Program

PLEASE NOTE: Applications to this academic unit require a pre-qualification form to be submitted prior to the formal online application. The pre-qualification form will be reviewed by department faculty. If resources allow, the applicant will then be invited to apply formally online.

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 Resources and Environmental Engineering include topics such as water quality, advanced water and wastewater treatment, stormwater collection systems, river engineering, erosion and sediment transport, open channel flow, hydraulic structures, climate change adaptation, water resources management, and surface 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
Donna-Lynn Beneteau
Mohamed BoulfizaBridges; Cement-based materials; Computational mechanics; Constitutive modeling; Corrosion of reinforcing steels; Damage mechanics; Durability of construction materials; Fiber reinforced composites; Fiber reinforced polymers; Service life/performance prediction of reinforced concrete structures
WonJae ChangContaminated site assessment and remediation; Bioremediation; Petroleum hydrocarbons; Freezing contaminated soils; Hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria; Microbial community characterization
Amin ElshorbagyClimate change impacts; Decision analysis; Floods; Machine learning; Prairie hydrology; System dynamics; Water-energy-food nexus; Water resource management; Watershed hydrology
David ElwoodGeotechnical engineering; saturated/unsaturated soil mechanics; in-situ testing; soft ground tunneling
Lisa FeldmanBond and development of reinforcement; Bridge engineering; Code calibration; Large-scale testing; Reinforced concrete; Reinforced masonry; Service life prediction; Structural engineering; Structural evaluation; Structural rehabilitation
Grant FergusonEngineering geology; Geothermal energy; Groundwater modeling; Heat transport in porous media; Hydrogeochemistry; Hydrogeology
Ian FlemingGeosynthetics; Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; Landfill engineering; Waste strength and stability
Terrance FonstadBiogas production from anaerobic digestion and gasification; Environmental protection; Geoenvironmental engineering; Hydrology; Ion exchange in reactive groundwater transport; Waste utilization
Sarah GauthierDecolonizing and indigenizing engineering education; Engineering education
Christopher HawkesCaprock integrity; Geological storage of CO2; Geomechanical site characterization; Hydraulic fracturing; Petroleum geomechanics; Reservoir mechanics; Wellbore stability
Warren HelgasonAtmospheric boundary layer processes; Energy and mass transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum; Irrigation
Andrew IresonGroundwater modelling; Groundwater resource management; Groundwater quality; Hydrological change in northern latitudes; Integrated hydrological-epidemiological research; Integrated hydrological data improvements; Modelling flow and transport in the hydrological cycle; Sustainable development of natural resources; Water resource engineering
Kerry MazurekDrownproofing of hydraulic structures; Environmental fluid mechanics; Erodibility testing; Erosion and scour in cohesive soils; Fluid mechanics; Hydraulic design of water treatment plant reservoirs or clearwells; Scour below hydraulic structures
Dena McMartinEnvironmental engineering; rural water quality and quantity; climate extremes and water availability; remediation of oil sands process
Kerry McPhedranIndigenous water and environmental related projects; Municipal and environmental engineering; Municipal wastewater; Partitioning to organic matter; Recreational water quality; Stormwater runoff
Douglas MilneEmpirical mine design; Ground control; Joint roughness; Rock mass classification; Rock mechanics; Rock stability; Rock support; Underground stability
Jian PengAdsorption; Bioremediation; Environmental modelling; Eutrophication; Gas transfer; Water/ wastewater treatment
Emanuele SacchiAnalysis of surrogate safety measures; Evaluation of road engineering safety countermeasures; Highway geometric design; Speed management studies; Statistical methods in highway safety analysis
Bradley SchmidGeo-environmental Engineering, Groundwater flow and contaminant transport, Mine waste management, Project management, Engineering economics
Laura SmithAquitard hydrogeology and characterization; Engineering geology; Hydrogeochemistry; In situ testing
Haithem SolimanPavement maintenance / rehabilitation; Pavement management; Pavement materials; Pavement performance and safety
Bruce SparlingLife cycle performance of bridges; Structural dynamics; Structural health monitoring; Structural masonry; Telecommunication structures
Leon WegnerFibre-reinforced concrete; Mechanics of composite materials; Structural health monitoring

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 and Mexico.

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, 2020 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
Total per academic year $4,260.00 CAD $6,730.80 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2020 Winter 2021Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Student fees$699.04 CAD $299.28 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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

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

Application process

Before you apply

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

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. 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.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A statement/letter of intent outlining your research interests
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

Contact

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

Graduate Chair
Dr. Chris Hawkes
Email: chris.hawkes@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Alison Draude
Email: civil.gradinquiry@usask.ca