"I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen’s in 2004, and soon thereafter, it became clear that Queen’s had much more to offer to me. I became interested in pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering, the same discipline in which I had completed my bachelor’s degree. I was surprised at the subtle, yet significant, differences between the undergraduate and graduate schools. It seemed as though there was a whole new integrated community that was previously unknown to me, it was like I was discovering Queen’s and Kingston again for the first time. When I finally completed my master’s degree, I felt as though I was thoroughly ready to move into the working world. Since then I have encouraged many a student to continue studying beyond their four years and I will continue to do so, hoping that everyone will profit from the same wonderful experience that I had."
Michael Ranger, M.Sc. (Eng), 2007
The Queen’s graduate programs in Civil Engineering are home to some of the finest minds in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. Students have the chance to study engineering in an environment where multidisciplinary research and activities are encouraged and facilitated.
Research activity in the Department is generally classified under two fields: Civil Engineering Environment and Civil Engineering Infrastructure. Environment encompasses the areas of Environmental, Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Hydrotechnical Engineering, while Infrastructure comprises the areas of Structural and Materials Engineering and Geotechnical Infrastructure.
Our international, multidisciplinary Department offers many opportunities to collaborate with other departments at Queen’s, and outside of Queen’s with university centres and international consortia. Travel opportunities are available based on research needs.
Career paths – employment opportunities
- Academia and Research
- Public sector
- Policy and Governance
- Civil engineering in the public domain
M.A.Sc.: 2 years
M.Eng.: 1 year
Ph.D.: 4 years
Method of Completion
M.A.Sc.: Course work and research thesis
M.Eng.: Course work and optional project
Ph.D.: Course work, research thesis and comprehensive oral examinations
We encourage you to contact potential supervisors in advance of formal application. Applicants for non-research (M.Eng.) programs should initially contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.
- Geotechnical Engineering involves the application of soil and rock mechanics as well as engineering geology to solve engineering problems such as design of foundations, slopes, excavations, dams, tunnels and other Civil, Mining and Environmental engineering projects relating to the mechanical response of the ground, and the water within it.
Faculty: Ian D. Moore, Richard Brachman, Andy Take, Kerry Rowe
- With the recent expansion of the Environmental Engineering program, research activities are now focused on both surface and subsurface water quality issues. Extensive use is made of numerical simulation techniques as well as controlled laboratory and field experimentation
Faculty: Bruce C. Anderson, Pascale Champagne, Bernard H. Kueper, Kent Novakowski, Yves Filion, Kevin Mumford
- Research in hydrotechnical engineering is carried out at the Coastal Engineering Laboratory, which occupies 2000 sq.m. on the West Campus of the university, the Hydraulics Laboratories (600 sq.m.) in Ellis Hall on the main campus, and the Cataraqui Stormwater Pond in the former Kingston Township in the areas of coastal engineering, hydrology, natural channel design, sediment transport, and solid-liquid mixture pipeline flow.
Faculty: Ana da Silva, Leon Boegman, Ryan Mulligan
- Research in structural engineering concentrates on the various aspects of concrete, steel, wood, bamboo and advanced composite materials pertaining to the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of structures such as bridges, buildings, breakwaters, and guideways, and the development of new construction materials.
Faculty: Amir Fam, Mark F.Green, Colin MacDougall, Ian D. Moore, Neil Hoult
Basic funding package for Master’s and Ph.D. students: may include teaching or research assistantships and Queen’s Graduate Awards
Guaranteed Minimum for Ph.D. Students: $18,000
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.
Master’s: 4-year Bachelor’s degree with a standing in the mid B range (70% graduating average or a ranking in the top third of the graduating class where number grades are not available).
Applicants with a Bachelors degree in a cognate science may be admitted.
We consider your grades from all four years, but we look at your last two years in specific courses.
Ph.D.: Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a cognate science may be admitted.
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (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 he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 1st to qualify for funding .
Notification of Acceptance: 2-3 months after we receive your full application.
Team work in the lab & on the rugby field
An integrated learning experience