Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications

As a program where students can complete degree requirements in as little as one year, the Civil Engineering MEng Thesis is the fastest graduate degree option we offer. It is ideal for working professional civil engineers seeking to hone their skills. It bridges the gap between the MSc and MEng (course-based) programs, allowing students to complete a minimum of 6 courses and maximum 8 courses, of which no more than two courses can be senior undergraduate. Students are also required to complete a thesis. The program has both part-time and full-time options. Please note that courses are often not scheduled for evenings/weekends.

Students in the thesis-based MEng are typically first admitted to the MEng course-based program. Students may choose to work with a faculty member to create a mini research project in place of the final four courses they would otherwise need to complete the MEng course-based program. Once the research project plan has been developed, the student switches into the MEng thesis-based program.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include bituminous materials, theory of transport demand modelling, bilogical processes for wastewater treatment and more.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original thesis.
  • Professional Development Seminars: Students take two professional development seminars on communication styles, presentation skills and more.



Civil Engineer in public and private sectors, consulting industry, or Management.

A master’s degree in civil engineering will give you the prerequisite for the MSc.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Thesis must be related to original analysis and/or design.


6-8 courses (4 of which must be Civil Engineering specific graduate courses) 

Two professional development seminars

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

One year full-time; four years maximum; part-time available


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Mamdouh El-Badry

    Mamdouh El-Badry

    Seeking Students
    Development of Innovative Structural Systems for Bridges and Other Structures, Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges and Other Structures, Application of Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Other Structures, Design and Analysis for Serviceability and Sustainability of Concrete Structures, Computational Modelling of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures., Dynamic and Seismic Performance of Bridges., Computer-aided Analysis and Design of Structures., Temperature Effects on Concrete Structures.
  2. Jeffrey Priest

    Jeffrey Priest

    Accepting Inquiries
    Geomechanics of gas hydrates
  3. Janaka Ruwanpura

    Janaka Ruwanpura

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    Sylvia Sleep

    Seeking Students
    Life cycle assessment of new technologies; Sustainable infrastructure

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year BEng or BSc degrees in Science, Medicine, Kinesiology, or other Engineering from a recognized institution

Work samples



  • C.V. or Resume
  • Research Proposal

Reference letters


Test scores


Safety Training

Students may be required to complete safety training in order to access labs.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents - apply by March 1 | submit all supporting documents by March 30
  • International students - apply by March 1 | submit all supporting documents by March 30

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by July 1 | submit all supporting documents by July 30
  • International students - apply by March 1; apply by July 1 | submit all supporting documents by July 30

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Civil Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering
ENE 231, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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