Course work, seminar and research thesis
2 years
Funding available

Program Overview

Work under the mentorship of one of our leading mining engineering researchers and study advanced courses in your field of interest. This two-year, research-based program will strengthen your problem-solving and critical thinking skills and prepare you to take on the challenges facing the mining industry. Our graduate programs are internationally renowned, with a wide range of teaching in all the major specialization areas of mining engineering. This program produces engineers and specialists qualified to assess, design, and operate underground and open-pit mines and complex processing plants. Graduates of the program are also able to evaluate and maintain the mechanical equipment required by these mining or processing facilities.

Our Facilities

The Department of Mining is located in Goodwin Hall, which has lecture, laboratory, and study facilities. Our on-campus laboratories include a rock mechanics laboratory, a mine environment laboratory, computer planning facilities, and several mineral processing laboratories. Queen's is the only university in Canada with a well-equipped explosives test facility. We have extensive equipment for advanced studies and research in various areas of interest. Learn more about our facilities.

Admission and Application

The minimum requirements for the MASc are:

  • Four term length courses
  • Satisfactory participation in the graduate seminar ( MINE-897) and
  • Completion of a research thesis ( MINE-899)

One term length course can be from the 400-series in another department or, under exceptional circumstances, from Mining, but this course must be selected according to applicable regulations. All students who are doing laboratory research on campus must take CHEM-801, a non-credit course in laboratory safety, at the first opportunity after their initial registration. Students who have previously completed MINE-459 or MINE-851 as part of their regular undergraduate or graduate programs at Queen's University are exempt from this requirement. Students who are taking or have taken MNTC-408 (Departmental Safety Module) are also exempt from this requirement.

Graduate students are required to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), through the online course in Accessible Customer Service, as part of their graduate degree program and before being approved for graduation.

Bachelor's degree in mining, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or other related engineering fields, with a B- average.

Many of our students come from industrial backgrounds. Anyone without academic prerequisites will be placed on probation and required to take additional courses.

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. See the School of Graduate Studies’ TOEFL minimum score requirements. Applicants must meet the minimum score requirement for each test and the minimum overall score requirement.

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

Application Deadline: March 1st (September start)
Notification of Acceptance: April 30th
Application Deadline: July 1st (January start)
Notification of Acceptance: August 31st

Finding a Supervisor

We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact potential supervisor(s) before applying. 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.


The minimum level of funding guaranteed for all full-time incoming MASc students is $25,000 (as of September 2021). There are paid Teaching Assistantship opportunities to apply for, available throughout the academic year. We encourage you to apply for external funding from Ontario Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships, and other sources. Queen’s will automatically issue a one-time $5,000 award to entering MASc students who have won federal government tri-council awards. For more information, see the School of Graduate Studies’ information on awards and scholarships.


Areas of Research

Our researchers play a key role in defining the state-of-the-art in mining. Our faculty’s specializations include:

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in Mining Engineering can take your career in many directions. Many of our MASc students choose to continue their education with a PhD. Our master’s students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Academia and Research
  • Consulting Firms
  • Mining Companies
  • Mining Equipment and Technology Providers
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Financial Institutions

Grad Program Contact

Graduate Program Assistant
Araceli Zapata Perez
613-533-6000, 76875
Goodwin Hall, Room 354

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