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Civil Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

Civil engineering graduate students testing 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


  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related discipline 
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study 
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic


  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related discipline 
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study 
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic


  • Completion of a master’s degree in a related engineering or applied science discipline 
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) 
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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
  • 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

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Anwar Hossain
Graduate Program Director (interim)
BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7867

Rachel Peluso
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 544402
Fax: 416-979-5153

“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

Lama Al Faseeh (civil engineering PhD student and 2018 Ryerson 3MT winner) is exploring the impact of introducing autonomous vehicles into traffic with human drivers.

student working at a desk

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.


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.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.