Civil Engineering

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

What do subway systems, a working water faucet, rehabilitated mining landscapes, and the Gardiner Expressway have in common? All of them depend on civil engineers for their construction and functioning. Make a lasting contribution to society by understanding and shaping the built environment sustainably.

York’s graduate program in Civil Engineering, housed in an emerging department with innovators committed to sustainable, resilient infrastructure, offers the perfect place to take on the challenges of today with solutions for tomorrow.

Choose Your Degree

The Graduate Program in Civil Engineering offers thesis-based MASc and PhD degrees with areas of specialization in one or more of the following sub-disciplines: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, GeoEnvironmental and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources, and Transportation Engineering.

In the face of rapid global population growth, undeniable shifts in climactic patterns and the consequences of these changes, research and teaching in the Civil Engineering graduate program focus on sustainable development through the use of recycled and renewable construction materials, landscape rehabilitation and the use of marginal-quality land such as closed municipal landfills and degrading permafrost. The department also emphasizes the design of civil infrastructure capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions, as well as the replacement or appropriate retrofitting of existing structures.

What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree in Civil Engineering?

Given the breadth of knowledge and skills provided in a Civil Engineering program, graduates will find fulfilling and challenging professional opportunities in a host of diverse areas. These may include:

  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Water systems
  • Environmental technology and consulting
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Utilities
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Patent law

According to Forbes, Civil Engineering ranks among the top ten graduate degrees for job security and earning power.

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Also read an interview with one of our own, Civil Engineering’s Dr. Magdalena Krol

MASc

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Thesis
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 2 year(s)
  • Part-time - 4 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Winter Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 10, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only (Round 1))
    May 9, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    September 12, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Winter entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)577
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)90-91
    IELTS (Academic Module)7
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 4
    YUELILevel 6 with Honours
    MELABOverall score of 82, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 65, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC1
    Minimum CAE ScoreC
    Number of Recommendations Required
    What You Need to Apply

    Application Checklist (PDF)
    Application Form
    Recommendation Form
    and Supplementary Information Form
    (Accessed through MyFile; forms will be available within 48 hours after you submit your application.)

    Other Requirement(s)
    • A completed prescribed application form.
    • Course transcripts* for bachelor’s degree (for admission to MASc program)
    • Course transcripts* for bachelor’s and master’s degrees (for admission to PhD program)
    • A cover letter elaborating the applicant’s professional goals and motivation for graduate studies
    • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
    • Two confidential letters of recommendation
    • Proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants).
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Research Proposal AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Part-time - 6 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Winter Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 10, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only (Round 1))
    May 9, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    September 12, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Winter entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)577
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)90-91
    IELTS (Academic Module)7
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 4
    YUELILevel 6 with Honours
    MELABOverall score of 82, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 65, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC1
    Minimum CAE ScoreC
    Number of Recommendations Required
    What You Need to Apply

    Application Checklist (PDF)
    Application Form
    Recommendation Form
    and Supplementary Information Form
    (Accessed through MyFile; forms will be available within 48 hours after you submit your application.)

    Other Requirement(s)
    • A completed prescribed application form.
    • Course transcripts* for bachelor’s degree (for admission to MASc program)
    • Course transcripts* for bachelor’s and master’s degrees (for admission to PhD program)
    • A cover letter elaborating the applicant’s professional goals and motivation for graduate studies
    • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
    • Two confidential letters of recommendation
    • Proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants).
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3