Course work, research thesis
2 years
Funding available

Program Overview

As a MASc student in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, you will have many opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. We have strong partnerships with faculty in other departments, facilities, and universities.

The MASc program is a research-based program where you will advance your knowledge and practice in a chosen area of specialization, developing the skills needed for conducting research in this area. The minimum requirements are four term length courses or their equivalent plus a thesis satisfactorily defended. This is typically a two-year program.

Degree Requirements

For all three graduate-level programs, once a student is admitted, they must maintain their registration for each term and pay tuition until completion of the degree. This is applicable whether the student is enrolled in a course during the term or not.

Admission and Application

An honours bachelor’s degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73-76.9% or GPA 3.0).


English Proficiency Requirements

If required, a TOEFL score of 550 (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. OR IELTS minimum score of 7.0

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

The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for the initial application process. 

Full details, including Awards/Scholarships, testing requirements, preparing for graduate studies, and other documentation, are outlined on the  School of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application process via the  School of Graduate Studies portal . The department does not send updates on application status. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) does not use Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to assess applications. We ask that you do not submit GREs with your application. Applicants are asked to submit two references/referees. This is to be done after the application fee is paid. At this point, an email will be sent to your references, asking them to respond. 

Students can upload their transcript electronically to the Graduate School's website. If the MME department determines we are willing to admit you, you will be asked to mail or courier an official, original transcript to the Queen's School of Graduate Studies at: 

School of Graduate Studies 
Gordon Hall, Room 425
74 Union Street
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Anyone may apply; however, there is no guarantee of admission because there must be a professor willing to take on a new student into their research group, and that professor must have funds available to support the student.

Application Deadline: There is no hard deadline; however, we encourage you to apply before March 1 to improve your odds of qualifying for internal awards.

Notification of Acceptance: End of March to July for September admissions.

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. A student can apply without having a professor – but there is no guarantee of admission.


Graduate students admitted to a master’s research program are provided financial support in the form of a teaching and research assistantship and/or Queen's Graduate Award. Scholarships and Fellowships are also available to eligible students through NSERC, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the School of Graduate Studies. 

Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship and internal fellowships, bursaries):

MASc - minimum $20,000 per year

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 award by Queen’s.

Students are funded (provided with a financial stipend), for two years, by a professor who wishes to take them on in their research group or lab. Minimum annual funding for the MASc program is $20,000 for domestic students (Canadian and Permanent Residents). International students are required to be given an additional stipend amount of $5,000 by the professor, totalling $25,000 annually.

We do not take on self-funded students. We do take on students who have third-party funding – for example, a government-sponsored scholarship or research awards.


Our department has concentrated its research and advanced technical courses in four fields which the Engineering Profession recognizes as components of Mechanical Engineering. Areas of study include:

  • Biomechanical Engineering: Biomechanical device development and testing, computer-assisted surgery, motion analysis, occupational biomechanics/ergonomics, spine biomechanics, and tissue engineering.
  • Energy and Fluid Systems: Alternative energy, fuel cells, combustion, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, explosion physics and prevention, gas turbine, heat transfer, low-speed fluid flow, solar calorimetry, thermal hazards, thermographics, and turbulence.
  • Design and Manufacturing: Automatic controls, design optimization, manufacturing analysis, MEMS, metal processing, nanosize mechanical devices, noise and vibration control, rapid laminated tooling, robotics, structural and multidisciplinary systems design, system dynamics, and machine condition monitoring.
  • Materials Engineering: Ceramics and polymers, electrochemistry and biomaterials, materials characterization, materials processing, and nuclear materials.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Academia – Professorships
  • Research Science – Simulation Engineer
  • Government
  • Industry – Design Engineer
  • Consulting

Program Contact

Graduate Assistant
Jane Davies
McLaughlin Hall, Room 201