Civil Engineering

Program Overview

The Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Applied Science (MASc), the Master of Engineering (MEng), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Qualified students are accepted for advanced studies in one of the following fields: Building Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geomechanics, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering.

Students registered in a graduate degree program involving research are required to participate in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H Ethics in Research during their first or second session of registration.

The department also offers a graduate program in Cities Engineering and Management leading to the Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM).

Students may also be interested in combined degree programs:


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MASc, PhD:

1-Feb-2020

MEng:

1-Jun-2020

MASc, PhD:

1-Feb-2020

MEng:

1-Apr-2020

Supporting documents deadline MASc, PhD:

15-Feb-2020

MEng:

15-Jun-2020

MASc, PhD:

15-Feb-2020

MEng:

15-Apr-2020

Minimum admission average MASc, MEng:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MASc, MEng:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in bachelor’s degree)

PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in bachelor’s degree)

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MASc, PhD:

Before

MASc, PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MASc, PhD:

Grad Unit

MASc, PhD:

Grad Unit

Program length (full-time only) MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s

MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s


​Master of Applied Science

Program Description

The MASc program includes a foundational base of graduate courses followed by a research thesis. Many research projects involve industrial partnerships and networking opportunities, project management experience, and collaboration with leading experts.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Civil Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year University of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of a mid B (3.0 out of 4.0, or 75%). Required grades must be achieved in each of the final two years of undergraduate study. Competitive admission averages are typically near or above 80% (A–).

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in civil engineering may be required to take more than the usual time and number of courses.

Program Requirements

  • Each student, in consultation with a staff member at the beginning of the program, will establish the distribution of time between coursework and thesis or design project.

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete a minimum of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (five half courses).

  • Research thesis.

  • Students must participate in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H Ethics in Research during their first or second session of registration.

  • In addition to the core research area, students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Civil Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

​Master of Engineering

Program Description

The MEng program is course based and intended to provide continuing and advanced education for recent graduates and civil engineers in professional practice. The program can be taken on a full-time, extended full-time, or part-time basis.

 

Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Civil Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year University of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of a mid-B (3.0 out of 4.0 or 75%). Required grades must be achieved in each of the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in civil engineering may be required to take more than the usual time and number of courses.

Program Requirements

  • Each student, in consultation with a staff member at the beginning of the program, will establish the distribution of time between coursework and thesis or design project.

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). Up to two half courses (1.0 FCE) may be replaced by a research/design project.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Building Science; Concrete; Construction Management; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Environmental Engineering; Forensic Engineering; Geomechanics; Structural Engineering; Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Urban Systems; or Transportation Engineering and Planning as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Civil Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

 

Extended Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Civil Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year University of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of a mid-B (3.0 out of 4.0 or 75%). Required grades must be achieved in each of the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in civil engineering may be required to take more than the usual time and number of courses.

Program Requirements

  • Each student, in consultation with a staff member at the beginning of the program, will establish the distribution of time between coursework and thesis or design project.

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). Up to two half courses (1.0 FCE) may be replaced by a research/design project.

  • Students are expected to complete the requirements in six sessions (two years) and are limited to six half courses per year and three half courses per session.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Building Science; Concrete; Construction Management; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Environmental Engineering; Forensic Engineering; Geomechanics; Structural Engineering; Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Urban Systems; or Transportation Engineering and Planning as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Civil Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions extended full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years

 

Part-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Civil Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year University of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of a mid-B (3.0 out of 4.0 or 75%). Required grades must be achieved in each of the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in civil engineering may be required to take more than the usual time and number of courses.

Program Requirements

  • Each student, in consultation with a staff member at the beginning of the program, will establish the distribution of time between coursework and thesis or design project.

  • Coursework. Normally, students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (10 half courses). Up to two half courses (1.0 FCE) may be replaced by a research/design project.

  • Students are limited to four half courses per year and two half courses per session. Students normally complete the requirements in nine sessions.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Building Science; Concrete; Construction Management; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Environmental Engineering; Forensic Engineering; Geomechanics; Structural Engineering; Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Urban Systems; or Transportation Engineering and Planning as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Civil Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

9 sessions

Time Limit

6 years

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for outstanding individuals interested in a rewarding career in fundamental or applied research. This program involves advanced courses and an intensive research program culminating in a thesis.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MASc degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program; 3) direct entry following completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Civil Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year University of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of B+ (3.3 out of 4.0 or 78%). Required grades must be achieved in each of the final two years of undergraduate study. Competitive admission averages are typically near or above 80% (A–).

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Applicants must satisfy the department of the ability to undertake advanced research.

  • Admission directly from a bachelor's degree is permitted in exceptional cases.

  • If a student transfers from a master's degree program to a PhD program, courses taken during the master's program may be applied to the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • Students with an MASc degree (or equivalent in the same area of study) must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (four half courses).

  • Students with an MEng degree must complete a minimum of 4.5 FCEs (nine half courses). Up to 3.0 FCEs (six graduate half courses) may be used from the MEng program towards the PhD course requirements.

  • Students enrolled in the MASc degree program who transfer to the PhD program must complete a total of 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (nine half courses).

  • For direct-entry students, more FCEs may be required depending on the student's background preparation. It is normally expected that at least one of the half courses will be taken outside of the student's principal area of research.

  • Comprehensive examination after completing most of the coursework and preferably within one year after first enrolment in the PhD program. This examination consists of a four- to five-day take-home written examination, followed approximately a week later by an oral examination. The examination is administered by a Comprehensive Examination Committee created and supervised by the department's Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Residence. Students normally must spend at least two academic years of their program on campus on a full-time basis.

  • The academic program must be approved by the department's Graduate Studies Committee during the student's first session.

  • Students must participate in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H Ethics in Research during their first or second session of registration.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Civil Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

Emphasis: Advanced Water Technologies (MEng only)​

MEng students must successfully complete two core courses (1.0 full-course equivalent [FCE​]) and two specialized courses (1.0 FCE).

  • Two core courses (1.0 FCE):

    • CHE 1150H Industrial Water Technology

    • at least one of the following (any of the other three can count as a specialized course):

      • CHE 565H Aqueous Process Engineering

      • CIV 541H Environmental Biotechnology

      • CIV 549H Groundwater Flow and Contamination

      • CIV 550H Water Resources Engineering

      • CIV 1303H Water Resources Systems Modeling

      • CIV 1308H Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes

      • CIV 1311H Advanced and Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment

      • CIV 1319H Chemistry and Analysis of Water and Wastes

      • CIV 1399H Special Studies in Civil Engineering (e.g., Water Sanitation and Hygiene; Treatment Wetlands; the topic is subject to obtaining approval from the student's graduate unit)

      • CIV 1499H Special Studies in Civil Engineering (e.g., Fundamentals of Acid Mine Drainage; the topic is subject to obtaining approval from the student's graduate unit).

  • Two specialized courses selected from the following (1.0 FCE):

    • CHE 1213H Corrosion

    • CHE 1430H Hydrometallurgy Theory and Practice

    • JCC 1313H Environmental Microbiology

    • JNC 2503H Environmental Pathways

    • MIE 1807H Principles of Measurements

    • STA 1004H Introduction to Experimental Design.

Enrolment Contact

Enrolment in the emphasis is permitted at any time during the MEng program. After students are admitted to the normal MEng program, students may contact Prof. Ron Hofmann, (416) 946-7508.

Upon successful completion of the emphasis requirements and the successful completion of the MEng degree requirements, students will receive a transcript notation from the Faculty Graduate Studies office (subject to Prof. Hofmann’s recommendation).

 

Emphasis: Analytics (MEng only)

To be admitted to the emphasis in Analytics, MEng students must first successfully complete a prerequisite course APS 1070H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]).

Subsequently, to earn the emphasis, students must successfully complete four additional half courses (2.0 FCEs) from the list of core courses or elective courses. These must include at least one core course; the remaining courses must be selected from the list of elective courses.

Students must have completed the prerequisite course APS 1070H before taking any of the core courses.

Prerequisite Course

APS 1070H Foundations of Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Core Courses

CHE 1147H Data Mining in Engineering
ECE 1513H Introduction to Machine Learning (exclusions: CSC 411H, CSC 2515H, ECE 421H, ECE 521H, ECE 1504H)
MIE 1624H Introduction to Data Science and Analytics
MSE 1065H Application of Artificial Intelligence in Materials Design (exclusion: MSE 1063H)

Elective Courses

APS 502H, APS 1005H, APS 1017H, APS 1022H, APS 1040H, APS 1050H, APS 1051H, APS 1052H, APS 1053H
CHE 507H, CHE 1108H, CHE 1148H, CHE 1434H
CIV 1504H, CIV 1506H, CIV 1507H, CIV 1532H, CIV 1538H
ECE 537H, ECE 1504H (exclusions: CSC 411H, CSC 2515H, ECE 421H, ECE 521H, ECE 1513H), ECE 1505H, ECE 1657H, ECE 1778H, ECE 1779H
MIE 562H, MIE 1413H, MIE 1501H, MIE 1512H, MIE 1513H, MIE 1620H, MIE 1621H, MIE 1622H, MIE 1623H, MIE 1628H, MIE 1653H, MIE 1721H, MIE 1723H, MIE 1727H
MSE 1063H (exclusion: MSE 1065H).

 

​Emphasis: Building Science (MEng only)​

MEng students must successfully complete at least six half courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) with a combination of core and elective courses as detailed below. One or two of the optional courses may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Building Science emphasis coordinator.

Core Courses (take at least four):

CIV 575H, CIV 576H, CIV 578H, CIV 1282H, CIV 1320H,
MIE 507H.

Elective Courses (others can be approved by the emphasis coordinator):

CIV 514H, CIV 536H, CIV 577H, CIV 1279H, CIV 1299H,
MIE 515H, MIE 1240H.

 

Emphasis: Concrete (MEng only)​

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Concrete emphasis coordinator.

CIV 514H, CIV 517H, CIV 1201H, CIV 1250H, CIV 1252H, CIV 1260H, CIV 1262H, CIV 1275H, CIV 1504H.

 

Emphasis: Construction Management (MEng only)​

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Construction Management emphasis coordinator.

APS 1001H, APS 1004H, APS 1005H, APS 1017H,
CIV 1279H, CIV 1281H, CIV 1299H, CIV 1307H, CIV 1504H,
MIE 562H, MIE 1413H.

 

Emphasis: Engineering and Globalization​ (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four half courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) from the following lists, with at least two half courses (or one full course) chosen from Group A.

Group A

APS 510H, APS 530H, APS 1420H, GLA 1000H, JCR 1000Y (full-year course).

Group B

APS 1015H, APS 1020H, APS 1024H, CHL 5700H, JMG 2020H.

Note: Students who choose to pursue an MEng project in their home department that aligns with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN)'s disciplinary focus, as deemed by the CGEN Director, may count the project as one required Group B course.

Students who complete the requirements of the emphasis in Engineering and Globalization and wish to obtain a notation on their transcript should contact the Faculty Graduate Studies office.

 

Emphasis: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE)​​ (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete any four of the following courses (2.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]):

Leadership

TEP 1010H, TEP 1011H, TEP 1026H, TEP 1027H, TEP 1029H, TEP 1030H, TEP 1501H, TEP 1502H

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

APS 1012H, APS 1013H, APS 1015H, APS 1023H, APS 1033H, APS 1035H, APS 1036H, APS 1041H, APS 1061H, APS 1088H

Finance and Management

AER 1601H, APS 502H, APS 1001H, APS 1004H, APS 1005H, APS 1009H, APS 1016H, APS 1017H, APS 1020H, APS 1022H, APS 1028H, APS 1032​H, APS 1038H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H, APS 1049H, APS 1050H, APS 1051H, APS 1052H

Engineering and Society

APS 510H, APS 1018H, APS 1024H, APS 1025H, APS 1031H, APS 1034H, APS 1420H​.

 

Emphasis: Environmental Engineering (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Environmental Engineering emphasis coordinator.

CHE 1134H, CHE 1150H, CHE 1180H, CHE 1431H, CHE 1432H,
CHL 5903H,
CIV 541H, CIV 549H, CIV 550H, CIV 577H, CIV 1303H, CIV 1307H, CIV 1308H, CIV 1311H, CIV 1319H, CIV 1320H, CIV 1399H,
ENV 1001H, ENV 1701H,
JCC 1313H,
JNC 2503H,
MIE 1240H.

 

Emphasis: Forensic Engineering (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete four courses (one core course and three elective courses) from the list below.

Core Course

MSE 1031H

Elective Courses

APS 540H, APS 1034H, APS 1039H, APS 1040H,
BME 1800H, BME 1801H, BME 1480H,
CHE 561H, CHE 568H, CHE 1213H, CHE 1431H, CHE 1432H, CHE 1434H,
CIV 510H, CIV 518H, CIV 1163H, CIV 1171H, CIV 1174H, CIV 1190H, CIV 1201H, CIV 1279H, CIV 1282H, CIV 1422H, CIV 1429H,
JMB 1050H,
JNC 2503H,
MSE 1015H, MSE 1022H, MSE 1032H,
MIE 566H, MIE 1224H, MIE 1301H, MIE 1303H, MIE 1411H, MIE 1414H, MIE 1616H, MIE 1713H, MIE 1714H, MIE 1721H, MIE 1723H, MIE 1727H, MIE 1804H.

 

Emphasis: Geomechanics (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Geomechanics emphasis coordinator.

CIV 523H, CIV 1404H, CIV 1419H, CIV 1420H, CIV 1429H, CIV 1498H, CIV 1499H,
MIN 540H, MIN 565H.

 

Emphasis: Structural Engineering (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Structural Engineering emphasis coordinator.

CIV 510H, CIV 514H, CIV 515H, CIV 517H, CIV 518H, CIV 519H, CIV 1163H, CIV 1164H, CIV 1167H, CIV 1169H, CIV 1171H, CIV 1174H, CIV 1175H, CIV 1180H, CIV 1361H.

 

Emphasis: Sustainable Energy (MASc, MEng, PhD)

MASc and PhD students must successfully complete:

  • At least three half courses (1.5 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) from either of the following lists below.

  • A thesis towards their degree on a topic related to sustainable energy. Topics must be approved by the steering committee of the Institute of Sustainable Energy. Contact: Mandeep Rayat.

​MEng students must successfully complete:

  • Four half courses (2.0 FCEs) from either of the following lists below, including at least one core course (0.5 FCE).​

Core Courses

APS 1032H,
MIE 515H, MIE 1120H​.

​Elective Courses

AER 507H, AER 1304H, AER 1315H, AER 1415H,
CHE 568H, CHE 1053H, CHE 1118H, CHE 1123H, CHE 1142H, CHE 1143H, CHE 1150H,
CIV 575H, CIV 576H, CIV 577H, CIV 1303H, CIV 1307H,
ECE 533H, ECE 1030H, ECE 1055H, ECE 1057H, ECE 1059H, ECE 1085H, ECE 1086H, ECE 1092H, ECE 1094H,
MIE 516H, MIE 517H, MIE 1128H, MIE 1129H, MIE 1130H, MIE 1240H, MIE 1715H,
MSE 1022H, MSE 1023H, MSE 1028H, MSE 1058H​.

Students who complete the requirements of the emphasis in Sustainable Energy will receive a notation on their transcript from the Faculty Graduate Studies Office following a recommendation from the Institute of Sustainable Energy. Contact: Mandeep Rayat.

 

​Emphasis: Sustainable Urban Systems (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Sustainable Urban Systems emphasis coordinator.

APS 510H, APS 1024H, APS 1025H
CIV 514H, CIV 516H, CIV 531H, CIV 575H, CIV 576H, CIV 577H, CIV 1201H, CIV 1252H, CIV 1280H, CIV 1303H, CIV 1307H, CIV 1535H,
ECE 1092H,
ENV 1001H,
MIE 515H, MIE 1120H, MIE 1240H, MIE 1715H.

 

Emphasis: Transportation Engineering and Planning (MEng only)

MEng students must successfully complete six of the following technical courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs], one or two of which may be a one-session (CIV 1001H) or two-session (CIV 1002Y) project (not listed below). Other courses may be considered but will require approval of the Transportation Engineering and Planning emphasis coordinator.

CIV 516H, CIV 531H, CIV 536H, CIV 1307H, CIV 1506H, CIV 1508H, CIV 1520H, CIV 1532H, CIV 1535H, CIV 1536H, CIV 1538H.

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