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Master in Urban Infrastructures Engineering

Credits 45 credits
Session of admission and deadlines

Fall: August 1st
Winter: December 1st
Summer: April 1st
Application deadlines for international students with study permit

Regime of studies Full-time or part-time basis
Schedule Most courses are offered in an intensive format (on Fridays and Saturdays for approximately 6 weeks)
Language of instruction French
Degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Should we restore or maintain, modernize or replace our infrastructures?

A large part of today’s urban infrastructures having been built in the 1960’s, their degradation represents a vast challenge for Québec municipalities and this opens the way for multiple interventions. The complexity of existing systems requires special consideration before implementing solutions: is it better to restore or maintain the condition of existing infrastructures, or improve, modernize or replace them? Would it be better to build new infrastructure that’s more environmentally friendly? With the ÉTS Master's in urban infrastructure management, you will be able to support and guide municipalities to evolve their urban infrastructures in an effective manner.

Would you like to take an active part in the management of urban infrastructure projects, whether related to transportation, water networks or urban rehabilitation and development? Do you believe in the need to have a perspective based on sustainable development? Then an ÉTS master's degree in urban infrastructures will be just what you’re looking for!

With its project profile solidly oriented toward the professional environment, this program will meet your professional ambitions, whether it’s to make yourself stand out among other candidates, specialize in a field which will need more and more professionals, or obtain a promotion.

What will you learn in the Master’s program?

Thanks to this master's program, you will be equipped with the tools to manage urban infrastructures, in a perspective of sustainable development. You will also enrich your knowledge of the technical and economic considerations of urban planning and development, rainfall management and urban transportation.

More specifically, this graduate program will help you to: 

  • Acquire advanced knowledge in the management of urban projects and systems, asset management, information and decision support technologies in the urban milieu, water management and transportation management; 
  • Analyze the technical, economic, social and environmental issues of a complex project;
  • Design both corrective and preventive solutions;
  • Validate the compliance of a solution and its implementation in relation to municipalities’ requirements and long-term issues.

What degrees provide admission to the program?

To be eligible for this master's program, you must hold a bachelor degree or the equivalent in engineering, urban planning, applied sciences or in commerce in an appropriate field.

Research related to various aspects of today's urban infrastructures

Many ÉTS professors from various departments are interested in varying degrees in urban infrastructure. For example, some are studying infrastructures and rehabilitation, while others are interested in pavements and bituminous materials, infrastructure auscultation and the impact of climate change. As 60% of their research mandates are carried out in partnership with industry, these professors are able to deal with real-world issues.

Master's degree in urban infrastructures with project (project profile)

This Master's program has just one profile, the project profile. It totals 45 credits, and includes an application project or business initiative (15 credits), a business project (9 credits) or a technical project (6 credits), complemented by 30, 36 or 39 credits of courses.

Master's Degree with Project (courses profile) M.Eng.

The Master's Degree with Projet is available in French only.

Would you like to proceed in French?

Career Prospects

Professional Perspectives in Urban Infrastructures Engineering

According to the Canadian Construction Association, overall losses relating to infrastructures nationally are estimated to be more than $900 billion. As for the market for rehabilitation of urban infrastructures, it has undergone unprecedented growth over the last few years. This market, which represented only 25 per cent of the overall volume of construction in North America in the 1990s, now accounts for more than 60% of the market.  Everything points to this percentage increasing in coming years, due to aging of existing infrastructures. 

Graduates of the master's in urban infrastructures engineering can hold a wide variety of positions in the private, public and parapublic sectors. Among these employers are:  

  • Municipalities;
  • Metropolitan communities;
  • MRC’s and counties;
  • Provincial and federal ministries;
  • Engineering, urban planning and land use consulting firms; 
  • Service businesses.

Professional Recognition

Did you know that a Master’s in Engineering can give you experience credits of up to 12 months? To learn more, we invite you to consult the Regulation respecting other terms and conditions for the issuance of permits by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Research projects for students

Are you looking for a project for your master’s program?

Are you looking for a research project for your master's program?  Visit the Research Projects for Students page where faculty who are recruiting students post opportunities. 

Have you found a thesis supervisor?

You must have chosen your thesis supervisor before the end of your first semester of master’s studies, because this is a condition of registration for the second semester. We strongly recommend you begin your search before your first semester of master’s studies. For more information, see Find a Thesis Supervisor