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Location: Schulich School of Engineering, Room EEEL 403
Program number: 403.220.5738
Fax: 403.284.3697
Email address: schulich@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: schulich.ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

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

Areas: Chemical and Petroleum, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Geomatics, and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

In addition, the Schulich School of Engineering offers PhD, MSc, and MEng degrees with interdisciplinary specializations in Environmental Engineering and Energy & Environment.

Master’s thesis and doctoral graduate students are normally admitted as full-time students. The Head of the Department or designate may however, approve requests for registration as part-time or transfer from a full-time to a part-time status.

The Faculty of Kinesiology, the Cumming School of Medicine and the Schulich School of Engineering co-lead the multi-faculty Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Further information on degrees and specializations is provided under the Biomedical Engineering section in this calendar.

2. Admission Requirements

The Schulich School of Engineering has established common minimum student admission requirements for all its graduate programs, with the exception of students with project management background entering the Manufacturing Engineering program. Departments and graduate programs may have additional requirements over and above those of the Schulich School of Engineering.

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, the Schulich School of Engineering minimum requirements are as follows:

Master’s Programs

a) BSc degree or equivalent.

b) A minimum admission grade point average of 3.00 on a four-point scale or equivalent.

c) Holders of BSc or equivalent degrees in Science, Medicine, Kinesiology or other Engineering, if accepted, may be required to take additional senior undergraduate engineering courses. These courses will not be counted for credit toward their graduate program. Holders of bachelor’s degrees from disciplines other than Engineering, Science, Medicine or Kinesiology are required to complete a minimum of 30 units make-up undergraduate engineering courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a four-point scale before admission.

d) Two reference letters.

In exceptional circumstances, students who do not meet the entrance requirements (but have BSc degrees in the same or equivalent Engineering discipline and a GPA of at least 2.70) may be considered for admission after upgrading requirements have been met. These include a minimum of 18 units of make-up courses, or 9 units of make-up courses if they have acceptable industrial experience, with a minimum grade of 3.00 on a four-point scale in each course. At least 12 or 6 units of these courses, respectively, must be graduate-level courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) MSc degree, or transfer from MSc program, or, in exceptional cases, BSc degree or equivalent.

b) A minimum admission grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale or equivalent.

c) Transfer from MSc to PhD program is allowed only after the successful completion of all courses required for the MSc degree with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

d) Two reference letters.

Holders of MSc or equivalent degrees in Science, Medicine, Kinesiology or other Engineering, if accepted, may be required to take additional senior undergraduate Engineering courses. These courses will not count for credit toward their doctoral program.

3. Application Deadline

See individual programs' pages on the Future Students website: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process, in consultation with the proposed supervisor and the Graduate Director. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission. Students who receive advanced course credit when admitted to a master’s program may be able to accelerate the completion of their degree.

5. Program/Course Requirements

The Schulich School of Engineering has established common minimum program/course requirements for all its graduate programs. Departments and graduate programs may have additional requirements over and above those of the Schulich School of Engineering.
In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering minimum requirements are as follows:

Master of Engineering (course-based)
A minimum of 30 units, of which at least 18 units must be graduate courses.

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)
A minimum of 12 units of graduate courses.

Master of Science
A minimum of 12 units of graduate courses.

Doctor of Philosophy
A minimum of 6 units of graduate courses beyond the Master of Science course requirements. For students who transfer from an MSc program, 18 units of graduate courses beyond the BSc, or equivalent, degree.

All Degree Programs
After consultation with the supervisor and the Graduate Director, courses outside the Department or the University may be approved towards the degree requirements.

6. Additional Requirements

None.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit may be granted for undergraduate courses. See individual program sections.

8. Time Limit

Typical completion times are two years for full-time students in a master’s program and three to four years in a doctoral program. The Master of Engineering (course-based) can be completed in one year. Maximum completion times are four years for a Master of Science and a Master of Engineering (thesis-based), and six years for a Master of Engineering (course-based) or doctoral program.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Supervisors and supervisory committees are assigned according to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations (see Academic Regulations) and are approved by the Department Head or the Graduate Program Director.

10. Required Examinations

Doctoral Candidacy Requirements

See individual program sections.

Thesis Examinations

The Schulich School of Engineering has established common minimum examination requirements for all its graduate programs. Departments and graduate programs may have additional requirements over and above those of the Schulich School of Engineering.

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Thesis Examinations, the Schulich School of Engineering minimum requirements are as follows:

MEng (course-based) Comprehensive Examination
None.

MSc and MEng (thesis-based) Final Oral Examination

Composition of the Committee
The examining committee consists of: the Supervisor, an additional member of the University of Calgary academic staff, and Internal Examiner who may be internal to the home program. If applicable, the Co-Supervisor will also be part of the committee. The examination is chaired by a neutral chair (non-voting), proposed by the Department Head or Graduate Director. The examining committee must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The student shall make a public twenty-minute presentation of their thesis research, normally immediately before the oral examination. Examining committee members should attend this presentation but should refrain from asking questions. The maximum allowable two-hour examination period does not include the time spent on student presentation.

Doctoral Final Oral Examination

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s research, including a relevant written sample of the materials related to the thesis before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The examining committee consists of: the Supervisory Committee, an Internal Examiner who may be internal to the home program, and one member external to the University of Calgary. The examination is chaired by a neutral chair (non-voting), proposed by the Department Head or Graduate Director. The examining committee must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The student shall make a public twenty-minute presentation of their thesis research, normally immediately before the oral examination. Examining committee members should attend this presentation but should refrain from asking questions during the presentation. The maximum allowable two-hour examination period does not include the time spent on student presentation.

Thesis oral examinations are open.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

See individual program sections.

12. Financial Assistance

Thesis-based candidates are typically admitted with financial support provided by an interested supervisor, the department, or an official organization. MEng students are typically admitted without funding from the program. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

13. Other Information

Students enrolled in any of the engineering graduate programs may opt, in addition to their normal required course load, to undertake an international project outside Canada. The duration of the project should be between 4 and 6 months. Upon successful completion (on a credit/fail basis) of Engineering 689, the statement “International Graduate Internship Project” will appear on the parchment. The course is not repeatable for credit.