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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Engineering, Geomatics ENGO
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Location: Schulich School of Engineering, ’E’ Block
Program number: 403.220.5821
Fax: 403.282.7026
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MEng Graduate Program Office
Location: Schulich School of Engineering Block C, Room 205
Phone number: 403.220.2001
Email address:

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based
Master of Engineering (MEng), thesis* and course-based

*The Department is not currently accepting applications for the thesis-based MEng.


2. Admission Requirements

See Engineering Programs.

4. Advanced Credit

See Engineering Programs.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements and the Schulich School of Engineering, the Department requires:

Master of Engineering (course-based)

Students must complete 30 units of coursework as follows:

a) 12 units of required courses:

b) A minimum of 12 units of geomatics engineering graduate courses.

c) A maximum of 6 units of upper-level undergraduate geomatics engineering courses, or other graduate courses with approval by Graduate Program Director.

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

a) A minimum of 12 units at the graduate level, with no fewer than 6 units of Geomatics Engineering specific graduate courses.

b) Professional Development Seminars (Engineering 601 and 603).

c) A thesis related to original engineering analysis or design.

Master of Science

a) A minimum of 12 units at the graduate level, with no fewer than 6 units of Geomatics Engineering specific graduate courses.

b) Professional Development Seminars (Engineering 601 and 603).

c) A thesis related to original engineering research.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A minimum of 9 units at the graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements, with no fewer than 3 units of Geomatics Engineering specific graduate courses. For students who transfer from a Master of Science to a doctoral program, a minimum of 6 units at the graduate level beyond the Master of Science course requirements.

b) Professional Development Seminar (Engineering 601 and 603).

c) A thesis proposal that includes a literature review and the Field of Study written and oral examinations (see 10. Required Examinations).

d) A thesis related to advanced original engineering research.

Independent Study Courses

Course-based Master of Engineering students can have no more than three independent study courses count towards their degree requirements.

Thesis-based Master's and Doctor of Philosophy students can have no more than one independent study course count towards their degree requirements. Students who transfer from the Master of Science to the Doctor of Philosophy program can have no more than two independent study courses count towards their degree requirements.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Students admitted to the Schulich School of Engineering will not be allowed to request the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course that is applicable to their degree; or apply any course awarded a grade of CG towards their graduation requirements.

Students may choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

6. Credit For Undergraduate Courses


7. Time Limit

See Engineering Programs.

8. Supervisory Assignments

For thesis-based Master's or Doctor of Philosophy programs, see Engineering Programs. For course-based Master of Engineering program, all students will be assigned an advisor at the time of registration.

9. Candidacy and Required Examinations

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the program requires:


To be admitted to candidacy, doctoral students must successfully complete a written field of study examination and an oral examination on the thesis proposal. See Geomatics Engineering Doctoral Candidacy Requirements for more information.

Thesis Examinations

See Engineering Programs.

10. Research Proposal Requirements

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

A thesis proposal accepted by the supervisor is required no later than 16 months after initial registration. Contents of the thesis, reflecting an applied approach to a problem, should contain new elements of engineering principles and applications.

The thesis proposal should include the following:

1. Statement of the problem.
2. Research objectives.
3. Literature review.
4. Methodology and procedures.
5. Outline of thesis contents.
6. Proposed time schedule.
7. Bibliography and references.

Master of Science

The Master of Science thesis proposal requirements, including the outline of the proposal’s contents, are the same as those for the Master of Engineering (thesis-based). The thesis topic, however, should deal with original theoretical or practical research in Geomatics Engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral thesis proposal requirements, including the outline of the proposal’s contents, are the same as those for the Master of Engineering (thesis-based). The thesis, however, must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to pursue original research at a high level and represent a distinct advance in knowledge on the subject. The research should be of the recognized standard of technical journals requiring critical review. The supervisor and supervisory committee will normally require progress reports every six months during the doctoral program.

11. Financial Assistance

See Engineering Programs.

12. Other Information

See Engineering Programs.

In addition, the Department offers a designated set of graduate courses in each of the specialization areas and interdisciplinary areas. Additional graduate courses are offered as Special Studies and Project courses. The Department also offers a Distinguished International Lecturer Series, which consists of approximately four to five courses offered annually by invited professors and researchers.