School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Master Degree in Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

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“This program will show students how to take a strategic approach and be ready for whatever is going to happen in 5 years – where the market is going, what the key influencers might be.  At the end of the day, we need to be competitive in a broader way and the integrated nature of this program will provide this to future leaders”.   
Vice President, Operations and Environment, Health and Safety, Spectra Energy

“What a great opportunity you have here – the curriculum design certainly covers the main areas one needs in minerals.”  
Manager, Barrick Gold

Program Contact

Ione Taylor, Executive Director
Marilyn Redmond, Program Coordinator
Earth and Energy Resources Leadership
Bruce Wing, Room 341 
36 Union St. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613 533 6000 ext 32977


Program Overview

Queen’s University has developed a cross-faculty Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Program with interdisciplinary opportunities for students to develop a complete understanding of the resource life cycle within the conceptual framework of earth systems and sustainable resources.

A Professional Master’s degree is now available that focuses on enhancing leadership skills and integration across multiple fields within earth resource management, including geosciences, engineering, business, law, and policy.   

Career paths – employment opportunities

Pursuit of this degree will allow candidates to examine the opportunities and challenges involved in sustainable energy, mineral, and related water resources management, and help them develop the leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills required to more effectively advance the entire enterprise.  A graduate degree from this program will enhance both vertical and lateral career progression opportunities for recipients working in the resource field.

Want a chance to get to know MEERL?

Join Ione Taylor, the Executive Director of the MEERL program and Professor, for a free webinar to learn more about the program.

When: TBA

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

MEERL  – 20 months, 20% residential and 80% online, intended to be completed while students remain employed.

Method of Completion

There are 7 core courses and 4 elective courses (need to choose 3 electives only)

Core Courses (student to complete all 7)

EERL - 801* Resource Life Cycle Overview
EERL - 802* Strategic Leadership in the Resource Sector
EERL - 803* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part I
EERL - 804* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part II
EERL - 805* Operating Effectively: Law, Policy, Regulation and Ethics
EERL - 806* Communication, and Partnerships:  Stakeholder Engagement Strategies
EERL - 807* Technology and Innovation

Elective Courses (student to select 3 of the 4 courses)

EERL - 808* Minerals Life Cycle Track
EERL - 809* Energy Life Cycle Track
EERL - 810* Field-Based Synthesis
EERL - 811* Sector-Focused Project

Curriculum Design

The unique curriculum design of this program places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the center or core of the program.  This life cycle moves from resource exploration, through development, production and use, to stages of remediation, recycling and disposal, and on to a final stage of decommissioning, closure and maintenance.  Each phase of this life cycle will be evaluated successively through one of 4 lenses, or perspectives.  These are the (1)  economic and business lens, (2)operating framework of legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical lens, (3) strategic leadership and management lens, and  stakeholder engagement, partnership development, communication lens. There are also four themes that cross-cut, and are woven throughout the entire program.  These are (1) informed decision-making and risk appraisal, (2) integration and synthesis, (3) innovation and applied problem-solving through combined analytical and critical thinking and (4) non-advocacy and taking a balanced approach toward consideration of both resource development and environmental impacts. Key features of the program include: use of contemporary case examples, strong engagement with industry leaders and experts, and group and team projects and analysis. 

  • Jim Coleman - Senior Industry Specialist/U.S. Geological Survey
  • Justin Connidis - Queen’s Faculty of Law/Partner-Private Law Practice
  • David Detomasi - Queen's School of Business
  • Michael Doggett - Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering/Mineral Economics Consultant
  • Jean Hutchinson -  Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Heather Jamieson  - Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and School of Environmental Studies
  • Bahman Kashi  -  Queen’s John Deutsch International, Department of Economics
  • Anastasia Lintner - Queen’s Faculty of Law/Principal-Private Law Practice
  • Paul MacKay -  Senior Industry Leader and University of Calgary, Department of Geology and Geophysics] 
  • Gema Olivo -  Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Peter Richardson - Queen’s Smith School of Business
  • Ione Taylor - Queen’s Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership/Senior Industry Leader
  • Stéfanie von Hlatky -  Queen’s Department of Political Science
Fees and Deadlines

Application and Tuition Fees

  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $105.00 CDN payable to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • Tuition fees are $27,550 CDN (Domestic students) for the entire program.
  • Tuition fees are $42,000 CDN (International students) for the entire program.
  • Tuition fees will be paid at $5,510 CDN (domestic) or $8,400 CDN (international) per term for five terms

NB: These fees are exclusive of travel and accommodation during the three residential sessions as well as a $1,000 CDN program fee (covering program materials).  The program fee will be charged upon initial registration i.e. once only

Key Dates and Deadlines

NB: The online application is now OPEN.

Application Deadline: Application Deadline: Admission is in September each year. There will also be a September 2017 entry date and each September every year thereafter.  The review of available positions, will begin on February 1st and will continue until the program is full. 

Program Start date: September 2018

Admission Requirements & How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This program is for early to early-mid career professionals, with approximately 3 to 10 years’ work experience, in a range of positions within the energy and mineral resource field, including private sector, industry, governmental, or non-profits.

  • A minimum 4 year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent, with a minimum B standing in the last 2 years of program. 
  • Work experience is strongly preferred and both work experience and previous (degree(s) can be from a wide range of disciplines encompassing science, engineering, business, law, economics, commerce, and policy.
  • 2 letters of reference - Professional references from employers in a senior role to the applicant, in lieu of academic references, are accepted only if it has been more than 2 years since the applicant completed their most recent university degree.
  • 2 official transcripts
  • If required proof of English Language Comprehension.  Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will need to earn satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted.  For further information please visit the School of Graduate Studies "Preparing for Graduate Studies page

Additionally the program requires the following to be sent directly to Program Coordinator, Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership,

  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Interest (Maximum one and a half pages, single-spaced, Times New Roman 12 font)

How To Apply

To apply to this program please go to the School of Graduate Studies "How to Apply" page and follow the instructions.