Our civil engineering programs are leading-edge, tackling such topics as self-driving cars, 3D printing of buildings, use of drones for geotechnical and building assessment, dynamic response of soils and foundations, explosion resistance of structures, multi-hazard earthquake and fire protection of structures, and advanced dynamic computer modelling of historic buildings.

Our PhD program is offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Civil Engineering which gives students access to professors, courses and facilities at Carleton and the University of Ottawa. Learn more about Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering guarantee a Minimum Doctoral Funding of $35,000/year to successful domestic doctoral candidates. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the exact level and the details of their funding package with potential supervisors as early as possible during the application process. Note that the actual funding level can be higher than the above-mentioned Minimum Doctoral Funding amount if the student receives external awards or higher Research Assistantship.

Capital Advantage

Our location in Ottawa gives students access to several industry and world-class government research and developmental laboratories such as Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. It also provides unique opportunities to collaborate with researchers in these labs; we have several graduate students who conduct their research off-campus in these world-class facilities.

Fields of Specialization

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Program Information

Length: 3 – 5 years

Entry Terms: , ,

Fall Application Deadline: March 1
(Students are encouraged to apply early but applications are welcome at any time prior to the start of the term.)

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Contact: gradadmineng@carleton.ca

Pathway Options: Thesis

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