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As a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, you will be part of an active and innovative academic community conducting leading-edge scientific and emerging technology research.

Our department attracts over $15 million each year in competitive research and contract funding, and it is internationally recognized for research in biomedical engineering, chemical processing and catalysis, hydrocarbon reservoir simulation, improved oil production, renewable energy, environmental engineering, electrochemical systems and advanced materials. Graduates of our program have found rewarding employment in diverse sectors including the petroleum production and petrochemicals industries, chemicals manufacturing, government, research laboratories and in faculty positions at institutions of higher learning to name a few.

The Schulich School of Engineering is located in Calgary, the energy capital of Canada, which gives us a strong connection to the oil and gas industry. Our professors understand the needs and challenges of the industry and prepare students for successful careers in this important and critical sector.

Download our grad studies brochure.

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three years of full-time study following a master's degree or four years following a bachelor's degree.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

This MEng (course based) program can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis, with two exceptions. The petroleum engineering and the environmental engineering specializations are both full-time programs. For these, students are expected to complete all course requirements within eight to 12 months. For all other graduate programs and specializations, part-time students typically take four to six years (beyond the baccalaureate degree) to complete the requirements.

Master of Engineering (thesis based)

The MEng (thesis based) program is research-based, with conditions similar to those for the MSc. The major difference is that the student receives no stipend. Transferring from this program into the MSc requires the student to become full-time and meet other requirements. Please note: The MEng thesis-based program is currently available only under special conditions. Please contact the Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Clarke at gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca for the requirements and conditions before applying.

What are the program requirements?

PhD program requirements:

Admission with an acceptable master’s degree

  1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
  2. Complete a minimum of two half-courses at the graduate level
  3. Students with a specialization in chemical engineering or petroleum engineering must also take at least two courses from the list of core courses for their specialization, or equivalents (see MSc section for the course list). For other specializations, students should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements
  4. Pass the candidacy exam
  5. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

Admission without an acceptable master’s degree

  1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
  2. Complete a minimum of six half-courses at the graduate level
  3. Students with a specialization in chemical engineering or petroleum engineering must also take at least two courses from the list of core courses for their specialization, or equivalents. (See MSc section for the course list.) For other specializations, students should consult with their supervisors for the additional requirements
  4. Pass the candidacy exam
  5. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

Students who do not possess a recognized MSc in either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering must initially register as an MSc student. After the successful completion of at least one year of study, the student may request to transfer into the PhD program.

MSc program requirements:

  1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
  2. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level (course requirements are listed below)
  3. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

Course requirements:

    • Students intending to have a degree specialization in chemical engineering must also complete at least one course from the list of core courses: ENCH 613, 625, 623, 631, 633, 701 and 703
    • Students intending to have a degree specialization in petroleum engineering must also complete at least one course from the list of core courses: ENCH 621, 629, 647, 657, 677, 701 and 703
    • Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements

    Applicants may be required to successfully complete assigned undergraduate courses in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering to qualify for admission as a graduate student.

    MEng (course based) program requirements (except Petroleum and Environmental Engineering):

    1. Complete a minimum of 10 half-courses with at least six half-courses at the graduate level. Students may not take more than two half- or one full-equivalent project-based courses. The majority of courses (60 per cent or more) should be related to the student’s intended field of specialization
    1. Students with specializations in environmental engineering or petroleum engineering are required to complete a minimum of 30 units (5.0 FTE) including 12 units (2.0 FTE) of engineering (ENGG) courses and 18 units (3.0 FTE) of environmental engineering (ENEN) courses

    MEng (thesis based) program requirements:

    1. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level.
    2. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on a research topic
    3. Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for other requirements

    Note: If this information differs from the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar, the calendar takes precedence as published.

    What areas of specialization are available?

    The following specializations are offered only to course-based MEng degrees:

    What are the admission requirements?

    Grade Point Average (GPA)

    The requirements outlined below are for North American students. International students can view entrance requirements on the Graduate Studies website.

    PhD - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs.

    MSc/MEng (thesis based) - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a relevant baccalaureate degree.

    MEng (course based) - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MEng degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires all MEng applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree. Also, applicants to the MEng course based program are required to have an academic background in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. There are no MEng course-based admissions for the winter or spring semester.

    The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering does not admit self-funded students into the MSc and PhD programs. Sponsorship is required from a faculty member or an acceptable third party.

    Language requirements

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) is required for all applicants whose native or primary language is not English. The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires a TOEFL score of at least 550 (written test) or 80 (Internet-based), an IELTS score of at least 7.0 or MELAB score of 80. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not accepted as a substitute for TOEFL or IELTS. Our TOEFL institution code is 0813 and department code is 64.

    How do I apply?

    Application deadlines

    MEng thesis-based, MSc and PhD

     

    Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

    International Students

    Semester

    Application & Document Deadline

    Application & Document Deadline

    September (Fall)

    July 15

    March 15

    January (Winter)

    November 15

    July 15

    May (Spring)

    March 15

    November 15

    MEng course based (not specializing in environmental or petroleum engineering)

     

    Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

    Semester

    Application & Document Deadline

    September

    (Fall)

    March 15

    MEng course based (specializing in environmental and petroleum engineering)

     

    Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents

    International Students

    Semester

    Application & Document Deadline

    Application & Document Deadline

    September

    (Fall)

    May 1

    February 15

    Application procedure

    All parts of the application must be received by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering by the appropriate deadline. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered. A complete application consists of the following:

    • Online application (paper applications are no longer accepted)
    • Non-refundable application fee ($100 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $130 for international students)
    • Two reference letters with the appropriate forms, no more than one year old. The references should be uploaded electronically with your application, if possible. Otherwise, the forms and letters must be official and received in a signed, sealed envelope from the referee
    • Two sets of official transcripts, no more than one year old, from all post-secondary institutions attended. The transcripts must be official and received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please include a copy of your online application form with these documents
    • English Language Proficiency — a TOEFL/MELAB/IELTS certificate no more than two years old. GRE test is not required

    Reference forms

    Once the online application has been submitted and reference contact information provided, an email will be automatically generated with a link for the referees to upload their documents. Students do not need to send in reference documents.

    Send all original documents to:

    Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    Graduate Admissions
    ENB 202
    2500 University Drive NW 
    University of Calgary 
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada T2N 1N4

    Graduate admission inquires

    Contact us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

    Apply online

    Prospective graduate students must apply online.

    Payment of the application fee can be made through the online application.

    Additional application information

    Admission recommendation

    When your application file is complete, the department will review it and the admission decision will be made as soon as possible. Positive decisions for admission generally require that an applicant's academic qualifications and references are satisfactory, that at least one faculty member is willing to serve as supervisor for thesis students (MSc, MEng thesis-based and PhD) and, in the case of PhD and MSc applicants, that adequate financial support is available. Financial support may include merit and competitive scholarships. In view of the financial commitment of research funding from faculty members, and the potential contributions of scholarships towards the programs of graduate students, switching a registration from a PhD or an MSc degree program to a course-based MEng program has consequences and is highly discouraged.

    Thesis-students are encouraged to contact professors to find out if they are accepting new students. You can review the list of professors in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

    Please download and review the departmental Advice for Finding a Supervisor (pdf).

    International students require student authorization with permission to work on campus as a teaching or research assistant. You should submit an application to the nearest Canadian consulate as soon as you receive an offer of admission.

    Please note that admission is competitive and space is limited, so meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission.

    Evaluation timeline

    Applications are not evaluated until all required documents have been received. We recommend sending all required documents, including official transcripts, at one time to speed up your evaluation. The application evaluation process depends on the volume of applications received. The MEng course based program takes one to two months to evaluate the applications. In the case of thesis-based students, notification of admission is sent only after a professor has expressed interest in accepting the student. You will be notified by email if you are recommended for admission.

    For more information

    Admissions enquiries

    cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

    Graduate Admissions Advisors

    Jamie Tymstra
    Phone: (403) 210-7016

    Graduate Program Administrators

    Arthur De Vera
    Phone: (403) 220-4802

    Suha Abusalim
    Phone: (403) 220-4801

    Associate Head, Graduate Studies

    Dr. Matthew Clarke
    Phone: (403) 220-7341 
    Fax: (403) 284-4852
    Email:  gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca

    What degree programs are offered?

    Doctor of Philosophy

    The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three years of full-time study following a master's degree or four years following a bachelor's degree.

    Master of Science

    The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

    Master of Engineering (course based)

    This MEng (course based) program can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis, with two exceptions. The petroleum engineering and the environmental engineering specializations are both full-time programs. For these, students are expected to complete all course requirements within eight to 12 months. For all other graduate programs and specializations, part-time students typically take four to six years (beyond the baccalaureate degree) to complete the requirements.

    Master of Engineering (thesis based)

    The MEng (thesis based) program is research-based, with conditions similar to those for the MSc. The major difference is that the student receives no stipend. Transferring from this program into the MSc requires the student to become full-time and meet other requirements. Please note: The MEng thesis-based program is currently available only under special conditions. Please contact the Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Clarke at gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca for the requirements and conditions before applying.

    What are the program requirements?

    PhD program requirements:

    Admission with an acceptable master’s degree

    1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
    2. Complete a minimum of two half-courses at the graduate level
    3. Students with a specialization in chemical engineering or petroleum engineering must also take at least two courses from the list of core courses for their specialization, or equivalents (see MSc section for the course list). For other specializations, students should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements
    4. Pass the candidacy exam
    5. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

    Admission without an acceptable master’s degree

    1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
    2. Complete a minimum of six half-courses at the graduate level
    3. Students with a specialization in chemical engineering or petroleum engineering must also take at least two courses from the list of core courses for their specialization, or equivalents. (See MSc section for the course list.) For other specializations, students should consult with their supervisors for the additional requirements
    4. Pass the candidacy exam
    5. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

    Students who do not possess a recognized MSc in either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering must initially register as an MSc student. After the successful completion of at least one year of study, the student may request to transfer into the PhD program.

    MSc program requirements:

    1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENGG 601/603 or equivalent)
    2. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level (course requirements are listed below)
    3. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic

    Course requirements:

      • Students intending to have a degree specialization in chemical engineering must also complete at least one course from the list of core courses: ENCH 613, 625, 623, 631, 633, 701 and 703
      • Students intending to have a degree specialization in petroleum engineering must also complete at least one course from the list of core courses: ENCH 621, 629, 647, 657, 677, 701 and 703
      • Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements

      Applicants may be required to successfully complete assigned undergraduate courses in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering to qualify for admission as a graduate student.

      MEng (course based) program requirements (except Petroleum and Environmental Engineering):

      1. Complete a minimum of 10 half-courses with at least six half-courses at the graduate level. Students may not take more than two half- or one full-equivalent project-based courses. The majority of courses (60 per cent or more) should be related to the student’s intended field of specialization
      1. Students with specializations in environmental engineering or petroleum engineering are required to complete a minimum of 30 units (5.0 FTE) including 12 units (2.0 FTE) of engineering (ENGG) courses and 18 units (3.0 FTE) of environmental engineering (ENEN) courses

      MEng (thesis based) program requirements:

      1. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level.
      2. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on a research topic
      3. Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for other requirements

      Note: If this information differs from the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar, the calendar takes precedence as published.

      What areas of specialization are available?

      The following specializations are offered only to course-based MEng degrees:

      What are the admission requirements?

      Grade Point Average (GPA)

      The requirements outlined below are for North American students. International students can view entrance requirements on the Graduate Studies website.

      PhD - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs.

      MSc/MEng (thesis based) - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a relevant baccalaureate degree.

      MEng (course based) - In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MEng degree, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires all MEng applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a baccalaureate degree. Also, applicants to the MEng course based program are required to have an academic background in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. There are no MEng course-based admissions for the winter or spring semester.

      The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering does not admit self-funded students into the MSc and PhD programs. Sponsorship is required from a faculty member or an acceptable third party.

      Language requirements

      The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) is required for all applicants whose native or primary language is not English. The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering requires a TOEFL score of at least 550 (written test) or 80 (Internet-based), an IELTS score of at least 7.0 or MELAB score of 80. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not accepted as a substitute for TOEFL or IELTS. Our TOEFL institution code is 0813 and department code is 64.

      How do I apply?

      Application deadlines

      MEng thesis-based, MSc and PhD

       

      Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

      International Students

      Semester

      Application & Document Deadline

      Application & Document Deadline

      September (Fall)

      July 15

      March 15

      January (Winter)

      November 15

      July 15

      May (Spring)

      March 15

      November 15

      MEng course based (not specializing in environmental or petroleum engineering)

       

      Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

      Semester

      Application & Document Deadline

      September

      (Fall)

      March 15

      MEng course based (specializing in environmental and petroleum engineering)

       

      Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents

      International Students

      Semester

      Application & Document Deadline

      Application & Document Deadline

      September

      (Fall)

      May 1

      February 15

      Application procedure

      All parts of the application must be received by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering by the appropriate deadline. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered. A complete application consists of the following:

      • Online application (paper applications are no longer accepted)
      • Non-refundable application fee ($100 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $130 for international students)
      • Two reference letters with the appropriate forms, no more than one year old. The references should be uploaded electronically with your application, if possible. Otherwise, the forms and letters must be official and received in a signed, sealed envelope from the referee
      • Two sets of official transcripts, no more than one year old, from all post-secondary institutions attended. The transcripts must be official and received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please include a copy of your online application form with these documents
      • English Language Proficiency — a TOEFL/MELAB/IELTS certificate no more than two years old. GRE test is not required

      Reference forms

      Once the online application has been submitted and reference contact information provided, an email will be automatically generated with a link for the referees to upload their documents. Students do not need to send in reference documents.

      Send all original documents to:

      Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
      Graduate Admissions
      ENB 202
      2500 University Drive NW 
      University of Calgary 
      Calgary, Alberta
      Canada T2N 1N4

      Graduate admission inquires

      Contact us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

      Apply online

      Prospective graduate students must apply online.

      Payment of the application fee can be made through the online application.

      Additional application information

      Admission recommendation

      When your application file is complete, the department will review it and the admission decision will be made as soon as possible. Positive decisions for admission generally require that an applicant's academic qualifications and references are satisfactory, that at least one faculty member is willing to serve as supervisor for thesis students (MSc, MEng thesis-based and PhD) and, in the case of PhD and MSc applicants, that adequate financial support is available. Financial support may include merit and competitive scholarships. In view of the financial commitment of research funding from faculty members, and the potential contributions of scholarships towards the programs of graduate students, switching a registration from a PhD or an MSc degree program to a course-based MEng program has consequences and is highly discouraged.

      Thesis-students are encouraged to contact professors to find out if they are accepting new students. You can review the list of professors in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

      Please download and review the departmental Advice for Finding a Supervisor (pdf).

      International students require student authorization with permission to work on campus as a teaching or research assistant. You should submit an application to the nearest Canadian consulate as soon as you receive an offer of admission.

      Please note that admission is competitive and space is limited, so meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission.

      Evaluation timeline

      Applications are not evaluated until all required documents have been received. We recommend sending all required documents, including official transcripts, at one time to speed up your evaluation. The application evaluation process depends on the volume of applications received. The MEng course based program takes one to two months to evaluate the applications. In the case of thesis-based students, notification of admission is sent only after a professor has expressed interest in accepting the student. You will be notified by email if you are recommended for admission.

      For more information

      Admissions enquiries

      cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

      Graduate Admissions Advisors

      Jamie Tymstra
      Phone: (403) 210-7016

      Graduate Program Administrators

      Arthur De Vera
      Phone: (403) 220-4802

      Suha Abusalim
      Phone: (403) 220-4801

      Associate Head, Graduate Studies

      Dr. Matthew Clarke
      Phone: (403) 220-7341 
      Fax: (403) 284-4852
      Email:  gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca