About Us

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineers use and develop modern technology to meet the needs of our changing society. Concerns for environmental quality, energy conservation, infrastructure restoration and public safety now shape the role of civil engineers. The introduction of advanced materials, computer-aided and communication-based technologies for planning, design and management is changing the way civil engineers practice. In the area of environmental protection, civil engineers continue their longstanding work on water and waste treatment and management for growing urban populations and industries, but today they also focus on areas such as ecosystem restoration, waste reduction, recycling and air pollution abatement.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics (est. 1871) offers programs in both undergraduate and graduate levels. The department currently has 22 full-time faculty members.  In addition, an industrial perspective is provided in the classroom by adjunct professors who are practicing civil engineers.

We currently have approximately 430 undergraduate and 140 graduate students enrolled in our programs, of whom nearly one-half are women and one-third are from outside Canada. Broad programs of study are available that offer specialized courses in all areas of civil engineering. Our facilities include state-of-the-art teaching, research and computing laboratories.

Inquiries regarding Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Studies and any other questions can be addressed by e-mailing our ugradinfo.civil [at] mcgill.ca (Undergraduate Student Affairs Coordinator) or gradinfo.civil [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Student Affairs Coordinator).