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Civil Engineering (PhD, MASc, MEng)

About the Program


Ryerson University, a leader in applied education and research, offers a cutting edge graduate program leading to a PhD, Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree or a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Civil Engineering. The state-of-the-art program is designed to prepare high-qualified graduate students to play an active role in enhancing the nation's economic, environmental, and social development. Emphasis is placed on combining both traditional methods and the latest innovative technologies to generate an intellectual environment in which students can broaden their expertise with a variety of challenging problems.


Award winning professors conduct research and teach courses in the major fields of Environmental Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation Engineering, which are described below as well as in Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Construction Mangement.

Environmental Engineering

The environmental engineering field in the graduate program focuses primarily on urban facilities and environment as well as environmental informatics. Within this focus, it emphasizes the analysis of water and waste systems (e.g. sewage, wastewater, drinking water supply, municipal solid wastes); and, the data infrastructure required to support these and other systems in the urban environment and, environmental geomatics technologies including environmental remote sensing and GIS-based environmental decision support systems. Particular social and political issues that arise in these types of analyses relate to sustainable urban systems, and the possibilities for integration across urban systems. Under this field, endless possibilities of interaction exist between the proposed program and the existing masters program in Environmental Applied Science and Management in which many civil engineering faculty members are involved.

Geomatics Engineering

This field focuses directly on the various aspects of data collection, information generation and management related to the Earth including the surface, subsurface, water and atmosphere. The main objective of the field is to capture the precise geometric position and attributes related to all features that comprise the terrestrial system of the Earth and, also, extraterrestrial bodies in recent years. The main disciplines in the field include mapping, surveying, geospatial information management, global positioning systems, photogrammetry, remote sensing and cadastral studies. The field deals with applications and applied research in acquisition, management, analysis, modeling, visualization, dissemination and application of geo-referenced data. This results in commonly known derivatives such as topographic maps, geospatial information systems such as MapQuest and Google Earth, on-board vehicle navigation systems, weather maps and disaster management systems.

Structural Engineering 

This field focuses directly on the various civil engineering means by which the country can deal with the matter of deteriorating built infrastructure. The main components of the field are structural engineering, construction materials and pavements, and construction project management. These components constitute a program that covers a variety of engineering disciplines and advanced technologies that make it possible to improve the performance of infrastructure elements in terms of their durability; the time, cost, and ease of their construction; and their ability to withstand a wide range of environmental load and operating conditions.

Transportation Engineering

Graduate study in transportation at Ryerson prepares you for a professional, teaching, and research career in the planning, design and management of transportation systems with emphasis on the road and transit infrastructure.