Course work, research thesis
2 years
Funding available

Program Overview

As a graduate student in our MASc program, you will develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct research in your chosen area of specialization. Strengthen your problem-solving and critical thinking skills under the mentorship of one of our leading engineering researchers in this two-year research-based program.

The minimum requirements for completion are four graduate term length courses, research, and thesis. The four courses must conform to the Graduate Council requirements, that is, term length graduate courses or their equivalent. The Council will accept one senior (400 series) undergraduate course as equivalent to a graduate course provided that the course:

  1. the course is approved by the student's supervisor and
  2. the student has not received credit for a similar course in their bachelor’s program.

All research students must successfully complete CIVL 801, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. This is a requirement to graduate.

Admission and Application

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 bachelor’s 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.

English Proficiency Requirements

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 the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

To begin your application or learn more about the process, please review the School of Graduate Studies Application Guide

Application Deadline: March 1 to qualify for funding.
Notification of Acceptance: 2-3 months after we receive your full application.

Finding a Supervisor

We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact potential supervisor(s) before applying. Visit research groups and faculty profiles. When you find a faculty member with similar research interests to yours, contact them to let them know about your interest in graduate work, area of research and related experience. Please note, however, that contacting a faculty member does not guarantee acceptance and you will need to submit your full application in order to be considered.


Guaranteed Minimum for PhD students: $24,000

Qualified students in a research degree program can expect to receive competitive financial support during their graduate tenure, as long as they maintain acceptable academic standing. Departmental funding sources may include Graduate Research Fellowship, teaching assistantships, and Queen's Graduate Assistantship awards. First-class students are automatically considered for entrance into competition for Queen's Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships. We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering MASc students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided with a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.


Areas of Research

Our researchers strive to address the challenges of modern society and contribute to societal change. We encourage and facilitate collaborative research. We have strong connections with other departments at Queen’s and with universities abroad. Travel opportunities are available based on research needs.

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in Civil Engineering can open many doors in your career. Many of our MASc students choose to continue their academic inquiry with a PhD. Our master’s students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Consulting
  • Academia and Research
  • Public sector
  • Manufacturing
  • Policy and Governance
  • Civil engineering in the public domain
  • Law

Interested in learning more about becoming a postdoctoral fellow? Learn more through Queen’s School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.


Program Contact

Graduate Assistant
Debbie Ritchie
613-533-000 ext. 79359
Ellis Hall, Room 241