Civil Engineering

  • Degrees Offered: MEng, MScE, PhD
  • Study Options: Study Options: MEng: Course work and report; MScE and PhD: Thesis, dissertation MEng program is only available for students interested in the Transportation Engineering area. Prospective students interested in other areas of Civil Engineering at a Master's level are encouraged to consider the MScE program.
  • Duration (full-time attendance): One to two years (MEng); Two years (MScE); Three to four years (PhD).
  • Entry Terms: Fall and Winter for MEng; Fall, Winter and Summer for MScE and PhD.
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 for fall admission; June 1 for winter admission; Oct. 1 for summer admission. Late applications may be considered subject to availability of space and suitable funding.

With roots dating back to 1854, UNB’s Civil Engineering department has a long and prestigious history. Our graduate program has helped hundreds of students cement the necessary engineering skills to plan, design and manage the essential infrastructure of modern society.

From highways and bridges to water treatment plants and energy-efficient buildings, UNB provides our graduates with a solid foundation to build exciting careers with consulting engineering companies, NGOs, provincial and federal government agencies, and academic and research organizations around the world.

The program generally has between 40 and 60 graduate students conducting research in all the major sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering. MEng students often complete their program on a part-time basis.

Research areas

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Engineering Materials and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water and Environmental Engineering

Research Chairs: M. Patrick Gillin Chair in Construction Engineering and Management; D.C. Campbell Chair in Highway Construction and Pavement Research; OSCO Research Chair in Off-Site Construction 

Current faculty and research

Feel free to view the faculty directory for more information regarding faculty members. 

  • Construction Engineering and Management (Measuring construction industry performance; Advanced information and communication technologies; Adoption of management and technological innovations; Off-site construction) | Jeff Rankin, Lloyd Waugh, Zhen Lei 
  • Geotechnical Engineering (Unsaturated soil mechanics; Estimation of mechanical properties of unsaturated soils; Ground improvement techniques; Slope stability; Soil-structure interactions, Numerical modeling of coupled processes in porous media with application to safety assessment in geoenvironmental engineering) | Won Taek OhOthman NasirArun Valsangkar
  • Engineering Materials and Infrastructure Renewal (Development of rapid testing methods for cement and concrete materials; Repair of concrete structure deterioration; Use of lithium and high-calcium fly ash in concrete; Service-life prediction of concrete structures) | Ashlee Hossack
  • Structural Engineering (Structural health monitoring; Probabilistic structural analysis; Reliability based design of structures; Serviceability behaviour of concrete structures; Explosive resistant structures; Extreme loads on structures and non-structural building elements; Experimental testing of structures; Soil-structure interactions) | Kaveh Arjomandi, Peter Bischoff, Alan Lloyd, Taylor Steele
  • Transportation Engineering (Transportation and traffic planning; Road safety; Rural, community, and shared transportation systems; Pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation; Pavement asset management; Economics of sustainable development and transportation systems) | Eric Hildebrand, Trevor Hanson, Xiomara Sanchez, Yuri Yevdokimov
  • Water and Environmental Engineering (Environmental hydraulics; Lake and river hydrodynamics; Sediment transport; Groundwater flow and contaminant transport; Surface water/groundwater interactions; Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for industrial wastes; Biological wastewater treatment; Municipal infrastructure) | Katy Haralampides, Kerry MacQuarrie, Kripa Singh

Application requirements

  1. Applicants are encouraged to review our website and may wish to contact faculty members about potential research and funding opportunities.
  2. All applicants should hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.3 (B average, or upper second class standing). PhD applicants typically hold a Master’s degree from an accredited university.
  3. Applicants are required to submit an application, including three references, and a statement describing their research interests.
  4. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed: The English Language proficiency requirements outlined under the School of Graduate Studies International Applicants guidelines.

Contact us

For more information, contact MaryBeth Nicholson, Graduate Program Assistant, or

Head Hall, Rm. H-124
1 506 453 4521

Department of Civil Engineering