Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM)

 Sina Azizi Soldouz, a MASc candidate (R) and supervisor Professor Khandker Nurul Habib (Lt) pose for a photo at Yonge Street and Dundas Street in downtown Toronto on Tuesday, June 10, 2019. A survey of pedestrians with sight loss was conducted in collaboration with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) under the title Understanding the impact of connected and automated vehicles for pedestrians with sight loss – a policy framework.
PHOTO: Phill Snel, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering/ U of T

In our Masters of Engineering: Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM) program, students prepare for a career in cities, addressing the various issues and growing needs of urban centres.


Cities are the economic engines of the world. Highly-skilled professionals, armed with both technical expertise and a fundamental understanding of the cross-disciplinary issues, are needed to help our cities tackle challenges to ensure the well-being of their inhabitants and economies.

Over 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in cities; by 2050 66 per cent of the world's population is projected to be living in a major urban hub. The health and wealth of nations is dependent on how well these cities function. Global urbanization, climate change, natural resources and sustainability are all factors urban centres must take into account while managing infrastructure and providing services for citizens.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between the systems and services of a city and its ability to generate prosperity and wealth.
  • Improve specific analytic skills to assess the environmental, economic, political, and social risks which will impact policy regarding a city's critical infrastructure.
  • Develop specialized management skills and evidence-based techniques that can be applied to address the unique challenges inherent in cities around the world.

See the MEngCEM Lookbook for a detailed look at the program, past practicums and career options



In the 4-month full-time practicum component of the MEngCEM program, students engage with real city challenges, synthesize and apply their knowledge in an integrated way, and work with multidisciplinary teams. (see where some past practicums have been)

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Admission Requirements

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

  • Academic requirements:  completed an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a four year University of Toronto program, with a minimum final year GPA of: mid-B average (3.0/4.0 or 75%)
  • Professional Experience:  completed at least one year of work/professional experience.  This can include co-op or practicum experience obtained during your undergraduate degree if the total duration was 12 months.

  • 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 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
  • English Language Test score, if applicable (see departmental English policy here)
  • Pay the Application Fee
      •  Your application will not be considered complete, or be reviewed, until you pay the application fee. The application fee is due by the application deadline.
link to SGS on-line application:

Application Deadlines

Program Requirements

Students will take 8 courses (4 core courses, 3 infrastructure engineering electives and 1 technology management elective) and complete a four-month practicum

Core Courses

CEM1001 - The Challenges of Urban Policy-Making

CEM1002 - Data Analytics and Cities

CEM1003 - Infrastructure and Urban Prosperity

CEM1004 - Cities as Complex Systems

CEM1000 - Practicum (see where some past practicums have been)

Infrastructure Engineering Specialization Areas
(choose 3 courses in 1 area)

Cyber Security
Urban Structures
Environmental Issues for Healthy Cities
Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
Communications Networks

Technology Management Electives (choose one)

Technology Management Electives

Course CodeTitle & Description
Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability of Engineering Activities

Optional Emphasis

MEngCEM students can further customize their program by choosing to complete an optional emphasis.

Program Length

We offer two delivery options to suit your circumstances and goals.

  • The full-time option allows you to complete the program in 12 months.
  • The extended full-time option allows you to take 24 months to complete the program  (6 terms).

Core required courses are typically offered during the week between 9 and 5pm.  Electives are sometimes offered on the weekend, evenings, online or in a compressed two-week period (in May or August).  Click here to see the current timetable.  A part-time option is not currently available for this program.

The practicum is four months long on a full-time basis.

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 MEng program is self-funded. Students may look to their home province for financial aid and visit 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.


Some students who begin an MEngCEM degree may wish to further their studies with a research-based program (MASc and PhD). Students who are enrolled in the MEngCEM degree may be eligible to transfer to the MASc program in CivMin.

To transfer, students must first find a CivMin's faculty member who will agree to be their supervisor. Students should then discuss come to the Student Services Office to initiate the program transfer.


CivMinGSA 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)

Ready to find out more?

Check our e-brochure to see program highlights, past practicums and other exciting details

See our Frequently asked questions page


Still have questions?




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