Why study Engineering at Dal?

Our programs open up a world of opportunity

Engineering touches everyone's lives in countless ways. The opportunities in engineering are virtually limitless, allowing you to pursue a career in almost any field, in any industry, in any location around the world.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment with average class sizes of 20 to 30 people, consider doing the first two years of your degree on our Truro campus. After completing your first two years (and earning an Engineering diploma), you will move to the Halifax campus to complete the final two years of your degree.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Engineering, BEng
Diploma: Diploma in Engineering
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Engineering Departments and Programs
Campuses: Sexton Campus, Halifax; Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

With an Engineering degree from Dalhousie you will be equipped with the problem-solving skills you need for lifelong exploration in a field that answers some of today’s most pressing concerns. You'll also gain a solid foundation in math and sciences—essential for success in any engineering career.

The first two years, which will be completed in Halifax or Truro, are dedicated to core classes in maths, sciences and engineering sciences and design.

Your third year will mark your transition into your discipline - which you can choose to partner with co-operative education. Placement in a specific discipline is competitive and based on academic performance in the first year. The elective classes taken in second year depend on the discipline selected.

Sample courses:

  • Engineering Design I
  • Thermo-Fluid Engineering I
  • Mechanics of Materials

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

A degree in Engineering from Dal gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, whether you decide to launch your career locally, nationally or internationally. The range of career options you’ll find in engineering is truly impressive. Here are just a few of the jobs that our grads have undertaken:

  • pollution control specialist
  • land developer
  • drilling engineer on an offshore oil rig
  • robotics engineer
  • aircraft design engineer 

Graduating from Dalhousie is the first step towards becoming a professional engineer and the beginning of a lifelong learning experience. After getting your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada - and you'll receive your coveted engineering ring. 

Once you have completed 4 years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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