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Masters in Civil Engineering: Complete Guide for International Students

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
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Masters (MS) in Civil Engineering in Canada is a 1-2 year long course best suited for recent graduates of Civil Engineering. Most universities in Canada offering a master’s degree in Civil Engineering have two degree types for the program. These are Masters of Engineering(MEng) in Civil Engineering and Masters of Applied Sciences(MASc) in Civil Engineering. 

  • Tuition Fee for the entire course of Masters in Civil Engineering from Canada ranges between 20,000 USD- 30,000 USD. 
  • Aspiring international candidates should maintain standard academic scores to study MS Civil Engineering in Canada.
  • Given below is an image detailing the industry giants from various provinces hiring graduates from civil engineering. 
Companies Hiring Postgraduates

Table of Content

Why Study
Top Universities
Eligibility & Admissions
Cost of Study
Job Prospects

Why Study Civil Engineering from Canada

  • Four Canadian universities are ranked among the top 100 Global universities for civil engineering by QS rankings.
  • Ranking #6 in within the top 10 countries for highest paying jobs, Canada is one of the highest paying countries for civil engineers. 
Average Annual Salary V/S Countries
  • Civil Engineers in Canada earn anywhere between 25 CAD/hour to 61.54 CAD/hour. 
  • You can work under a licensed engineer until you are issued your own license to practice has not been issued.
  • Civil engineering is projected to be one of the top employment industries in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. 

Master’s in Civil Engineering: Top Universities in Canada

Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada is available at some of the top-ranking Canadian universities. Given below is detailed information regarding the program and the top-ranking universities. 

Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Toronto

Best suited for candidates with an impeccable academic record and sufficient money to spare, admission to Civil Engineering masters programs from the UToronto are quite competitive. The number of applicants is high and it takes up to two weeks for the university to start reviewing your admission application after submission.

ProgramMEng in Civil EngineeringMASc in Civil Engineering
DurationFull time: 12 months
Extended FT: 24 months
Part Time: 36 months
Typical length: 24 months
Time limit: 36 months (for course completion)
Annual Tuition Fee (in USD)46,286 USD (full time)
24,959 USD (Extended FT)
14,848 USD (Part Time)
20,075 USD (approx.)
Minimum UG GPAUG GPA: 3.0/4.0, Or 75% in the final yearMid B average in UG final year (3.0/4.0 or 75%)
English Language ProficiencyIELTS- 7.0
IELTS- 7.0
Application DeadlineJune 1, 2020February 1, 2020 (for semester starting in September 2020)
Application PortalU of T School of Graduate StudiesSGS Application
CivMin Application
Application Fee120 CAD120 CAD
Documents Required2 Reference Letters with contact info; Statement of Intent; Copy of Academic Transcripts; Copy of Resume.Copy of Academic Transcripts; Statement of Research Interest; Contact info for References**; Select 3 areas of Research Interest
Scholarships & FundingTA’s availableMinimum Funding of 12,330 USD+ Tuition available; Teaching Assistantships

Note-**Prospective candidates for MASc Civil Engineering at UofT need to fill two application forms. These are:

School of Graduate Studies Application: Candidates are required to upload copies of previous academic transcripts on this application and pay the application fee.

Departmental (CivMin) Application: This supplemental application requires students to upload their statement of research, a resume, and contact info for 2 references.

Deadlines & Admission Decisions

The program starts in January and September. For the January semester, students need to apply by October of the previous year. Applications for September 2020 semester will be accepted till June 1, 2020. Decisions to admission at UofT for the same will be announced from January to April/June on a rolling basis.

Masters in Civil Engineering from University of British Columbia

Globally ranked #30 for it’s civil engineering program, the University of British Columbia at Vancouver offers three graduate programs in Civil Engineering- MEng , MASc, & PhD. The former is offered in six areas of specializations whereas MASc & PhD programs have nine areas of specializations that students can choose from. 

Program NameMEng Civil Engineering (non-thesis)MASc Civil Engineering (thesis)
Duration12-16 months2 years
Annual Tuition Fee21,0568952
Minimum UG GPAFirst division or 65% in four year engineering degreeFirst division or 76% or B+ in four year relevant UG degree
English Language ProficiencyTOEFL iBT: 90
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL iBT: 100
Application DeadlineJanuary 31January 31
Application PortalUBC ApplicationUBC Application
Application Fee168.25168.25
Documents Required1 LOR, CV, proof of language proficiency, transcripts3 LOR, Statement of Interest,official transcripts, proof of proficiency 
FundingUsually no funding options are offered, exceptions can be seen in the form of teaching assistantships offeredInternational student tuition fee award: Supports the tuition fees cost

The admissions policy for UBC is highly selective. For fall 2018, the acceptance rate observed for MEng program was around 27% and for MAsc. program was around 11%. This suggests that only fulfilling the academic requirements may not be sufficient for getting admissions at UBC. 

Hence, it is suggested that international applicants must have focus of additional requirements like GRE score, work experience, which can add value to their application package. 

Masters in Civil Engineering at McGill University

Ranked within the top 100 global universities offering civil engineering programs, McGill University has both MS and MEng degrees to international aspirants. The basic details of both the programs offered at the university are detailed below. 

Program NameMEng Civil Engineering (non-thesis & thesis)MS Civil Engineering (thesis)
Duration2 Years 2 years 
Annual Tuition FeeNon-thesis: 11,138
Thesis: 10,794
Thesis: 10,794
Minimum UG GPA3.0 on 4.0, or 83-86%, or B grade in Engineering degree3.0 on 4.0, B grade in relevant field
English Language ProficiencyTOEFL iBT: 94
Application DeadlineSeptember 15, February 15September 15, February 15
Application PortalReady to ApplyReady to Apply
Application Fee117.35117.35
Documents RequiredTranscripts, 2 LORs, personal statement, GRE recommended, research proposal (for thesis)Transcripts, 2 LORs, personal statement, GRE recommended, research proposal
FundingResearch assistantshipTeaching assistantship: 1688 stipend per semester 

Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo is ranked within 51-100 global universities offering civil engineering pg program. Given below are the necessary details of the program: 

Program NameMEng Civil Engineering (course work)MASc Civil Engineering (thesis)
Duration12 months2 years
Annual Tuition Fee11,5087,042
Minimum UG GPA75% in UG, 75% in UG, 
English Language ProficiencyTOEFL iBT: 80
IELTS: 6.5
IELTS: 6.5
Application DeadlineFebruary 1February 1, June 1, October 1
Application PortalOUAC application portalOUAC application portal
Application Fee125 CAD125 CAD
Documents Required3 LORs, transcripts, GRE score, resume, transcript, supplementary information form. 3 LORs, transcripts, GRE score, resume, transcript, supplementary information form
FundingNo funding opportunities are available specifically for MEng studentsResearch program minimum funding: 12,000 CAD

Masters in Civil Engineering at Concordia University

Concordia ranks nationally #17, the graduate program in Civil Engineering at Concordia Universityis offered by Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science. Tabulated below are the necessary details about the program required by international students. 

Program NameMEng Civil Engineering (non-thesis)MASc Civil Engineering (thesis)
Duration2 years2 years
Annual Tuition Fee22,169 CAD22,023 CAD
Minimum UG GPAB Average or 1st divisionB Average or 1st division
English Language ProficiencyIELTS: 6.5
PTE: 57
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 57
Application DeadlineFall: February 1
Winter: July 1
Fall: June 1
Winter: October 1
Summer: Feb 1
Application PortalApply OnlineApply Online
Application Fee103.50 CAD103.50 CAD
Documents RequiredAcademic Transcripts; 3 LOR’s Statement of Purpose; CVAcademic Transcripts; 3 LOR’s; Statement of Purpose; CV; Research Dossier with statement of research interest*
Scholarships & FundingEntrance Awards (no separate application); Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence; InternshipsTeaching and Research assistantships; Concordia Merit Scholarship ($10,000 CAD); Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence; Concordia University Doctoral Graduate Fellowship ($14,000 CAD per year for 4 year)

Universities offering Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada

Apart from the above-mentioned universities, other universities in the Canada offering the program and their details are tabulated below:

UniversityNational Ranking (QS)ProgramAnnual Fees (CAD)
University of Alberta#4MS Civil Engineering 
MEng Civil Engineering 
McMaster University#6MASc. Civil Engineering
MEng Civil Engineering
Western University#8MEng. Civil Engineering
MEngS. Civil Engineering
University of Calgary#9MS Civil Engineering
MEng Civil Engineering
University of Ottawa#12MASc Civil Engineering
MEng Civil Engineering
University of Victoria#14MASc Civil Engineering9948
University of Saskatechwan#16MEng Civil Engineering
MSc Civil Engineering

Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada: Eligibility & Admissions

The admission and eligibility for some of the top ranking universities is discussed above. Given below is the general admissions and eligibility criteria for pursuing masters in civil engineering from Canada. 

  • A four year bachelor's degree with a grade of minimum B. 
    • MENg aspirants should preferably have bachelors in engineering. 
    • Aspirants with other bachelors degrees in relevant fields can consider taking admissions in MASc/MS/MEngS degree. 
  • English language proficiency: Proof of language proficiency is an important aspect of studying abroad. International applicants can take certainentrance exams to study in Canada, scores of these can be submitted as proof of proficiency
  • Standardized test scores like GRE/GMAT should be submitted, if taken. However, most of the universities do not mandatorily ask for the scores.
  • Work experience, statement of intent, statement of purpose are certain additional documents that are required along with the applications. 

Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada: Cost of Study

International students spend a large sum of money on tuition and cost of living in Canada. Given below is a graph detailing the annual cost of living in Canada while studying masters in civil engineering:

University V/S Overall cost of study

Fig: Annual Cost of studying masters in civil engineering (including tuition) in Canada

Masters in Civil Engineering in Canada: Scholarships

Studying abroad can burn a hole in one’s pocket. The high cost of living and tuition results in international students looking for funding options. Some of the funding options at popular universities are mentioned above. For more details on scholarships available to study in Canada, click here

Jobs in Civil Engineering in Canada

As per Labor Market predictions, an average forecast of around 2500 job openings are expected for civil engineers from 2015 till 2020. This rise will continue until 2026 (from 2017) and the expected new openings will reach 19,100. Given below is an image representing the median annual wage over a period of 2015-2025 in various Canadian provinces:

Provinces V/S Median Annual Wage

Figure: Median annual wages (1000s CAD) for civil engineers in various Canadian provinces over a time span of 10 years. 

Immigrants will be a major source of supply for around 1700 job openings from year 2020-2025. The detailed information on the source of supply is depicted in the graph below:

Provinces V/S Source of Labour Supply

Figure: Number of immigrants and new entrants (graduates/postgraduates from the field) entering the new jobs for civil engineers in various provinces. 

Post completion of a Civil Engineering masters from Canada, you can apply for the following jobs:

Job TitleJob DescriptionAnnual Median Salary (CAD)
Civil EngineerPlan and design construction and maintenance of buildings & systems like roads, railways, etc50,700
Civil SuperintendentOversee operations at construction sites including daily scheduling, assigning and supervising tasks at the site.110,000
Civil Engineering TechnologistAssist engineers in planning of designs for the site50,000
Contract AdministratorDeveloping, constructing and negotiating company contracts. Ensure contracts abide by local and federal laws44,925
Senior Project ManagerLead the team and build communication within multiple sites. 115,440

With an increase of around 2500 jobs annually, civil engineering from Canada is a lucrative program to pursue. The expected immigrant labor supply to the industry is also projected to increase, making civil engineering an apt decision towards a better future.


Ques. Which university is best for civil engineering in Canada?

Ans: Some of the Canadian universities are globally ranked for their civil engineering programs. These include UTornoto, UBC, McGill University, University of Waterloo. Apart from these, there are around more than 70 universities offering masters in civil engineering in Canada. 

Ques. Is there a demand of civil engineers in Canada?

Ans: The demand of civil engineers is on the rise in Canada because of the housing boom. A projected growth of around 2500 openings is expected in the next 5 years within the sector. 

Ques. Which province is best for civil engineering jobs in Canada?

Ans: With the highest demand for civil engineers, Ontario is one of the Canadian provinces where the job openings are expected to boom within 2020-2025. The demand in Ontario is followed by British Columbia. 

Ques. How much does a civil engineer make in Canada?

Ans: The hourly wage of a civil engineer as per government of Canada is around 25 CAD/hour to 61.54 CAD/hour. The minimum annual salary of a graduate depends on the job designation and role. However, postgraduates at fresher level earn cushy median salaries starting from 45,000 CAD (24 lakhs INR). 

Ques. What is the minimum eligibility for pursuing masters in civil engineering in Canada?

Ans:For pursuing an MEng degree, applicants must hold a bachelors in engineering and for MASc or MS degree applicants must hold a four year UG degree in a relevant field. In both the cases, applicants must have a minimum Grade of B. 

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