Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

As a degree that is typically the first step toward a career in research, the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (M.Sc) program is designed to give students the firm foundation they need to achieve greater things. Besides taking courses in chemical/petroleum engineering fundamentals, each student produces and defends a thesis. Engineering fundamentals are usually the thesis topics for the M.Sc. This focus stands in contrast with the M.Eng. thesis, which is typically aimed on an industrial problem.

Completing this program

  • Courses (Excluding Petroleum Engineering): Topics may include mass transfer, chemical reactor design, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and more.
  • Professional Development Courses: Students take two professional development courses on communication styles, presentation skills and more.
  • International Internship: Students may participate in an international project outside of Canada for between four and six months.
  • Petroleum Engineering: Core courses include Reservoir Simulation, Secondary and Tertiary Recovering, Thermal Recovery Methods and more.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original thesis.



Oil and gas, medicine, education, government sector, research and consulting. Process engineer, petroleum reservoir engineer, petroleum production engineer, environmental engineer, software development, documentation for chemical process/petroleum reservoir simulation software, sales.

A master of science degree in chemical and petroleum engineering will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Three to five courses, depending on specialization

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • Two official copies of your final official transcripts and degree certificates (if degree is not clearly stated on transcripts) in signed sealed envelopes from institution attended.  These documents may be sent to us directly from the institution or you can have the documents mailed to yourself and then mail them to us.  We do not considered open official transcripts as official.  
  • Statement of Interest (not mandatory)
  • CV (not mandatory)

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: July 15 application deadline
  • International students: Mar. 15 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 15 application deadline
  • International students: July 15 application deadline

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Nov. 15 application deadline


If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

ENB 202, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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