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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Program Descriptions Engineering, Civil ENCI
Engineering, Civil - ENCI
Contact Information

Location: Schulich School of Engineering, Room F262
Program number: 403.220.5821
Fax: 403.282.7026
Email address:
Web page URL:

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based
Master of Engineering (MEng) thesis-based and course-based


  • Avalanche Mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Bituminous Materials
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Structures & Solid Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary)*
  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)*

*See the Calendar section under Interdisciplinary Specializations for further information.

2. Admission Requirements

The Department of Civil Engineering requires higher English Language Proficiency in TOEFL and IELTS. We require at least a 570 for paper-based TOEFL, 93 for Internet-based TOEFL and a Band of 7.0 for the IELTS exam.

Master’s Programs
See “Engineering Programs”.

Doctor of Philosophy
See “Engineering Programs”.

Project Management Specialization
In addition to the “Engineering Program” degree requirements, a minimum of five years industrial experience, except in thesis-based degrees.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

Canadian and Permanent Resident Applications
May 1 for September admission
September 1 for January admission
January 1 for May admission

International Admissions
April 1 for September admission
August 1 for January admission
December 1 for May admission

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission.  Successful completion of “make-up” work does not guarantee admission.  It is recommended that applicants discuss this option with the Departmental Graduate Student Advisor before taking any courses.

5. Program/Course Requirements

Note: If the student does not consult the supervisor before selecting courses, Department approval may be withheld.

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Schulich School of Engineering requirements, the Department normally requires:

Master of Science

a) A minimum of four and a maximum of eight half courses.

b) Research and thesis work as major components of the program.

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

a) Five to eight half courses.

b) A thesis related to original analysis and/or design.

Master of Engineering (course-based)

a) Ten to twelve half courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A minimum of six half courses beyond the baccalaureate.

b) A minimum of two and a maximum of six half courses beyond the master’s degree.

c) A detailed research proposal.

d) A candidacy exam which has both a written and oral component. The written component will be a four hour open book exam usually held a week prior to the oral exam.

6. Additional Requirements

All full-time Master of Science and doctoral students, except for those registered in Environmental Engineering 601 or Biomedical Engineering 605 or 607, are required to register and participate in the Research Seminar course Civil Engineering 601. Please note: these seminars are offered multiple times on different research topics and as such, Master of Science students are required to take Civil Engineering 601 two times and doctoral students three times while in program.

All graduate students who require access to Civil Engineering laboratories are required to complete a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) course and other required safety training courses before gaining access to the laboratories.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Not more than two of the half courses required in the thesis-based programs and not more than four of the half courses taken in the MEng program may be taken at the 500 level.

8. Time Limit

See "Engineering Programs".

9. Supervisory Assignments

See "Supervisors/Advisors" in the General Regulations section of this calendar.

10. Required Examinations

See "Engineering Programs".

11. Research Proposal Requirements

A detailed research proposal will be required for PhD students.

12. Special Registration Information

Not applicable.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. Students applying for University of Calgary scholarships must submit their applications to the Department by February 1.

14. Faculty Members/Research Interests

Information about faculty members and their research interests may be found at