Today’s populations are growing at exponential rates. The pace strains the built environment, with our shared civic infrastructure — our bridges, dams, airports, and highways, among other resources — nearing capacity levels. Civil engineers respond to the issue by improving existing systems and designing civic projects that answer the new challenges raised by modern society.
Our MS program in Civil Engineering trains you to join their ranks. You can specialize in any of the following concentrations:
- construction management and engineering
- structural engineering
- geotechnical engineering
- environmental and water resource engineering
- urban systems engineering and management
- highway and traffic engineering
Our program is flexible, however, and you may elect for a more general course of study by taking 2 courses in 3 areas of concentration.
Goals and Objectives
Upon completing your MS in Civil Engineering, you will be prepared to practice the profession at an advanced level. Specific program objectives are to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to:
- Specialize in one of the primary sub-disciplines of civil engineering or to achieve depth across a number of the sub-disciplines;
- Design and analyze civil engineering infrastructure;
- Understand civil engineering materials, technologies and processes as applied to modern civil engineering infrastructure;
- Obtain civil engineering project management skills; and
- Provide a basis for continued, lifelong learning in the civil engineering profession.
Admission to this program requires you to hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You also need to have a 3.00 GPA or better. Applicants lacking a BS from an ABET-accredited program in civil engineering (including those possessing undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines, engineering science, engineering technology and architecture, or from a foreign university) have their qualifications reviewed by a graduate adviser. Admission may be granted and may include the requirement for additional undergraduate courses to correct deficiencies. These additional courses are not counted toward the MS degree, nor are undergraduate courses included in computing graduate grade-point averages.
If you are an applicant from a university outside the United States, you should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE advanced tests) and achieve a minimum grade of 700 on the quantitative section. You also must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum grade of 550/80 (paper/IBT). In rare cases, the department head may waive the GRE and/or TOEFL after a graduate adviser examines the student’s transcripts and interviews the candidate.
Foreign candidates who meet all other admission requirements but who fail to satisfy the TOEFL requirement may be required to take 1 or more remedial courses in English before admission.