Master of Engineering


The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MEng) program is a non-thesis, course-based professional graduate program in Civil Engineering, and is available in the following areas of specialization:

Note that the specialization does not appear on the degree parchment or on the transcript.

Successful completion of the MEng degree requires the completion of 30 credits of coursework, subject to various constraints and requirements as provided below. For further information, please contact the Civil Engineering Graduate Support Office.

Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year bachelor degree in Civil Engineering* (Domestic) (International)
  • English proficiency
  • One (1) letter of reference
  • Resume/CV

Undergraduate Degrees
Applicants with a degree that is not in Civil Engineering should be aware that, at the time that a recommendation for admission is made, the Specialty Advisor will be requested to provide a justification regarding the suitability of the applicant for pursuing a graduate degree in civil engineering. However, students should not communicate with the relevant Specialty Advisor regarding this justification, unless invited to do so.

English Proficiency
If your degrees is not from Australia, Botswana, Canada, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, UK, USA, Zaire, Zimbabwe or the English-speaking countries of the West Indies, you are required to submit an official English language test score, typically TOEFL or IELTS.

Below you will find the minimum test scores to be considered for admission into any of the graduate programs at the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC:


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Letter of Reference
The application system will require you to complete all three fields of referee email addresses. Please enter your actual referee’s email address in the first field, and populate the second and third fields with a placeholder email address. Use your own email address in these fields. If the system asks you for further detail about the second and third referees, write N/A in all fields.

Please note:

  • The Department will not accept letters from granting institutions stating that the medium of instruction is English.
  • If your transcripts states that the medium of instruction for the institution was in English then you do not need to provide the results of an English proficiency exam.
  • Score reports more than two years old will not be accepted.
  • We only require you to submit official hard copies of transcripts and or your IELTS if you have been recommended for admission to the program. If you are recommended you will receive an email from the department requesting your official documents. All the details you need, mailing address etc. will be contained in the email.
  • We cannot accept IELTS/TOEFL scores after the application deadline. Once that deadline date has passed you will not be able to upload any documents.


We consider applications for September admission only and you must submit your application by January 31st at the latest. Your referees will be prompted to submit a recommendation letter once you submit your application. They have until February 15th to submit the letter but often referees need several reminders from you before they act. For that reason, please submit your application early and do not forget to follow up with the referees to make sure they submit a recommendation. 

We do not accept applications for admission at other times of the year.

Tuition & Financial Support

Master of Engineering (full-time)

Instalment per year: 3

Minimum # of instalments for program: 3

Program entry yearDomestic fee per instalmentDomestic continuing fee per instalmentInternational fee per instalmentInternational continuing fee per instalment
2020S or 2020W$2,064.55$776.01$7,018.90$7,018.90
2019S or 2020W$2,064.55$776.01$6,951.41$6,951.41
2018S or earlier$2,064.55$776.01$6,884,58$6,884.58

Master of Engineering (part-time)

Instalments per year: 3

Minimum # of instalments for program: 9

Domestic fee per instalment Domestic continuing fee per instalmentInternational fee per instalmentInternational continuing fee per instalment

Financial Support

MEng students are not eligible for awards or financial aid administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, nor for financial support made available through the Department of Civil Engineering. The sole exception is that MEng students may apply for Teaching Assistantships within the Department (see Funding); however a very limited number of TA appointments are directed to MEng students.

How to Apply

Step 1: Create the application

  • The application system can be accessed here. Note that applications for September intake open in July of the preceding year.
  • The application deadline for all Civil Engineering programs is January 31st. Currently we only offer September intake. Details regarding the application fees can be found here
  • In order to avoid any issues with your application, please carefully follow the detailed instructions that are found in the online application.

Step 2: Upload scanned copies of supporting documents

  • Prior to submitting the application you must upload PDF versions of the required documents. Originals will be requested only if you are offered admission.
  • Please note that all required scanned documents must be uploaded no later than February 15th, two weeks after the application deadline.
  • Transcripts must be uploaded as a single PDF file for each post-secondary institution attended.
  • If you are a UBC student then you do NOT need to provide the UBC transcript with your application as we are able to access your transcripts internally and add them to your file.


  • One reference is required for the MEng program.
  • Your reference should be requested from an individual who is prepared to speak to your academic ability and qualifications.
  • You will be asked to provide the referee’s email address. Please note that we are unable to accept emails from referees using Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, or other free email accounts.
  • A unique link will be emailed to your referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.


  • Upload Your CV in PDF format detailing your education, work experiences, and competencies, including publications, if applicable.
  • All PhD applicants should submit, as an addendum to the CV, a formal publication list, including all papers published and conference presentations made.

English Proficiency Test Scores

  • If you need to submit an English test score then please note that your official score report should be submitted directly from the Testing Centre.
  • Please use the following code for an official score report request: Institution Code: 0965/ Department Code: 65.

If you are offered admission, the offer letter will indicate which original hard-copy documents you need to submit.

  • All transcripts must arrive at UBC in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then two official copies of the degree certificate are required. 
  • Current and former UBC students do not need to submit official UBC transcripts as part of their graduate application package. However, they are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended, e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.
  • Please note that any document submitted to UBC becomes the property of UBC and will not be returned.

Current Students

Coursework Requirements

The MEng program requires completion of at least 30 credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree. The 30 credits are subject to the following requirements:

  • 500 level courses.  A minimum of 24 credits of graduate level courses (numbered 5XX) must be completed, of which at least 12 credits must be in Civil Engineering (labeled CIVL 5XX).
  • CIVL 597.  All students are required to register once at the start of term 1 in the appropriate section of CIVL 597 Graduate Seminar (1 credit, Pass/Fail mark); however, they are encouraged to attend the seminar series (without subsequent registration) throughout their time in the program.
  • CIVL 592.  A maximum of 6 credits may be taken through CIVL 592 Directed Studies.
  • CIVL 598.  A maximum of 6 credits may be taken through CIVL 598 Topics in Civil Engineering. (These are courses that have not yet been approved by the University Senate.)
  • 300/ 400 Level Courses.  A maximum of 6 credits of 300- or 400-level courses may be taken. (Approval of undergraduate electives is not guaranteed; please consult your Specialty Advisor.)
  • 100/200 Level Courses.  100- & 200-level courses may not be used for credit towards completion of the MEng program.
  • Specialization Requirements.  Coursework requirements specific to each specialization must be satisfied and may be found under Research Areas.

Students are required to obtain approval of their course selection from their Specialty Advisor.  

Course Registration

Coursework Plan.  All MEng students are required to secure the approval of a Coursework Plan from their Specialty Advisor. Students should initially develop a draft plan that lists the proposed courses and schedule, taking into account course availability (not all courses are offered every year) and term in which they are offered (see Course Schedule), as well as the below considerations. The aim of the coursework plan is to help students ensure adherence to course credit requirements, coursework regulations, an appropriate course load, and avoidance of scheduling conflicts.

Minimum Course Marks

A minimum grade of 68% is required in each course used for credit. However, a maximum of 6 credits with grades between 60 and 67% may be accepted for credit, if the candidate has an average greater than or equal to 68% in all coursework. Supplemental examinations are not granted to graduate students: a course in which a grade of less than 60% is obtained may be repeated for a higher standing, subject to approval of the Department. A student who obtains a grade of less than 68% in more than 6 credits will normally be required to withdraw for inadequate academic progress.

Prior Courses and Transfer Credit

Transfer credit arrangements for the MEng degree correspond to those indicated by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (see Transfer Credit).These allow students to transfer up to 12 credits of coursework taken prior to or after admission to the current program, subject to certain constraints. The courses cannot have been used to satisfy the requirements of another credential; they cannot have been used as a basis for admission to the current program; they must have been taken within five years of admission to the current program; and a standing of a least 74% must be obtained in the relevant courses. For clarity, transfer credits may be applied to all courses used for credit in the current program, including CIVL 500-level courses, but not for CIVL 597, and need not entail exact course equivalencies. Students requesting transfer credit, including advanced credit from prior studies, should consult the Specialty Advisor upon entry or prior to registering in affected courses; the Specialty Advisor may recommend this to the Graduate Advisor for written approval.

Core Course Substitutions.  

Core Course may be substituted by an elective course if the equivalent course has already been taken.

Selection of Elective Courses.  

Elective Courses may be selected from the list of Approved Elective Courses for the relevant specialization, CIVL 592 (which needs to be arranged with a particular instructor), a relevant CIVL 598 section (if available) and/or other courses including 300- & 400-level undergraduate courses and courses outside Civil Engineering. However, beyond the Approved Elective Courses, the final selection of elective courses requires the approval of the Specialty Advisor, typically at the time of Coursework Plan approval.  At all times, Department-wide course credit requirements and constraints need to be strictly adhered to.