Considering Postgraduate Education in Engineering?

When choosing to pursue a graduate degree, many engineers will consider the value proposition of a Master’s or PhD.  Recognizing this, Canada’s five largest engineering schools joined forces in 2013 to consider the question: What is the value of a graduate degree in engineering?”

Over the past two years, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo (members of the Canadian Graduate Engineering Consortium) have hosted 11 panel discussions on this topic. Nearly 50 expert panel members, including industry leaders, recent Master’s and PhD graduates working in Canadian industry, and engineering professors, have answered questions posed by potential graduate students about how graduate studies might affect their career development. The panelists agree that graduate degrees lead to increased earnings, responsibilities and professional satisfaction. You can find our list of frequently asked questions, and the panelists’ aggregate answers, here.

Panelists’ observations include:


“When you have graduate training, you can organize yourself better and you can learn things more quickly. You can outcompete.” 
- Smitha Koduru, PhD,
  Independent Consultant,
  North-East Anthony Henday Drive Project

Expand Your Options

“This investment in learning will improve your whole life. You will move yourself into the market of high-end engineering where you will do work that is inspiring and exciting. These two years will improve your next 50 years.”
- Pearl Sullivan, PhD,
  Dean of Engineering, Waterloo University

Be a Resource

“Graduate education gave me access to more interesting work, because I have the skills to solve more complex problems. Having a PhD means you get pulled into all kinds of projects, even those outside your immediate area.”
- Sylvie Boulanger, PhD,
  Vice-president, Technical Marketing, Supermetal


Quick Links:

Demand for Engineers with Graduate Degrees
Read the labour market report by Engineers Canada about the acute shortage of engineers with postgraduate qualifications.

Explore Your Options
MSc and PhD candidates will need to identify a professor who will agree to supervise them.  You can learn more about our professors and their research interests by exploring our research pages and our research database

Sample Letter of Interest (PDF): Students are encouraged to submit outstanding applications. These templates are examples only.

Funding: The Canada and Post Graduate Scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) provide financial support to students and scholars in natural sciences and engineering.

Our Graduate Programs
If you would like information about graduate programs and admissions, please contact the department offering the area of study that you are interested in:

Biomedical Engineering
Chemical and Materials Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Download our Graduate Studies Viewbook
and Department Inserts

UAlberta Engineering Graduate Viewbook