Engineering (Civil Engineering) - Doctor of Philosophy

In support of the mission and vision statements for the graduate program, the Civil Engineering Department adopts the following goals for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree:

  1. Prepare students to develop and conduct fundamental and applied research to generate innovative and original solutions for civil engineering problems.
  2. Prepare students for research-based professional careers or academic careers in the civil engineering discipline.
  3. Develop a culture of research/teaching scholarship among students.

Students may specialize in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, or water resources engineering. Further information related to the Ph.D. degree may be found under the Academic Programs of Study section of the catalog.

Additional Requirements

Ph.D. candidates in the College of Engineering, who have successfully completed their Ph.D. Qualifier Examination after January 1, 2018, must satisfy a publication requirement which requires two papers:

Paper #1: An archival paper accepted or published in any journal listed in the source publication list for the Web of Science, or a refereed Journal or Conference Proceeding approved by the student’s doctoral committee and the cognizant Department Head(s), before the Doctorate of Philosophy final examination. The candidate should be listed as the lead author in Paper #1.

Paper #2: An additional archival paper submitted, accepted, or published in any journal listed in the source publication list for the Web of Science. Alternatively, one conference paper accepted or published in a national or international conference proceedings.