Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering

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The Master of Engineering (MEng) program is a course-based graduate program, which provides continuing and advanced education for recent graduates and engineers in professional practice.


CivMin’s MEng program in civil engineering provides graduate students with the tools to succeed in professional practice. The program consists of coursework and an optional project conducted under the supervision of a CivMin faculty member. Students have the option to complete the MEng program on a full-time, extended full-time or part-time basis.

MEng students can customize their degree by choosing from multiple areas of emphasis.

Program Requirements

MEng students must successfully complete: 5.0 FCE’s (full credit equivalents) (10 half-credit) graduate courses (500- and 1000–level courses).  From these 10 half-credit courses:

  • 6 must be in the CivMin department (CIV, MIN, or CME course codes). APS1001 – Project Management, APS 1410 – Waterpower Essentials or APS 1411- Renewal of Waterpower Facilities may be counted towards this requirement.
    • 1 or 2 of these courses can be replaced with an MEng Project
  • 4 may be taken outside the CivMin department, and may include APS courses, courses from other engineering departments, or other faculties

Within the first session of study, an MEng student may request transfer credit for up to two previously completed graduate level courses (grade of at least B+) that were not used for credit towards a degree.

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MEng students have the option of pursuing a project under the supervision of a CivMin faculty member. The project may be completed in lieu of one or two Half Credit Equivalent (HCE) courses, and may be done in the fall, winter and/or summer sessions.

Students are encouraged to browse CivMin’s core faculty members to find a supervisor for their project. Students should contact faculty members directly to see who may be available and interested in supervising their project.

To begin working on the project, the student must indicate their intention to complete an MEng Project on their Proposed Program of Study form and submit to the Student Services Office.

Technical Emphases

MEng students can customize their program by choosing an optional area of emphasis, which will appear on their transcript, acknowledging the depth and focus of the student’s studies.

CivMin offers these core emphases, which appear on your transcript.

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  • An emphasis is not a requirement for the MEng Degree.
  • An emphasis typically requires 6 courses
  • Students must also make sure to take at least six “CIV” courses (out of a total of ten) to meet the general MEng requirements.
  •  One or two of the six courses may be a 1-term (CIV1001H) or 2-term (CIV1002Y) project that is undertaken in the given emphasis area.
  • Courses must be taken as part of the Masters Degree (500-level and 1000-level courses taken as an undergraduate student do not count).
  • Students cannot double count courses towards more than one CivMin department emphasis, although they may double count one towards an additional faculty emphasis or certificate, such as the ELITE certificate.
  • If you intend to do an emphasis, you must declare it on your ‘proposed program of study form’, which is submitted to the graduate office in your first term of study, and approved by the Associate Chair Grad.
  • If you wish to request that an alternate course count towards your emphasis, please indicate this on your ‘proposed program of study’ and your request will be reviewed by the Associate Chair Graduate

MEng students in CivMin are also eligible to pursue these emphases offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering:

Program Completion Options

Students choose whether they want to complete the MEng program on a full-time, extended full-time or part-time basis at time of application. Please note that the program length can impact the length of an international student’s work visa after graduation.


  • Program Length: 3 sessions (12 months)
  • Typical course load: 4-5 courses in Fall, 4-5 courses in Winter, 1-3 courses in Summer
  • Program Time Limit: 9 sessions (3 years)

Extended Full-time

  • Program Length: 6 sessions (24 months)
  • Typical course load: 2-3 courses per session, maximum 6 courses per year
  • Program Time Limit:  9 sessions (3 years)


  • Program Length: 9 sessions (36 months)
  • Typical course load: 1-2 courses per session, maximum 2 courses per session
  • Program Time Limit:  18 sessions (6 years)

Program Proposal

All MEng students are required to hand in a MEng Proposed Program of Study and Project Proposal to GB116 (or by email to by the end of their first session of study. This form outlines your plan to meet program requirements, and specifies your intent to complete up to two specializations, a project, and other optional components of the MEng Program.

If you intend to request transfer credit, include this information on your proposal form and submit it along with an SGS Transfer Credit Request Form.

If you make changes to your program, you must submit a new MEng Proposed Program of Study and Project Proposal.

MEng to MASc Transfer

Students who are enrolled in the MEng 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.