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Ph.D. - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering program aims to educate technical experts to meet challenges related to enhancing infrastructure and the environment.  Students learn about conducting research and solving technical problems that have an impact both regionally and globally. The PhD program culminates in a written dissertation representing an original contribution to knowledge in the field, significantly enlarging, modifying or reinterpreting what was previously known. Students work closely with their advisor, but PhD research is an original, independent investigation of the chosen research topic. Students specialize in one of three areas: Environmental / Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering.

A PhD student must complete the following departmental requirements:

1.    Complete a minimum of two years of full-time graduate work (including coursework and thesis credits) beyond the M.S. degree;
2.    Complete an approved program of study, which includes a minimum of 24 hours coursework;  
3.    Pass the comprehensive examination;
4.    Present and pass a prospectus defense for advancement to candidacy;
5.    Complete 27 credit hours of dissertation credit (CE 603) leading to the completion of a doctoral dissertation;
6.    Present and pass the final oral dissertation defense; and
7.    Submit the written dissertation in compliance with University guidelines and deadlines.

More information about degree requirements for the PhD program can be found in the CEE Graduate Handbook.