Masters in Environmental Engineering in Canada: Guide for International Students

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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: 

    University THE World University Rankings 2020 Programs Offered Program Cost (in CAD)
    University of Ottawa 141 MEng. (2 years)
    MASc (2 years)
    Dalhousie University 251-300 MEng.(2 years)
    MASc (2 years)
    Carleton University 501-600 MEng. (2 years)
    MASc (2 years)
    University of Guelph 501-600 MEng. (1 year)
    MASc (2 years)
    Concordia University 601-800 MEng. (1 year) $26,325
    University of Windsor 601-800 MEng. (1 year)
    MASc (2 years)
    Lakehead University 601-800 MSc Eng. (2 years) $54,000

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

    University THE World University Ranking 2020 Programs Offered Program Fees (in CAD)
    University of Toronto 18 MEng (1 year)
    MASc (2 years)
    University of British Columbia 34 MEng. Environmental Systems Engineering (1 year)
    MASc Environmental Systems Engineering (2 years)
    McGill University 42 MEng. (2 years)
    MScA Bioresource Engineering: Environmental Engineering (2 years)
    University of Alberta 136 MEng. Environmental Engineering (9 months)
    MSc (1.5 years)
    10,500 CAD
    14,198 CAD
    University of Calgary 201-250 MEng. (8 months)
    MSc (2 years)
    University of Waterloo 201-250 MEng.(1 year)
    MASc (2 years)
    Western University 201-250 MEng. (1 year)
    MESc (2 years)

    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

    University Minimum Grade Required English Language Requirement
    University of Ottawa 60% overall TOEFL (iBT): 100
    IELTS: 7.0
    Dalhousie University 78% overall TOEFL (iBT): 92;
    IELTS: 7.0
    Carleton University Engineering program courses in mathematics, probability, and statistics with 82% overall TOEFL (iBT): 86;
    IELTS: 6.5;
    PTE: 60
    University of Guelph 70% in the last two years of undergraduate study TOEFL (iBT): 89;
    IELTS: 6.5
    Concordia University 78% overall TOEFL (iBT): 85;
    IELTS: 6.5;
    PTE: 57
    University of Windsor 70% with no backlogs in an undergraduate degree TOEFL (iBT): 92;
    IELTS: 6.5
    Lakehead University 70% average, or equivalent in disciplines of engineering or natural science TOEFL (iBT): 80;
    IELTS: 6.5;
    PTE: 58
    University of Toronto 78% overall TOEFL (iBT): 93;
    PBT: 580;
    IELTS: 7.0
    University of British Columbia 65% overall TOEFL (iBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.0;
    PTE: 65
    McGill University 78% overall or 82% in last two years of study TOEFL (iBT): 94;
    IELTS: 7.0
    University of Alberta For MEng: 85% overall
    For MASc: 60% overall
    TOEFL (iBT): 91;
    IELTS: 6.5;
    PTE: 59
    University of Calgary 78% overall TOEFL (iBT): 86;
    IELTS: 6.5;
    PTE: 59
    University of Waterloo 75% overall TOEFL (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 Type Cost (in CAD)
    Application Fee 95-156
    IELTS Fee 309
    TOEFL Fee 210-330
    Air travel 350-1200
    Health Insurance 600-800

    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: 

    Type Expenses 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.

    University Scholarship Amount
    University of Toronto International MASc student funding 42,050 CAD
    University of British Columbia MEng: 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 University Research assistantships;
    Provost Graduate Fellowship
    1375 CAD/month;
    4000 CAD in the first year of study
    University of Alberta Lalmohan Samantaraya International Graduate Award in Engineering;
    Pansy and George Strange Graduate Scholarship
    University of Ottawa International Admission Scholarship;
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    7500 CAD/year;
    15000 CAD/year
    University of Calgary Alberta Innovates Graduate Studentship in Health;
    Mackenzie King Open Scholarship
    Up to 30,000 CAD/year;
    8500 CAD
    University of Waterloo International Masters Award of Excellence;
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    2500 CAD/term for max. 5 terms;
    Up to 15,000/year
    Western University MESc Graduate Funding Up to 13,000 CAD + tuition
    Carleton University Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000 CAD/term
    Dalhousie University International Differential Fee Scholarship Based on academic excellence and research accomplishments
    Concordia University Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence Up to 37,915 CAD
    University of Windsor MASc: Graduate Entrance Scholarships 7500 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.