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Civil Engineering

Our civil engineering program is project-based learning focused on the core theme of sustainability. You’ll learn all the skills you need for a career in the rapidly-emerging green economy.

Our faculty specializes in and offers supervision on the following research themes:

  • Green structures and materials
  • Smart buildings, infrastructure and cities
  • Sustainable water

You may also be interested in the interdisciplinary Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Industrial Ecology program.

Degree programs offered

In our MASc program, we emphasize research-intensive, sustainability-focused and interdisciplinary work. You’ll pursue advanced studies and carry out independent research. You’ll work on creative civil engineering design under faculty supervision. Your degree will culminate in a written thesis, which you’ll defend in an oral exam. Exceptional undergraduate students can fast-track into our PhD program.

In our PhD program, you’ll pursue independent and original research. Your work will create significant advances in our understanding of green civil engineering. As you master civil engineering, you’ll take courses and prepare for a PhD candidacy exam. You’ll work under faculty supervision and complete a written thesis, which you’ll defend in an oral exam.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MASc 2 years Yes No
PhD 3 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Green structures and materials
  • Industrial ecology
  • Smart buildings
  • Infrastructure and cities
  • Sustainable water

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Civil Engineering.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

Applications may be submitted at any time. You can choose to enter the program in September, January or May.

Based on typical processing times for documents and visa, we encourage these dates:

  • January entry point: October 1 (of the previous year)
  • May entry point: February 1
  • September entry point: June 1

International students should get their paperwork in order as soon as possible. Processing times are often lengthy and can delay your program entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-472-4640.

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