Dean's Welcome

Dr. Pat Heffernan, Dean of Graduate Studies

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Heffernan received his Ph.D. from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada in Kingston in 1997. He served as an officer with the Canadian Military Engineers from 1982 until 2005. He worked as a lecturer and Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at RMC from 1994 until 1997. After serving as the Officer Commanding of the Engineering Squadron and Deputy Commanding Officer at 1 Construction Engineering Unit (1 CEU (now 1 ESU)) he returned to RMC in 2001 where he was cross-appointed to the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments. In 2002 he was appointed as Chair of the inter-departmental programme Master of Defence Engineering and Management and in 2010 was appointed as the Head of the Civil Engineering Department. In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice-Principal, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.


Warm welcome to the graduate studies web site at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Whether you are considering joining a graduate program to take your career to the next level, or recently completed your undergraduate studies but feel the need to further your knowledge and intellectual enrichment, I am delighted that you are considering RMC to pursue graduate work or professional development. I have the utmost confidence that you will find here a graduate program that is tailored to your interests and needs. Our graduate programs offering has been growing over the years; we offer more than 27 degrees in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering including Masters and PhDs and 5 Professional and multi-disciplinary degrees that fully meet the appraisal of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies. With my team of associate Deans and my staff at the Division of Graduate studies and Research, we work closely with program chairs and academic departments, and services across RMC to guide you in a path that supports excellence in graduate education and student success. At RMC, we are proud of our outstanding, widely published faculty who are recognized at the international level and ready to mentor you and share with you their cutting-edge skills and knowledge that will take you to the forefront of leadership of your chosen career. As a graduate student at RMC, whether you are member of the Canadian Armed Forces or Civilian, you will find yourself in a unique federal bilingual environment that is committed to a culture of integrity and commitment to diversity. With our strong and extensive ties with DND, government agencies, academia inside and outside Canada, and its location in the beautiful city of Kingston, RMC offers you an experience that you will cherish with pride for years. If you are committed to or contemplating joining us, I invite you to explore our web pages for details about our programs and state of the art labs, to browse through the list of our resident and adjunct faculty supervisors, and to discover what RMC has to offer in your pursuit of Graduate studies. Graduate work is a unique endeavour and it is an opportunity that will mark your future and I look forward receiving your application to graduate studies at RMC; my staff at the division of graduate studies and research will be more than thrilled to address any question you may have and to help you achieve your graduate studies plan.

Thank you for your interest and hope to see you here at RMC.

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