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Ryerson University is well known for its applied education and the Department of Civil Engineering exemplifies this quality. We offer an undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree, as well as post-graduate degrees at the Masters and Doctoral levels that afford students the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research. The Department has been undergoing transformative change in which collaboration and synergy have figured prominently. In the past decade, student numbers have grown by nearly 150% at the undergraduate level and over 400% at the graduate level.


Undergraduate program

The undergraduate program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), and graduates are eligible for certification by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.). The first two years of a revamped curriculum are common to all students. At the end of the second year, students will have the opportunity to continue in the regular Civil Engineering program, with courses in the environmental, geomatics, transportation and structural/materials areas, or apply to enroll in a two-year specialized Structural Engineering option. Students in the program will also enroll during their final year in an exciting capstone design group project, conducted in collaboration with an industry partner.


Post-graduate program

The Department offers a societally relevant post-graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) and full- and part-time Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees. The state-of-the-art program is designed to prepare high-qualified graduate students to play an active role in enhancing 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. In a recent periodic appraisal by the Ontario Council for Graduate Studies (OCGS), our graduate program received the highest rating of “Very Good”. Graduate students have been awarded prestigious scholarships at the university, provincial and national levels.



Involvement of faculty members and students in research enriches course offerings and provides students with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking, technical, and analytical skills. Four areas encompass the majority of our research activities: Innovative and Sustainable Infrastructures/Materials; Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Water Management; Geomatics Engineering; and Road Safety/Smart Transportation Systems. These activities are supported by agencies and programs such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research, Discovery and Strategic Grants, Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Centers of Excellence, Ontario Ministry of Transportation Highway Infrastructure Innovation Program, the National Research Council IRAP Program, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.