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    • Price Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in Civil Engineering

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    Expected Duration

    • 4 years

Program details

Expected duration: 4 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The objective of the PhD program is to provide students with specialized knowledge in their chosen areas and to prepare them for careers in academia and research. The Phd must contribute to the creation of knowledge in the major field of study. Each PhD candidate must demonstrate competence to complete a significant research project and present their findings. The material must be at a level that is acceptable for publication.

The PhD program consists of coursework, original research and thesis. Normally, 12 credit hours of coursework (all at the 7000 level) are required beyond the master’s degree or its equivalent. The minimum time requirement is two calendar years of full-time study and research, of which at least one academic year must be spent on campus. For research projects conducted off-campus, the student must be geographically near to the campus and visit it regularly.

Research areas

While collaboration between different research areas, departments and faculties is encouraged, our department has been broken down into seven main areas:

  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structures
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Masonry and Cementitious Materials

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the PhD in Civil Engineering program, you must normally have completed a master's-level degree in Engineering.

Students in a master’s program who have achieved an average GPA of 4.0 in their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate studies may be allowed to transfer to the PhD program without being required to write a master’s thesis provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Completion of 6 graduate courses (18 credits) with a grade of A or better in each;
  • Satisfactory progress in the research program;
  • Written recommendation from the supervisor, the thesis advisory committee and a selection committee (appointed by the head);
  • Approval by the department and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The transfer must take place within 20 months of initial registration in the master's program. Following transfer, all the requirements of the doctoral program apply, including the completion of an additional 12 credit hours at the 7000 level.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The civil engineering PhD program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer admission. Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed by the admissions committee:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Uploaded copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

To find an advisor, explore the Department of Civil Engineering's faculty and staff page and contact a faculty member whose research interests align with your own. Please note that your advisor must hold a PhD or equivalent and be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (typically includes academic staff holding a rank of assistant professor or above).

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2021 June 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Winter 2022 October 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Summer 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Summer 2022 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Winter 2022 July 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (International)
Summer 2022 November 1, 2021 Apply for Summer 2022 (International)
Fall 2022 March 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Price Faculty of Engineering
Room E2-290 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
15 Gillson St.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6
Phone: 204-474-9809
Fax: 204-275-3773