may take several months, especially for research-based applicants, as most faculty members are reluctant to accept new students until they can confirm that funding is available (usually announced in March or April of each year). Depending on the time of year, it is advisable to apply 6-12 months in advance of your desired start date. For international students, this allows time for admissions decisions to be made, as well as time for the study permit application process if accepted. 

Application tips

The specialization options you choose on your application will determine which professors review your application when it’s forwarded to the department. Review our current research groups here.

Before contacting faculty members directly, familiarize yourself with the work being done by their research group and with any recent publications. This will help you to refine your areas of interest, and determine which faculty member is best suited to supervise your research. See our faculty profiles.

Research-based students (MScE and PhD) are usually offered financial assistance from the supervising faculty member. Although we review applications all year round, many faculty members will not offer to supervise students until new funding is confirmed, or until the student is able to prove sufficient financial means. Most research grants and awards are announced in March or April. If you have access to your own funding (such as a scholarship hosted by your home country, or by an external funding agency), it’s a good idea to indicate this on your application.

Acceptance into our graduate program is highly competitive as there are a limited number of positions available. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance.

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