Civil Engineering : Program Requirements
Course Requirements
The Program consists of a minimum of 16.5 units, normally with not less than 6 units of approved course work (minimum of one CIVE 500 level course or higher not including CIVE 590), a 1.5 unit seminar (CIVE 595), and a 9.0 unit thesis (CIVE 599). Required course work is subject to the approval of the supervisory committee.
The program allows for a maximum of two Directed Studies courses (CIVE 590), of which only one may be directly related to the thesis topic. MASc students can take a maximum of one (1.5 unit) 400-level CIVE course and have it count towards their degree. Students can also take a maximum of three (4.5 units) graduate-level courses outside of the Civil Engineering Department and have the courses count towards their degree. The courses must be related to their thesis topic.
The thesis (CIVE 599) for the MASc program is equivalent to 9 units.
Course Requirements
For students entering with a master's degree, the PhD program consists of a minimum of 37.5 units, normally with not less than 3 units of approved graduate course work, a 1.5 unit seminar (CIVE 695), a 3.0 unit candidacy examination (CIVE 693), and a 30.0 unit dissertation (CIVE 699). The approved course work must include CIVE 601 (1.5 units), or an equivalent course approved by the program. CIVE 601 or equivalent must be successfully completed before the candidacy exam.
For students entering with a bachelor's degree, the PhD program consists of a minimum of 45 units. This program includes a minimum of 10.5 units of approved courses, (including CIVE 601, or an equivalent course approved by the Program), a 1.5 unit seminar (CIVE 695), a 3.0 unit candidacy examination (CIVE 693), and a 30.0 unit dissertation (CIVE 699). For those students transferring from a master's program, credit will normally be given for courses already completed. Required course work will be subject to the approval of the supervisory committee.
PhD students are required to pass an oral candidacy exam before their supervisory committee within 12 months of registration. CIVE 601 or an equivalent course approved by the program must be successfully completed before the candidacy exam. PhD students must also submit a written dissertation research proposal, defining the research topic, the goals of the research and the methodology a month before the exam. During the candidacy exam, the supervisory committee will question the candidate to determine whether the candidate has the appropriate background knowledge and skills to undertake the proposed dissertation project, and whether the project is likely to lead to results suitable for a PhD dissertation.
PhD students must register in CIVE 693 (3.0 units) from the beginning of the PhD program until the candidacy examination is successfully completed. CIVE 693 is a prerequisite for CIVE 699.
The dissertation (CIVE 699) for the PhD program is equivalent to 30 units.