Civil Engineering and Management – Faculty of Engineering

Civil Engineering and Management

Gain expertise in engineering to innovate in designing and constructing sustainable infrastructure, seamlessly coupled with a business education, providing a well-rounded understanding of both technology and management.

5 years
Bachelor of Engineering & Management (Co-op Available)


What I love about my stream is how real it is. Civil Engineering students take courses on materials like steel and concrete which are used to construct buildings, bridges, hydro dams, highways, sewer systems, and more. Moreover, we look at the environmental impacts civilization has on our world both locally and globally.

Mike Sucharda, Civil Engineering & Management

Admission requirements

Academic Prerequisites

This is an above level 1 specialization that requires successful completion of the Engineering 1 general first year, as well as ECON 1B03.

Use the Future Students admissions tool for entry requirements.

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Civil Engineering is a diverse discipline comprised of the following specialized areas:

Construction is one of the largest industries in Canada.  Construction engineers and managers work in different organizations such as construction management firms, general contractors, specialty contractors, design-builders, consulting engineers, and architects and they may deal with residential, commercial, industrial, or heavy construction projects.

Environmental & Water Resources Engineering combines scientific principles, computer modelling and aspects of public policy to create practical solutions for improving the quality of our air, water and soil. Environmental & Water Resources engineers work within a multi-disciplinary context to design systems that minimize the use of materials, energy and water to maximize the protection of our natural ecosystems as we build our communities.

Geotechnical Engineers are concerned with the properties and behaviour of soil and rock, flow of groundwater, as well as stability and settlement/deformation characteristics of slopes, retaining walls, and foundations.

Structural Engineers plan, design, and supervise the construction of structures of all types ranging from high rise buildings, bridges, dams, power plants, off-shore platforms, tunnels, etc. In doing so, they deal with all sorts of construction and building envelope materials including steel, concrete, masonry, wood, composites, glass, and aluminium etc. 

Transportation Engineering is the application of science and technology in planning, design, operation and management of transportation networks for safe, timely and efficient movement of goods and people through road, rail, water and air.

Co-op and experiential learning

Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format to gain valuable experience.

The Engineering Co-op Program is an optional program which provides you with the opportunity to work in real engineering positions before you graduate. The Undergraduate Co-op Program is administered by the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Department (ECCS).

Example employers:

  • Toronto Hydro Corporation
  • Canadian Solar Solutions
  • Metrolinx
  • Government of Ontario
  • Sobotec
  • McNally Construction
  • Aecon Group

Learn more about co-op.

McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success.

  • McMaster Seismic Design Team
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter (EERI McMaster)
  • Civil Engineering Club
  • McMaster Engineering Musical
  • Engineers without Borders

Browse opportunities to get involved and gain experience.

Engineering programs have been enriched with interdisciplinary design courses, enabling students to work in teams on real-world problems. This practical experience builds their portfolios and hones skills vital for managing complex projects and utilizing emerging technologies. It prepares them for co-ops and future careers, fostering critical thinking, collaboration, and an understanding of societal issues.

Four project-based design courses that all students take include:

  • ENGINEER 1P13: Integrated Cornerstone Design Projects in Engineering
  • ENGINEER 2PX3: Engineering Design 2: Communications and Societal Impact
  • ENGINEER 3PX3: Engineering Design 2: Engineering Economics

Find out more

Example career paths:

  • Design and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Environmental and water resources engineering
  • Education
  • Government
  • Consulting
  • Industry
  • Construction

Research areas:

  • Techniques to increase the performance of concrete, masonry and steel structures; mitigation of damage due to extreme load situations
  • Sensing and automation for heavy construction; development of innovative disruptive and intelligent transportation systems.
  • Watershed planning and storm water management; groundwater cleanup; energy harvesting from wastewater
  • Mitigation of damage due to earthquake, blast and other extreme load situations
  • Watershed planning and stormwater management
  • Energy harvesting from wastewater

How to apply

Understand every step, from applying, to accepting your offer and joining us on campus!

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