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ADMI - Advanced Design & Manufacturing Institute

NB: This program will not be accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic cycles.

ADMI students in the classroom



"I realized that my then 20-year old international bachelor’s degree was on an endangered species list.  When I came across the ADMI website, I knew right away that a Master of Engineering degree with a combination of engineering and management subjects would differentiate me from the pack. ”

Joe Azzopardi, ADMI graduate

Program Contact

Ms Jane Davies
Graduate Studies Assistant
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering,
McLaughlin Hall,
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6,

Phone: 613.533.6928,
ADMI website:

Program Overview

The Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute, ADMI, created through the partnership of leading Ontario universities, presents a unique, innovative learning experience through a new Master of Engineering in Design and Manufacturing with emphasis on business and management. This exciting program is designed to provide practicing engineers the enhanced knowledge, tools, technology as well as business and management skills, necessary to keep them at the forefront of their profession.

ADMI Vision

To create a new generation of Canadian design and manufacturing engineers with the ability and mindset to propel Ontario Industry into a world leadership position. The collective resources of partner universities and industry are leveraged to provide participants with access to an integrated program of world-class technology, expertise and experience, leading academic training from partner universities and associates, together with innovative technology applications, experiences and best business practices from some of Canada s leading companies.

Program Structure

The ADMI program is presented in a focused, time-compressed modular format designed to allow practicing engineers to pursue a Masters Degree while continuing to work at their present jobs. Each course is presented as a set of two 4-day-weekend modules; each module involves approximately 30 hours of lectures, discussion and application work. The schedule is designed so that each course module is separated by a 6-week (approximate) interval to facilitate the learning process and to allow for selected projects and assignments to be undertaken.  

ADMI courses are structured to include a variety of elements including classroom lectures and discussions, case studies, guest speakers, company visits and practical industrial applications, individual coaching and group interaction. 

ADMI program course scheduling requires participants to dedicate four consecutive days of focused participation in a specific course module. Course modules run Thursday through Sunday. Scheduling of Thursday and Friday requires employers to contribute two full days of time for their employee to participate in the course, recognizing that the employee is contributing his or her personal time to participate on Saturday and Sunday. This commitment to shared-time for participation by employer and employee is seen as a very attractive feature of the ADMI program.


In order to take any of the ADMI courses, the student must be registered as a graduate student at one of the ADMI universities.  For Queen’s University, the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) is the sponsoring department.  Interested students should contact the MME Graduate Studies Assistant, for registration details. 

Method of Completion

10 courses with a minimum of five courses from the Technology & Processes stream and a minimum of two courses from the Business & Management stream.

Available Courses

Technology & Processes Stream

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • ​Design: Materials section
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers
  • Forensic Engineering &Failure Analysis
  • Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Optimization of Energy Efficiencies in Industrial Processes

Business & Management Stream

  • Advanced Project Management
  • Business to Business (B2B) Marketing
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • International Business
  • Management Skills Development
  • Principals of Technical and Professional Communication
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

It is expected that most ADMI program participants will receive full or partial financial sponsorship from their employer. Participants who do not have employer sponsorship are welcome to apply for admission and are expected to cover program costs personally. At the present time there are no scholarship, financial awards, fellowships or bursaries available through ADMI or through partner universities for the ADMI program.

Academic Prerequisites

An honours Bachelors degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73%-76.9% or GPA 3.0)

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

There is no deadline for application.  Applications are accepted at any time of the year. 

General Enquiries

Please contact:
Dr. Brian Surgenor, P.Eng.
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Canada K7L 3N6
Tel: 613-533-2568