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Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc. Co-op Optional)

Civil Engineering

The M.A.Sc. degree is a thesis-based program where students are required to complete courses in addition to writing and defending a thesis.

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The objective of the M.A.Sc program is to strengthen, in some specific area(s), the knowledge gained at the undergraduate level, and to provide a significant introduction to research involving original investigation in these areas. This research programme requires the completion of the equivalent of 4 half graduate level courses plus presentation and defence of a thesis embodying results of an original investigation. This program is intended mainly for full-time candidates but may be taken on a part-time basis.

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

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How to Apply

Admission Requirements: 

The minimum academic requirement for admission to an M.A.Sc. degree is normally an average of B in the last two years of an applicant's undergraduate program. Please note that this is a highly competitive program and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. All applicants are notified of the results of their application in the online application system.


January 2022 Admission:

  • Canadian/Permanent Residents:
    • Application Deadline: October 25th
    • Reference and document deadline is November 8th
  • International Students: 
    • Applications are closed

September 2022 Admission:

  • Applications are now open!

  • The application deadline for both international and domestic students is March 12th, 2022

  • The reference and document deadline is March 26th, 2022.

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to upload the following documents in the application system when applying to the Department of Civil Engineering, if a document is missing the application will not be considered. We do not accept hard copies of documentation, only PDF copies will be accepted. 

  • Copies of all official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (PDF)
  • 1-Page Statement of Interest
  • Proof of English-Language Proficiency, TOEFL or IELTS accepted (Exempted if applicant attended University in Canada, USA, UK, or Australia)
  • 2 Academic References

Applicants are required to provide the names and contact information of two academic references. These references are to come from instructors most familiar with your academic work. Referees will be contacted via our electronic referencing system, references uploaded by the applicant will not be accepted. If a referee is unable to use the electronic referencing system they may email the reference form to

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English-Language Minimum Requirements

International English Language Test Scores (IELTS) Academic Test Only

  • Minimum 6.5 overall score
  • Minimum 5.5 score for each section

TOEFL Scores

  • Minimum 567 - written test
  • Minimum 227 - computer-based test
  • Minimum 88 - internet-based test

*Please note that official transcripts are not required unless an applicant is granted an offer of admission*

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  • Bioelectrochemical systems
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis
  • Construction Data Sensing and Fusion
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • Effective Design of Structures
  • Geomechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Intelligent Construction Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Material Durability and Service Life Modeling
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • Water Resources/Environmental Information Systems

Program Structure

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there a deadline to apply to your program?
Yes, please review the "How to Apply" section.
Do I need to send you official transcripts?
No, we do not require any official transcripts unless an applicant is granted an offer of admission. Only PDF copies are required for application review.

Do I need a supervisor?
Yes. The M.Eng, M.A.Sc and Ph.D programs all require students to have a supervisor.

Do I need to find a supervisor myself?
No, applicants are not required to find a supervisor themselves. If an applicant makes it to the final round of the admission competition then all faculty members will review their application. If a faculty member is interested then an offer of admission will be granted.

How much is tuition?
This information can be found here:

Will I receive a scholarship?
Full-time M.A.Sc and Ph.D students receive funding from the department in the form of scholarships.

Do I need to submit GRE results?
No, we do not require or accept GRE results.

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