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Civil Engineering

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.Sc.



P. E. Adebar, N. Banthia, P. Bérubé, R. J. Fannin, T. Haukaas, M. Isaacson, B. Laval, G. A. Lawrence, B.J. Lence, L. Li, M. Parlange, T. A. Sayed, S. Staub-French, R. Vaziri, C. E. Ventura, D. Wijewickreme.

Associate Professors

J. A. Howie, M. Taiebat, T. Y. Yang.

Assistant Professors

A. Bigazzi, J. Jelovica, J. Lee, C. Molina Hutt, Z.K. Shawwash, O. Swei, S. Weijs, C. Zanotti, R. M. Ziels.

Professors Emeriti

D. Anderson, R.G. Campanella, S-T. Chieng, W.D.L. Finn, R. Foschi, E.R. Hall, K.V. Lo, D.S. Mavinic, S. Mindess, F.P.D. Navin, W. K. Oldham, M.D. Olson, M.C. Quick, A. D. Russell, S.O.D. Russell, R. Sexsmith, S. Stiemer, Y. Vaid.

Associate Professors Emeriti

J. W. Atwater, G.R. Brown, W. F. Caselton, R. Spencer.

Program Overview

Civil Engineering offers two graduate degree programs under the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). In each of these programs, students may select one of the following areas of specialization:

  • civil engineering materials
  • environmental engineering (geo-environmental engineering, pollution control and waste management)
  • environmental fluid mechanics
  • geotechnical engineering
  • hydrotechnical engineering
  • project and construction management
  • structural and earthquake engineering
  • transportation engineering

Persons interested in taking advanced graduate courses, but who do not wish to undertake a full graduate degree program, may apply on an unclassified (i.e., non-degree) basis through Enrolment Services. Permission of the instructor is required before an unclassified student can register in a course.

English Language requirements: TOEFL minimum score of 100; IELTS minimum overall band of 7, with nothing less than 6.5 per individual test.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree will normally possess a master's degree in civil engineering or a related area with a minimum GPA of B+ (76%-79%). Transfer from the M.A.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under UBC regulations.

Program Requirements

This research degree is offered in each of the areas of specialization listed above. The Ph.D. program is based on individual objectives with close supervision and consultation with a faculty advisor. The minimum number of course credits required beyond the bachelor's degree is 30; however, students generally need about one full year of coursework beyond a master's degree. No more than 6 credits of course work can be taken as directed studies. A doctoral dissertation, including coursework, normally takes three to five years.

All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully.The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Applied Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.A.Sc program will normally possess a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related area with a minimum GPA of B+ (76-79%).

Program Requirements

The M.A.Sc. requires a minimum of 30 credits, composed of at least 18 credits of coursework in addition to the research necessary for a master's thesis. At least 12 credits in graduate courses in civil engineering subjects are required. No more than 6 credits of course work can be taken as directed studies.

Full-time students can complete the coursework requirements for the M.A.Sc. in two terms (Term 1: September-December, Term 2: January-April). Students are strongly encouraged to begin the M.A.Sc. program in September due to course scheduling. Following completion of coursework requirements, M.A.Sc. students work full-time on directed research. It usually takes 16 to 24 months of full-time study to complete the coursework and thesis requirements of the M.A.Sc. program.

Part-time Students: Students may complete the M.A.Sc. program on a part-time basis; however, part-time students may spread their program over no more than five years.

Master of Engineering

For information on the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program, see Civil Engineering or visit the Program.

Contact Information

Department of Civil Engineering
Attn: Graduate Support
2002 - 6250 Applied Science Lane
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.0667

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