Master of Science in Civil Engineering

CIVIL ENGINEERING 

Program Director: Khaled Abdelghany, Ph.D.

Introduction

The Master of Science 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 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. For full-time graduate students, six credit hours may involve research and completion of a thesis, with approval from the student’s adviser, with an additional 24 credit hours of coursework. 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 credit hours of coursework. All civil engineering graduate courses are offered with evening class times or via distance learning to accommodate the schedule of working professionals.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement:

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy these additional requirements:

1.    A total of 30 credit hours, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale. Additional articulation courses may be required for students without a civil engineering undergraduate degree.

2.    Given the multidisciplinary nature of civil engineering, the core curriculum and elective courses comprising the degree plans for M.S. students will vary, depending on the student’s undergraduate background and his or her desired area of specialization.

The following sample degree plans are for students who have a civil engineering undergraduate degree and want to specialize in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering or transportation systems management:

Geotechnical Engineering:  Sample Degree Plan

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of five courses (15 credit hours):

CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite Element Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering

Satisfactory completion of five elective courses (15 credit hours) chosen from structural analysis, structural design, geotechnical engineering, transportation systems management, construction management, environmental engineering, and water resources courses:

CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis with Numerical Methods
CEE 7387 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CEE 7388 Groundwater and Seepage
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Geotechnical Engineering)
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8366 Basic Concepts of Structural Stability

Structural Engineering:  Sample Degree Plan

Satisfactory completion of the core curriculum consisting of five courses (15 credit hours):

CEE 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
CEE 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis and Introduction to Finite Element Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7375 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 7377 Advanced Steel Design

Satisfactory completion of five elective courses (15 credit hours) chosen from structural analysis, structural design, geotechnical engineering, transportation systems management, construction management, environmental engineering, and water resources courses:

CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CEE 7362 Engineering Analysis with Numerical Methods
CEE 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7373 Prestressed Concrete
CEE 7385 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 7386 Foundation Engineering
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Structural Engineering)
CEE 8340 Theory of Elasticity
CEE 8364 Finite Element Methods in Structural and Continuum Mechanics
CEE 8366 Basic Concepts of Structural Stability
CEE 8368 Theory of Plate Behavior

Transportation Systems Management:  Sample Degree Plan

Satisfactory completion of five specialization electives (15 credit hours) chosen from the following courses:

CEE 7323 Project Management
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7379 Highways Design and Safety
EMIS 7370 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
EMIS 8360 Operations Research Models

Satisfactory completion of five specialization electives (15 credit hours) chosen from the following courses:

CEE 7(0,1,2,3,6)96 Thesis
CEE 7324 Geographical Information Systems and Mapping
CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7350 Introduction to Environmental Management Systems
CEE 7365 Introduction to Construction Management
CEE 7391 Special Projects (Topics in Transportation Engineering)
CEE 8378 Transportation Demand Analysis
CEE 8379 Analysis of Transportation Systems
CSE 7345 Advanced Java Programming
CSE 7365 (MATH 5315) Introduction to Numerical Analysis
CSE 8355 Graph Theory: Algorithms and Applications
EMIS 7340 Logistics Systems Engineering
EMIS 7377 (STAT 5377) Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
EMIS 8361 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis
EMIS 8371 Linear Programming
EMIS 8373 Integer Programming
EMIS 8374 Network Flows
STAT 6336 Statistical Analysis

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