Civil Engineering - Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering (M.E. in CE) is a coursework only degree and several courses are offered online.  The M.E. in CE degree requires a total of 30-31 credit hours consisting of one general elective course (3 credit hours); seven technical electives in Civil, Environmental, and/or Agricultural Engineering (21-22 credit hours); and two electives from engineering disciplines outside the department and/or other areas of interest outside the college (6 credit hours).

Prefix Title Credits
General elective course3
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Civil Engineers 13
Introduction to Nondestructive Testing 13
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering 13
Technical Communication for Engineers 13
CE, ENVE, and A EN elective courses 221-22
Seven courses to be selected from the following list of courses (numbered 450-599) 3
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering Design3
Environmental Microbiology 13
Air Pollution Control Systems Design 13
Aquatic Chemistry 13
Unit Processes/Operation of Water Treatment 13
Unit Processes/Operation of Wastewater Treatment 13
Surface Water Quality Modeling 13
Geotechnical Engineering
Foundation Design3
Site Investigation3
Design of Municipal and Hazardous Waste Landfills3
Pavement Analysis and Design 13
Design of Earth Dams3
Advanced Soil Mechanics3
Design of Earth Retaining Structures 13
Advanced Soil Behavior3
Deep Foundations 13
Ground Improvement 13
Slope Stability Analysis and Design3
Structural Engineering
Structural Systems3
Advanced Mechanics of Materials 13
Advanced Mechanics of Steel Structures 13
Finite Element Methods 13
Advanced Design of Steel Structures 13
Advanced Concrete Design 13
Wood Design 13
Masonry Design3
Bridge Engineering3
Structural Dynamics 13
Earthquake Engineering3
Water Resources and Agricultural Engineering
Geohydrology 14
Hydraulic Structures3
Surface Water Hydrology3
Open Channel Hydraulics3
Water Resources Development 13
Ground Water Hydrology 13
Statistical Hydrology3
Groundwater, Wells & Pumps3
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
Transportation and Construction
Transportation Engineering 13
Engineering Economics and Construction Management 13
MECE elective courses 46
Two courses to be selected from the following list of courses (numbered 450-599) 3
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Corrosion and Degradation of Materials3
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 13
Engineering Technology
Advanced Construction Technology3
Cost Estimating and Scheduling3
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 13
Innovation and Product Development3
Spatial Data Adjustment II3
Spatial Data Integration and Analysis3
GNSS Positioning3
Legal Principles and Boundary Law II3
Emerging Techniques in Geospatial Technologies3
Industrial Engineering
Systems Thinking and Decision Making 13
Stochastic Processes Modeling 13
Advanced Engineering Economy 13
Linear Programming 13
Nonlinear Programming 13
Discrete Optimization 13
Large Scale Systems Engineering 13
Advanced Safety Engineering 13
Topics in Engineering Administration 13
Mechanical Engineering
Experimental Modal Analysis3
Elasticity I 13
Continuum Mechanics 13
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics3
Numerical Methods for Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer3
Engineering Failure Analysis 13
Engineering Analysis I 13
Engineering Analysis II3
Total Credits30-31

Course offered online in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester


Electives should be chosen from at least 2 different areas (e.g., geotechnical and structural, environmental and water resources/agricultural)


Up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses numbered 450-499 may be applied towards the M.E. in CE degree (excess of this limit requires approval of department head)


Courses listed represent only a partial list of engineering electives that may be taken outside the department; courses in other areas of interest outside the college may be taken including, but not limited to, environmental science, mathematics, statistics, geography, soil science, geology, business, economics, and management (all M.E. in CE electives must be approved by graduate advisor and department head)

New Mexico State University master’s accelerated program provides the opportunity for academically qualified undergraduate students to begin working on a master’s degree during their junior and senior years while completing a bachelor’s degree. Typically, a bachelor’s degree requires four years to complete, and a master’s degree requires an additional two years. The master’s accelerated programs allow students the opportunity to complete a graduate program in an accelerated manner. You can also check NMSU’s catalog for additional information about our programs. 

Please talk to an CE faculty advisor about your MAP plan and develop a course plan in consultation with the advisor. The faculty advisor should preferably be from the CE area of your interest. 

MAP Requirements

  • The Graduate School allows qualified junior or senior students to substitute its graduate courses for required or elective courses in an undergraduate degree program and then subsequently count those same course as fulfilling graduate requirements in a related graduate program.
  • Undergraduate students may apply for acceptance to the accelerated master’s program after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which a minimum of 25 semester credit hours must be completed at NMSU.
  • The grade point average must be at a minimum of 2.75.
  • Students must receive a grade of B or higher in this coursework to be counted for graduate credit. If a grade of B- or lower is earned, it will not count toward the graduate degree.

Accepted MAP Courses

The following courses are accepted for use in the MAP program, any other courses may be considered after a consultation with an advisor. An exception will need to be made to the degree audit in order for the additional course(s) to be included on both the Undergraduate and Graduate degrees.

Prefix Title Credits
C E 452Geohydrology3-4
C E 457Foundation Design3
C E 479Pavement Analysis and Design3
C E 483Surface Water Hydrology3
C E 510Introduction to Nondestructive Testing3
ENVE 451Unit Processes/Operation of Water Treatment3

NOTE:  No more than 4 courses from the list above can be applied in the MAP for the Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MECE) degree.