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Why PhD?

The best way to pursue your research passion and make a substantial contribution to engineering knowledge and practice while earning the highest degree sought after by leading practitioners, researchers, and educators.

Why Queen’s University for your PhD?

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University has leading-edge faculty, state of the art facilities and an outstanding program to help you explore your research interests. Our students have the opportunity to engage in international collaboration as well as inter-disciplinary research with other departments at Queen's.

Program Details

The requirements for completion are four term courses beyond the Master’s degree, a comprehensive examination and a successfully defended thesis. The objective of the comprehensive exam is to establish to the satisfaction of the Department that the student has a sound proposal for PhD research, an effective grasp of his/her main and related areas of study and the ability to handle facts, new ideas and concepts at the PhD level. The exam must be completed within four to eighteen months of registering in the PhD program.

Financial Assistance:

Qualified students in a research degree program can expect to receive competitive financial support during their graduate tenure, as long as they maintain acceptable academic standing. Departmental funding sources may include research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and Queen’s Graduate Assistantship awards. First class students are automatically considered for entrance into competition for Queen’s Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships, and these are also encouraged to enter significant provincial (OGS, Ontario Graduate Scholarship) and national (NSERC) scholarship competitions, if eligible.


For a Ph.D., a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and a Bachelor 's Degree in Engineering or Science is required. Direct entry to a PhD. from a B.Sc. is possible in exceptional circumstances.

The minimum academic requirement for admission is a cumulative average of 70% or a B- or a GPA of 2.7/4.0. Proficiency in English is a requirement for admission. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to obtain satisfactory standing in English language proficiency tests before their application can be considered for admission. The minimum score is 550 for TOEFL2 (paper based) or 88 for TOEFL (internet based).

The above are the minimum requirements. Individual programs may have higher entrance requirements. Details by program can be found here: Application Requirements Table.