Civil Engineering - Master of Science in Civil Engineering

In support of the mission and vision statements for the graduate program, the department adopts the following goals for the Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering degree:

  1. Prepare students to fulfill the academic prerequisites specified by the Americans Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for Licensure and Professional Practice in Civil Engineering.
  2. Prepare students to attain the Body of Knowledge specified by ASCE necessary for entry into the practice of civil engineering at the professional level.
  3. Prepare students in conducting applied research in areas relevant to the practice of civil engineering.
  4. Prepare students for advanced graduate studies towards a terminal degree.

Students may choose from the geotechnical, structural, or water resources engineering options following the Thesis or Non-Thesis track, requirements of which are specified below. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the head of the department. Further information related to the MS degree may be found under the Academic Programs of Study section of the catalog.

Option: Geotechnical Engineering

Thesis Track

Prefix Title Credits
Background Courses
Soil Mechanics3
Foundation Design3
Introductory Geology (or higher-level courses)4
Reinforced Concrete Design (or higher-level courses based on ACI)3
Core Courses 19
Select three from the following:
Advanced Soil Mechanics3
Advanced Soil Behavior3
Deep Foundations3
Ground Improvement3
Optional Courses12-13
Select four from the following:
Geohydrology3-4
Site Investigation3
Pavement Analysis and Design3
Design of Earth Dams3
Design of Earth Retaining Structures3
Slope Stability Analysis and Design3
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering3
Select 3 credits from courses outside the area or department (450 or higher) 23
Research Credits6
Master's Thesis 36
Total Credits30-31

Total credits needed for the Thesis Track are 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of C E 599 Master's Thesis research.

Non-Thesis Track

The background and core courses for the Non-Thesis Track in Geotechnical Engineering are the same as those listed under the Thesis Track.  Under optional courses, Non-Thesis students must select one additional course (i.e., total of five optional courses) from the list provided for the Thesis Track.  In addition, Non-Thesis students must complete 3 credits of CE 598 - Special Research Programs in place of 6 credits of CE 599 and pass a final exit exam covering coursework and their research project.

Total credits needed for the Non-Thesis Track are 27 credits of coursework and 3 credits of C E 598 Special Research Programs.

Option: Structural Engineering

Thesis Track

Prefix Title Credits
Background Courses
Structural Analysis4
Elements of Steel Design (based on AISC)3
Reinforced Concrete Design (based on ACI)3
Core Courses15
Advanced Mechanics of Materials3
Finite Element Methods3
Advanced Design of Steel Structures3
Advanced Concrete Design3
Structural Dynamics3
Optional Courses9
Select three from the following:
Advanced Mechanics of Steel Structures3
Advanced Engineering Design3
Advanced Mechanics of Concrete3
Design of Earth Retaining Structures3
Deep Foundations3
Introduction to Nondestructive Testing3
Bridge Engineering3
Wood Design3
Masonry Design3
Earthquake Engineering3
Advanced Finite Element Methods3
Prestressed Concrete3
Research Credits6
Master's Thesis 16
Total Credits30

Total credits needed for the Thesis Track are 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of C E 599 Master's Thesis research.

Non-Thesis Track

The background and core courses for the Non-Thesis Track in Structural Engineering are the same as those listed under the Thesis Track.  Under optional courses, Non-Thesis students must select one additional course (i.e., total of four optional courses) from the list provided for the Thesis Track.  In addition, Non-Thesis students must complete 3 credits of CE 598 - Special Research Programs in place of 6 credits of CE 599 and pass a final exit exam covering coursework and their research project.

Total credits needed for the Non-Thesis Track are 27 credits of coursework and 3 credits of C E 598 Special Research Programs.

Option: Water Resources Engineering

Thesis Track

Prefix Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
Core courses12
Statistics3
Area of Interest Courses9
C E 599Master's Thesis6
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Track

Prefix Title Credits
Requirements
Core courses12
Statistics3
Area of Interest Courses15
Total Credits30

Foundation Requirements

  1. ABET- Accredited BS in Civil, Agricultural, Geological Engineering, or closely related field or equivalent (as per existing Civil Engineering Department regulations)
  2. One course in surface water hydrology
  3. One course in hydrogeology or geohydrology
  4. At least three semesters of hydraulic and hydraulic design

Core Courses

Prefix Title Credits
Core Courses12
Open Channel Hydraulics3
Water Resources Development3
Ground Water Hydrology3
Statistical Hydrology3
Statistics3
Statistical Inference I (or advanced statistics class if student is qualified)4
Total Credits15

Area of Interest Courses (Flexible)

Agricultural/ Civil/ Environmental Engineering

Prefix Title Credits
Design of Water Wells/Pumping Systems3
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
Hydraulic Structures3
Surface Water Hydrology3
Design of Earth Dams3
Special Design and Analysis Program3-6
Advanced Engineering Design3
Topics in Hydrodynamics II3
Surface Water Quality Modeling3
Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants3
System Design for Geographic Information Science (GIS)3
Advanced Soil Physics3

Modeling/ Fluid Mechanics

Prefix Title Credits
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics3
Computational and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics3
Engineering Analysis II3

Management/Optimization

Prefix Title Credits
Linear Programming3
Nonlinear Programming3
Discrete Optimization3

Institutional Aspects

Prefix Title Credits
Negotiation and Business Dispute Resolution3

Electives outside College of Engineering: A ST, AEEC, GEOG, GEOL, MATH, STAT, and SOIL (must be approved by the Advisor and Committee Members).
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Notes:

  1. International students must be registered at least 9 credits per semester.
  2. International students may be required to take English language courses to show proficiency in English.
  3. At least half of the credits of the Master's Degree program must be 500 level or higher.