Master's Degree and PhD Programs

Process Systems Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

The University of Regina’s graduate degrees in process systems engineering give you the opportunity to study at an advanced level. You will gain the expertise to respond to the rapid advancement of technologies and the need for experts in this field.

Applied research drives modernization and innovation in manufacturing and process environments around the world. If you want to grow as an engineer, our applied research graduate programs can help you reach your career goals by gaining experience in an innovative research field while putting into industrial practice what you learn in class. A professor will supervise you in your research project topic throughout your studies.

The U of R approach to process systems engineering strongly combines technologies with an industry perspective. We focus on the challenges the world faces today such as:

  • Greenhouse gases emissions
  • Renewable energy
  • Petroleum refining

Choose from a wide range of courses and research topics that will benefit your future professional activities.                                                                    

U of R gives you several options for earning your master’s degree in process systems engineering:

  • Master of Applied Science – Thesis (30 credit hours), research focused
  • Master of Applied Science – Co-op (38 credit hours), combination of research and field experience
  • Master of Engineering – Project (30 credit hours), career growth focus for practicing engineers
  • Master of Engineering – Co-op (38 credit hours), integrated academic growth and professional development

We also offer the following doctoral programs:

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

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
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What is Process Systems Engineering?

Process Systems Engineering (PSEng) is a diversified discipline designed to study the needs of various processing industries. It focuses on the design, implementation, control and optimization of engineering processes for the purpose of converting raw materials to usable end products, including energy. 

Process engineers create and develop the entire process, develop equipment requirements, operate manufacturing strategies and monitor all the processes they develop to ensure maximum profits and productivity. 

Common process systems engineering job titles include:

  • Process engineer
  • Lead process systems engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Systems safety engineer

Process Systems Engineering Meet Your Faculty

Why Study Process Systems Engineering at the University of Regina?

In our graduate degrees in process systems engineering, you will learn from academics who are leading the way in their research fields and potentially participate in exciting real-world projects in our world-class laboratory, the Clean Energy Technology Research Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

What scholarships, assistantships and grants are available to process systems engineering graduate students?

Graduate students studying process systems engineering can apply for graduate teaching assistantships as well as these and other grants and scholarships through the Graduate Awards Portal.

  • Edgar A. Wahn Scholarship
  • Esam Hussein Engineering and Applied Science Graduate Scholarship for Excellence
  • J.D. Mollard Graduate Award
  • Faculty Sponsorship
  • Levene Graduate School of Business Funding
  • Harald Liebe Graduate Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme Climate Change Graduate Travel Scholarship
  • National Scholarships (Tri-Council Funding)
  • Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) 10th Anniversary Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Regina Engineering Society Scholarship
  • Sampson J. Goodfellow Scholarship
  • Saskatchewan Innovation and Excellence Graduate Scholarship
  • SaskPower Graduate Scholarship
  • STEM Women Scholarship
  • The Miklos F. Barabas P.Eng. Graduate Scholarship
  • Thesis Student Scholarships
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Process Systems Engineering Concepts and Goals

Applied process systems engineering teaches you how to configure, manage and optimize high-level manufacturing and process systems with a solid view of what works inside facilities and what protects the environment and communities outside.

Gain in-depth understanding of process systems engineering processes and methods, taking courses such as:

  • Advanced topics in CO2 capture (i.e. CO2 utilization, carbon finance, etc.)
  • Advanced transport phenomena (mass transfer and heat transfer)
  • Petroleum waste management

Technical knowledge

Study cutting-edge process engineering knowledge in greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, heterogeneous catalysis and catalyst development, petroleum refinery processes and more.


Work with your research peers and supervisors in our world-class laboratory, Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute or gain co-op experience in a real industry field.


Implement leadership strategies that drive team success and operational timelines and outcomes.

What Can You Do With a Process Systems Engineering Degree?

Your graduate degree in process systems engineering from the U of R prepares you for advanced engineering jobs in both the public and private sectors as well as not-for-profit groups. The following organizations hire our process systems graduates:

  • Brandt
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • Government of Canada
  • MacPherson Engineering
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Federated Cooperatives Limited
  • Parks Canada
  • Ritenburg & Associates
  • SaskEnergy
  • SaskPower
  • SaskTel
  • SeedMaster
  • Stantec
  • Suncor Energy
  • The Mosaic Company
  • PTT Petro Thailand
  • City of Vancouver
  • Gas Processing Center, Qatar
  • Petro China
  • Universities around the world
  • Process systems engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Engineering manager
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