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Rammed Earth Research
Rammed Earth Research

We accept graduate degree candidates under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Calendar.

Not all students who apply and meet all the admission requirements will be accepted. We receive many applications every year but constraints of space, funding, and scholarships/assistantships prevent us from accepting as many students as we would like.

Since graduate salaries partially depend on funding from research projects, it is best to first determine one or a few professors whose research is aligned with your interests by reading our overall research program, as well as individual research pages.  Then contact only these professors whose research is aligned with your interests, clearly describing your background and research and education goals. Do not email everyone in the department - we all receive daily spam emails from prospective students and will not respond unless it is clear that your interests, goals and background are aligned with our research.

Once you have found a professor that is potentially interested and aligned with your interests, you can apply to the MASc or PhD program.


Master’s programs: We require a four-year (60 units) baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution with a B average (5.0/9.0 GPA) in the last two years (30 units) or academic study.

PhD program: Admission to PhD candidacy is reserved for those able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. A PhD candidate will normally hold a master's degree in engineering. Transfer to a PhD program prior to completion of a master’s is allowed under some circumstances.

If your background is not in civil engineering, you may be required to take make-up courses (not for credit) as a condition of admission. Learn about information for international applicants on the Faculty of Graduate Studies site.

Required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Recommended by the department

  • Statement of intent (one page maximum)
  • Resume

*Official documents: In order for documents such as transcripts, confirmation of degrees, and English language proficiency tests to be considered official they must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions & Records Office from the issuing institution. See Submission of documents 

In addition to the documentation required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, we encourage you to include a resume and a one-page statement of intent. These can help prospective supervisors get a better understanding of your background and are used to determine recipients of internal awards.

Admission documents




Academic transcripts

B average (5.0/9.0 GPA) in the last two years (30 units)of academic study*

Completed master’s degree in science or engineering

English language proficiency

TOEFL: minimum overall score of 90, with no score of less than 20 on each individual component (IBT), or minimum 575 (PBT); or,

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with no score of less than 6.0 on each individual component.

GRE testing is not required.

Assessment letters

Two assessment letters from professional or academic contacts.



A concise and complete resume summarizing your activities and achievements both academic and professional.

Statement of intent

A one-page letter explaining your career goals and research interest. List your pertinent achievements in this area as well as your research strengths. 

* For applicants with relevant experience, e.g., industry experience in the field, this requirement may be waived. However, the minimum levels outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies general regulations (minimum GPA of 5.0 (B)) still apply for students with relevant experience.

We accept applications year round for entry points in January, May and September. However, we make no guarantees that offers will be sent out in time for your desired entry point. 

Based on typical processing times for academic documents and visas, you are encouraged to adhere to our recommended dates:

Entry Point

Domestic Deadline

International Deadline


October 1st
(previous year)
October 1st
(previous year)


February 1st
February 1st


June 1st
June 1st