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Application requirements | Application deadlines

Please visit the University of Waterloo’s Graduate Studies admission guide  for everything you need to know on applying for post-graduate studies including:

When applying to the MASc or Ph.D. Civil Engineering Graduate Program you must submit a Statement of Research Interest form (doc) – areas of specialization from the following list:

  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structures, Mechanics and Construction Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

A processing fee of $100 CDN (or equivalent $US funds) will be required for each application.

Admission decisions cannot be made until a completed application package has been received by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Please note: The Civil Engineering MEng program is open to Canadian and Permanent Residents only; it is not available to Visa students. The MEng is a course work degree. Consequently, MEng students are not assigned a research supervisor. Funding of up to $5000 for the first year of study is available for strong applicants to the program.

Admission requirements:

In addition to the general University of Waterloo requirements for admission to graduate study, there are some requirements specific to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Degree prerequisites:

  • MASc: Applicants seeking admission to the MASc Program must be graduates of a four-year honours Bachelor’s degree program of a Canadian university (or equivalent) in engineering or a related discipline such as Architecture, Geography, Urban Planning and Earth Sciences and must have achieved a minimum overall average of 75% (B) in last two years of their Bachelor’s degree with above average ranking on their letters of reference.
  • Ph.D.: Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. Program must demonstrate an excellence of background preparation and academic achievement in prior degrees. Typically, this means a relevant thesis-based Master’s degree with an average of 80% (A-) as well as a demonstrated ability (Master's research thesis, published scientific/technical papers, etc.) to formulate and solve research problems.
  • Language: All applicants must either demonstrate competency in English based on university accepted alternative minimum scores or have completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution at which English was the language of instruction, or been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the language of business.
  • Research: Admission to the graduate studies programs within the Department of Civil Engineering also requires that a faculty member in the department is able and willing to act as your research supervisor. Applications are reviewed by faculty members in the area of specialization indicated in your application. A faculty member's willingness to supervise a student depends on many factors including: the current number of students the faculty member is supervising, background and academic record of the student, whether or not the applicant requires funding, financial resources available to faculty member, etc. In the event that no faculty member is willing to supervise an applicant, admission will be denied.

Application deadlines:

If you’re applying to the MASc or Ph.D. program, you can apply to start any term; however, admission to the MEng program is restricted to the Fall term. Please be advised that only Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply to the MEng program.

  • February 1st for Fall term
  • June 1st for Winter term
  • October 1st for Spring term

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