Graduate Programs at Lakehead University
Lakehead University

Lakehead University

Lakehead University
About Lakehead
Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, Lakehead University celebrates all of its students as valued leaders of tomorrow. Both of its campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Canada, promise students the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence, residence living, co-operative education, experiential learning, and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. Lakehead’s English Language Centre delivers full academic English programs, visiting student programs, and short-term English Innovation Programs which feature enhanced English “Plus” thematic experiences that are delivered as specialized Summer Camps and throughout the year.
Lakehead University campus
Lakehead Fast Facts
  • Two campuses in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Orillia, Ontario
  • 7,000 students (Thunder Bay Campus); 1,300 students (Orillia Campus)
  • 1,200+ international students from 63 countries
  • 15:1 student to professor ratio (Thunder Bay Campus); 13:1 student to professor ratio (Orillia Campus)
  • 6,000+ m2 of recreational facilities (Thunder Bay Campus)
  • Membership to the Simcoe/Muskoka YMCA recreational facilities (Orillia Campus students)
  • City transit pass included in student card
  • LEED environmentally-designed and certified (Orillia Campus)
  • 305 days of sunshine per year (Thunder Bay)
The University is a comprehensive institution that offers a broad range of undergraduate study options within 10 faculties of study, including:
  1. Business Administration
  2. Education
  3. Engineering
  4. Natural Resources Management
  5. Health and Behavioural Sciences
  6. Science and Environmental Studies
  7. Social Sciences and Humanities
Location of Lakehead University
Lakehead's locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario are two of the best places to experience Canada.

Thunder Bay
Situated in the heart of Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior, the  world’s largest freshwater lake, Thunder Bay is a culturally-diverse city.  Known for its breathtaking natural environment and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, Thunder Bay also boasts a dynamic entertainment scene, vibrant arts and culture, as well as a variety of locally-owned boutiques and well-known retail outlets.

Orillia is located near the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe. With year-round opportunities for recreation, culture and heritage, Orillia has all the amenities of a large urban centre with small-town charm. This city of 30,000 allows you to enjoy the beautiful open spaces and waterfront parks around the city as well as the specialty shops, cafés, restaurants, movie theatres, and locally-owned boutiques.
Thunder Bay
Choose Lakehead
Here are a few reasons why students choose Lakehead for undergraduate study…
  • Top Research University in Canada - For four years in a row, Re$earch Infosource named Lakehead the Top Canadian University in Undergraduate Research (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
  • Top 10 in Canada - Maclean’s national 2019 university rankings placed Lakehead University in the top 2 in Ontario and the top 10 of Canada’s primarily undergraduate universities.
  • Highest Chance for Success – Lakehead students succeed academically, graduate on time, and get jobs. With an average employment rate of 94.4% two years after graduation, Lakehead graduates are career ready.
  • World-Class Facilities - Not only can students learn in world-class labs and facilities at Lakehead, but they can also take advantage of the natural, outdoor laboratory right on the campus doorstep.
  • Small Class Sizes - Smaller class sizes allow students to have a personalized university experience and be more engaged in their studies. Over 85% of classes have fewer than 50 students, and 50% of its classes have fewer than 25.
  • Student-Professor Ratio - With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 (Thunder Bay campus) and 13:1 (Orillia campus) at Lakehead University, students will get to know their professors.
  • Experiential Learning - Co-operative education, community-based learning, field school, and internships are just a few of the ways in which Lakehead gives students valuable hands-on opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom. 
Choose Lakehead University
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
Take advantage of one of Canada’s most generous university scholarship programs. The University makes paying for your university degree easier so you can focus on your education.

Non-Canadian citizens who are entering Lakehead University from a high school, or who are transferring from an international college or university, will be considered for the Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships. The scholarship is available to the top international students applying to Lakehead University for 2019-2020.

International Entrance Scholarships 2019-2020
Automatically considered. No scholarship application is required.
Academic Average
(Canadian Equivalent)
Scholarship Total4
(in Canadian dollars)
Scholarships Available
90.0%+ $30,000 ($7,500 x 4 years)1 Limited
80.0% - 89.9% $20,000 ($5,000 x 4 years)2 Limited
75.0% - 79.9% $4,000 ($4,000 in Year 1 only)3 Limited
1 Renewable provided a 90% average is achieved in each academic year. If a student's university academic average falls between 80.0% - 89.9%, the student will receive an amended scholarship valued at $5,000/year for each subsequent academic year for the remaining term of the scholarship.
2 Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.
3 Non-renewable, one-time only scholarship awarded in Year 1.
Maximum length of scholarship term is 4 academic years or until the first degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. Recipients whose status changes and may be charged domestic fees will have their scholarship value reassessed to equate to the domestic entrance scholarship grid and regulations available at that time.
Student Supports
Lakehead offers a selection of support services ranging from academic advising, health and counselling, tutoring, visa and immigration advising, leadership development, accessibility services, career development, study skills seminars, and more.
Student life at Lakehead University
Student Life
Being able to make a difference and getting involved in your university community is an important part of being a student. Lakehead University is proud of its vibrant student life. Here are just a few of the ways students get involved:
  1. Participate in on- and off-campus events organized through the International Centre, or just hang out in the International Lounge with your friends between classes.
  2. Join one of the many student-run academic, cultural, and special interest clubs...or start your own club with the support of the Lakehead University Student Union.
  3. Get active through recreational teams, or athletic varsity and club teams.
  4. Host a radio show on Lakehead’s very own LU Radio
  5. Become a writer, photographer, or member of the editorial team for The Argus student newspaper
  6. Run for the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)
  7. Participate in one of the student union centres, such as the Sustainability Initiative or the Multicultural Centre.
  8. Take advantage of leadership opportunities
Residence Life
On-Campus Accommodation
Lakehead University Residence is a fun, safe and convenient place to live. Its Residence Life Team is dedicated to organizing clubs, activities and excursions for students, which is an ideal way to become involved in campus life, get to know students from other countries and programs, and explore the city. Students can take advantage of the supports and 24-hour security Residence offers.

Residence living has many more benefits such as…
  1. Higher likelihood of graduation
  2. Safe and clean furnished room
  3. No cooking, which means more time for academics and getting involved
  4. Convenience to campus and classes
  5. Abundance of on-campus support and services
  6. Personal development and identity is enhanced and supported
  7. Programming, events and support right in Residence
Fill out the enquiry form on the right to learn more about the different types of residence and meal plan options on offer at Lakehead's Thunder Bay and Orillia Campuses.

Off-Campus Housing

For students looking for off-campus living options, apartments to rent are close by – often only a few minutes from campus.
Residence living at Lakehead University
Tuition & Fees
Tuition Fees change each year. Please complete the enquiry form on the right to find out more.

Ancillary Fees: Ancillary fees are fees that include the Athletic Building Fund, Computer Enhancement (Technology) Fee, LU Radio Fee, to name a few. Ancillary fees vary depending on the program and campus and may change from year to year. In the 2018-19 year, they were approximately $1,000 CAD. Please complete the enquiry form on the right to find out more.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): The 2018-19 fee is $624/year CAD. This fee may change from year to year.

Residence Fees: If you choose to live on campus, residence for the 2018-19 year cost $10,704 - $12,896 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months) if you choose dorm style accommodation including a full meal plan, or $7,261.95 - $7,286.95 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months) for on-campus townhouse/apartment (without meal plan). If you choose to live off campus, the price varies depending on what you choose, but it could be anywhere from $8,000 - $9,600 CAD (for one academic year / 8 months)(not including meals).

For up-to-date information, please get in touch.



Siyao (Sharon) Yang, China - Environmental Management

My favourite thing about Canada is the maple leaf. I have always been curious to explore the country that is represented by such a beautiful leaf. When I first arrived in Thunder Bay, I was attracted by the surrounding environment. I am in the Natural Resources Management program. Lakehead University has a beautiful campus which provides us a natural lab to study.

Lakehead University has small classes. This gives me a chance to work with Canadian students, and because of this, my spoken English has improved a lot. The professors are also approachable; you can always reach them if you need any help.

There are also other study resources on campus. The Writing Centre provides assistance for students who need help fixing their essays and reports. And you can even find a tutor through the Student Success Centre if you need extra help in an academic course.

Siyao (Sharon) Yang, China - Environmental Management
Truong Minh Hieu, Vietnam - Master of Business Administration

I chose Lakehead University because it has one of the few 1-year Business Master programs in the country and is set in the beautiful landscape of the Lake Superior area. The Lakehead MBA is affordable yet is a high quality and rigorous academic program where I benefit from the practical knowledge of lecturers with deep industry experience. Lakehead also has quite a vibrant student body that utilizes networking and information sharing that will lead to job opportunities after graduating. Being able to study with classmates coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures provides me with more exposure and experience for later success.

Truong Minh Hieu, Vietnam - Master of Business Administration
María del Carmen Zamudio Bautista, Mexico - Academic English Program

Studying English at Lakehead was an incredible experience! My English professor was always giving us different activities, so we learned almost without noticing it. Boredom was not included in our vocabulary. Aside from classes, we visited places around the city including the museum. This helped me to learn Canada's history and to interact with Canadians and Indigenous people of the city. I also experienced the most spectacular landscapes I've ever seen!


María del Carmen Zamudio Bautista, Mexico - Academic English Program
Farhan Yousaf, Pakistan and Qatar - Mechanical Engineering

Lakehead University gave me the platform to develop my leadership qualities, and the support from staff and faculty allowed me to grow as a person. The University has given me the freedom to reach far in my work within the city and on campus, for example, I have mentored refugee and indigenous youth through Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, and done talks at high school and middle schools in Thunder Bay.

All my faculty have had a huge impact on me and have all supported me through my education. I think Dr. David Barnett, the Dean of Engineering, has had the biggest impact on me.

Lakehead has small class sizes and interaction with professors face-to-face. There is a good balance between in-class and hands-on learning. Lakehead has a very good support system for students to succeed. The fact that over 90% of students find employment after graduation speaks volumes about Lakehead's education.

Farhan Yousaf, Pakistan and Qatar - Mechanical Engineering
Anuj Sharma, India - Master of Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

The professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lakehead University have a high level of expertise. Lakehead’s small class size increases time for student-professor interaction, thus helping me to understand the material better. I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for one of my professors. My work was related to designing and analyzing Integrated Circuits. This was a life changing experience for me.

Outside of classes, fellow students and I founded the Lakehead University Indian Students Association (LUISA). I had a proud opportunity to be the Secretary of the club and then the club’s President. During my time with LUISA, we organized multiple events with the help of Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU).

Anuj Sharma, India - Master of Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Devin Sattananttan, Malaysia - Environmental Science

Lakehead is one of the best universities for my program and there are a lot of summer job and co-op opportunities. Lakehead is not 100% about academics; they also focus on the practical and hands-on, which means when I graduate and go to the workforce, I will be more experienced.

Student life at Lakehead is also really awesome. There are a lot of student groups here and during weekends and breaks they always have a lot of activities planned. Badminton is my favourite sport, and Lakehead has a very good club. This makes me feel at home.

The moment I entered Thunder Bay and Lakehead University, I felt very very welcomed. People here are incredibly friendly. It was the best decision I have made in my life.

Devin Sattananttan, Malaysia - Environmental Science
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