Graduate

Overview

A gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is one of the best places to live and learn. The Department of Civil Engineering at UBC Vancouver is renowned for its dedication to world-class research and state-of-the art facilities; we are ranked No. 1 in Canada and 25th in the world by the 2021 QS World University Rankings. This status is in large part thanks to our graduate students and we continue to seek outstanding applicants to maintain and strengthen our contributions to society.

At the graduate level we offer one course-based degree, the Master of Engineering (MEng), and two research-based degrees, the Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Taken together, there are 9 different specialization options across these programs. The Department also participates in two Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs offered by the Faculty of Applied Science.

Our programs have competitive tuition rates and partial tuition waivers, as well as comprehensive funding packages for MASc and PhD students. Detailed information about these programs is available in the navigation bar to the left.

Degree Options

MEngMELMAScPhD
DegreeMaster of EngineeringMaster of Engineering LeadershipMaster of Applied ScienceDoctor of Philosophy
TypeProfessional Professional Research Research
Duration
(on average)
8 – 16 months12 months2 years5+ years
Specializations• Environmental Systems Engineering
 
• Geotechnical Engineering
 
• Hydrotechnical Engineering
 
• Project & Construction Management
 
• Structural & Earthquake Engineering
 
• Transportation Engineering
• Integrated Water Management
 
• Urban Systems: Infrastructure for Resilient Cities
• Environmental Fluid Mechanics
 
• Environmental Systems Engineering
 
• Geo-Environmental Engineering
 
• Geotechnical Engineering
 
• Hydrotechnical Engineering
 
• Project & Construction Management
 
• Structural & Earthquake Engineering

• Structural Materials Engineering
 
• Transportation Engineering
• Environmental Fluid Mechanics
 
• Environmental Systems Engineering
 
• Geo-Environmental Engineering
 
• Geotechnical Engineering
 
• Hydrotechnical Engineering
 
• Project & Construction Management
 
• Structural & Earthquake Engineering

• Structural Materials Engineering
 
• Transportation Engineering
ComponentsCoursework• Coursework
 
• Business and leadership training
• Coursework
 
• Thesis
• Coursework
 
• Dissertation
Financial EligibilityMay apply for teaching assistantshipsScholarships are available based upon submitted application• Teaching assistantships

• Scholarships

• Graduate awards
• Teaching assistantships

• Scholarships

• Graduate awards

(Minimum funding of $22,000 CDN guaranteed)
Co-opAvailable but not guaranteed (approx. 4-8 month work terms)Available for MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering onlyN/AN/A

Master of Engineering (MEng)

The MEng program is a non-thesis, course-based professional program designed for students who would like to further their studies in Civil Engineering without pursuing research. The program requires completion of at least 30 credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level. In addition to the 30 credits of required coursework, some specialty groups may require a project to be completed in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements.

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Master of Applied Science (MASc)

The thesis-based MASc is a traditional research-based degree taken over two years of full-time study. The program includes a total of 18 credits (or more) of coursework and the completion of a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. The MASc is the recommended course of study for students who are interested in eventually pursuing a PhD.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The thesis-based PhD is an advanced research-based degree. The program normally takes five years of full-time study to complete and includes 30 credits of coursework, the completion of comprehensive examinations in the candidate’s major and minor fields, and the completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member. It is normal department practice to initially register students into the MASc program, and to transfer them to the PhD program upon completion of the MASc (or earlier if recommended by the supervising faculty member).

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Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL)

Beyond the MEng, MASc, and PhD programs, the Department also participates in two Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs offered by the Faculty of Applied Science.

The MEL offers one-year, non-thesis professional degree programs for practicing professionals who want to excel in their careers, broaden their technical perspectives and gain new business and leadership skills. These programs combine cross-disciplinary technical instruction and personal leadership development offered by UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and the Sauder School of Business. Civil Engineering offers two MEL programs, Urban Systems: Infrastructure for Resilient Cities (offered jointly with the School of Community and Regional Planning) and Integrated Water Management (offered jointly with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering). Find more information at mel.ubc.ca.

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