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Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada: Guide for International Students

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
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 Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada is a 1 to 2 year graduate program offered as a Master of Engineering (MEng) or Master of Applied Science (MASc) program with thesis and research-based options. MEng. and MASc programs are offered either as mainstream programs in environmental engineering or as a specialization in civil or chemical engineering departments in Canadian universities.

  • The total program fee of universities offering masters in environmental engineering in Canada is between 21,700 CAD to 58,000 CAD. 
  • Of the 37 engineering schools of Canada offering environmental studies, only 7 offer an environmental engineering degree.
  • The average salary of MEng. and MASc in Environmental Engineering in Canada is 77,000 CAD/year and 64,000 CAD/year respectively. 

Why Study the Masters of Environmental Engineering in Canada

Some of the reasons for studying masters in environmental engineering in Canada are provided below: 

  • Environmental Engineers rank 3rd amongst “Best Engineering Jobs” by The USA News and Canada ranks 4 amongst the most popular countries for environmental engineering studies.
  • The UAlberta, UToronto and UBC are ranked amongst top 50 universities for Environmental Engineering by Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019.
  • The graduate employment rate for students completing masters in environmental engineering from Canada is 89% 
  • Median salary of masters in environmental engineering graduates is 97,008 CAD against bachelors in environmental engineering graduates with a median salary of 80,003 CAD.
  • Environmental engineers in Alberta earn average salaries 8.5% higher than national average 74,427 CAD/year.
Salary Comparison of Environmental Engineers vs. Others in Canada

Top Universities for Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada

The table given below enlists the top universities in Canada offering masters in environmental engineering as a mainstream program: 

UniversityTHE World University Rankings 2020Programs OfferedProgram Cost (in CAD)
University of Ottawa141MEng. (2 years)
MASc (2 years)
$54,420
$46,734
Dalhousie University251-300MEng.(2 years)
MASc (2 years)
$38,356
$35,668
Carleton University501-600MEng. (2 years)
MASc (2 years)
$67,458
$57,819
University of Guelph501-600MEng. (1 year)
MASc (2 years)
$21,751
$41,028
Concordia University601-800MEng. (1 year)$26,325
University of Windsor601-800MEng. (1 year)
MASc (2 years)
$30,000
$45,300
Lakehead University601-800MSc Eng. (2 years)$54,000

Following are some other popular universities of Canada offering environmental engineering as a specialization of Master of Civil Engineering:

UniversityTHE World University Ranking 2020Programs OfferedProgram Fees (in CAD)
University of Toronto18MEng (1 year)
MASc (2 years)
$61,507
$52,094
University of British Columbia34MEng. Environmental Systems Engineering (1 year)
MASc Environmental Systems Engineering (2 years)
$21,057
$17,904
McGill University42MEng. (2 years)
MScA Bioresource Engineering: Environmental Engineering (2 years)
$18,110
University of Alberta136MEng. Environmental Engineering (9 months)
MSc (1.5 years)
10,500 CAD
14,198 CAD
University of Calgary201-250MEng. (8 months)
MSc (2 years)
$18,660
$17,208
University of Waterloo201-250MEng.(1 year)
MASc (2 years)
$11,508
$14,084
Western University201-250MEng. (1 year)
MESc (2 years)
$33,538
$43,494

Course Details for Masters in Environmental Engineering

Masters in Environmental Engineering is designed with the purpose of creating a sustainable environment and finding solutions for industrial issues negatively impacting the environment. Various specializations offered in masters in environmental engineering in Canada are Coastal Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Ecological Engineering and Water Resources Engineering.

Syllabus of masters in environmental engineering includes: 

  • Environment Microbiology
  • Process Emission and Control
  • Risk Management and Reliability Engineering
  • Land Engineering and Water Management
  • Environmental Risks: Hazard, Assessment and Management
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Environment Chemistry
  • Biotechnological Processes of Environment Engineering

Masters in Environmental Engineering: Admission Process

A 4-year bachelor's degree in environmental or related engineering discipline is required to apply for MEng in Environmental Engineering in Canada. Similarly, a bachelor's degree in environmental science is required for masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada admissions. 

How To Apply

International students should apply before the deadlines in one the two ways:

  • Directly to the university by completing an online application in the university’s official website or the university’s application portal
  • External application agencies such as ApplyAlberta for universities of Alberta and OUAC for Ontario universities

Steps To Be Followed

  1. Apply online along with the receipt of the application fee
  2. Upload scanned transcripts and supporting documents online
  3. Check the student's portal/ID for updates about the decisions. 

Eligibility for Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada

Prospective international students must fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria listed below to apply for masters in environmental engineering in Canada: 

  • Minimum 16 years of education mandating a 10+2+4 breakup
    • MEng: Four-year bachelor degree in civil, environmental or other related engineering disciplines 
    • MASc: A honors bachelor’s degree in environmental science disciplines or related fields.
  • Work experience in a related field (recommended)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Admission eligibility criteria for universities offering masters in environmental engineering in Canada is tabulated below

UniversityMinimum Grade RequiredEnglish Language Requirement
University of Ottawa60% overallTOEFL (iBT): 100
IELTS: 7.0
Dalhousie University78% overallTOEFL (iBT): 92;
IELTS: 7.0
Carleton UniversityEngineering program courses in mathematics, probability, and statistics with 82% overallTOEFL (iBT): 86;
IELTS: 6.5;
PTE: 60
University of Guelph70% in the last two years of undergraduate studyTOEFL (iBT): 89;
IELTS: 6.5
Concordia University78% overallTOEFL (iBT): 85;
IELTS: 6.5;
PTE: 57
University of Windsor70% with no backlogs in an undergraduate degreeTOEFL (iBT): 92;
IELTS: 6.5
Lakehead University70% average, or equivalent in disciplines of engineering or natural scienceTOEFL (iBT): 80;
IELTS: 6.5;
PTE: 58
University of Toronto78% overallTOEFL (iBT): 93;
PBT: 580;
IELTS: 7.0
University of British Columbia65% overallTOEFL (iBT): 100;
IELTS: 7.0;
PTE: 65
McGill University78% overall or 82% in last two years of studyTOEFL (iBT): 94;
IELTS: 7.0
University of AlbertaFor MEng: 85% overall
For MASc: 60% overall
TOEFL (iBT): 91;
IELTS: 6.5;
PTE: 59
University of Calgary78% overallTOEFL (iBT): 86;
IELTS: 6.5;
PTE: 59
University of Waterloo75% overallTOEFL (iBT): 80
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60

Supporting Documents Required for Masters in Environmental Engineering Admission

International students are recommended to submit all necessary supporting documents to the university within the specified deadlines: 

  • Scanned front and back digital copies of the official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous post-secondary study
  • Official academic documents along with certified literal English translations
  • GRE test score
  • 2-3 letters of reference
  • Resume/CV highlighting academic achievements and professional experience
  • Statement of Intent
  • Financial Affidavits to provide proof of funding
  • Official ID including passport

Cost of Studying Masters in Environmental Engineering In Canada

International students should consider availability of both the pre-admission as well as the post-admission cost before applying for masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada. The cost of studying in Canada and living expenses vary between 20,000 CAD- 30,000 CAD per year for an international student.

Pre-arrival Cost

The pre-arrival costs include the one-time expenses incurred for the students which includes the following:

Expense TypeCost (in CAD)
Application Fee95-156
IELTS Fee309
TOEFL Fee210-330
Air travel350-1200
Health Insurance600-800

Tuition Fee of Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada

Annual fees of MEng in Environmental Engineering is more than MASc in Environmental Engineering for all the Canadian universities. 

Tuition Fee of Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada

Living Costs of Canada

Apart from the tuition fees, international students should also consider the living cost while studying in Canada. It is largely dependent on the level of program, the university enrolled, lifestyle etc..Housing cost includes the major portion of living cost apart from other expenses. 

Following table details the estimated living cost in the Canada for international students: 

TypeExpenses per year (in CAD)
Housing & Accommodation$4,000 – $8,000
Food$1,500 – $3,000
Traveling$980
Books and Study Materials$1,000 – $2,000
Clothing$900 – $1,100
Misc. expenses$1,000 – $2,000

Scholarships for Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada

The leading universities award merit and need-based scholarships to international students in Canada. Apart from this, international students can also apply for funding provided by the Canadian government and other external sources.

UniversityScholarshipAmount
University of TorontoInternational MASc student funding42,050 CAD
University of British ColumbiaMEng: Teaching assistantships & Marker position;
MASc: Affiliated Fellowships Program;
International Tuition Award
About 100 hrs/term @ 30 CAD/hr & 14 CAD/hr respectively;
175 CAD - 16,000 CAD/year;
Tuition fee waiver
McGill UniversityResearch assistantships;
Provost Graduate Fellowship
1375 CAD/month;
4000 CAD in the first year of study
University of AlbertaLalmohan Samantaraya International Graduate Award in Engineering;
Pansy and George Strange Graduate Scholarship
Varies
University of OttawaInternational Admission Scholarship;
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
7500 CAD/year;
15000 CAD/year
University of CalgaryAlberta Innovates Graduate Studentship in Health;
Mackenzie King Open Scholarship
Up to 30,000 CAD/year;
8500 CAD
University of WaterlooInternational Masters Award of Excellence;
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2500 CAD/term for max. 5 terms;
Up to 15,000/year
Western UniversityMESc Graduate FundingUp to 13,000 CAD + tuition
Carleton UniversityOntario Graduate Scholarship5000 CAD/term
Dalhousie UniversityInternational Differential Fee ScholarshipBased on academic excellence and research accomplishments
Concordia UniversityConcordia International Tuition Award of ExcellenceUp to 37,915 CAD
University of WindsorMASc: Graduate Entrance Scholarships7500 CAD/year (non-renewable)

Scope of Environmental Engineering in Canada

With the increase in mining, manufacturing, and industry producing a lot of pollution and waste, the demand for environmental engineers has grown up by several folds. Their job description includes designing, planning, and implementing measures to prevent, control, or remediate environmental hazards. 

Professional Engineers registered with a provincial association can only work as an environmental engineer. The diverse career opportunities include Air quality engineer, Environmental process design engineer, Solid waste or hazardous waste management engineer, Water quality specialist, Environmental monitoring etc. 

The potential roles handled by environmental engineers include:

  • Performing an environmental impact assessment
  • Execution of alternative methods and management of solid & water waste
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Air & water pollution management
  • Designing and managing systems for water supply and treatment
  • Ensure companies work in compliance with all environmental regulations. 
  • Landfill design and operation

Canada’s top 5 firms recruiting graduates with a master's degree in environmental engineering are CIMA+, DST Consulting Engineers Inc., ICF International, McElhanney, QM Environmental, Stantec, SNC-Lavalin Inc, Teck Resources Ltd.

Salaries of Environmental Engineers in Canada

Environmental engineers work on technologies and processes to control pollution releases and clean up existing contamination to improve environmental conditions. They play a vital role in the formation of public policy to regulate the land, air and water resources for generations to come. Apart from working as an environmental engineer, students can also study a doctoral program in environmental engineering after completion of masters degree. 

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