What started in the 1910s as traveling libraries, “magic lantern” shows, and free public lectures evolved into today’s multi-faceted, research-driven agent of community engagement – locally, nationally, and internationally.

Top reasons to study here

  • The Faculty of Extension offers courses and programs to 7,000 local and international students.
  • Our students benefit from the academic and industry expertise of more than 300 instructors.
  • Real-world experience dovetails with the research performed by our 18 professoriate members.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



In 1912, the University of Alberta was a young institution under the Presidency of Henry Marshall Tory, who charged his protégé, a young A.E. Ottewell, with the task of “bringing the University to the people.”


Pursuing in-depth exploration of digital culture? Study online with our Master of Arts in Communications and Technology.

Working with the community? Study in-class with the unique Master of Arts in Community Engagement.

Create, share, and mobilize knowledge: Enroll in the embedded graduate certificate in Community-Based Research and Evaluation.

Courses are delivered online or in the heart of downtown Edmonton, Alberta.


The Faculty of Extension is a world leader in community-engaged research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Our research strengths encompass early childhood development, communication and technology, urban planning, and many other areas.