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Master of Science- Civil Engineering

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Admission Requirements

A BS, BE or equivalent degree from an accredited program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade-point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

MS Program Degree Requirements

The following are minimum requirements:
  • 30 credit hours with all coursework approved at the graduate level
  • Six credit hours of thesis
  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • Two credit hours of seminar work
  • 20 of the 30 credit hour minimum must be earned in residence
  • One academic year of full-time study beyond the Baccalaureate
  • Maximum of 10 credit hours of transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  • All work must be completed in four calendar years.
  • All students must complete a thesis and defend it orally to a committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members.

    Specialty Areas
    All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, and Water Resources Engineering. A listing of core courses for each area can be found here.
  • Other Information
  • Exceptional students may be invited to proceed directly to the Ph.D.; such students will be awarded the MS concurrently with the Ph.D. The MS degree can be awarded upon the approval of the Graduate Committee after completing 40 credit hours, completing a technical report on his/her research, and passing the doctoral qualifying examination.
  • Students in the MS program in the CEE Department can be eligible for partial tuition assistance*.
  • Only under exceptional circumstances will MS students be allowed to transfer to the ME program. This transfer will require approval by the Graduate Committee and will require detailed written justification by the student and advisor.

    * Self-paying students may receive a tuition scholarship for up to 40% of the tuition for which the student has registered. The Graduate School, upon recommendation by the Department, provides this scholarship. Full-time MS students may receive four credits of support for three semesters. These merit awards require up to six hours of departmental work per week.