Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Why Grad Studies?

The graduate program and research goals of the Department of Civil Engineering are consistent with the mission of both Queen's University and the civil engineering profession. These goals, which reflect the educational, professional and research needs of society and the environment are as follows:

  • to attract and educate students at the graduate level who, upon completion of their studies, will possess an advanced understanding of the state-of-the-art and state-of-practice within selected areas of the natural environment and infrastructure and will have the potential to be among the nation's best and whose excellence will be respected by the international community.
  • to advance the state-of-the-art and the state-of-practice through a combination of internationally recognized research in specific areas and nationally respected service to the profession, to government and industry, and to society in general.

Programs of Study

Applicants are accepted into a Master's (M.Eng or MASc) or Doctoral (PhD) Program under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies and Research providing they also satisfy the requirements of the Department. Normally, the minimum Departmental requirements are a four-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 Bachelors degree in a cognate science may be admitted, at the discretion of the department, to a M.A.Sc. degree 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.

Master's Degrees

M.Eng Program: The requirements for this program are 8 term length courses, of which one may be a term length project course. At least 4 term length courses must be taken from the department in which the student is registered; all courses will be entered as primary on the registration form. A maximum of 2 term length 400 series courses may be taken.

The deadline for a complete application to be considered for the M.Eng program is March 1st of each year without exception. Admission to the M.Eng. program is restricted to September ONLY of each academic year, and the Department reserves the right to limit the number of new M.Eng. students accepted each year.

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

a) the course is approved by the student's supervisor and
b) the student has not received credit for a similar course in their Bachelor's program.

Doctor Of Philosophy

The minimum FEAS Graduate Council requirements for the program are four term courses beyond the Master's degree, research and thesis, and a comprehensive examination. The objective of the comprehensive exam is to establish to the satisfaction of the Department that the student has a sound proposal for Ph.D. research, an effective grasp of his/her main and related areas of study and the ability to handle facts, new ideas and concepts at the Ph.D level. The exam must be completed within four to eighteen months of registering in the Ph.D. program. Details of these comprehensive examinations are available upon request from the Graduate Assistant in the Department.

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 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, 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.

Example of your funding package

Please note the above funding information refers to research students only (MASc & PhD).

Students in M.Eng program receive no funding support of any kind from the Department. eg TA, GRF, Internal Scholarships

Interested applicants, please see Application Procedures.