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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Engineering, Civil ENCI
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Department Office (MSc and PhD)
Location: Schulich School of Engineering Block E, Room 231
Phone number: 403.220.5821
Email address:

MEng Graduate Program Office
Location: Schulich School of Engineering Block C, Room 205
Phone number: 403.220.2001
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 (not currently accepting applications)
Master of Engineering (MEng) course-based

The following Specializations are available for students entering the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science programs:

The following options are available for students entering the Master of Engineering (course-based) program:
  • MEng, Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering with Project Management Specialization

2. Admission Requirements

Master’s Programs
See Engineering Programs.

Doctor of Philosophy
See Engineering Programs.

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

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

Master of Engineering (course-based)

Students must complete 30 units of coursework as follows:

Master of Engineering

a) 18 units of required courses:
b) 12 units chosen from the following list of courses.  If students are interested in combining their courses around a specific theme within the field, please refer to website for course selection guidance:
Master of Engineering with Project Management Specialization
Any variations in required courses will be with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

a) 18 to 24 units of coursework, of which a minimum of 12 units must be Civil Engineering specific graduate courses.  All courses require approval of the Graduate Program Director.

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

Master of Science

a) A minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 24 units of coursework.

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

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A minimum of 18 units of coursework beyond the baccalaureate.

b) A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 18 units of coursework beyond the master's degree.

c) A written literature review, a written thesis proposal and a field of study oral examination.

d) A thesis related to advanced original engineering research.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Students admitted to the Schulich School of Engineering will not be allowed to request the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course that is applicable to their degree; or apply any course awarded a grade of CG towards their graduation requirements.

Students may choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

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.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

See Section 5.

8. Time Limit

See Engineering Programs.

9. Supervisory Assignments

See Engineering Programs for MSc and PhD Programs. MEng course-based students do not require a supervisor.

10. Required Examinations

PhD students must complete all candidacy requirements. For more information, see the website of the Department of Civil Engineering:

See Engineering Programs for information on Thesis Examinations.

11. Financial Assistance

See Engineering Programs.