Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The M.S. in Civil Engineering offers two areas of emphasis, structural engineering and transportation systems management, while offering breadth in the areas of geotechnical engineering, water and wastewater treatment, and facilities management. A minimum of 30 term-credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. For full-time graduate students, 6 term-credit hours may involve research and completion of a thesis, with approval from the student’s advisor, with an additional 24 term-credit hours of course work. The program also has the flexibility to meet the needs of part-time students, already working in industry, who typically take the non-thesis route with 30 term-credit hours of course work. All civil engineering graduate courses are offered with evening class times and via distance learning, to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline.
  • G.P.A. of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfy Lyle School of Engineering GRE score guidelines.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 term-credit hours, with a minimum graduate G.P.A. of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Additional articulation courses may be required for students without a civil engineering undergraduate degree.
  • Given the multidisciplinary nature of civil engineering, the core curriculum and elective courses comprising the degree plans for Master’s students will vary, depending on the student’s undergraduate background and their desired area of specialization. A Sample degree plans for students with a civil engineering undergraduate degree, and wanting to specialize in either structural or transportation systems management are shown below.

Structural Engineering

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of 5 courses, 15 term-credit hours:

CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite Element Methods
CEE 7372 Introduction to CAD/CAM
CEE 7375 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 7377 Advanced Steel Design

Satisfactory completion of 5 elective courses, 15 term-credit hours, chosen from Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Systems Management, and Facilities Management courses:

CEE 7363 Architectural and Structural Engineering
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7366 Introduction to Facilities Engineering Systems
CEE 7369 Electrical, Mechanical, and Piping Systems for Buildings
CEE 7373 Prestressed Concrete
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Master’s Thesis
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8365 Construction Methods and Rehabilitation
CEE 8366 Basic Concepts of Structural Stability
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior
CEE 8379 Analysis of Transportation Systems

Transportation Systems Management

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of 5 courses, 15 term-credit hours:

CEE 7323 Project Management
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Transportation Engineering)
CEE 8379 Analysis of Transportation Systems
EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models

Satisfactory completion of 3 specialization electives, 9 term-credit hours, chosen from the following courses:

EMIS 7340 Logistics Systems Engineering
EMIS 7370 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
EMIS 8361 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
EMIS 8371 Linear Programming
STAT 6336 Statistical Analysis

Satisfactory completion of 2 breadth electives, 6 term-credit hours, chosen from the following courses:

CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7350 Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CSE 7345 Advanced Application Programming
CSE 7365 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
CSE 8355 Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications
EMIS 7377 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
EMIS 8373 Integer Programming
EMIS 8374 Network Flows