Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management


Cities are the economic engines of the world. With over 50% of the world’s population now living in cities, the health and wealth of nations depend strongly on how well cities function. With global urbanization trends, climate change, limitations of natural resources, and sustainability concerns, urban centres around the world will encounter increasing challenges in managing their infrastructure and in delivering high levels of service to ensure the well-being of their citizens. What is needed are professionals with both technical expertise and a fundamental understanding of the complex and cross-disciplinary issues facing cities. To proactively respond to this growing need, the Department of Civil Engineering has created a new opportunity within the Master of Engineering Program: the Master of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management (MEngCEM).

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between the systems and services of a city and its ability to generate prosperity and wealth.
  • Gain analytical skills to assess the environmental, economic, political, and social risks and the impacts of policy change related to critical infrastructure within a city.
  • Gain specialized management skills and evidence-based techniques that can be applied to address the unique challenges inherent in cities around the world.

10 Courses / 1 Practicum / 4 Sessions / 16 Months


Three themes are integrated across the whole curriculum


Infrastructure-related courses will be selected from the extensive offerings provided by various academic departments at the University of Toronto.

These courses focus on quantitative methods to provide a foundation for evidence-based decision making.

Cities as Complex Systems

Courses in this theme are dedicated to the MEngCEM program and will be offered in the fall and winter terms.

An Integrative Practicum

The practicum provides an opportunity for students to apply the concepts learned in courses to a complex problem related to the city. The practicum allows students to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to address a pressing issue in cities engineering and management.


Program Length

We offer two delivery options to suit your circumstances and goals.

  • The full-time option allows you to complete the program in 16 months.
  • The extended full-time option takes two years (up to six courses per year over three terms).

Whether you are in the full-time or extended full-time option you may have the flexibility to take some courses on the weekend, evenings, online or in a compressed two-week period (in May or August).  The part-time option is not currently available for this program.

The practicum is four months long on a full-time basis. Click for more details about the practicum.

MEngCEM Specialization Areas

Students enrolled in the MEngCEM program will choose four infrastructure engineering electives in one specialization area and one technology management elective.

Specialization areas include:

Transportation Systems
Cyber Security
Urban Structures
Sustainable Energy Systems
Operations Research
Environmental Issues for Healthy Cities
Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
Communication Networks

Learn more about the course offerings for each specialization.

Students can also choose to complete these certificates:

Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE) Certificate
Engineering and Globalization (Global) Certificate

Fees and Funding

Students pay full tuition fees in the first year and one session of tuition fees in the second year, reflecting the 16-month program.  The practicum component is paid opportunity which will help offset the total cost. The rates below are only approximations and are subject to change.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

International Students

The MEngCEM professional graduate program is a self-funded program. Learn more about funding your degree.


September 2016 start: Apply by April 1, 2016 (International students) and April 1st 2016 (Domestic students).