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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 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

Master’s Programs
See Engineering Programs.

Doctor of Philosophy
See Engineering Programs.

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

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) All doctoral students are required to successfully complete the candidacy requirements, which consist of four components: PhD coursework, a written Field of Study (FOS) examination, a written Thesis Proposal (TP), and an oral TP examination. Specific details of the candidacy requirements are found on the Departmental website:

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 Supervision in the Academic Regulations section of this calendar.

10. Required Examinations

See Engineering Programs for information on Thesis Examinations.

For information on candidacy requirements, see Program Requirements on the website:

11. Financial Assistance

See Engineering Programs.