Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Prospective Graduate students Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Come do graduate studies at one of Canada's premier Earth Science Departments - Queen's University Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Continue your research at one of North America's premier Earth Science Departments. Queen's is one of Canada's oldest and highest-ranked universities where you can work with world-renowned scientists and engineers. 

Our graduate programs offer extensive fieldwork programs on six continents, generous student stipends, world class research facilities, and in many cases, industry collaboration.

Why Choose Queen's?

  • Award winning faculty
  • The department is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including an X-ray Diffraction and Clay Mineral Lab, a Computational Geomechanics Lab, and Stable Isotope and ICP/MS Lab to name a few. (For a complete list of facilities and services offered by the department visit the facilities & services webpage)
  • Generous student stipends (Min $21,000/year)
  • World class geomechanics computing tools
  • Industry collaboration in many studies
  • Friendly, socially active department
  • Kingston ranked as the 3rd best place to live in Canada and is close to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto (Discover Kingston)

What a recent graduate has to say about Queen's Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering:

Graduate Studies Queen's University Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Premier Earth Sciences Research"What has struck me most about my time as a graduate student in Geology is the quality of the academic environment. The faculty and staff here really want you to succeed and are prepared to drop everything to help you do it. The labs I work in are second-to-none and my supervisor is always eager to discuss my research with me and provide guidance and support when I need it. I’ve also had opportunities to take my work into the field; I’ve visited tunnels all across Europe to help get an understanding of what role my research can play in industry. On top of all that, the other students in my research group are some of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. Whether we’re bouncing ideas off of each other or unwinding at the end of a long day, these people have played a huge role in my career and will stay a part of my life after I leave. Having these resources and opportunities at my fingertips has made my experience at Queen’s that much more interesting and exciting." - Connor Langford, Ph.D, 2013


Degree Programs
The department offers the following degree programs:
Master of Science - (M.Sc.)

The program consists of four term-length courses plus a thesis

Master of Science in Engineering - (M.A.Sc.)
The program consists of four term-length courses plus a thesis
Master of Science in Applied Geology - (non research pattern II) 

The Master of Science in Applied Geology is a one-year, course-based program leading to enhanced knowledge in mineral exploration/resource geology (Stream A) or geological engineering (Stream B). The program normally commences in September and can be completed by the end of April of the following year.


More information can be found here: Master of Science in Applied Geology (Non-Research PATTERN II) (PDF, 207KB)

Doctor of Philosophy - (Ph.D) 
In the doctoral program, students are required to pass a comprehensive qualifying examination in the geological sciences. The PhD program can be under the Engineering Council or the Science Council.  The Engineering program consists of four term-length courses plus a thesis. The Science program consists of a thesis only as Science Council does not specify any course requirements, although the supervisor or comprehensive exam committee may specify certain mandatory courses in support of the thesis.
Professional Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

A Professional Master’s degree that is training future leaders for the mineral and energy sectors. MEERL is an interdisciplinary program that teaches decision making tools, with core courses in resource life cycle, business strategy, economics, law and policy, stakeholder engagement, and innovation and technology. The program is part-time and primarily online so you can work while you are learning.  

More information can be found here: Master of Earth Energy Resources Leadership

Find more information about our individual degree programs on the Career Services website

Financial Support and Information
The Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering is committed to supporting graduate students with a minimum of $21,000/year for Master's students and $23,000/year for Ph.D. students.


These amounts include Teaching Assistantships which are $4500 (approximately for both the Fall and Winter terms) depending on the requirements of the particular course the student is demonstrating. Master's and Ph.D. students are also eligible for Research Fellowships which are in consultation with the student's supervisor. Students should also consult the NSERC website for the current levels of support this agency provides.

Financial support is naturally conditional on a student's continued satisfactory progress, and those students who obtain scholarship funding external to the University (e.g. NSERC) usually do not receive internal scholarship money. They remain, however, eligible for teaching and research assistantships.

Additional financial support to international students may be awarded to exceptional candidates. These additional awards are granted on a competitive basis. Students should consult the School of Graduate Studies website for more information.

Minimum Funding Levels

$21,000/year - MSc domestic for 6 terms (2 yrs)

$23,000/year - MSc international for 6 terms (2 yrs) PLUS an International Tuition Award of $5,000/yr

$23,000/year - PhD domestic for 12 terms (4 yrs)

$25,000/year - PhD international for 12 terms (4 yrs) PLUS an International Tuition Award of $5,000/yr

Please note: - Minimum funding levels apply to all research students within terms of support (M.Sc. and Ph.D.), except the one year (coursework only) M.Sc. students who are completely self funded

Additional Funding Opportunities

Departmental scholarships are currently provided to full-time M.Sc. (research) students for five terms and Ph.D. students may have their money distributed either over nine or twelve terms. After the student's terms of support have been completed the supervisor(s) may choose to continue funding in the form of a research assistantship.

For more funding options, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Some frequently asked questions:
How much does it cost to apply to Grad School at Queen’s University?
Currently the cost to apply to Grad School at Queen’s is $105.00 CDN. The Application submitted is only valid from September – May and then you would need to re-apply again for the next year.
What is the mininumum funding offered to Graduate Students?
• M.Sc in applied Geology (MAG) is not funded.
• M.Sc & M.A.Sc. Students: $21,000
• Ph.D. Students: $23,000
Who can supervise or co-supervise graduate students?
All graduate students must have a supervisor. The supervisor must be a faculty member at Queen's who is a member of the School of Graduate Studies. A co-supervisor is either a faculty member at Queen's who is a member of the School of Graduate Studies or who has been given permission to co-supervise by the School. Adjunct or term faculty and faculty from other universities cannot sole supervise a graduate student and can only act as a co-supervisor.

Review of available graduate positions, including funding, will begin on February 1st, and will continue until the program is full.
Please look at this web site and direct your enquiry to a specific faculty member in Geology. Each faculty member will have their own idea of whether or not they will be accepting students. In addition, each applicant's funding options will be different, so it is a good idea to contact potential advisors first. Then, if the faculty member approves, an application can be submitted.
There will be a non-refundable full application fee of $105.00 CAN for each application to a program. When applying online, applicants must pay the application fee using a MasterCard or Visa credit card.
Those applying with a paper application must submit with that paper application a certified cheque or money order of $105.00 CAN, payable to Queen's University (this type of application will only be accepted by those people who are unable to use Visa or MasterCard electronically because of the lack of availability of this service in their area).
The electronic online application system must be accessed by all other applicants.
For complete information on applying to Graduate Studies please visit the Queen's Graduate Studies website.

Additional Resources:


Kelly McCaugherty 
Graduate Program Assistant
Bruce Wing/Miller Hall
Room 240
(613) 533-3017