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As a graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering, you'll have an opportunity to collaborate with some of the most creative and innovative researchers in the country. We offer graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels with specializations in a wide range of exciting fields of study. 

Our department is home to 27 faculty members, 9 professors emeritus and 183 graduate students.

Download our grad studies brochure.

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three years of full-time study following a master's degree or four years following a bachelor's degree.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

The MEng program is offered on a full or part-time basis. Full time can be completed in as little as one year.

Master of Engineering (thesis/project)

This MEng program is often taken on a part-time basis and may be completed by course and thesis/project.

Note: The MEng program does not provide financial support.

What are the program requirements?

PhD program requirements:

Students are admitted with an acceptable master's degree and must complete a minimum of two half‐courses or a maximum of six half‐courses beyond a MSc. Students must also complete a thesis, which is an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline.

MSc program requirements:

This program requires students to complete four to eight half-courses and a thesis, which is a contribution to knowledge in the discipline.

MEng program requirements

MEng (course based) program requirements:

Currently, there is no specialization available for this degree. It is only available in general civil engineering.

This program requires students to complete 10 to 12 half-courses.

MEng (thesis/project):

This program requires students to complete a minimum of five to eight half-courses. In addition, a thesis/project related to original engineering analysis and/or design must be presented.

Please note: If this information differs from the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar, the calendar as published takes precedence.

What areas of specialization are available?

**Note, specializations are not available in the MEng course based program.

  • Avalanche Mechanics

    We are not accepting applications to this degree specialization.

    The program focuses on avalanche formation, including snowpack boundary conditions, snowpack properties, metamorphism of snow and intergranular bonding, deformation and failure of weak layers, avalanche initiation and fracture propagation. It also includes avalanche forecasting, which involves testing snow slab stability.

  • Biomechanics

  • Bituminous Materials

  • Geotechnical Engineering

    Geotechnical engineering deals with soil, rock and underground water, and their relation to design, construction and operation of engineering projects. Geotechnical engineering has evolved and branched off into new areas such as geoenviromental engineering, which deals with underground environmental problems, and geomechanics. Frozen soils, oil sands, pipeline mechanics, rock mechanics, soil improvement and remediation, swelling shale, underground excavation and waste by-product are included in this field of study.

  • Materials Engineering

    This program focuses on asphalt concrete, biomaterials, bituminous materials, industrial rheology, masonry, Portland cement concrete, and soils and aggregates.

  • Project Management

    We are currently accepting a limited number of applications for the PhD and MSc degree with specialization in Project Management. Only the most highly qualified applicants will be considered for admission.

    The Centre for Project Management Excellence (CPME) at the University of Calgary is jointly sponsored by the Schulich School of Engineering and the Haskayne School of Business. It is the only program of its kind in Canada to have expertise in both engineering and business.  The specialization conducts research projects in partnership with key industry and government stakeholders and the program serves as a centre for collaborative project management research.

  • Structures & Solid Mechanics

    This area of study includes behavior, design and strength of reinforced, prestressed concrete, masonry, structural analysis, structural risk and reliability, ice engineering and biostructural engineering.

  • Transportation Engineering

    Transportation Engineering is concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure associated with vehicles, driver/passengers and rights of way.

    This area of study includes transportation planning, traffic engineering, highway engineering, road safety, public transport, airport planning, design and operations, transport in developing countries and bituminous materials.

  • Water Resources

    Water resources engineers are concerned with the problems associated with the use and control of water. Water resources engineering involves water and wastewater treatment plant design, water distribution, wastewater and storm water sewer systems, irrigation engineering, river engineering, hydraulics, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, contaminant transport, river morphology, ice-covered rivers, hydraulic structures (reservoirs, floodways, dams, dykes, spillways and sluice gates, channels, water intakes, etc.), groundwater and seepage, well design, seepage control, underground contaminant transport, hydrology, winter hydrology, climate change and extreme events such as floods, torrents, mudflows, debris flow.

  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

  • Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary)

What are the admission requirements?

Grade Point Average (GPA)

PhD

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Civil Engineering usually requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs. A MSc degree is required and in certain cases a science background is sufficient for admission purposes (i.e. an applicant does not necessarily need a previous degree in engineering). Written or oral placement examinations may be required.

MSc

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the Department of Civil Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the BSc degree. Please note that a science background can be sufficient for admission purposes (i.e. an applicant does not necessarily need a previous degree in engineering). 

MEng

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to graduate programs, the Department of Civil Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the bachelor’s degree.  Please note that a bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for admission into the MEng.

Other
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for the MSc and PhD degrees, the Department of Civil Engineering requires a minimum of five years of industry experience for admission to the Project Management Specialization, except in special circumstances.

Language requirements 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all applicants whose native or primary language is not English. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies language requirement, the Department of Civil Engineering requires TOEFL scores of not less than 580 (paper-based) and 97 (Internet-based). An IELTS band score of 7.0 is required. The TOEFL institution code is 0813 and department code is 65. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

How do I apply?

Online application deadlines

Graduate students may begin their programs at the beginning of January, May and September. Note: September is the preferred start date. 

Program start date

Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

September

March 1

January 

July 1

May 

November 1

Application procedure

Prospective graduate students must apply online

Please note that the above deadlines refer to the submission of the online application. All supporting documentation is required two weeks after the online application deadline. If an application is incomplete by the supporting deadline, it will not be considered.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Online application. (Paper applications are no longer accepted.)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($125.00 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $145.00 for international students.)
  • Two reference letters with the appropriate forms, which are not more than one year old (three reference letters for prospective project management students). One reference must be from an academic who has supervised or instructed you in the past. The forms and letters must be official and submitted in one of the following ways: uploaded by the referee online (instructions available when you apply online); emailed from the referee's professional email address to civgrad@ucalgary.ca or received in a signed, sealed envelope from the referee. See the References section for more information.
  • Two sets of official transcripts that are not more than one year old from all post secondary institutions attended. The transcripts must be official in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please note that if you are or have been a student at the University of Calgary, you do not need to send in official transcripts from the University of Calgary.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS certificate that is not more than two years old. See Language Requirements in Admission Requirements section.
  • For the MSc and PhD programs, a one to two page research proposal outlining the research you would like to conduct in the program
  • A current cv

Reference forms

Reference forms must be submitted along with the letters of reference. Please note that in order to be considered official, both the letter and form must be signed and dated. The reference forms and letters cannot be older than one year at the time of the admission deadline.

Download Reference Forms

Send original documents to the following address:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Department of Civil Engineering, ENF 262 
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2N 1N4

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 403-220-4816
Email: civgrad@ucalgary.ca

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three years of full-time study following a master's degree or four years following a bachelor's degree.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

The MEng program is offered on a full or part-time basis. Full time can be completed in as little as one year.

Master of Engineering (thesis/project)

This MEng program is often taken on a part-time basis and may be completed by course and thesis/project.

Note: The MEng program does not provide financial support.

What are the program requirements?

PhD program requirements:

Students are admitted with an acceptable master's degree and must complete a minimum of two half‐courses or a maximum of six half‐courses beyond a MSc. Students must also complete a thesis, which is an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline.

MSc program requirements:

This program requires students to complete four to eight half-courses and a thesis, which is a contribution to knowledge in the discipline.

MEng program requirements

MEng (course based) program requirements:

Currently, there is no specialization available for this degree. It is only available in general civil engineering.

This program requires students to complete 10 to 12 half-courses.

MEng (thesis/project):

This program requires students to complete a minimum of five to eight half-courses. In addition, a thesis/project related to original engineering analysis and/or design must be presented.

Please note: If this information differs from the University of Calgary Graduate Studies Calendar, the calendar as published takes precedence.

What areas of specialization are available?

**Note, specializations are not available in the MEng course based program.

  • Avalanche Mechanics

    We are not accepting applications to this degree specialization.

    The program focuses on avalanche formation, including snowpack boundary conditions, snowpack properties, metamorphism of snow and intergranular bonding, deformation and failure of weak layers, avalanche initiation and fracture propagation. It also includes avalanche forecasting, which involves testing snow slab stability.

  • Biomechanics

  • Bituminous Materials

  • Geotechnical Engineering

    Geotechnical engineering deals with soil, rock and underground water, and their relation to design, construction and operation of engineering projects. Geotechnical engineering has evolved and branched off into new areas such as geoenviromental engineering, which deals with underground environmental problems, and geomechanics. Frozen soils, oil sands, pipeline mechanics, rock mechanics, soil improvement and remediation, swelling shale, underground excavation and waste by-product are included in this field of study.

  • Materials Engineering

    This program focuses on asphalt concrete, biomaterials, bituminous materials, industrial rheology, masonry, Portland cement concrete, and soils and aggregates.

  • Project Management

    We are currently accepting a limited number of applications for the PhD and MSc degree with specialization in Project Management. Only the most highly qualified applicants will be considered for admission.

    The Centre for Project Management Excellence (CPME) at the University of Calgary is jointly sponsored by the Schulich School of Engineering and the Haskayne School of Business. It is the only program of its kind in Canada to have expertise in both engineering and business.  The specialization conducts research projects in partnership with key industry and government stakeholders and the program serves as a centre for collaborative project management research.

  • Structures & Solid Mechanics

    This area of study includes behavior, design and strength of reinforced, prestressed concrete, masonry, structural analysis, structural risk and reliability, ice engineering and biostructural engineering.

  • Transportation Engineering

    Transportation Engineering is concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure associated with vehicles, driver/passengers and rights of way.

    This area of study includes transportation planning, traffic engineering, highway engineering, road safety, public transport, airport planning, design and operations, transport in developing countries and bituminous materials.

  • Water Resources

    Water resources engineers are concerned with the problems associated with the use and control of water. Water resources engineering involves water and wastewater treatment plant design, water distribution, wastewater and storm water sewer systems, irrigation engineering, river engineering, hydraulics, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, contaminant transport, river morphology, ice-covered rivers, hydraulic structures (reservoirs, floodways, dams, dykes, spillways and sluice gates, channels, water intakes, etc.), groundwater and seepage, well design, seepage control, underground contaminant transport, hydrology, winter hydrology, climate change and extreme events such as floods, torrents, mudflows, debris flow.

  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

  • Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary)

What are the admission requirements?

Grade Point Average (GPA)

PhD

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the PhD degree, the Department of Civil Engineering usually requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.50 in preceding programs. A MSc degree is required and in certain cases a science background is sufficient for admission purposes (i.e. an applicant does not necessarily need a previous degree in engineering). Written or oral placement examinations may be required.

MSc

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to the MSc degree, the Department of Civil Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the BSc degree. Please note that a science background can be sufficient for admission purposes (i.e. an applicant does not necessarily need a previous degree in engineering). 

MEng

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for admission to graduate programs, the Department of Civil Engineering requires that a student has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the bachelor’s degree.  Please note that a bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for admission into the MEng.

Other
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for the MSc and PhD degrees, the Department of Civil Engineering requires a minimum of five years of industry experience for admission to the Project Management Specialization, except in special circumstances.

Language requirements 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all applicants whose native or primary language is not English. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies language requirement, the Department of Civil Engineering requires TOEFL scores of not less than 580 (paper-based) and 97 (Internet-based). An IELTS band score of 7.0 is required. The TOEFL institution code is 0813 and department code is 65. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

How do I apply?

Online application deadlines

Graduate students may begin their programs at the beginning of January, May and September. Note: September is the preferred start date. 

Program start date

Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students

September

March 1

January 

July 1

May 

November 1

Application procedure

Prospective graduate students must apply online

Please note that the above deadlines refer to the submission of the online application. All supporting documentation is required two weeks after the online application deadline. If an application is incomplete by the supporting deadline, it will not be considered.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Online application. (Paper applications are no longer accepted.)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($125.00 for Canadian citizens/permanent residents or $145.00 for international students.)
  • Two reference letters with the appropriate forms, which are not more than one year old (three reference letters for prospective project management students). One reference must be from an academic who has supervised or instructed you in the past. The forms and letters must be official and submitted in one of the following ways: uploaded by the referee online (instructions available when you apply online); emailed from the referee's professional email address to civgrad@ucalgary.ca or received in a signed, sealed envelope from the referee. See the References section for more information.
  • Two sets of official transcripts that are not more than one year old from all post secondary institutions attended. The transcripts must be official in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please note that if you are or have been a student at the University of Calgary, you do not need to send in official transcripts from the University of Calgary.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS certificate that is not more than two years old. See Language Requirements in Admission Requirements section.
  • For the MSc and PhD programs, a one to two page research proposal outlining the research you would like to conduct in the program
  • A current cv

Reference forms

Reference forms must be submitted along with the letters of reference. Please note that in order to be considered official, both the letter and form must be signed and dated. The reference forms and letters cannot be older than one year at the time of the admission deadline.

Download Reference Forms

Send original documents to the following address:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Department of Civil Engineering, ENF 262 
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2N 1N4

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 403-220-4816
Email: civgrad@ucalgary.ca