How to Apply

Before applying, please study the material posted at and  In particular, notice the different areas of specialization and the admissions requirements.

Step 1: Create the application

Access the application system here. (Applications for September 2021 will open early July 2020)

Please submit the application by January 31. Note that only September admissions are considered. Details regarding the application fees can be found here

In order not to jeapordize the consideration of your application, please follow very carefully the detailed instructions that are found within the on-line application system.

Step 2: Upload scanned copies of supporting documents

At this step you must scan and upload PDF versions of the required documents. Originals will be requested only if you are offered admission. Please note that all the scanned documents must be uploaded by February 15. Please upload transcripts as a single PDF file for each post secondary institution attended. If you are a UBC student then you do NOT need to provide the UBC transcript with your application. We can access your transcripts and add them to your file.


A minimum of three references is required for the MASC and PhD programs. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. Please note, that we are unable to accept e-mails from referees using Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, MSN or other free e-mail accounts. A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing the referee to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.

MEng Applicants.  Only one reference letter is required.

Statement of Intent (MASc and PhD only)

Please provide a maximum of one page in PDF format detailing your specific area of academic interest, i.e., the research topic you want to work on. Describe your past education and other experiences, and how they have prepared you to be successful in a career in civil engineering. 

[MEng Applicants.  A Statement of Intent should NOT be submitted.]


Upload Your CV in PDF format detailing your education, work experiences, and competencies, including publications if applicable. All PhD applicants should submit, as an addendum to the cv, a formal publication list, including all papers published and conference presentations made.

English Proficiency Test Scores

If you need to submit an English test score then please note that your official score report should be submitted directly from the Testing Centre. Please use the following code for an official score report request: Institution Code: 0965/ Department Code: 65.

If you are offered admission, the offer letter will indicate which original hard-copy documents you need to submit.

All transcripts must arrive at UBC in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then two official copies of the degree certificate are required. Current and former UBC students: you may not need to submit official UBC transcripts as part of your graduate application package. However, be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended, e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc. Please note that any document submitted to UBC becomes the property of UBC and will not be returned.

For more information regarding Admissions, please email: Civil Graduate Applications or telephone: 604-827-5824.