Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering

How to Apply

Please note that as of February 15, 2020, MEng applications for the 2020–2021 academic year are no longer being accepted and reviewed. Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year will open in Fall 2020.

General Information

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering offers three different graduate programs. Additional information on each of our programs can be found here (https://www.ualberta.ca/civil-environmental-engineering/graduate-studies/degrees-and-programs).

  • Master of Science (MSc) – Thesis based, Supervisor is required
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Thesis based, Supervisor is required
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) – Course-based, no Supervisor required.

We thank all of those interested in pursuing their Graduate Studies at the University of Alberta with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering. 

Given the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide updates or feedback for individual applications. Incomplete applications, those missing required documents, or those received after the application deadline will not be considered. Questions about the application process can be sent to civilgradapps@ualberta.ca.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not use the MESSAGING tool in the FGSR GSMS portal as this department does not use that tool.

Instructions for Completing Your Application

Please read the instructions carefully as requirements vary between programs.


Thesis Based Programs (MSc/PhD)

Step 1 – Identify and Contact Potential Supervisor

All potential applicants for thesis-based programs are required to identify a potential Supervisor who will support their application. An application cannot proceed without a potential supervisor to support your application. Please review our Research Areas to learn more about our Faculty members and their research areas. You will need to contact professors directly. It is recommended you provide a “letter of interest” and updated Curriculum Vitae to prospective Supervisors. A suggested template for the “letter of interest” can be found here.

Once you have found a potential supervisor who has agreed to support your application, you may proceed to Step 2. The potential supervisor must send you an "Expression of Interest" letter or email to include as a supporting document in your application. 

Step 2 – Apply through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Graduate Studies Management Solution (GSMS) Portal

Create an application in the FGSR GSMS application system, using the “Apply now” button at the bottom of the page. Applicants must ensure that they review both Department and FGSR application requirements to confirm they meet minimum application requirements. Applications require a $100 CAD non-refundable application fee.

Step 3 – Submitting Documents

Please review the required documents for your application. All documents are to be uploaded directly to the FGSR web application. When uploading documents please ensure that the documents are uploaded to the correct field. 

All reference letters are requested within the web application itself. Please refer to FGSR GSMS Portal to check the status of your documents as well as to check to see what is missing or what is required. Click on Show Details once in the portal, and it will show exactly what is pending and what has been received. You will be able to upload any additional documents by visiting the FGSR GSMS Portal.

References should show as reference submitted. If a reference is showing as email sent the reference has not yet been received to the portal.

The department does not notify applicants with regard to missing documents, so please check the FGSR GSMS Portal on a regular basis. No files will be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded.

Please do not send any documents by mail to the department. Hardcopies are only provided if you are specifically asked to send hardcopies by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research if admitted. Do not refer Bear Tracks anytime during the application stage as the information there is not accurate. Always refer to the FGSR GSMS Portal login.

Step 4 – Final Decision

Once the application is complete, it will go for review. Once a decision has been reached the applicant will be notified through the FGSR GSMS Portal with the decision. Applicants for the thesis-based programs will be notified of decision on a rolling basis.

Applicants who are ADMITTED must refer to the FGSR GSMS Portal to retrieve their admission letter, and to either accept or refuse the admission offer. The offer is only finalized once it has been accepted by the applicant.

 

Course Based Program (MEng)

Step 1 – Apply through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Graduate Studies Management Solution (GSMS) Portal

Create an application in the FGSR GSMS application system, using the “Apply now” button at the bottom of the page. Applicants must ensure that they review both Department and FGSR application requirements to confirm they meet minimum application requirements. Applications require a $100 CAD non-refundable application fee.

Step 2 – Submitting Documents

Please review the required documents for your application. All documents are to be uploaded directly to the FGSR web application. When uploading documents please ensure that the documents are uploaded to the correct field. 

All reference letters are requested within the web application itself. Please refer to FGSR GSMS Portal to check the status of your documents as well as to check to see what is missing or what is required. Click on Show Details once in the portal, and it will show exactly what is pending and what has been received. You will be able to upload any additional documents by visiting the FGSR GSMS Portal.

References should show as reference submitted. If a reference is showing as email sent the reference has not yet been received to the portal.

The department does not notify applicants with regard to missing documents, so please check the FGSR GSMS Portal on a regular basis. No files will be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded.

Please do not send any documents by mail to the department. Hardcopies are only provided if you are specifically asked to send hardcopies by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research if admitted. Do not refer Bear Tracks anytime during the application stage as the information there is not accurate. Always refer to the FGSR GSMS Portal login.

Step 3 – Final Decision

Once the application is complete, it will go for review. Once a decision has been reached the applicant will be notified through the FGSR GSMS Portal with the decision. Applicants for the MEng program will be notified in May of the result.

Applicants who are ADMITTED must refer to the FGSR GSMS Portal to retrieve their admission letter, and to either accept or refuse the admission offer. The offer is only finalized once it has been accepted by the applicant.

***Please be advised that the MEng Program is highly competitive. Our cutoff GPA is often higher than the minimum requirement of 3.6 to 3.8***