Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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PhD students produce a thesis of original work with the support of world-renowned researchers and facilities.

 

This program is designed for outstanding individuals interested in a rewarding career in fundamental or applied research. The PhD program involves advanced courses and an intensive research program culminating in a thesis, supervised by a CivMin faculty member. Explore our research themes to see what areas you could pursue in your studies.

Students entering the PhD program typically have a Master’s degree. Outstanding applicants coming directly from a bachelor-level program can also apply for direct entry into the PhD program. Full-time PhD students receive funding during the program and can apply for various scholarships.

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Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The Graduate Office cannot provide assessments of credentials.

  • Completed a master's degree and an undergraduate degree.  GPA for master's degree must be the equivalent of a B+ average (3.3/4.0 or 78%)
  • English Language Requirements:
    • If you have studied for at least 2 years (full-time) towards a degree program, in a country where English is the official first language (for example Canada, U.S.A, Australia or Britain) you may be exempt from the English Facility requirement.
    • If you have not studied in an English speaking country for more than two years of full time study, you are not exempt from taking a test. This is a departmental requirement and there are no exceptions to this rule. The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering accepts the following English Tests:
      • TOEFL
        • 580 Paper Based Test and TWE 4.0
        • 93 Internet Based Test and 22 writing and speaking.
        • The TOEFL Institution Code for graduate studies at the University of Toronto is 0982-00
      • IELTS
        • 7.0 (Academic Test) with at least 6.5 for each component
      • MELAB
        • 85
      • COPE
        • 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)
      • Academic Preparation Course, International ESL Program, University of Toronto
        • A final grade of B in Level 60
    • Please contact us if you are not sure if you have met this requirement.

Apply

Applicants to CivMin's PhD program must complete two (2) application forms by the deadline indicated below.

1. School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Application

  • The application includes the following requirements:
    • Scanned copies of your academic transcripts
      • We no longer require hard copies of transcripts to be sent to our office at the time of application. Applicants must scan their official transcripts for all post secondary programs completed, attempted, or in progress, and upload them as the final step of the SGS on-line application, after payment. Transcripts must list the years of study, courses taken and grades received, and a grading scale/legend. In cases where the program was completed, the transcript must also show that the degree was conferred.
        Note: Please disregard the checklist at the end of the SGS online payment application. Please only send hard copies of the English Facility Test Score (if applicable) directly to the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, at our address below.
    • $120 Application Fee (subject to change)
      • You may pay the application fee online by credit card or off-line by credit card, certified cheque or money order. Cheques and money orders should be made payable to the University of Toronto. If you pay off-line, you must forward a hard copy of the Payment Form directly to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering (CivMin) Application

  • Completion of this application requires that you upload:
    • A statement of research interest
    • A resume
    • Contact information for your two referees
      • Referees will upload their references directly to the website
    • You will also be required to select three areas of research preference or study interest. You are not required to identify a supervisor before you apply, the professors from the three research areas you specify will contact you if they are interested in your application.
Note**If you do not complete both the SGS and CivMin components, your MASc application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

 

Application Deadlines

Program Requirements

  • Normally, students complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (four half courses) before completing their comprehensive exam*.
    • More FCEs may be required depending on the student's background preparation. It is normally expected that at least one of the half courses will be taken outside of the student's principal field of research.
    • PhD students with an MASc degree (or equivalent in the same field) must take a minimum of 2.0 FCEs (four half courses) beyond the MASc degree.
    • Students enrolled in the MASc degree program who transfer to the PhD program without submitting an MASc thesis must complete a total of 4.5 FCEs (nine half courses) beyond the bachelor's degree program.
    • Students with an MEng degree may use up to 3.0 FCEs (six graduate half courses) from the MEng program towards the PhD course requirements.
  • The academic program must be approved by the department's Examination and Degree Committee during the student's first session.

*Students must participate in the non-credit seminar course JDE 1000H Ethics in Research during their first or second session of registration.

PhD Milestones

Graduate Courses

View the Graduate Courses page to view all offered CivMin courses. PhD students should consult with their supervisor about course selction.

Program Length

The PhD is offered only on a full-time basis.

Students will typically take four years to complete the program, but can take up to six years if necessary.

Time Limit

Students must complete their program within six (6) years of beginning.

Tuition Fees

The information below is for reference only and is subject to change annually. Registered students should check their fee balance on their ACORN account. View the U of T Student Accounts website for more information about fees, including a breakdown of mandatory and optional fees.

Financing Your Degree

The PhD is a fully-funded program.

Funding packages for MASc start at $17,000 CAD per year plus tuition for 4 years, and are increased depending on awards the student receives. Please consult the chart here for current funding levels.   Applicants to PHD are automatically considered for the base funding package, you do not require an additional application.

Students are encouraged to apply for awards and scholarships posted on our website, and which are announced periodically through the CivMin Grad Hub.

Students may also find additional information on the SGS website for financial aid and advising.

Teaching Assistantships

All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) paid positions with CivMin. TAs assist undergraduate and graduate course instructors with supervision of labs, leading tutorials and marking assignments and tests.

Apply for TA positions and view more job and volunteer opportunities on the Job Opportunities page.

CEGSA

CEGSA is the graduate student association at CivMin. They host social, athletic, academic, and professional development events for all CivMin graduate students, aiming to enrich their professional and personal leadership experiences.

Helpful Links

CivMin Grad Hub on Quercus is a central location where registered students can find relevant Departmental information and forms, and receive notifications about announcements and events.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

See our Frequently asked questions page

 

Still have questions?

 

Email: 
civinfo@ecf.utoronto.ca

Phone:
416-978-3099

Admissions
Email: gradadmissions@civ.utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-946-8028

Office:
Galbraith Building, Room 116
35 St. George St.

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Summer hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Mailing address:
Student Services Office, GB116
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4
Canada