The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Master's
    • Professional
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Additional program information 
    • Important notice for MEng applicants: applicants to the MEng program are expected to be entirely self funded. No financial assistance will be provided from the Department of Chemical Engineering or the University of Waterloo.
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A 75% overall standing in the last two years, or equivalent, in a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      at least 1 academic.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Coursework option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students with a Chemical Engineering background must complete 8 graduate courses (0.50 unit weight per course). Within these courses:
      • At least 2 must be core CHE courses, as listed below.
      • No more than 2 may be 500 level or held with courses.
      • No more than 1 may be a reading course.
    • Students with a Non-Chemical Engineering background must complete 8 graduate courses (0.50 unit weight per course). Within these courses:
      • At least 3 must be core CHE courses, as listed below.
      • No more than 2 may be 500 level or held with courses.
      • No more than 1 may be a reading course.
    • At least 5 of the courses for degree requirements must be Chemical Engineering graduate courses.
    • Core CHE courses:
      • CHE 610 Transport Phenomena
      • CHE 612 Interfacial Phenomena
      • CHE 620 Applied Engineering Mathematics
      • CHE 622 Statistics in Engineering
      • CHE 630 Chemical Reactor Analysis
      • CHE 640 Principles of Polymer Science
      • CHE 660 Principles of Biochemical Engineering
      • NANO 701 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (two 0.25 credit NANO 701 modules)
      • NANO 702 Nanotechnology Tools (two 0.25 credit NANO 702 modules)
    • Because the Master of Engineering degree does not contain a research component, graduates of this program are not eligible for continuation in the Chemical Engineering Department’s doctoral program.
    • Graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering are numbered as 600 or 700 series courses and are assigned a unit weight of 0.50, which means that they are one-term courses as defined in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.
    • Only courses taken within five years prior to the completion of the MEng degree may be counted for credit towards a degree, unless a request for revalidation is granted.
    • Students must achieve a:
      • Minimum cumulative average of 70%.
      • Minimum grade of 65% in each individual non-core course.
      • Minimum grade of 70% in each core course.
      • Note: Probationary students may have specific grade requirements, which will be specified in their admission letter.
    • Each student is responsible for monitoring their own academic records and must immediately notify the Graduate Coordinator of any inadequate grade or average.
    • At least 50% of the final grade in core courses will be determined by a final written exam.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master's Seminar
    • Over the course of their degree program, full-time students must attend 12 seminars from departments and research institutions where Chemical Engineering faculty members have a membership. The Chemical Engineering seminars are documented in the Events section of the Chemical Engineering Department website.
    • Note: Part-time students are not required to fulfill this requirement.
    • Note: At Chemical Engineering seminars, attendance is documented. At other approved seminars, students must complete an attendance form and get it signed by the seminar organizer. Full instructions are available on the Department website.