Application Procedures

The Department of Civil Engineering offers programs leading to M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees; please see the information contained in the School of Graduate Studies and Research calendar for a complete description of the types of degree programs available, the requirements for each program, fees, and general admission requirements. Research activity in the Department is generally classified under two fields: Civil Engineering Environment and Civil Engineering Infrastructure. Environment encompasses the areas of Environmental, Geotechnical, Geoenvironmental and Hydrotechnical Engineering, while Infrastructure comprises the areas of Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Infrastructure.

These two fields reflect the growing interrelationships and collaborations among the areas within the Department, and with other research programs both within and outside Queen's University. Please see the Department the Research tab for more detailed information about our faculty and their research activities; this information will help prospective students identify faculty members and research projects which may be of interest to them. The departmental pages of the calendar of the School of Graduate Studies and Research should also be consulted for information about available courses and facilities within the Departments.

Application Procedure


Given the competition for places in our graduate program, and to help the Department to identify well qualified applicants and areas of research interest, prospective students must contact faculty members with whom they would like to work. If they feel that there is likely to be a suitable project and funding for you, you should submit a formal application. Applicants for non-research (M.Eng.) programs can contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information.

Please review carefully the Application Procedures on the School of Graduate Studies web site prior to submitting your application. It will answer most of your questions. After you have reviewed the procedures you should complete the application.

Once all required application materials have been submitted (to include all required documentation and the application fee), it will be considered promptly, and the applicant will be notified of whether they will be recommended to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for acceptance into a particular degree program. Please note that submission of an application does not guaranty acceptance into the graduate program.

All communication concerning your application should be made through School of Graduate Studies.

Language proficiency

As detailed in the School of Graduate Studies and Research calendar, English is the language of instruction and communication at Queen's University. Proficiency in English is therefore a prerequisite for consideration for admission. For prospective students with native languages other than English, and who have not completed a recent previous degree at an acceptable English-language academic institution, the Department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (Paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), obtained within the last two years. Applicants are required to include documentation of this score with their full application materials; no consideration or decisions can be made until all information is submitted.

Financial Support

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 research assistantships, 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, and these students are also encouraged to enter significant provincial (OGS, Ontario Graduate Scholarship) and national (NSERC) scholarship competitions, if eligible. Prospective students currently in undergraduate programs, who are considering entering graduate studies in the Department, are strongly encouraged to apply to OGS and NSERC, if they are qualified and eligible.

Please note the above funding information refers to research students only. (MASc & PhD) Students in MENG program receive no funding support of any kind from the Department. eg TA, RA, Internal Scholarships