Summary

  • Degree offered: Master of Applied Science (MASc)
  • Registration status options: Full-time; Part-time
  • Language of instruction: English

Most of the courses in this program are offered in English. Research activities can be conducted in English, French, or both, depending on the language used by the professor and the members of his or her research group.

Program Description

Ottawa-Carleton Joint Program

Established in 2000, the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCIEE) combines the teaching and research strengths of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa with that of the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University.

The Institute offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering (MASc), Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering (MASc) Specialization in Environmental Sustainability, a Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Engineering.

Main Areas of Research

  • Water and waste processing or treatment
  • Management of solid and hazardous waste
  • Air pollution
  • Water resources and groundwater management

Note: Further information is posted on the departmental website.

Learning Outcomes

  • Autonomy in conducting research
  • Autonomy in preparing scholarly publications

Other Programs Offered Within the Same Discipline or in a Related Area

  • Master of Applied Science Civil Engineering (MASc)
  • Master of Applied Science Environmental Engineering Specialization Environmental Sustainability (MASc)
  • Master of Applied Science Civil Engineering Specialization in Science, Society and Policy (MASc)
  • Master of Engineering Environmental Engineering (MEng)
  • Master of Engineering Civil Engineering (MEng)
  • Doctorate in Philosophy Environmental Engineering (PhD)
  • Doctorate in Philosophy Civil Engineering (PhD)

Fees and Funding

  • Program fees:

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies.

International students enrolled in a French-language program of study may be eligible for a differential tuition fee exemption.

Notes

  • Programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies and by the general regulations of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCIEE).
  • In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to complete their assignments, examinations, research papers, and theses in French or in English.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Engineering

161 Louis-Pasteur, Colonel By Hall, Room B111
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
K1N 6N5
 

Tel.: 613-562-5800 x6189

Email: engineering.grad@uottawa.ca
 

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines Fall term Winter term Summer term
Canadian students May 1 November 1 -
International students March 1 July 1 -
  • Applications received after the deadline will only be considered based on the availability of space and funding.
  • The admission period may close before the anticipated deadline if an excessive number of applications are received.
  • Our departments often start examining applications when they receive them. In most cases, letters of offer to eligible candidates are sent within a few weeks of having received complete application packages.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have one of the following:
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major in environmental engineering (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70% (B);
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major in related engineering disciplines (civil, chemical, mechanical, etc.) with a minimum average of 70% (B);
    • An honours bachelor’s degree with specialization or a major in environmental science disciplines with a minimum average of 70% (B).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.
  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.
  • Identify at least one professor who is willing to supervise your research and thesis.
    • We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.
    • To register, you need to have been accepted by a thesis supervisor.
    • The supervisor’s name is required at the time of application.
  • Meet the following additional requirements:
    • All students entering the program are required to have courses in mathematics, probability and statistics equivalent to courses required in undergraduate engineering programs.
    • All students entering the program are also required to have taken three undergraduate courses equivalent to the following University of Ottawa courses:
      • CHG 2312 or CVG 2116
      • CVG 2132
      • CVG 3132
      • These courses are considered to provide the minimum background in fluid mechanics, and in physical, chemical, and biochemical treatment principles, necessary to adequately follow environmental engineering courses at the graduate level. Depending on their background, students may have been exposed to these principles through a different combination of courses in their undergraduate curriculum. Students entering the program without an equivalent background in these topics are expected to take these courses early in their studies and they are considered additional to those normally required for the degree. The undergraduate courses required are specified in the certificate of admission.

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (internet-based); or
  • IELTS: 6.5 Overall – 5.0 Individual (paper-based or internet-based); or
  • An equivalent language test.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.

Notes

  • The admission requirements listed above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Admissions are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies and by the general regulations of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCIEE).
  • Research facilities are shared between the two campuses. Students have access to the professors, courses and facilities at both universities; however, the choice of research supervisor will determine the primary campus location of the student. It will also determine which university awards the degree.

Documents Required for Admission

In addition to the documents required for graduate and postdoctoral studies, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • A resume
  • A letter of intent or motivation

Letter outlining your professional goals and proposed research area.

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with their work.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended:
    • Official transcripts from all universities attended must be submitted.
      This applies to all courses and programs at any university you attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    • If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
  • preference form

Note: Documents that are not required for admission will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Information about how to apply to this program is available under the Apply Now section.

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the deadline indicated above.

 Master’s with Thesis

The Department may require students to take additional courses, depending on their backgrounds.

Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory Courses:
15 optional course units in environmental engineering (EVG) at the graduate level 115 Units
Seminar:
EVG 5800Seminar for Master's Candidates in Environmental Engineering 21 Unit
Thesis:
EVG 7999Master's Thesis 3, 40 Unit

Note(s)

1

A minimum of 3 course units must be selected from at least three of the following areas of study:

  • Air pollution
  • Water resources management, groundwater management and contaminant transport
  • Water and waste water treatment
  • Management of solid, hazardous, and radioactive waste and pollution prevention
  • Environmental impact assessment
2

This course involves the presentation of a seminar and regular attendance at the departmental seminar series.

3

Presentation and defense of a thesis based on original research carried out under the direct supervision of a research faculty member in the Department. The choice of the supervisor will determine the primary campus location of the student. It will also determine which university awards the degree.

4

Students are responsible for ensuring they have met all of the thesis requirements.

List of Optional Courses 

Course selection is subject to the approval of the advisor or the advisory committee.  Students may choose courses offered at either university from among those listed below. 

The courses listed below are grouped by area of study.  Students must complete at least one course in three of the five areas. The director will decide when a course offered under a special topics or directed studies heading can be considered to meet the requirements of a given area.  Course descriptions may be found in the departmental sections of the calendars concerned. 

Air Pollution
CVG 7161Traffic Related Air Pollution3 Units
CVG 7162Ambient Air Quality and Pollution Modelling3 Units
CHG 8132Adsorption Separation Processes3 Units
EVG 5101Air Pollution Control3 Units
EVG 7104Indoor Air Quality3 Units
Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management, and Contaminant Transport
CVG 5124Coastal Engineering3 Units
CVG 5125Statistical Methods Hydrology3 Units
CVG 5154Random Vibration3 Units
CVG 5160Sediment Transport3 Units
CVG 5162River Hydraulics3 Units
CVG 7108Seepage and Water Flow Through Soils3 Units
CVG 7163Case Studies in Hydrogeology3 Units
CHG 8158Porous Media3 Units
GEO 5143Environmental Isotopes and Groundwater Geochemistry3 Units
GEO 5146Techniques of Groundwater Resources Evaluation3 Units
GEO 5147Geochemistry of Natural Waters3 Units
GEO 5148Theory of Flow and Contaminant Transport in Geological Materials3 Units
EVG 7301Contaminant Hydrology3 Units
EVG 7303Multiphase Flow in Soils3 Units
Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste and Pollution Prevention
CVG 5133Solid Waste Disposal3 Units
CVG 5179Anaerobic Digestion3 Units
CVG 5331Sludge Utilization and Disposal3 Units
EVG 5203Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management3 Units
EVG 7201Geo-Environmental Engineering3 Units
EVG 7202Contaminant Fate Mechanisms3 Units
Water and Wastewater Treatment
CVG 5130Wastewater Treatment Process Design3 Units
CVG 5132Unit Operations of Water Treatment3 Units
CVG 5134Chemistry for Environmental Engineering3 Units
CVG 5137Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Analysis3 Units
CVG 5138Advanced Water Treatment3 Units
CVG 7160Biofilm Processes in Waste-Water Treatment3 Units
CVG 5180Biological Nutrient Removal3 Units
CVG 5232Unit Operations of Water Treatment Lab1.5 Units
CVG 5238Advanced Water Treatment Process Lab1.5 Units
CHG 8181Biochemical Engineering3 Units
CHG 8192Membrane Application in Environmental Engineering3 Units
CHG 8198Reverse Osmosis3 Units
Environmental Impact Assessment
EVG 7401Environmental Impact Assessment of Major Projects3 Units
CVG 5139Environmental Assessment of Civil Engineering Projects3 Units
Other Courses
EVG 6108Directed Studies I3 Units
EVG 6109Directed Studies II3 Units
EVG 6300Special Topics in Environmental Engineering I3 Units
EVG 6301Special Topics in Environmental Engineering II3 Units
EVG 6302Special Topics in Environmental Engineering III3 Units
EVG 7402Finite Elements in Field Problems3 Units
CHG 8153Stat. Model and Cont. Dyna. Proc.3 Units
GNG 5121Planning of Experiments in Engineering Design3 Units
GNG 5122Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma3 Units
Dynamic Processes
CHG 8186Modelling of Steady-State Processes3 Units
CHG 8194Membrane Separation Processes3 Units
CHG 8195Advanced Numerical Methods in Transport Phenomena3 Units
Transport Phenomena
CHG 8196Interfacial Phenomena in Engineering3 Units
CVG 7140Statistics, Probabilities and Decision-Making3 Units
CVG 7150Intercity Transportation, Planning and Management3 Units
CVG 7151Traffic Engineering3 Units
CVG 7153Urban Transportation and Management3 Units

Minimum Requirements

The passing grade in all courses is B.

Students who fail six units, or the thesis proposal, or whose research progress report is deemed unsatisfactory are required to withdraw from the program.

Fast-track from Master’s to PhD

Students enrolled in the master’s program in environmental engineering at the University of Ottawa may be eligible to fast-track directly into the doctoral program without writing a master’s thesis. For additional information, please contact the graduate studies office of the Faculty of Engineering.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Engineering

Areas of research:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

Course selection is subject to the approval of the advisor or the advisory committee. Students may choose courses offered at either university from among those listed below.

The courses listed below are grouped by area of study. Students must complete at least one course in three of the five areas. The director will decide when a course offered under a special topics or directed studies heading can be considered to meet the requirements of a given area. Course descriptions may be found in the departmental sections of the calendars concerned. Only a selection of courses given in a particular academic year.

EVG 5001 Biofilm Processes in Wastewater Treatment (3 crédits / 3 units)

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

EVG 5101 Air Pollution Control (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5101 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 5203 Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5203 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 5800 Seminar for Master's Candidates in Environmental Engineering (1 crédits)

Ce cours est équivalent à ENVE 5800 à la Carleton University.

Volet : Recherche

EVG 5801 Seminar for Doctoral Candidates in Environmental Engineering (3 crédits)

Ce cours est équivalent à ENVE 7800 à la Carleton University.

Volet : Recherche

EVG 6001 Projet en génie de l'environnement / Environmental Engineering Project (6 crédits / 6 units)

Ce cours est équivalent à ENVE 5900 à la Carleton University. / This course is equivalent to ENVE 5900 at Carleton University.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVG 6108 Directed Studies I (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5906 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Research

EVG 6109 Directed Studies II (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5907 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Research

EVG 6300 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering I (3 units)

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 6301 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering II (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5701 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 6302 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering III (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5702 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 6508 Études dirigées I (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

EVG 6509 Études dirigées II (3 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

EVG 7104 Indoor Air Quality (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5104 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 7201 Geo-Environmental Engineering (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5201 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 7202 Contaminant Fate Mechanisms (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5202 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 7301 Contaminant Hydrology (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5301 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 7303 Multiphase Flow in Soils (3 units)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5303 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

EVG 7401 Environmental Impact Assessment of Major Projects (3 crédits)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5401 at Carleton University.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVG 7402 Finite Elements in Field Problems (3 crédits)

This course is equivalent to ENVE 5402 at Carleton University.

Volet : Cours magistral

EVG 7999 Thèse de M.Sc.A. / Master's Thesis

Ce cours est équivalent à ENVE 5909 à la Carleton University. / This course is equivalent to ENVE 5909 at Carleton University.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVG 9998 Examen de synthèse / Comprehensive Examination

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EVG 9999 Thèse de doctorat / Ph.D. Thesis

Ce cours est équivalent à ENVE 6909 à la Carleton University. / This course is equivalent to ENVE 6909 at Carleton University.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research