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As a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in the world by being part of an active research community that conducts valuable research on practical problems.

Our department attracts over $15 million each year in research funding and is internationally recognized for its research in biomedical engineering, chemical processing, energy, environment, and advanced materials.

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 can prepare students for successful careers in this growing and evolving 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 program is often taken on a part-time basis and usually takes four to six years of part-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (thesis based)

This MEng program is a thesis-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Note: the MEng thesis based program is temporarily suspended. This program is only offered in exceptional cases. Please contact Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Alex De Visscher at gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca 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 (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
  2. Complete a minimum of two half-courses at the graduate level.
  3. Before proceeding to the candidacy examination, all students must complete both ENCH701 and ENCH703, or equivalents.
  4. 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.
  5. Pass the candidacy exam.
  6. 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 (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
  2. Complete a minimum of six half-courses at the graduate level.
  3. Before proceeding to the candidacy examination, all students complete both ENCH701 and ENCH703 or equivalents.
  4. 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.
  5. Pass the candidacy exam.
  6. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic.

MSc program requirements:

  1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
  2. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level. At least one of the courses must be ENCH701 or ENCH703. Additional 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.
  • 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.
  • Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements.
  • Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic.
  • MEng (course based) program requirements:

    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 percent or more) should be related to the student’s intended field of specialization.
    2. Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental engineering should consult with their supervisors for other requirements.

    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 as published takes precedence.

    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 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.

    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 & Ph.D

     

    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

     

    Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

    Semester

    Application & Document Deadline

    September
    (Fall)

    March, 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 ($100.00 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $130.00 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 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
    University of Calgary, ENB 202
2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta Canada T2N 1N4

    Graduate admission inquires

    Contact us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

    Apply online

    Prospective graduate students must apply online.

    The application fee payment 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.

    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 office 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 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.

    You can also email us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca with further questions.

    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. Alex De Visscher
    Phone: (403) 220-4739
    Fax: (403) 284-4852
    Email:  gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca

    Office Hours

    Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

    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 program is often taken on a part-time basis and usually takes four to six years of part-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

    Master of Engineering (thesis based)

    This MEng program is a thesis-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Note: the MEng thesis based program is temporarily suspended. This program is only offered in exceptional cases. Please contact Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Dr. Alex De Visscher at gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca 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 (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
    2. Complete a minimum of two half-courses at the graduate level.
    3. Before proceeding to the candidacy examination, all students must complete both ENCH701 and ENCH703, or equivalents.
    4. 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.
    5. Pass the candidacy exam.
    6. 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 (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
    2. Complete a minimum of six half-courses at the graduate level.
    3. Before proceeding to the candidacy examination, all students complete both ENCH701 and ENCH703 or equivalents.
    4. 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.
    5. Pass the candidacy exam.
    6. Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic.

    MSc program requirements:

    1. Register and participate in the research seminar course (ENCH 601 or equivalent).
    2. Complete a minimum of four half-courses at the graduate level. At least one of the courses must be ENCH701 or ENCH703. Additional 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.
    • 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.
    • Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental or biomedical engineering should consult with their supervisors for additional requirements.
  • Submit and successfully defend a thesis on an original research topic.
  • MEng (course based) program requirements:

    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 percent or more) should be related to the student’s intended field of specialization.
    2. Students intending to have a degree specialization in environmental engineering should consult with their supervisors for other requirements.

    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 as published takes precedence.

    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 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.

    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 & Ph.D

     

    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

     

    Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

    Semester

    Application & Document Deadline

    September
    (Fall)

    March, 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 ($100.00 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $130.00 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 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
    University of Calgary, ENB 202
2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, Alberta Canada T2N 1N4

    Graduate admission inquires

    Contact us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca

    Apply online

    Prospective graduate students must apply online.

    The application fee payment 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.

    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 office 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 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.

    You can also email us at cpe-admissions@ucalgary.ca with further questions.

    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. Alex De Visscher
    Phone: (403) 220-4739
    Fax: (403) 284-4852
    Email:  gpd-cpe@ucalgary.ca

    Office Hours

    Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am