Program

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Eng.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Graduate courses in Civil Engineering are offered in four broad areas:

Transportation include topics on transportation economics, transportation systems, pavement management, geometric design, and traffic engineering.

Geological, Geotechnical, and Geo-environmental Engineering include topics on rock mechanics, hydrogeology, petroleum wells and reservoirs, terrain evaluation, physio-chemical properties of soils, frozen soils, unsaturated and swelling soils, volume change and shear strength, slope stability, saturated-unsaturated seepage, contaminant transport, solid waste management, foundation and retaining wall design.

Structures and Materials Science include topics on structural analysis, numerical analysis methods, dynamics of structures, theory of elasticity, advanced composite materials, structural steel design, prestressed concrete and concrete technology.

Water Sciences include topics on environmental engineering, water quality,advanced water and waste water treatment, water resources development, river and canal engineering, open channel flow, hydraulic structures and machinery, wave mechanics, surface hydrology and statistical hydrology.

Active research programs are conducted in several majors including: geotechnical; geo-environmental; engineering geology; waste management in the domestic, resource and industrial sectors; environmental;hydrology;hydraulic structures; transportation and transportation economics; structural analysis and design, and civil engineering materials.

While conducting research at the University of Saskatchewan, you will have access to state of the art facilities and research centres including:

  • the Saskatchewan Centre of Excellence for Transportation and Infrastructure (SCETI)
  • the Centre for Advanced Numerical SIMulation (CANSIM)

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Sidney BarbourGeotechnical/Geo-environmental: Saturated/Unsaturated Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport, Mine Waste Reclamation
Curtis BerthelotTransportation: Mechanistic Pavement Design and Management
Mohamed BoulfizaService life/performance prediction of reinforced concrete structures, cement-based materials , fiber reinforced composites, durability of construction materials, computational mechanics, constitutive modeling, damage mechanics, bridges, corrosion of reinforcing steels, fiber reinforced polymers
Won Jae ChangContaminated site assessment and remediation, bioremediation, petroleum hydrocarbons, freezing contaminated soils, hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria, microbial community characterization
Amin ElshorbagyWater resources, hydrology, watershed modeling, hydrologic prediction, flood analysis and modeling, machine learning techniques, system dynamics, climate change impacts, decision analysis
David Elwood
Lisa FeldmanReinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, structural evaluation, bridge engineering, bond and development of reinforcement, structural engineering, large-scale testing, structural rehabilitation, code calibration, service life prediction
Grant FergusonHydrogeology, engineering geology, groundwater modeling, geothermal energy, hydrogeochemistry, heat transport in porous media
Ian FlemingGeotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, geosynthetics, landfill engineering, waste strength and stability
Terrance FonstadWaste utilization, hydrology, ion exchange in reactive groundwater transport, environmental protection, geoenvironmental engineering, biogas production from anaerobic digestion and gasification
Christopher HawkesRock mechanics, petroleum geomechanics, reservoir mechanics, carbon sequestration, geology, petrophysics, site characterization, wellbore stability, caprock integrity, well integrity
Warren HelgasonAtmospheric boundary layer processes, energy and mass transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, irrigation
M. Jim HendryImpact of mining on the environment, agro-contaminants, aqueous geochemistry, gas chemistry, hydrogeology, mine waste geochemistry, mining, solute transport in aquifers and aquitards
Paul HughesRock mechanics, underground mine design, mine backfill, geomechanics, ground control
James KellsHydraulic structures, open channel hydraulics, river engineering, physical hydraulic modeling, water resources engineering, culvert hydraulics, fish passage technologies, non-Darcy flow in coarse porous media
Kerry MazurekErosion, scour, fine-grained soils, clay, sediment, turbulent jets, drowning, weirs, low-head dams, hydraulic structures
Kerry McPhedran
Douglas MilneRock mechanics, ground control, rock mass classification, empirical mine design, rock support, joint roughness, underground stability
Jian PengWater/wastewater treatment, environmental modelling, adsorption, gas transfer, bioremediation, eutrophication
Seyed Saman RazaviHydrologic models development, Environmental and water resources systems, Sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, Artificial intelligence
Haithem SolimanPavement materials, pavement performance and safety, pavement maintenance/rehabilitation, pavement management
Bruce SparlingStructural dynamics;, telecommunication structures, structural health monitoring, life cycle performance of bridges, structural masonry
Leon WegnerMechanics of composite materials, fibre-reinforced concrete, structural health monitoring
Howard WheaterHydrological processes, hydrological modelling, flood risk, water resources, water quality, wastes and climate change adaptation, water resource engineering, water resources, watershed modelling, water supply

Tuition and funding

Funding

In your application, indicate if your attendance is dependant on receiving funding. Competition for scholarships and fellowships is competitive. Award decisions will be made by the department after you have been admitted to the program. When contacting potential supervisors about the research you would like to do, ask about funding opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Before you apply

Please visit our department's website and follow the pre-qualification steps detailed.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A letter or statement of intent outlining your research interests
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

Department of Civil & Geological Engineering
Room 2B60
57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

Graduate Chair
Dr. Amin Elshorbagy
Email: amin.elshorbagy@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Sophie Findlay
Email: civil.gradinquiry@usask.ca