Master of Science in Civil Engineering
The curriculum of the Master of Science in CIvil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) program is designed to provide full-time and part-time students with the opportunity to develop a greater technical competency in the general area of civil engineering. Students will be motivated to grow intellectually through the continued search for and use of knowledge, and will be provided with the catalyst to become active, articulate, and socially aware individuals. Graduates of the program are key contributors to the civil engineering engineering profession.
Students in the civil engineering program are guided by a research-active faculty who publish widely and have extensive industry experience. Graduate research is directly by faculty in one of the College's several laboraties and centers, including the Geotechnical and Sustainable Geomaterials Laboratory and the Water and Environmental Technology Center. Research areas include such topics as: analysis of the effect of scour on bridge stability; design of sustainable buildings; development of new highway pavement material using plastic waste; characterization of by-products and waste materials for pavement and geotechnical engineering applications; development of effective traffic signals in urban settings and rural areas; and development of new techniques for effective construction management.
Graduates with the M.S.C.E. in Civil Engineering are employed by various engineering companies as well as government agencies in design, analysis, and applications. Typical examples are water treatment facilities and regulatory agencies engaged in environmental regulation and pollution control; companies involved in construction project management; and those involved in structural design and analysis of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Students who complete an M.S.C.E. with a thesis are prepared to enter a doctoral program.
To earn the M.S.C.E., a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework is required; a minimum of 18 graduate-level semester hours (approximately 6 courses) must be in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. All graduate students enrolled in the M.S.C.E. program must select a graduate advisor after completing 9 graduate semester hours or by the end of the first semester in which they joined the program, whichever comes first. The advisor should be a full-time faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A plan of study must be developed and approved by each graduate student and his/her advisor, after completing 9 graduate semester hours or after the first semester, whichever comes first.
Students pursuing the thesis option must complete 24 semester hours of graduate-level coursework and complete 6 semester hours of thesis. Students completing the project option must complete 27 semester hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 semester hours of a research project. Students pursuing the non-research option must complete 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework.
As a minimum requirement, students accepted into the program must have a background similar to that of students with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited or equivalent institution. Students who do not have the required background must take the necessary courses to compensate for the deficiency.
In addition to submitting an application with the required supporting material, other admission requirements include:
•At least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate GPA
•A minimum score of 450 verbal, 650 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical on the GRE
# of Credits Required:
International Student Requirements:
For applicants whose native language is not English – a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test, 550 on the paper-based test, and 79 on the internet-based test on the TOEFL, or a 6.5 on the academic version of the IELTS is required.
International applicants must submit an official transcripts and a copy of the degree, diploma, or certificate awarded whereby the academic institution validates completion and conferral. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted for the applicant by the university, even if only one course was taken. Applicants who attended institutions that do not issue complete academic records in English must submit official copies of native language records and literal translations into English prepared by an appropriate university or government official.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour:
775 in-state; 1048 out-of-state USD
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Extensive
Institution Sector: Public
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000 and above