The PhD program in Civil Engineering is the highest-level degree offered in the field, allowing students to gain expertise through intensive research. You will increase your analytical knowledge through a combination of specialized courses and a research thesis completed under the supervision of one of our faculty members. The objective of the PhD program is to train highly qualified researchers who will contribute to technological innovation in the discipline and the university's department through research and development. Where possible, research of interest to the industry is encouraged.
Master’s degree or equivalent with high standing in engineering or computer science, or in a cognate discipline.
Holders of a bachelor’s degree will, in general, be considered for admission to a master’s program only. After completion of a minimum of two terms of full-time study, they may, upon application, be considered by the GCS Graduate Studies Committee for admission to a PhD program.
Admission on a part-time basis
Master’s degree with high standing in engineering, computer science or a cognate discipline.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
12 credits – Coursework
See the full list of Information Systems Engineering Courses. Each student’s program must be approved by a supervisory committee consisting of three members of faculty, including the student’s research supervisor.
2 credits – PhD Seminar
ENCS 8011 - Doctoral Seminar in Electrical Engineering (2 credits)
Comprehensive Examination (no credit value)
ENCS 8501 - Comprehensive Examination (no credit value)
6 credits – Doctoral Research Proposal
ENCS 8511 - Doctoral Research Proposal (6 credits)
70 credits – Research and Thesis
ENGR 8911 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
COMP 8901 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
SOEN 8901 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
Applications for MASc and PhD programs, once complete, are sent to BCEE Department for review by potential supervisors. This entire process may take up to 8 weeks. To accelerate the process, applicants may wish to contact research faculty in your area in order to express your interests and qualifications. It is recommended that you submit a research dossier that includes:
Student ID and a detailed CV.
A brief statement of your research interest and background, or a research proposal.
4. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
For initial assessment purposes, scanned and uploaded copies of documents are accepted. To finalize a file, once admitted, Concordia University will require official documents.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Research in civil engineering includes specialized areas of structures, bridge engineering, earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources and environmental engineering.
Admission into the PhD program is also conditional on the availability of a thesis supervisor, facilities and funding.
After submission of the complete application, potential students may wish to contact research faculty in your area in order to express your interests and qualifications. It is recommended that you submit a research dossier that includes, where applicable:
Student ID and detailed CV with complete list of research publications.