School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering students


"I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen’s in 2005, and soon thereafter, it became clear that Queen’s still had much more to offer me. Over the next several years I completed both a Master's of Applied Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering at Queen's.  When I first began my graduate studies in Civil, I was surprised at the subtle, yet significant differences between the undergraduate and graduate programs. As a graduate student, I found a whole new integrated community that previously I had been unaware of, and felt as if I was discovering Queen’s and Kingston again for the first time. Today, my career path is the direct result of my graduate studies and I am extremely grateful for the exceptional education, research, and friendships I experienced during my time at Queen's.  Ever since I began my graduate studies, I have actively encouraged students to continue to study beyond the four year undergraduate degree and will continue to do so, hoping that they too will profit from the same wonderful experience that I had."
Ryley Beddoe, M.Sc. (2009), PhD (2014)

Program Contact

Debbie Ritchie
Graduate Assistant
Civil Engineering
Ellis Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 79359


Program Overview

The Queen’s graduate programs in Civil Engineering are home to some of the finest minds in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. Students have the chance to study engineering in an environment where multidisciplinary research and activities are encouraged and facilitated.

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 and Materials Engineering and Geotechnical Infrastructure.



Our international, multidisciplinary Department offers many opportunities to collaborate with other departments at Queen’s, and outside of Queen’s with university centres and international consortia. Travel opportunities are available based on research needs.

Career paths – employment opportunities

  • Consulting
  • Academia and Research
  • Public sector
  • Manufacturing
  • Policy and Governance
  • Civil engineering in the public domain
  • Law



Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.Sc.: 2 years

M.Eng.: 1 year

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.A.Sc.: Course work and research thesis

M.Eng.: Course work and optional project

Ph.D.: Course work, research thesis and comprehensive oral examinations

Fields of study and Supervisors

We encourage you to contact potential supervisors in advance of formal application. Applicants for non-research (M.Eng.) programs should initially contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.

Geotechnical Engineering:

  • Geotechnical Engineering involves the application of soil and rock mechanics as well as engineering geology to solve engineering problems such as design of foundations, slopes, excavations, dams, tunnels and other Civil, Mining and Environmental engineering projects relating to the mechanical response of the ground, and the water within it.

Faculty: Fady Abdelaal, Richard Brachman, Ian D. Moore, Kerry Rowe, Andy Take

Environmental Engineering

  • With the recent expansion of the Environmental Engineering program, research activities are now focused on both surface and subsurface water quality issues. Extensive use is made of numerical simulation techniques as well as controlled laboratory and field experimentation

Faculty: Bruce C. Anderson, Pascale Champagne, Bernard H. Kueper, Kent Novakowski, Yves Filion, Kevin Mumford

Hydrotechnical Engineering

  • Research in hydrotechnical engineering is carried out at the Coastal Engineering Laboratory, which occupies 2000 sq.m. on the West Campus of the university, in the areas of coastal engineering, hydrology, natural channel design, sediment transport, and solid-liquid mixture pipeline flow.

Faculty: Ana da Silva, Leon Boegman, Ryan Mulligan

Structural Engineering

  • Research in structural engineering concentrates on the various aspects of concrete, steel, wood and advanced composite materials pertaining to the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of structures such as bridges, buildings and guideways, and the development of new construction materials.

Faculty: Amir Fam, Mark F.Green, Katerina Genikomsou, Colin MacDougall, Ian D. Moore, Neil Hoult

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic funding package for Master’s and Ph.D. students: may include teaching or research assistantships and Queen’s Graduate Awards

Guaranteed Minimum for Ph.D. Students: $18,000

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

Master’s: 4-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.

We consider your grades from all four years, but we look at your last two years in specific courses.

Ph.D.: Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with a Master’s degree in a cognate science may be admitted.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1st to qualify for funding. March 1st for MEng.

Notification of Acceptance: 2-3 months after we receive your full application.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website


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An integrated learning experience