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Graduate Program

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a broad programme of graduate studies in Civil Engineering. Our faculty members conduct research in areas of computational mechanics/finite element analysis, bridge engineering, building systems/building science, earthquake engineering/structural dynamics, environmental hydraulics/water resources, geomechanics, GIS applications/urban systems and sustainability, masonry/concrete/composite materials, and structural retrofit/rehabilitation, material durability/service life modelling. In particular, our fields of study at the Master's and Ph.D. levels are in computational mechanics, water resources and environmental engineering and structures. Please note that we are not offering Transportation Engineering at this time.

Degrees Available:

Master's of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) Thesis: Research programme requiring the completion of the equivalent of 4 half graduate level courses plus presentation and defence of a thesis embodying results of an original investigation is required. This program is intended mainly for full-time candidates but may be taken on a part-time basis. Our M.A.Sc. (thesis) program is generally 20 months in length.

Master's of Engineering (M.Eng) Project: Course and project programme requiring the completion of the equivalent of 6 half graduate level courses plus presentation of a report demonstrating ability to carry out independent study and reach a satisfactory conclusion is required. This program is primarily intended for part-time M.Eng. candidates but may be taken by full-time students. Please note that we will not be offering the M.Eng program for the January 2018 competition.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Equivalent of 4 half courses beyond the Master's degree and successful defence of a thesis is required. Candidates are required to pass a Comprehensive Examination. Under some circumstances, arrangements can be made with the Department for part-time Ph.D. study.


Prospective Students for M.A.Sc./M.Eng./Ph.D.
Graduate Studies in Civil Engineering

Academic Requirements:

Applicants must comply with the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar as well as specific departmental regulations.

The minimum academic requirement for admission to an M.A.Sc. degree and an M.Eng. degree is normally an average of B in the last two years of an applicant's undergraduate program. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. All applicants are notified in writing as to the results of their application as soon as possible via email.

Please note that the M.Eng. degree is primarily intended for part-time M.Eng. candidates, but may be taken by full-time students

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your native language you will be required to submit a TOEFL or an International English Language Test (IELTS) Score. The minimum requirements are as follows:

TOEFL Scores

To ensure your TOEFL score is received by this department please indicate Institution Code 0936 and Department Code 65 when requesting your transcripts from the TOEFL testing centre. Our department code can be found under the Physical Sciences listing of the ETS order screen.

If you select "For any department not listed" your TOEFL score will NOT be received by this department. Due to the large volume of scores we receive, we are unable to look for TOEFL scores that are sent to code 99.

TOEFL Score Minimum Requirements

    • minimum 567 - written test
    • minimum 227 - computer-based test
    • minimum 86 - internet-based test

International English Language Test Scores (IELTS)

Test must be Academic, not General Test

    • minimum 6.5 overall score
    • minimum 5.5 score for each section
To ensure your IELTS score is received by this department, please ensure it is sent by IELTS directly to our department mailing address listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: It often takes more than the 2 weeks TOEFL specifies for transcripts to arrive in our office. You are advised to arrange to have these transcripts sent to us at least 3 months prior to the department application deadline.


Application Procedure:

In addition to the completed Online Application form, we will require the following supporting documents. ALL documents are to be received by our application deadline in order to be considered.

Application Fee: Applications must be accompanied by the required $100 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit card payment or a cheque drawn on a Canadian bank made payable to McMaster University. Cheques drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15 processing fee for a total of $115.

    Official Transcripts:

    • All post-secondary academic work completed to date
    • Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the program office
    • If the final transcript does not show that all degree requirements have been met or the degree is conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required

    Two academic references

    • From instructors most familiar with your academic work
    • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf
    • If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form here
    • Some McMaster programs may have different reference requirements. Please review the program website for details

    English Language Proficiency

    • We accept IELTs or TOEFL scores. Please see above for minimum score requirements and instructions on where to have documents sent.
    • Applicants who have completed a university degree where the primary language of instruction is
    • English may have this requirement waived Please contact the program of interest for more information

    Statement of Interest

  • 1 page statement of interest with your name inthe top right hand corner

  • Copy of Canadian Record of Landing or Permanent Resident Papers (if applicable)

Our Mailing Address:

Your supporting documents MUST be sent directly to the Graduate Secretary of the Department of Civil Engineering. Incorrect mailing will delay processing. Our mailing address is:

Graduate Administrative Assistant
Dept. of Civil Engineering - JHE 301
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7

Financial Assistance:

Financial assistance may include a combination of teaching assistantship, scholarship or research stipend. A teaching assistantship, when available, would be offered only to candidates admitted to the Department as regular full-time students. Additional financial assistance for M.A.Sc. (thesis) and Ph.D. candidates is normally provided in connection with thesis research activities carried out with your proposed research supervisor. It should be noted that financial assistance for the M.A.Sc. (thesis) program is guaranteed for 5 terms (20 months). Ph.D. candidates are guaranteed funding for 12 terms (4 years).

PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide funding for M.Eng. (project) students, however, M.Eng. students do require a supervisor.

Decisions on financial support are made early in the year so you are encouraged to submit your completed application well before the application deadline for the admission date you are requesting.

Application Submission Deadlines


For January Admission Competition:

Canadian/Landed Immigrants: October 24

International Students: August 1

Please note that we will not be offering the M.Eng program for the January 2018 competition.

For September Admission Competition:

For International and Canadian/Landed Immigrants who wish to be considered for Prestigious Scholarships or have applied for NSERC scholarships, applications must be completed by: February 1, 2017.

All other applications must be completed by the following date: March 15, 2017.



Having Technical Difficulties Submitting Your Application?

Send an email and include the details of your query. Please be sure to include details such as error messages and the name of the program to which you are applying to. Screen shots are helpful.


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