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.
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:
- 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
- 7.0 (Academic Test) with at least 6.5 for each component
- 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.
- The application requires that you upload the following documents:
- Statement of research interest
- 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.
- Provide contact information for your two referees:
- Referees will be contacted to upload their references directly to the website
- 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. There is a field to enter your preferred supervisor if you have identified one.
- English Language Test score, if applicable (see departmental English policy here)
- Pay the $120 Application Fee
- application fee is due by the application deadline. Payment received after the deadline will result in your application being 'incomplete' and it will not be reviewed.
link to SGS on-line application: https://admissions.sgs.utoronto.ca/apply/
- 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.
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 may also find additional information on the SGS website for financial aid and advising.
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.
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)
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Student Services Office, GB116
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
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Toronto, ON M5S 1A4