Making your decision

What is the best way to learn whether SFU Engineering Science is right for me?

If you live here or will be visiting the area, take a tour of both our campuses. 

If you aren’t in the region, and have questions after reading our website, or questions specific to your case, email with your questions and interests.

How do I book a tour?

Visiting campus is the best way to learn about our programs. To visit our campus and talk to current students about our engineering science programs and what it’s like to study at SFU, book an Applied Sciences tour. At our Burnaby campus, in addition to the Applied Sciences tour, you can also add a complete campus tour to your visit.

How do I get to Burnaby campus?

Click here for directions to SFU’s Burnaby campus. The School of Engineering Science office is in room 9801 in the Applied Sciences Building.

How do I get to Surrey campus?

The engineering program at SFU's Surrey campus is offered in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering. Click here For directions to SFU’s Surrey campus.  

How do I get to Vancouver campus?

Currently, there are no Engineering programs at our Vancouver Campus.  Engineering students can take some non-engineering courses at this campus. Click here for directions to SFU’s Vancouver campus.  

Student advising services

What academic advising services are available?

University advisors are professionals dedicated to helping you.

Applied Sciences drop-in advising services are available for prospective students at SFU’s Burnaby campus. We encourage you to simply come in at your convenience; prospective students and families are always welcome during our drop-in advising times.

If the drop-in times do not fit your schedule, please email with some times and days that you are available to come for an appointment along with a brief description of the help you need. 

Applied Sciences advisors are your best resource for questions relating to programs and opportunities specific to Engineering Science. If you have more general questions about your application, admissions status, residence etc, contact SFU Student Services.

Not sure who to contact?  Don’t worry, send an email to

Click here for more information about student advising services across the university.  

What services does SFU offer to help students succeed?

Engineering Science is a challenging field of study involving complex problem solving and a requiring a high degree of quantitative skill. Tutorials and professor office hours will help support you through your classes.

The Student Learning Commons also offers a range of resources, tools and programs to help students achieve academic success.  This includes a 1:1 consultation service to evaluate how you are approaching your studies and what strategies might work to help you improve.

What library services are available?

What are the library hours?

Program information

What programs are available?

Visit Programs for full details of available programs.

What is engineering science?

Combining electronics, computing and systems design, SFU engineering science grads develop high-tech solutions for an infinite field of human challenges. This could range from inventing new tablet devices or creating the latest heart pacemakers to building an ultra-efficient service robot or streamlining the functions of the next generation of satellites.

What is the difference between Engineering Science (at the Burnaby campus) and Mechatronic Systems Engineering (at the Surrey campus)?

There are more similarities than differences and both programs can lead to jobs creating hardware and software technologies for a wide array of industries. Engineering Science focuses on computing and electronics engineering whereas mechatronics focuses more on mechanical systems that include computating and electronic components.

What is the difference between the Engineering Science computer engineering option and Computing Science?

Computer engineering involves designing systems with both hardware and software elements or features. Graduates of both programs have job titles such as ‘software engineer’ or ‘application designer.’  Solving problems like designing the next iPhone would require both engineering graduates from a number of specializations, including computer engineering, as well as computer science graduates. The Engineering Science option in computer engineering has more required courses and covers a broader range of sciences, especially physics and electronics design.

I want to be a Software Engineer.  What is the best program to choose?

Computing Science, Software Systems and the Engineering Science Computer option are all appropriate programs for students wanting a career in software engineering.  In industries that develop hardware and software together, the Engineering Science Computer Option is the program that is best optimized to take advantage of a background in both software design and  hardware design as you will know how to solve problems using both. For projects that require the approval of a Professional Engineer, only a graduate of an accredited engineering program such as Engineering Sciencewill be able to obtain that designation.

What distinguishes SFU Engineering Science from other engineering programs?

Among other benefits, students in SFU Engineering enjoy the environment of a smaller school, a higher faculty-student ratio, and much closer working relationships with faculty members. In addition, many of our faculty members are active contributors to leading-edge research in specialized topics, or have close industry ties. Mandatory co-op is also a big part of our program. Most of our students acquire full-time work upon completion of their degree through a contact at a company where they did a co-op work term.

Another distinguishing factor is our first year.  Because we focus on a subset of engineering options, we design our curriculum in first year around the needs of those fields.  In universities where you choose your engineering major after first year, the program is, necessarily, more general.

How long does the program normally take?

Based on the suggested curriculum schedule, the program requires 4 2/3 years, or 8-9 semesters of study and 3 semesters for co-op. Students taking an honours program also add 1-2 semesters to complete a thesis, which is a final research project completed under the supervision of a professor.

SFU offers students more flexibility in terms of course scheduling than many engineering programs.  Most students, consequently, opt for lighter course loads, which lengthens the total academic time before graduation. Students who opt to extend a co-op placement to 8 or 12 months may also extend this time.  Approximately equal numbers of students graduate in 4, 5, and 6 years.

Is there an orientation for new students?

Yes, SFU’s Welcome Day takes place each semester during the week preceding the beginning of classes. Faculties organize their own events to help you acclimatize to your new life. You’ll meet senior students, get information about academics and services, and learn how to successfully navigate your way around the campuses and through your program. The Engineering Science Student Society also offers a Frosh event in September each year.

When do my classes start?

Visit the SFU Academic Calendar for class dates and general deadlines.

Where will my classes be? 

Engineering Science is offered at our Burnaby campus.

Mechatronic Systems Engineering is offered at our Surrey Campus.

If you are a student at the Surrey or Burnaby campus, you normally take all your classes at your main campus. Seats are reserved for students enrolled in programs at each campus at that campus, it is possible for students to obtain permission to take some engineering courses at another campus, provided space is available in the course they wish to take.

Who can I contact for more information about the program? 

Contact our prospective student advisor at

Where do SFU engineering science graduates work?

Our graduates work for companies like TELUS, MDA, Sierra Wireless, Apple, Ericsson, Microsoft, BC Hydro, Samsung, Blackberry and many other private and public sector organizations.

Student Life

What is the Burnaby campus like?

Visit the Burnaby campus for more information.

What is the Surrey campus like?

Visit the Surrey campus for more information.

How secure is the campus?

Campus Security manages a dedicated team of patrol supervisors, security officers, student safety program volunteers and other staff who are ready to respond quickly and professionally to the safety needs of our campus community. Visit Campus Security for more information

What are my housing options on campus?

SFU offers a variety of housing options at the Burnaby campus. Visit SFU Residence and Housing for details.

What opportunities are there for women in engineering science at SFU? 

It's our goal to increase the number of female engineering students each year. The atmosphere is positive, and extensive effort is made to ensure that this remains true.  Groups like the Women in Engineering Group make the campus a vibrant place for female engineers and host a number of events that help connect women to industry. We have a "zero tolerance" policy towards discrimination of any kind.

How do I get involved with student clubs and societies?

Student groups and clubs are a great way for students, particularly those in first or second year, to connect with people across the faculty. Every semester, representatives of SFU’s many student groups and clubs gather for a Club Day to promote themselves and recruit new members. View all clubs.

What is the U-Pass?

Please see for current and up-to-date SFU U-Pass BC information.  Students may check their individual eligibility for the program, apply for an exemption from the program, or read other frequently asked questions and answers.  Questions about the SFU U-Pass BC program information may be directed to or 778-782-6930.

How many students are in the program?

There are approximately 1100 students in the program.

Admissions and scholarships

When should I apply?

Visit the SFU Admission timeline for important dates and deadlines relating to your application.

What are the admissions requirements?

Visit Admissions for details of admission requirements according to whether you are a high school student, current SFU student, other college or university student, or post-baccalaureate diploma, certificate or second degree student.

How do I apply for admission to this program?

Visit How to Apply for full details.

How much are the tuition fees?

The average cost for domestic students is $7,676 / term. For international students it is $12,927 / term. Visit Tuition / Scholarship for more information.

What scholarships are available?

SFU recognizes exceptional students with a wide range of scholarship opportunities. These awards range in value from $100 to $34,000. Visit our scholarships page for full details on scholarships for new students.

For information about scholarships based on your academic success while at SFU, visit our Current Students scholarships page.

When can I apply for an entrance scholarship?

Visit the Scholarship timeline for important dates and deadlines relating to scholarships.

What help is there if I need financial assistance to pay for my education?

SFU is committed to helping students plan for the financial aspects of their studies and understand how to access loan and bursary programs. Find out more here.

How many students are admitted each Fall?

The intake varies from year to year between 150 and 250. Students are also accepted on a limited basis in Spring and Summer semesters.  Transfer students make up 20-30% of incoming students.