Study in a field of growing global interest
while learning from the very best.

The Collaborative Masters Program in Applied Sustainability (CMAS) makes students better engineers and collaborators in the global context of sustainability.

Masters of Engineering (MEng) Master of Applied Science (MASc)

Spend an intensive year taking eight courses at the leading edge of sustainability engineering. Two dedicated CMAS courses are accompanied by appropriate electives from a wide range of options. Graduate after one year with an in-depth understanding of sustainability and engineering, from multidisciplinary thinking to policy impacts. Obtain insights, knowledge and skills while being exposed to the latest thinking and working alongside globally leading faculty in your studies. 

Work with some of the world’s leading engineering faculty on your own research-based thesis in the engineering and sustainability space. While pursuing your thesis, you will also take five courses from the Smith Engineering and Royal Military College catalogue: two dedicated CMAS courses, and four from a broad range of appropriate electives. Spend two years learning about sustainability from policy to practice while advancing your own research interests, and graduate with a completed thesis.

Insights from across a range of disciplines

CMAS is the result of a collaboration across six departments: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Mining Engineering.

Students in CMAS will be exposed to leading thinkers across these disciplines, as well as to policy insights from Queen’s School of Policy Studies, via content in its core courses about governance, policy-making and planning.

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Applying to the program:

Students must apply through the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. When picking a “home” department, choose the one closest to your undergraduate engineering studies – if you’re not sure which, please contact us.  

When applying, enter "Collaborative Masters in Applied Sustainability" in the “Describe Your Research Interests,” field, and expand on your interest in the program in the later “Statement of Interest” section of the application.

Applying for funding:

Full-time students are encouraged to seek external financial support and are encouraged to apply for NSERC and OGS graduate scholarships. Students are automatically considered for fellowships and teaching assistantships upon admission.

Key Contributors

Research Areas

Faculty members participating in the Masters in Applied Sustainability are organized into five groups:

Applied Sustainability and Energy Technology

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move from a nuclear and fossil fuel based energy system to one that is based on sustainable energy technologies.

Applied Sustainability and Fresh Water Systems

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move from unsustainable water use to long-term strategic fresh water systems throughout the world. The researchers identified below all participate in a new Queen's research group initiative in the area of Water, Environment and Health that involves almost 40 faculty members from across the campus and other local universities and institutions.

Applied Sustainability and Resource Management

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move to environmentally benign research extraction and the preservation of existing resources through life cycle analysis of manufacturing processes.

Applied Sustainability and Policy Studies

The focus of this group is on the application of social science and innovation.

Applied Sustainability and Innovative Materials

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move to environmentally friendly materials for the built environment, clean energy technologies and recyclable consumer products.