Graduate program

Retaining Wall
Retaining walls and geotechnical design are an important part of Civil Engineering in coastal regions (Photo: U. T. Khan)

Program Requirements – PhD

The program for a student with a master’s degree will be a minimum of 37.5 units, normally with not less than 3 units of approved course work, a 1.5 unit seminar, a 3.0 unit candidacy examination and a dissertation (CIVE 699). The approved course work must include CIVE 601(1.5 units) which must be taken before the candidacy exam.

Candidates who hold a master’s degree from a university outside Canada or the United States will normally be required to complete at least 9 units of courses, a 1.5 unit seminar and a 3.0 unit candidacy examination.

A student transferring from a master’s program to the doctoral program will be required to complete a program of at least 45 units. This program includes a minimum of 10.5 units of approved courses, (including CIVE 601), a 1.5 unit seminar, a 3.0 unit candidacy examination, and a dissertation (CIVE 699). For those students transferring from a master’s program, credit will normally be given for courses already completed. Required course work will be subject to the approval of the department.

The comprehensive exam will be a combination of written and oral examination that will be conducted in conjunction with the candidacy exam.

Within 24 months of registration and successful completion of CIVE 601, a PhD student must submit a written dissertation research proposal, defining the research topic, the goals of the research and the methodology to be used. The PhD student is required to pass an oral candidacy exam before their supervisory committee. The PhD student must register in CIVE 693 (3.0 units) from the beginning of the PhD program until the candidacy examination is successfully completed. CIVE 693 is a prerequisite for CIVE 699. During the candidacy examination, the supervisory committee will question the candidate to determine whether the candidate has the appropriate background knowledge and skills to undertake the proposed dissertation project, and whether the project is likely to lead to results suitable for a PhD dissertation.

The program of study will be determined by the supervisory committee in consultation with the student. The supervisory committee may decide that additional course work is required. The program will allow for a maximum of one Directed Studies course (CIVE 590).

All PhD students will be required to give two seminars (CIVE 695) on their thesis research within 20 months and 34 months of registration. Normally, students will register in CIVE 695 until program completion. The seminars have a total unit value of 1.5. Students must attend a minimum of two-thirds of the seminar series.

The dissertation (CIVE 699) for the PhD program will be equivalent to 30 units. The topic of the dissertation is subject to the approval of the department.

Under exceptional circumstances, when it is quite evident that the industrial work periods form an essential and integral part of a student’s thesis project, a PhD student may participate in the co-operative graduate program.

Participation in the Co-operative Education program, which enables students to acquire knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience, is optional for full-time Master’s and PhD students. Graduation with a co-operative education designation requires master's students to complete two work terms and PhD students to complete three (a work term consists of four months of full time, paid employment). Students require permission from their academic supervisor and the Co-op coordinator to participate in the Co-op program. Interested students should contact the Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op office during their first year. Students should also consult “Co-operative Education”.

As an integral part of the graduate program, students are normally required to undertake teaching or research assistantships within the department.

Program Requirements – MASc

The program consists of a minimum of 16.5 units, normally with not less than 6.0 units of graduate coursework, a 1.5 unit seminar (CIVE 595) and a thesis (CIVE 599). Required course work is subject to the approval of the Department.

The program allows for a maximum of two Directed Studies courses (CIVE 590), of which only one may be directly related to the thesis topic. The program of study is determined by the supervisory committee in consultation with the student. The supervisory committee may decide that additional course work is required.

All MASc students are required to give a seminar (CIVE 595) on their thesis research during the second year of the program. Normally, students will register in CIVE 595 until program completion. The seminar has a unit value of 1.5. Students must attend a minimum of two-thirds of the seminar series.

The thesis (CIVE 599) for the MASc program will be equivalent to 9 units. The topic of the thesis will be subject to the approval of the department.

MASc students will be required to defend their completed thesis in a final oral examination which is open to the public.

The proposed Program will participate in the Co-operative Education Program of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Participation in the Co-operative Education program, which enables students to acquire knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience, is optional for full-time Master’s and PhD students. Graduation with a co-operative education designation requires master's students to complete two work terms and PhD students to complete three (a work term consists of four months of full time, paid employment). Students require permission from their academic supervisor and the Co-op coordinator to participate in the Co-op program. Interested students should contact the Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op office during their first year. Students should also consult “Co-operative Education”.

As an integral part of the graduate program, students are normally required to undertake teaching or research assistantships within the department.

Quick Links

Top links

Student life

Student support

Societies and groups

Additional resources

Documents and Forms