Study Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Guide for International Students

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    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada is a 1-2 year program depending on the type of degree opted for. It is available as MEng (Masters in Engineering), MS (Masters in Science), MASc. (Masters of Applied Science) and MES (Masters in Engineering Science) degree. The total program fees for MEng degree ranges from 10,500 CAD to 61,500 CAD and MASc. degree ranges from 11,000 CAD to 52,000 CAD. 

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    The course is offered as both thesis and non-thesis program usually followed by an internship or further research work. A graduate (bachelors) in chemical engineering, applied chemistry, or related fields is eligible for making applications with Candian universities offering Masters in Chemical Engineering

    Why Study Chemical Engineering in Canada?

    • According to the QS Ranking, 10 top universities of Canada rank within the top 250 universities for Chemical Engineering worldwide
    • UToronto, UBC, University of Alberta, and the University of Waterloo are ranked within the top 100 universities for chemical engineering worldwide. 
    • The Canadian economy is producing around 400 jobs for chemical engineers annually currently.
    • Over a period of 2017-2026, 3400 new job openings are expected for chemical engineers.
    • According to the latest available figures, the highest hourly median wage could be earned in Calgary, Alberta at an hourly rate of $58.24 while the lowest median wage is provided in Ontario at $34.85/ hour.
    • Chemical engineering postgraduates can explore various sectors for establishing a career. Some of the popular job sectors and current employment of chemical engineers in the same is given below:
    Chemical Engg Employment Sector Wise

    Top Universities Offering Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada

    World Ranking University Program Program Fee (CAD) (approx)
    #18 University of Toronto Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)/Masters in Applied Science (MASc) in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry 61,506 (MEng)
    52,092 (MASc)
    #34 University of British Columbia MEng/Masters of Science (MS) in Chemical and Biological Engineering 21,056 (MEng)
    17,904 (MSc)
    #42 McGill University Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Chemical Engineering 26,000
    #72 McMaster University Master of Applied Science (MASc.) Chemical Engineering 11,180
    #136 University of Alberta Master of Science (MSc.) in Chemical Engineering 10,500 (MEng)
    21,000 (MASc)
    #141 University of Ottawa MASc/ Chemical Engineering 31,900 (MEn)
    54,000 (MAsc)
    #201-250 University of Calgary MEng. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 50,600 (MEng)
    25,400 (MS)
    #201-250 University of Waterloo M.Eng./MASc. in Chemical Engineering 23,000 (MEng)
    13,580 (MASc)
    #201-250 Western University MEng./Masters in Engineering Science (ME.Sc.) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 12,500 (MEng)
    15,400 ( MESc)
    #251-300 Queen’s University M.Eng./MASc. in Chemical Engineering 19,500 (MEng)
    26,000 (MASc)
    #251-300 Dalhousie University MASc/MEng in Chemical Engineering 38,356 (MEng/MASc)
    #401-500 University of Saskatchewan M.Eng./MS. in Chemical Engineering 13,460
    #601-800 Lakehead University MSc. in Chemical Engineering 27,000
    #601-800 Ryerson University MASc./ Chemical Engineering 49,754 (MEng)
    24,877 (MASc)

    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Curriculum

    Most of the master courses in Engineering in Canada are thesis-based for chemical engineering specialization. The course duration mostly is 1 to 2-years; a few universities offer internship programs too. The course in Canada is also offered along with Biochemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering or Biological Engineering as a single program. 

    Curriculum- Both fundamental and applied areas of chemical engineering, such as advanced water technology, environmental engineering, energy, health, and safety management, as well as core chemical engineering concepts that include fluid mechanics, rheology; mass transfer and separation; reaction kinetics and catalysis, heat transfer; thermodynamics; polymer reactor engineering, hydrocarbon P-V-T and biotechnology, computer process control, mathematical modeling, and environmental engineering. 

    Admission Process for Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada

    The admission process for masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada varies from university to university. The admissions are, however, offered mostly in two terms- winter and fall. Some of the top universities in Canada may offer admissions in the summer term. International applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 16 years of education (10+2+4) for applying for master’s in chemical engineering in Canada.

    Where to Apply: International applicants can apply through the official websites of the universities offering the program. Some universities may have an application portal for applicants while others may have an application form.

    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Eligibility Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a related engineering or applied science discipline 
      • A four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
    • Other university-specific admission requirements are tabulated below:
    University Minimum Eligibility Application Deadline
    University of Toronto Average B+ or 77-79% equivalent in the last two years of study. MASc – 3 Feb 2020
    MEng – 2 June
    University of British Columbia First-class or Division 1 (65%) or 8 on a 10 point scale. Closed for the coming term
    McGill University GPA of 3.0 (B) on a scale of 4.0 (83-86%) January 15/August 1
    McMaster University Average of B+ or 77-79% March 1/July 1
    University of Alberta Average GPA of 3.0 on the scale of 4.0 or 83-86% April 1/October 1
    University of Ottawa Average of 70% or grade B January 31/April 30
    University of Calgary GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point March 15
    Waterloo University An average of 75% Closed for the coming term
    Western University For M.Eng- 70% average or Grade equivalent to B
    For M Esc.- 78% or Grade equivalent to A
    July 1, November 1, March 1
    Queen’s University B+ or minimum 77 % in the last year of study Four months prior to the admission cycle
    Dalhousie University GPA of 3.0 (B) on a scale of 4.0 or its equivalent percentage of 83-86%. April 1/August 31/December 31
    University of Saskatchewan Average of 70% or grade B Currently open
    Lakehead University An overall second class or 70% or Grade B February 1
    Ryerson University For MASc.- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.33 on the scale of 4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
    For MEng.- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study

    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Admission Requirements

    The applications for masters in chemical engineering must be submitted along with the following documents: 

    • Transcripts: Applicants are required to submit official transcripts of their previous education. Some institutes may request certified copies of the documents. 
      • International applicants must provide certified English/French language translations for transcripts that are not in English language.
    • Letter of Reference: LORs may be required for admissions in some universities. Applicants are required to submit around 2-3 LORs in most universities for masters in chemical engineering.
    • Statement of Purpose/Statement of Intent: Documents supporting your application form stating your purpose of studying the program or why you opted for the specific university may be required. 
    • Resume/CV: Applicants may be asked to submit a resume or CV with detailed academic and work experiences along with the application.
    • Proof of Language Proficiency: As the medium of instruction is English for most universities, you may be required to submit proof of proficiency. Applicants can submit test scores from TOEFL, IELTS and other standardized English language test scores. 

    The minimum test score requirements for the universities are as follows:

    University TOEFL ibt (minimum score) IELTS (minimum score)
    University of Toronto 93 7.0
    University of British Columbia 90 6.5
    McGill University 90 7.0
    McMaster University 88 7.0
    University of Alberta 92 7.0
    University of Ottawa 79-80 6.5
    University of Calgary 86 6.5
    Waterloo University 90 7.0
    Western University 86 6.0 out of 9.0
    Queen’s University 88 6.5
    Dalhousie University 92 7.0
    University of Saskatchewan 86 6.5
    Lakehead University 80 6.5
    Ryerson University 93 7.0

    Other accepted English standardized tests include Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) etc.

    Note: Some universities may not ask for test scores, if the medium of undergraduate education was English for a non-native English speaking applicant.

    Admission Decision for Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada

    Once the application deadline is over, Universities release their admission decisions within a time frame of 6-8 weeks. The applicants for masters in chemical engineering in Canada are reviewed on overall academic performance and related information available in their CV.

    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Cost of Study

     For an international applicant planning to study in Canada, the costs for studying abroad can be widely distributed into two categories. Expenses before arrival in a country and expenses post-arrival in the country.

    Pre-arrival Costs

    The following table indicates the one-time major costs involved in international student planning to study in Canada.

    Type of Expenses Cost (CAD)
    Program Application Fees 100-150
    Study Permit Application Fees 150
    IELTS Fees 242-249
    TOEFL Fees 210-320

    *Depends on the university

    Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada: Program Fees

    A major contribution to the cost of living in Canada, the tuition fees per year for top universities in Canada is compared in the graph below: 

    MEng and MS/MASc Annual Tuition Fees

    Cost of Studying in Canada

    International students pursuing studies in Canada spend a large sum of money on expenses other than the tuition. These expenses include cost of living, books & material, transportation, etc. The table given below suggests an average of minimum expenses required for studying Masters in Chemical Engineering in top universities of Canada: 

    University Cost of Living (CAD/Year)
    University of Toronto 6,050-11,350
    University of British Columbia 16,954
    McGill University 20,804
    McMaster University 19,000
    University of Alberta 16,000-24,000
    University of Ottawa 10,000-17,000
    University of Waterloo 6,000-20,000
    Western University 25,000
    Dalhousie University 10,890
    University of Saskatchewan 10,000

    Food and beverages cost an international student around 4000-5000 CAD in Canada. 

    Scholarships for Masters in Chemical Engineering Canada

    International applicants are eligible for various government and non-government scholarships available for pursuing masters in Canada. Some of the popular scholarships for studying in Canada are as follows:

    Scholarship Amount Offered (CAD) University
    School of Graduate Studies University-wide awards Around 20 awards with a varied amount depending on the eligibility of the graduate student University of Toronto
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
    Arbour Foundation
    McGill University
    The UAlberta Thesis-Based Master's Recruitment Scholarship 22,000/year University of Alberta
    International Admission Scholarship 7,500/year University of Ottawa
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000/semester McMaster University
    Entrance Awards 9,200-26,000/year Calgary University
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000/semester Western University
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000/semester Lakehead University
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000/semester Ryerson University
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship 5000/semester University of Waterloo

    Job Prospects for Masters in Chemical Engineering in Canada

    Some of the leading careers in Chemical Engineering and median salaries for a postgraduate in that course in Canada are as follows:

    Job Prospects Median Salary (USD/year)
    Chemical Engineer 76,977
    Chemical Process Engineer 92,109
    Chemical Process Operator 92,109
    Lecturer in Chemical Engineering 130,005
    Petrochemical Engineer 64,167
    Polymer Engineer 50,000

    Province-wise median salaries offered to chemical engineering postgraduates are given in the image below:

    Province vs Estimated Median Annual Wage (1000 CAD)

    Chemical and process engineers help to manage natural resources, protect the environment, control health and safety procedures and recycle materials while developing and managing the processes which make the products we use. Apart from this, Chemical engineers also have a myriad of career choices including employment in industry, government sector, research, and medicine, etc.

    It is expected that around 70% of these total jobs will be driven by replacement drive, which suggests that the rise in the need for chemical engineering postgraduates will not decline in the next five years. This makes pursuing a postgraduate degree in chemical engineering an apt course for applicants looking to settle in Canada. 


    1. What are the best universities for masters in chemical engineering in Canada?

    Ans. Some of the top universities to pursue a postgraduate program in chemical engineering are the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, McMasters University, University of Alberta, etc. 

    2. Is the GRE score mandatory for applying for master’s in chemical engineering?

    Ans. A GRE score is not mandatorily required for making applications in Canadian universities offering masters in chemical engineering. It is, however, recommended that international applicants must submit their test scores, if available. 

    3. What is the cost of pursuing masters in chemical engineering from Canada?

    Ans. The minimum cost of pursuing MEng in chemical engineering from Canada is 10,500 CAD and the minimum cost for pursuing MASc/MS in chemical engineering 11,000 CAD for the complete program. For an Indian student, this is equivalent to around 5,69,000 and 5,96,000 INR. 

    4. What is the minimum eligibility for pursuing master’s in chemical engineering in Canada?

    Ans. A graduate in chemical engineering, applied chemistry, or other related fields can apply for the program. The minimum grade required at most of the universities in Canada is B.