Graduate Programs

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Programs

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. 

Degree Requirements

The complete degree requirements are described in the PSU Bulletin published online and found here.


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.

Degree Requirements

The complete degree requirements are described in the PSU Bulletin published online and found here.


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.

Degree Requirements

A complete list of the requirements are published in the PSU Bulletin online at this link.

Upcoming events

MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das

The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 13:00:00 2021-07-29 15:00:00 MS Thesis Defense Announcement: Apy Das The CEE Department is pleased to announce Apy Das' Thesis Defense: "Determinant Factors of Bicyclist Injury Severity at Signalized and Unsignalized Intersections" Date: Thursday, July 29th, 2021 Time: 1:00 -3:00 PM Location: this defense will be held virtually on Zoom using the following link: pdx.zoom.us/j/83201781784 Advisor: Dr. Chris Monsere Abstract: Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular in Oregon and the US in general due to its environment friendliness as well as health benefits. However, according to Oregon Department of Transportation crash report, there were 826 reported bicyclist crashes in 2018 in Oregon and the number of bicyclist crashes/year has been steady over the ten prior years without any obvious sign of improvement. Statistically, majority of the bicyclist crashes occur at intersections. There have been numerous studies that focused on bicyclist crash severity at intersections, yet a focus on contributing factors at signalized and unsignalized intersections separately to compare them is lacking. Taking that into consideration, this thesis seeks to identify the determinant factors of bicyclist crash injury severity by intersection types – signalized and unsignalized intersections. A mixed logit modeling framework that accounts for any unobserved heterogeneity within the data and allows the estimated parameters to randomly vary across observations was applied to three years of Oregon’s bicyclist crash data (2016−2018). This study explored factors including bicyclist characteristics, weather and environmental conditions, temporal and location characteristics, bicyclist movement, crash cause, and type of collision. Overall, findings in this study will help with implementing appropriate countermeasures for bicyclist safety improvement at both types of intersections.   Held virtually on Zoom using the following link: pdx.zoom.us/j/83201781784 CEE staff at ceedept@pdx.edu CEE staff at ceedept@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use…

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and…
Add to my Calendar 2021-08-09 15:00:00 2021-07-18 17:40:25 Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research World Society for Transport and Land Use Research The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The Society organizes the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. The first symposium was held in Whistler, Canada 2011, the second was held at Delft, The Netherlands in 2014, and the third took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. The next (virtual!) symposium is planned for 2021 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. Learn more about the event and see the latest updates here Conference Co-Chairs Kelly Clifton, Portland State University Kelly Clifton serves as the interim Associate Vice President for Research and as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and is a fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Her research, teaching and service activities are focused on transportation and how human mobility is shaped by their needs, the built environment, and technology. She is an internationally recognized expert on transport and land use interactions, travel behavior, pedestrian modeling, and equity in transportation policy. She bridges the fields of transportation engineering and planning and is known for qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Jennifer Dill, Portland State University Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. She is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., Understanding Types of Cyclists Nationally, Pedestrian Observation and Data Collection Curriculum and more. Her research aims to understand people’s everyday travel decisions, with a focus on bicycling, walking, and transit. Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota Yingling Fan is a professor in the regional planning and policy area who works interdisciplinarily in the fields of land use, transportation, social equity, and public health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impacts of spatial planning (e.g., land use, growth management, and transit improvements) on human activities and movements as well as to understand the health and social aspects of such impacts. To this end, her research combines ecological and behavioral analyses, most quantitatively, as a means of addressing urban sustainability challenges. This event is hosted by the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research, in partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research is the group that organizes the symposia and fulfills other aims of the Society. Its purpose as a society is to promote the interdisciplinary understanding of interactions between transport and land use and to provide a forum for debate and a mechanism for dissemination of research, while encouraging diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in our membership and activities. The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education. Virtual asktrec@pdx.edu asktrec@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public