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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please review the FAQ's below.  If you still have questions, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant at mme.graduate@queensu.ca 

  • What is a Master of Engineering (MEng)?

    Master of Engineering (MEng)

    • One Year Program (three terms)
    • Course-based degree
    • No professor supervision
    • Coursework and Internship oriented

    The typical duration of the MEng program is 1 year (3 terms).  Students often take 3 courses in Fall term, 4 courses during Winter term and 1 course during the Summer term.  If a student fails a course or has difficulty managing more than 2-3 courses per term, they can take an additional term in order to finish their course requirements.  This is discussed on a “case-by-case” basis with the MEng Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Assistant.

    There is more than one method of fulfilling the degree requirements.  Students in this program do not work under the supervision of a professor, but can consult with the MEng Coordinator as needed.  There is no funding provided to students who are admitted to this program.

    NOTE: you ONLY can register for the internship course option during the Summer term IF you compete for, and successfully get an internship with an industrial partner.  If another opportunity presents itself in a different term, this must be discussed with the MEng Coordinator.

    Students in the MEng program have the option to register in the internship stream of the program in the Fall term ($35.00 registration fee – Career Services).  Students attend info sessions, CV writing workshops, and interviewing skills workshops, and they receive one-on-one counselling sessions at Career Services during Winter term.  Students can apply for the internship opportunities that are posted on-line by the Career Services office.  Securing an internship is not a guarantee as this is a competitive process.

    Academic Prerequisites

    M.Eng: An honours Bachelors degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73-76.9% or GPA 3.0)

    Degree Requirements

    Students have two options to complete their MEng degree:   

    1)      Successfully take (and pass) 7 courses (3.0 units each) plus 1 internship course, MECH 895,

    OR,

    2)      Successfully take (and pass) 8 courses (3.0 units each)

    For more information, visit the MEng webpage here.

  • What is a Master of Applied Science (MASc)?

    Master of Applied Science (MASc)

    • Two year Program (six terms)
    • Thesis-based degree
    • Work under a professor
    • Research Oriented

    Anyone may apply; however, there is no guarantee of admission because there MUST be a professor willing to take on a new student into their research group AND that professor must have funds available to support the student.

    Students are funded (provided with a financial stipend), for 2 years, by a professor who wishes to take them on in their research group or lab.  Minimum annual funding for the MASc program is $16,500 for domestic students (Canadian and Permanent Residents). International students are required to be given an additional stipend amount of $5,000 by the professor, totaling $21,500 annually.

    Academic Prerequisites

    MASc. : An honours Bachelors degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73-76.9% or GPA 3.0)

    Degree Requirements

    • Successful completion of 4 graduate-level courses (one can be approved 4th year undergraduate level)
    • Successful completion of MECH 897 (regular attendance and presenting of your research)
    • Successful completion of final Thesis Exam (oral presentation of your body of your written research)

    For more information, visit the MASc webpage here.

  • What is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) ?

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    • four year program
    • Thesis-based degree
    • Work under a professor
    • Research oriented

    Anyone may apply; however, there is no guarantee of admission because there MUST be a professor willing to take on a new student into their research group AND that professor must have funds available to support the student.

    Students are funded (provided with a financial stipend) for 4 years, by a professor who wishes to take them on in their research group or lab.  Minimum annual funding for the PhD program is $18,000 for domestic students (Canadian and Permanent Residents). International students are required to be given an additional stipend amount of $5,000 by the professor, totaling $23,000 annually.

    We do NOT take on self-funded students.  We DO take on students who have “third-party” funding – for example a government-sponsored scholarship or a research award.  A student CAN apply without having a professor – but there is no guarantee of admission.

    Academic Prerequisites

    PhD.: Master’s degree in Applied Science (MASc) or Engineering (MEng)

    Degree Requirements

    • Successful completion of 4 graduate-level courses
    • Successful completion of MECH 997 (regular attendance and presenting of your research)
    • Successful completion of Part A Comprehensive Exam (3 oral exams – 4 months after the start of the program)
    • Successful completion of Part B Comprehensive Exam (written report and oral presentation of your research – usually 16 months after the start the program).
    • Successful completion of final Thesis Exam (oral presentation of your body of written research)

    For more information, visit the PhD webpage here.

  • What is Academic Integrity?

    Engineers have a duty to:

    • act at all times with devotion to the high ideals of personal honour and professional integrity
    • give proper credit for engineering work

    Professional Engineers Ontario Code of Ethics, Section 77 of the O. Reg. 941

    As engineers, it is expected you behave with integrity when completing your work. These policies are not meant to prohibit collaboration amongst students. Instead, they are implemented to insure credit is given to the author(s). Queen’s University takes a firm stand against plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. It is expected that any and all work submitted bears the names of all those contributing to it, and that you do not permit others to copy your work.

    All students are expected to familiarize themselves with these policies and to conduct themselves accordingly.

    Academic Integrity is a commitment to the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Academic Integrity concerns refer to issues that may involve a departure from those fundamental values. This includes, but is not limited to,

    • Plagiarism
    • Use of unauthorized materials
    • Facilitation
    • Forgery
    • Falsification

    Coursework related departures from Academic Integrity

    Should a student’s submitted coursework be suspected of containing evidence of academic dishonesty, action shall be taken, as required by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences or the School of Graduate Studies, or both. Should a student be found guilty of departing from academic integrity, an instructor has the authority to impose any of the following sanctions,

    • an oral or written warning;
    • a requirement that the student attend an educational program/workshop;
    • a requirement that the student submit a revised or new piece of work;
    • a partial or total loss of marks for the originally submitted piece of work;
    • a reduction of the final grade in the course, which may include failure of the course

    Master’s Essay, Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Dissertation related departures from Academic Integrity

    Should a student be found guilty of departing from academic and/or research integrity for the research conducted for an essay, thesis or dissertation, and/or an essay, thesis or dissertation document itself, the Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies may,

    • Recommend withdrawal from the university for the maximum allowable period of time
    • Recommend that the student’s degree be rescinded

    All students are recommended to review the School of Graduate Studies Academic Integrity Policy.



    More information can be found by consulting the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science policy on Departure From Academic Integrity (DFAI), the School of Graduate Studies Academic Integrity Policy, or the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement. Further information can also be found by contacting the Graduate Advisor at mme.graduate@queensu.ca.

    Resources used to create this page were taken from the School of Graduate Studies, The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Application and Course Selection

    Applying to Graduate Studies in MME

    For general information on applying to graduate studies at Queen's, please see the School of Graduate Studies website on Application Process. The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for the initial application process. 

    Full details including Awards/Scholarships, testing requirements, preparing for graduate studies and other documentation are clearly outlined on the School of Graduate Studies website.  

    Applicants are responsible for monitoring their own application process via the School of Graduate Studies portal.  The department does not send updates on application status.  Only successful applicants will be contacted.  

    The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) does not use Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to assess applications in any way. We ask that you do NOT submit GRE's with your application. Applicants are asked to submit two references/referees. This is to be done AFTER the application fee is paid. At this point, an email will be sent to your references, asking them to respond. 

    Students CAN upload their transcript electronically to the Graduate School's website. If the MME department determines we are willing to admit you, you will be asked to mail or courier an official, original transcript to the Queen's School of Graduate Studies at: 

    School of Graduate Studies 
    Gordon Hall, Room 425
    74 Union Street
    Queen's University
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6


    Course Selection

    How do I decide which courses to take?

    Look at the list of courses offered for Fall, Winter and Summer terms. Once the schedule is arranged, decide which courses best suit or “fit” your education/background. If you cannot decide on your own, set up an advising appointment. See the MEng Coordinator for the MEng program or your Supervisor if you are in a thesis-based program – MASc & PhD.

    How do I register in my graduate courses?

    Graduate students in MME register for their courses on paper using an “ACF” – Academic Change Form. Your name, student id number and program are important – please write that information at the top of the form. Where it says, “ADD” [near the bottom left side of the form] you'll see a place to fill in the courses that you wish to take.

    When do I register in my graduate courses?

    Graduate students in MME register for their courses during the first 3 weeks of the semester.  We recommend students talk to instructors by attending the introductory classes for all courses they are interested in during the first few weeks of the semester.  There is no pre-registration for new students in the fall term.

    Can I take any course offered?

    Talk to the Graduate Assistant about the requirements for your degree program in MME. There are limits on the level, type and number of courses you can take. As well, you may need your supervisor’s approval and the signature of either the MEng Coordinator or Graduate Coordinator. See degree requirement for your program above.

  • What are the English Language Requirements?

    For the most up to date information, please refer to the School of Graduate Studies Application Process website - Step 3: checking for any Testing Requirements

    Any applicant who has recently studied for at least one complete year at a university where English is the official language of instruction may be exempt from the English language proficiency test.

    An applicant requesting a waiver of the English language proficiency test for this reason should do so in writing and submit it with the application.  The Registrar of the School of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the department, will make a decision in this case.

    To make this request, send your email to the Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies and include your FULL names and your applicant id # (NOT the Queen’s student id number).  You will need to include in your reasons for making the request in your email.

  • What is SOLUS?

    SOLUS is the online tool used by all students and staff at Queen's to mange primarily your academic and financial details during your academic career at Queen's University.  It is very important to ensure your address is up to date as well as check your registration status at the start of each term.  Your tuition charges will also show here.  If you are ever in doubt about your student status, SOLUS is the first place to review your account.  

    For more information and tips, please see SOLUS Central on the Queen's Registrar page.

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