Master of Applied Science (MASc)


Students in the research-based Master of Applied Science program complete a thesis under the supervision of a CivMin faculty member.

This program includes a foundation of five graduate courses along with a research thesis that is closely supervised by a CivMin faculty member. The program includes a guaranteed funding package for 24 months.  Many projects involve industrial partnerships and networking opportunities, project management experience, and collaboration with leading experts.Explore our research themes to see what areas you could pursue in your studies.

The MASc is an entry point to PhD programs, but also serves as an excellent standalone professional degree. CivMin also offers the Master of Engineering (MEng) professional degree which provides students with the tools to succeed in industry.

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Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Academic Requirements:
    • an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a four year University of Toronto degree, with a minimum GPA (calculated from the final full time year of Bachelor study) of:  mid-B average (3.0/4.0 or 75%)
    • View U of T's Grade Scale for reference. International students should use the International Degree Equivalencies Tool to see which international credentials are required

  • 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 required to take 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.


School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Application

  • The application requires that you upload the following documents:
    • Statement of research interest
    • CV/resume
    • 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 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:


Application Deadlines

Program Requirements

Each student, in consultation with their supervisor at the beginning of the program, will establish the distribution of time between coursework and thesis or design project.

Normally, students complete a minimum of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (five half courses) before completing their MASc research thesis*.

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

Graduate Courses

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

Program Length

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

Students will typically take 24 months to complete the program. This is equates to six (6) sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S).

Time Limit

Students must complete their program within three (3) years of beginning.

Tuition Fees

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 MASc is a fully-funded program. Funding packages for MASc start at $16,000 CAD per year plus tuition and are increased depending on awards the student receives. Please consult the chart here for current funding levels.   Applicants to MASC 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.

MASc to PhD

MASc students with excellent performance may be permitted to transfer into the PhD program, under the same supervisor, after completing typically not more than fourteen months of their master’s degree program. Approval of transfer will be evaluated on the basis of the student’s advanced research capabilities, as well as academic standing.

To transfer, students must have a recommendation from their supervisor and adequate grades. They should then come to the Student Services Office to initiate the program transfer.

CivMin GSA

CivMin GSA 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


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