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Civil Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

Civil engineering graduate students drill into materials in lab

Program Overview

Format: Full-time (MASc, MEng, PhD), Part-time (MEng)

Degree Earned: Master of Applied Science, Master of Engineering or PhD

This unique multi-disciplinary program prepares highly qualified graduate students for active roles in enhancing the nation’s economic, environmental and social development. Emphasis is placed on combining both traditional methods and the latest innovative technologies to enable students to broaden their expertise with a variety of challenging problems.

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Civil Engineering graduate student with shovel, next to cement mixer in engineering building lab

At a Glance

MASc

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in civil engineering, a related engineering field or applied science discipline from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

MEng

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in civil engineering, a related engineering field or applied science discipline from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

PhD

  • Completion of a master's degree in civil engineering or a related applied science field from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+)
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program specific requirements

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

Construction and Infrastructure Management

  • Asset management
  • Infrastructure resiliency
  • Project management
  • Risk and reliability

Environmental Engineering

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biogas production
  • Bioaccumulations of toxins in aquatic space
  • Eco-hydrology and eco-hydraulic engineering
  • Green engineering
  • Industrial oil/chemical spill management
  • Innovative wastewater treatment technologies
  • Modelling of watershed and landfill design
  • Resources recovery from wastes
  • Urban storm water management practices
  • Urban water and waste systems

Geomatics Engineering

  • Big geospatial data analytics for smart cities
  • Multi-sensor integration for mobile mapping and intelligent transportation systems
  • Photogrammetry, 3D imaging, deformation monitoring and metrology
  • Real-time and collaborative geographical information systems
  • Remote sensing and image processing (e.g., automated object extraction and LiDAR data processing)
  • Satellite positioning and navigation
  • 3D/4D city modelling, building information management and visualization
  • UAV sensor integration and real-time mapping

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Reliability design of geo-structures
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Geotechnical characteristics of glacial deposits
  • Design and risk mitigations of urban tunneling

Transportation Engineering

  • Disruptive/transformative transportation technologies and services
  • Highway design
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Road safety and human factors
  • Traffic operations/control/management
  • Transportation planning
  • Travel demand and behavior
  • Transportation informatics

Structural Engineering

  • Aggregate reactions: oxidation of sulphide minerals and alkali-aggregate reactions
  • Applications of advanced composite materials in bridges and structures
  • Behavior of structures and properties of concrete materials
  • Bridge design, construction, repair and rehabilitation
  • Deterioration and rehabilitation of infrastructures
  • Earthquake-resistant steel buildings with self-centring systems/materials
  • Evaluation and development of test methods for concrete durability under harsh environments
  • High-strength/performance concrete and reactive powder concrete
  • Offshore structures
  • Performance-based design of liquid-containing concrete structures including liquid-structure-soil interaction effects
  • Response of structures to wind actions using experimental wind-tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics
  • Seismic analysis, design and performance-based assessment of structures
  • Strength of steel and composite concrete-steel members
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Sustainable development of self-consolidating concrete
  • Tall building and long-span bridge aerodynamics
  • Thunderstorm wind speeds suitable for structural design
  • Use of industrial byproducts in concrete and asphalt

Civil Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD) graduate program calendar

  • Advanced Asphalt Concrete Testing Facility
  • Advanced Cement-Based Materials Laboratory
  • Concrete Laboratory
  • Digital Mapping Laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Geo-Optical Laboratory
  • Geotechnical Laboratory
  • GIS and GeoCollaboration Laboratory
  • Hydraulics Engineering Laboratory
  • Road Safety Research Laboratory
  • Satellite Navigation Laboratory
  • Strength of Materials Laboratory
  • Structures Laboratory
  • Toronto and Area Road Builders Association Highway Materials Laboratory
  • Urban Transportation Laboratory
  • Water Resources Engineering Laboratory

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Songnian Li
Graduate Program Director
BEng, PhD, PEng
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6450
Email: snli@ryerson.ca

Annie Jiang
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 544402
Email: civgrad@ryerson.ca

“Ryerson’s Civil Engineering program has not only given me the opportunity to learn and explore the world of engineering, it has also provided me with the tools and the confidence I need to pursue my career ambitions.”

Gregory Richards, MASc student

Student Profile: 2018 Ryerson 3MT winner, external link

Lama Al Faseeh (civil engineering PhD student) is exploring the impact of introducing autonomous vehicles into traffic with human drivers.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Civil Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Research

As an urban innovation university, Ryerson offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.