«Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering

Designing solutions in natural and urban environments

Plan ahead

Use the three-year teaching plans to stay on track. Teaching plans are subject to change.

Graduate programs

A broad range of theoretical, computational and experimental research programs have been established in civil and environmental engineering to prepare graduate students for careers in professional practice and research. If an admitted student does not have an undergraduate degree in civil/environmental engineering, they may be assigned deficiency courses specific to their specialty area.  Students must earn a grade of B or better in each deficiency course.

All graduate students are admitted to one of the specialty areas:

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)

The M.S.E. program is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge of engineering sciences and creative engineering practice while at the same time increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge in selected areas of emphasis. Master of Science of Engineering degree requires completion of 30 credit hours of course work and a comprehensive exam. The written comprehensive exam differs for each specialty area, but a student who fails the comprehensive exam the first time may petition to retake the exam once more during the following semester when the exam is held again. Review the catalog description

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. program is designed to enhance the knowledge gained in the undergraduate engineering program by requiring the students to understand and practice fundamental concepts in engineering, mathematics and the basic sciences. The Master of Science degree program requires completion of 24 credit hours of course work and six hours of thesis. Students write and defend a thesis. Review the catalog description

Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The doctoral program offers a broad range of theoretical, computational and experimental research programs to prepare graduate students for careers in professional practice and research. The programs are constantly evolving with the changes in society and the profession, and many are multidisciplinary in nature. The doctoral degree requires completion of 84 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree (30 hours can be from the master’s degree) and successful defense of a dissertation. This degree also requires a comprehensive exam and approval of the dissertation prospectus to be eligible for doctoral candidacy. After entering candidacy, students complete their research, write and defend their dissertation. Review the catalog description

It is important for all doctoral students to read the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Ph.D. program manual.

Master's in passing: Students who are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree have the opportunity to pursue a master’s in passing.  Once students have completed 30 credit hours of coursework, they may take the M.S.E. written comprehensive exam (conducted once a semester) in order to earn the master's degree.  Students should notify both their faculty advisor and the graduate advisor if they intend to pursue an master's in passing.

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