Program Overview

Chemical Engineering has a wide range of applications that enhance modern life and its technologies. As a Master of Engineering student in chemical engineering, you can strengthen your technical and professional skills to gain a competitive edge in the job market. The MEng program is a one-year program beginning only in September of each year.

The requirements for this program are 8 term length courses.

All programs of study must be approved by the department.

Additional Information

All graduate students must take CHEM-801, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration.

Note: Applicants for the above programs are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. Courses of instruction are provided in term length (3 units in weight) or modular six-week (1.5 units in weight) types. Please see the Academic Calendar for more information.

Admission and Application

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to a master's program, you must possess first-class standing in one of the following degrees awarded by a recognized university:

  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Arts or Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science or Law
  • Degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent

Minimum grade requirements

The Department of Chemical Engineering requires a B+ average or equivalent for admission to all graduate programs.

English Proficiency Requirements

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Applicants whose native languages do not include English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process and before final acceptance is granted.

Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English Language Proficiency Test. An applicant requesting a waiver of the English Language Proficiency Test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application. The Registrar of the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, in consultation with the department, will make determinations in these cases. It should be noted that in order to maintain a high academic standard, very few waivers are granted. Therefore, it is recommended that all applicants for whom English is not their first language submit an English Language Proficiency Test with their application.

The School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and Research accepts the following English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL, MELAB, and IELTS.

The School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at Queen's University requires the following minimum scores:

TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT):

Writing Test: 24 (out of 30); Speaking Test: 22 (out of 30); Reading Test: 22(out of 30); Listening Test: 20 (out of 30); Overall minimum score: 88 (out of 120). Applicants must have the minimum score in each test, as well as the minimum overall score.

TOEFL Paper-Based and Computer-Based Tests:

Applicants must meet the minimum score requirements of the department to which they wish to apply. These minimum scores are listed on the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.

IELTS: 7 (academic module)


  1. Fill out the application
  2. Send original, official transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (SGS)
  3. Indicate accurate email addresses for your referees. They will be contacted and asked to supply an electronic reference.
  4. Submit payment by credit card online.

The documents required are dependent on the personal history you indicate on your application.
Generally you need:

  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions no photocopies or certified copies are acceptable Acceptable methods for submitting transcripts.
  • Transcripts can be uploaded to the online application, as PDF files. The transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, and uploaded successfully. Complete instructions are available to applicants on the Transcript Upload section of the online application.
  • If a transcript or transcripts cannot be successfully uploaded to the online application, applicants are responsible for ensuring that an official transcript or transcripts of all current and previous university-level studies are sent to the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs by all universities previously attended. All hard copy transcripts received as part of an application for admission must be received in sealed envelopes.
  • Two academic or professional references (your referees will be sent an email with the link to fill out their reference)
  • If English Proficiency Testing is required, an official report from the testing agency is needed
  • If you are in the process of completing an undergraduate or master’s degree when you apply, you must provide a final copy of your transcript indicating that the degree has been granted before you can start your studies with us.

A GRE is not required or considered.

Before you begin your application, please review the graduate studies application process.

We accept MEng applicants for September admission only.

Application deadline: It is recommended that the application be completed at least 4 months ahead of the admission cycle, especially for international students.


The department does not provide funding for MEng students. MEng students are entirely self-funded.

Career Opportunities

Many of our MEng students choose to continue their academic careers with a MASc or a PhD. Our master’s students also have a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Academia
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Petroleum
  • Pharmaceuticals

Program Contact

Graduate Studies Program Assistant
Laurie Phillips
613-533-6000 ext. 74830
Dupuis Hall, Room 201