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Graduate Studies Calendar 2017-2018 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 and Solid Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources
  • Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary)**
  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)**

* See the Calendar section under Biomedical Engineering for further information.

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

MEng students may also elect to not have an area of specialization.

2. Admission Requirements

The Department of Civil Engineering requires higher English Language Proficiency in TOEFL and IELTS. We require at least a 580 for paper-based TOEFL, 97 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

The preferred starting date for all graduate degrees is September.

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

March 1 for online application, March 30 for supporting documentation, for September admission

July 1 for online application, July 30 for supporting documentation, for January admission

November 1 for online application, November 30 for supporting documentation, 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.

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 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents).

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

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

a) A minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents), no more than 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) of which can be senior undergraduate courses.

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

Master of Engineering (course-based)

a) A minimum of 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) of which can be senior undergraduate courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) beyond the baccalaureate.

b) A minimum of 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) and a maximum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) 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 Master of Science and Doctoral students must complete the professional development courses Engineering 601 and 603. These courses are in addition to the “Program/Course Requirements”.

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

See Section 5.

8. Time Limit

See "Engineering Programs".

9. Supervisory Assignments

See "Supervision" in the Academic Regulations section of this calendar.

10. Required Examinations

See "Engineering Programs".

Revised candidacy requirements will be posted in the 2017-2018 academic year.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

A detailed research proposal will be required for PhD students.

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

See “Engineering Programs”.

14. Faculty Members/Research Interests

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