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Environmental Systems Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

Reach the next level in your engineering career through the University of Regina's environmental systems engineering graduate programs. Gain additional expertise in areas such as:

  • Air quality management
  • Energy and environment
  • Environmental modeling/simulation/optimization
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Industrial air pollution control
  • Risk assessment
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Sustainability and urban development
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Water resources engineering

Admission to environmental systems engineering programs is flexible. Courses start three times every year. Tailor the program to your career goals with several environmental systems engineering degree options.

  • Master of Applied Science – Thesis (30 credit hours) – A research-focused program culminating in a thesis.
  • Master of Applied Science – Co-op (38 credit hours)
  • Master of Engineering – Project (30 credit hours) – Complete a project to combine your academic knowledge with professional experience.
  • Master of Engineering – Co-op (38 credit hours)

Designed for practicing engineers wanting to build their areas of expertise and experience, U of R's environmental systems engineering master’s degree programs leverage project-based learning. Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering and Master of Engineering Co-op students complete two four-month or one eight-month co-op work placement through our Co-operative Education & Internships program. Earn $8,000-$13,000 per semester while you gain firsthand environmental engineering knowledge.

We also offer the following doctoral programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Systems Engineering (60 credit hours) (after Master's degree)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Systems Engineering (63 credit hours) (after MEng degree)

Work closely with U of R environmental systems engineering faculty members who conduct groundbreaking research in areas like:

  • AI application in water resources
  • Air pollution control
  • COVID-19 and the environment
  • Data-driven solid waste management policy
  • Drinking water safety and lead in drinking water
  • Eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors
  • Environmental risk management
  • Greywater and wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Modeling and simulation in environmental hydraulic engineering
  • Sustainable ground security
  • Water-health-energy nexus
  • Zero-waste issues

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Applied Science – Thesis Master of Applied Science – Co-op Master of Engineering – Project Master of Engineering – Co-op Doctorate (after Master's) Doctorate (after MEng)
Length: Master of Applied Science – Thesis: 2 years Master of Applied Science – Co-op: 2 years, 8 months Master of Engineering – Project: 2 years Master of Engineering – Co-op: 2 years, 8 months Doctorate: 4 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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What Is Environmental Systems Engineering?

The world faces severe environmental challenges, and environmental systems engineers provide ethical, comprehensive solutions. At the University of Regina, we find the answers by breaking down boundaries and cooperating between engineering disciplines to enact true change.

Take a front-seat role in tackling important environmental issues with an environmental engineering graduate degree from the U of R.

Environmental Systems Engineering Meet Your Faculty

Why Study Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Regina?

The U of R is the perfect place to earn your master of environmental systems engineering degree because we cherish the future of the world. In the University of Regina's strategic plan, environmental and climate action is one of the five main pillars. Learn to enact environmental change through project-based knowledge and hands-on experience.

Popular master of environmental systems engineering courses include:

  • Industrial wastewater treatment and reuse – Highlights current and new industrial wastewater management strategies, as well as treatment process design theory.
  • Solid waste disposal, management and site remediation – Completely covers sustainable solid waste management and landfill environmental technology. Includes a paper critique project.
  • Hazardous waste management and site remediation – Includes a real-world environmental remediation course project.
  • Sustainable mine waste management.
  • Improvement of geo-materials including slurries, soils and rocks.
  • Modeling of energy and environmental management systems.
The U of R creates a welcoming community, bringing together many perspectives to learn about and study the world's pressing environmental systems engineering issues. Our approach aligns with our core values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Ng’s passion for his field was contagious and led me to having greater pride in my chosen profession, which I am happy to have taken with me into the start of my engineering career.
Michael Badger
BASc 2018, about Dr. Kelvin Ng, professor of Environmental Systems Engineering and President’s Award for Teaching Excellence recipient

Frequently Asked Questions

What engineering scholarships are available?
Master of environmental systems engineering financial opportunities include graduate teaching assistantships, as well as other teaching assistantships. Find other scholarships and awards on our Graduate Awards Portal.
What environmental systems engineering student groups can I join?

Take the opportunity to connect with fellow graduate-level engineering students through the Regina Engineering Graduate Students Association. 

Also, build your professional network through these additional engineering clubs!

Program Foundations and Goals

Find ways to limit air pollution, manage waste and protect water resources and other habitats. Keep your community and the world safer and more productive. The environmental systems engineering graduate programs focus on real experience and intense research, so you can apply your skills to make the world a better place.


Take courses on the cutting edge of environmental systems engineering practices. Use your project, thesis or co-op experience to springboard your environmental systems engineering career to the next level.


Research with professors who lead in fields like wastewater management. Environmental engineering graduate students often participate in their supervisor's and other faculty members' research projects.


Gain the experience you need to further your environmental systems engineering career through cutting-edge courses, research in response to industry requests, co-op opportunities and more.

What Can You Do With an Environmental Systems Engineering Degree?

U of R environmental systems engineering graduates vie for prestigious and impactful engineering jobs with government, not-for-profit organizations, and public sector employers across Canada or wherever in the world they choose to live and work. Our graduates are employed by companies such as Brandt, Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Government of Canada,  Ministry of Energy and Resources, Government of Saskatchewan, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, Stantec, The Mosaic Company, and more.

The jobs graduates go on to include:

  • Environmental systems engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Engineering manager
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