Graduate Degrees Offered

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and PhD.

Master of Science - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering program is designed to provide students with the technical and professional knowledge necessary to develop their abilities to seek creative solutions to complex problems in their field of interest. Students specialize in one of four areas: Environmental/Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering. MS students must complete a thesis or research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. 

The MS program consists of two options:

  1. The thesis option consists of a total of 45 credit hours including 6-9 hours of thesis credits plus successful completion of a final oral examination covering the thesis. Coursework may include up to 6 hours of CE 501 Research, CE 504 Internship, CE 505 Reading and Conference or CE 506 Projects. 
  2. The project option requires completion of 45 credit hours including 4 credit hours on a research project that produces a report and technical presentation. The project option requires completion of 45 credit hours including 4 CE 501 Research credit hours on a research project that produces a report and technical presentation. Coursework may include up to 8 hours of CE 504 Internship, CE 505 Reading and Conference or CE 506 Projects. 

Both options can typically completed in 1.5 – 2 years. 

More information about degree requirements and typical programs of study in each specialty area can be found in the CEE Graduate Handbook and the Program of Study Guide for MS/MEng Students.

Master of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering program is a non-research based professional degree. MEng students may be full-time or part-time while working in the engineering field.  These students complete an advanced degree without a thesis/project requirement. Students specialize in one of four areas: Environmental/Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering.

A total of 48 graduate credits are required for the MEng program. The degree can typically be completed in 1.5-2 years.

More information about degree requirements and typical programs of study in each specialty area can be found in the CEE Graduate Handbook and the Program of Study Guide for MS/MEng Students

Ph.D. - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering program offers advanced courses in the areas of structural analysis and design, water resources and environmental engineering, transportation engineering, and geotechnical engineering. This 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.

A PhD student must complete the following departmental requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 51 credits (including coursework and dissertation credits) beyond the M.S. degree;
  2. Complete an approved program of study, which includes a minimum of 24 hours coursework. Coursework may include up to 8 hours of CE 601 Research, CE 604 Internship, CE 605 Reading and Conference, or CE 606 Projects;
  3. Meet the University's residency requirement;
  4. Pass the comprehensive examination;
  5. Present and pass a proposal defense for advancement to candidacy;
  6. Complete 27 credit hours of dissertation credit (CE 603) leading to the completion of a doctoral dissertation;
  7. Present and pass the final oral dissertation defense; and
  8. 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.