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The Civil Engineering program is now accepting applications for Fall 2020 for all programs (MEng, MASc and PhD).  The first consideration deadline is January 15, 2020 and the program will begin to review applications after this date.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a master's degree in civil engineering or a related applied science field
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.33/4.33 (B+)
  • Completion of a four-year bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a related engineering field or applied science discipline from a recognized institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years
  • Completion of a four-year bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a related engineering field or applied science discipline from a recognized institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years

How to Apply

Submitting a complete application package to the civil engineering program is a three-stage process: 1) Connect with a supervisor; 2) Submit your application via the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), and 3) Prepare your documents to upload via Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies. (The online system is mandatory; the Yeates School of Graduate Studies will not accept any hard copy application packages, nor will they be processed.)

1. Connect with a Supervisor

To find a professor with research interests that align with yours, visit our Faculty page. You may also explore the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s areas of Research Expertise.

For PhD and MASc students, it is your responsibility to secure a faculty member to supervise your graduate research work. (For MEng students, it is optional, but recommended, to secure a supervisor.) Please list the civil engineering faculty member who you wish to work with, or the faculty member who has already agreed to supervise you, on the online application. To learn more about this process, please contact the graduate program administrator and consult the Yeates School of Graduate Studies’ Tips for Finding a Prospective Supervisor.

2. Submit Your Application via OUAC

Visit the OUAC, external link, opens in new window webpage, select your “Status in Canada” from the drop-down menu and click “Save.”

Select the program(s) you wish to apply to and click “Save Program” (maximum three programs).

Create or log in to your OUAC account. Ensure that you write down your username and password in order to return to your application if necessary at a later date.

Prepare your application using the navigation bar on the left to fill out your information, then click “Review and Submit” and verify that all information is accurate.

Make the payment as requested (all application fees are non-refundable). The application fee is $110 per program.

Submit your application.

Note: Make sure to apply to the correct program; once you submit your application, you cannot change the program(s) you originally selected.

Print or download the PDF version of your application form and save a copy for your personal records. You will be required to upload this document along with all of your other required application materials.

Check your inbox (ensure it’s the email address you provided in your OUAC application) for instructions outlining how to upload your documents electronically.

Note: If you have a Ryerson email address, you will receive all correspondence via that email inbox. If you do not yet have a Ryerson email address, you will receive all correspondence via the email inbox indicated in your online application.

3. Prepare Your Documents to Upload via Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies

After you have completed your OUAC application, an online account will be created for you on RAMSS within 1-2 business days. You will be emailed within 2-3 business days to create your online identity and upload your required documents, which are outlined below.

Make sure your documents are clearly labeled before they are uploaded. Once you have gathered all the required documents and activated your online identity, you can log on to the Applicant Upload portal. After you have successfully uploaded all your required documents, your application will enter the review process. Monitor your application status in RAMSS and through the Applicant Upload portal.

As mentioned in Step 7 of the OUAC application process outlined above, once you submit your online application via OUAC, you will be directed to a summary of the information you submitted, which will look like image filethis example. Please save a copy of your .pdf summary (not the example) and be prepared to upload this as a part of your application.

Your statement of 500-1000 words should address the following:

  • Your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in civil engineering.
  • The research interest(s) you may wish to pursue in a master's research project, thesis or doctoral dissertation.   
  • How your previous studies and experience have prepared you for this program.
  • Your career objectives and how this degree program relates to them.

You may include, but are not limited to, relevant work experience, education, awards (academic, professional or financial), publications, technical skills, research experience, and/or memberships in professional associations.

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for this program. The referees you choose should be able to speak to your academic, research and/or professional abilities. Choose your referees with care as reference letters are a key component of your application package.

As a part of your online application, you will be asked to submit contact information for your referees. It is your responsibility to contact the referees before filling out the online application form to confirm their availability as no changes will be made after your application has been submitted.

Your referees will be contacted electronically within two to three business days of your application submission with further instructions. Please ensure that the contact information is accurate.

All reference letters must come directly from the referee. Student-submitted copies will not be accepted.

Please note that we reserve the right to contact your referees at any stage during the application process.

If you have any inquiries regarding references, please send them to gradreference@ryerson.ca.

Transcripts (or mark sheets, where applicable) are required from every accredited institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for admissions/evaluation purposes.

If you are a previous Ryerson undergraduate or graduate student, please upload your unofficial transcript. (Read “How to View My Unofficial Transcript” for more information on obtaining an unofficial transcript from RAMSS.)

Please note, your admissions application will remain incomplete and will not be forwarded to the programs admissions committee for consideration unless your transcripts are received/uploaded.

Applicants from Ontario universities and colleges will have the option of ordering their transcripts while completing the online application.

If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must provide a notarized English translation. Please note that translations do not replace original documentation; both versions must be submitted.

Please include your institution's grading scale, often located on the back of a transcript. Please ensure to upload both sides of your transcript. If your transcript does not list a grading scale, please ensure you upload a document from the university with the grading scale outlined. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion if a grading scale is not provided.

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies does not accept external assessments conducted by third party agencies such as WES or ICAS. However, when requested, Yeates will accept the verification of the document only.

Applicants who did not complete their bachelor's or master's degree in the English language will be required to submit an English language proficiency test score. More information about the acceptable language tests and minimum required scores can be found on the Graduate Studies Admission Requirements page.

For exemption from this requirement, you are required to provide an official statement from your institution confirming that English is the language of instruction and examination for the duration of study.