Master of Science in Civil Engineering

University of Texas Arlington

Program Description

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

University of Texas Arlington

Objective

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering. Typical program and research areas are:

  1. Construction Engineering and Management;
  2. Environmental (water and air quality control, and solid and hazardous materials control);
  3. Geotechnical (soil mechanics and foundations);
  4. Infrastructure System Engineering and Management;
  5. Structures and Applied Mechanics;
  6. Transportation (traffic planning, highways, airports, and transit);
  7. Water Resources (hydrology and hydraulics)


Curriculum

Construction Engineering and Management Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the construction engineering and management area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5379 Construction Cost Estimating
  • CE 5386 Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • CE 5344 Construction Methods – Field Operations
  • CE 5311 Advanced Steel Design I or CE 5312 Advanced Concrete Design I
  • CE 5367 Design of Earth Structures or CE 5372 Geosynthetics

Electives

  • IE 5301 Advanced Operations Research
  • IE 5318 Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • CE 5338 System Evaluation
  • IE 6302 Facilities Planning and Design
  • CE 5377 Construction Project Mgt. and Job Costing
  • CE 5378 Construction Contracts, Specifications, and Administration
  • CE 5387 Construction Productivity
  • CE 5345 Infrastructure Evaluation, Maintenance, and Renewal
  • CE 5388 Pipeline Construction and Trenchless Technology
  • CE 5389 Infrastructure Asset Management and Sustainability
  • CE 5300 Topics in Civil Engineering
  • CE 5306 Structural Steel Design
  • CE 5307 Structural Timber Design
  • CE 5308 Structural Masonry Design
  • CE 5309 Prestressed Concrete
  • CE 5364 Foundation Analysis and Design
  • CE 5341 Pavement Evaluation, Rehabilitation & Management Systems
  • CE 5336 Pavement Design
  • CE 5361 Design & Construction of Asphalt Concrete
  • CE 5362 Rigid pavements

Environmental Engineering Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the environmental engineering area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5318 Physical-Chemical Processes I
  • CE 5319 Physical-Chemical Processes II
  • CE 5325 Biological Processes
  • CE 5326 Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Design
  • CE 5328 Fundamentals of Air Pollution

Elective Courses

  • CE 5392 Special Topics in Air Pollution
  • CE 5316 Current Topics in Environmental Engineering
  • CE 5317 Environmental Engineering Processes and Analysis - Laboratory
  • CE 5358 Solid & Hazardous Waste Mgt
  • CE 5329 Environmental Risk-Based Corrective Action
  • CE 6325 Advanced Physical Chemical Processes
  • CE 5346 Open Channel Flow
  • CE 5347 Advanced Hydrology
  • CE 5348 Groundwater Hydrology
  • CE 5354 Water Resources Planning
  • CE 5356 Surface Water Quality Modeling
  • CE 5358 Groundwater Contaminant Modeling
  • CE 5375 Geotechnical Aspects of Landfills
  • CE 4328 Water Systems Design
  • CE 5353 Advanced Hydraulics
  • CE 5357 Hydrologic Techniques
  • CE 5373 Environmental Geotechnology
  • CE 5395 Masters Project
  • IE 5318 Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • EVSE 5320 Toxicology
  • CIRP 5356 Intro to Geographical Info Systems
  • GEOL 5320 Understanding GIS

Geotechnical Engineering Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the geotechnical area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5364 Foundation Analysis and Design
  • CE 5365 Theoretical Soil Mechanics
  • CE 5370 Experimental Soil Mechanics

Elective Courses

  • CE 5336 Pavement Design
  • CE 5361 Design and Construction of Asphalt Concrete
  • CE 5362 Rigid Pavements
  • CE 5363 Constitutive Modeling of Soils
  • CE 5366 Soil Dynamics
  • CE 5367 Design of Earth Structures
  • CE 5368 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • CE 5369 Computational Geotechnics
  • CE 5371 Soil Behavior
  • CE 5372 Geosynthetics
  • CE 5374 Ground Improvement
  • CE 5375 Geotechnical Aspects of Landfills
  • CE 5376 GIS in Geotechnics
  • CE 6311 Advanced Foundation Design
  • CE 6312 In Situ Testing
  • CE 6313 Design of Earth Dams

Infrastructure Engineering and Management Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the infrastructure engineering and management area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5345 Infrastructure Evaluation Maintenance & Renewal OR CE 5300 Bridge & Building Evaluation and Mngmt. System
  • CE 5300 Management of Infrastructure Assets OR CE 5341 Pavement Evaluation Rehabilitation & Management
  • IE 5317 Intro to Statistics and Operations Research

Elective Courses

  • CE Elective Courses Infrastructure
    • CE 5336 Pavement Design
    • CE 5361 Design and Construction of Asphalt Concrete
    • CE 5362 Rigid Pavements
  • CE Elective Courses - Construction
    • CE 5344 Construction Methods Field Operations CE 5377 Construction Project Management & Job Costing
    • CE 5388 Pipeline Construction & Trenchless Technology
    • CE 5389 Pipeline Infrastructure Asset Management. & Sustainability
  • CE Elective Courses - Geotechnical
    • CE 5364 Foundation Analysis and Design
    • CE 5367 Design of Earth Structures
    • CE 5375 Geotechnical Aspects of Landfills
    • CE 6312 Geosynthetics
  • CE Elective Courses – Transportation
    • CE 5332 Highway Design
    • CE 5331 Traffic Characteristics
    • CE 5335 Airport Engineering
    • CE 6306 Public Transit Planning and Operation
  • CE Elective Courses- Structures & Applied Mechanics
    • CE 5302 Plain Concrete
    • CE 5311Advanced Steel Design I
    • CE 5312 Advanced Concrete Design I
  • CE Elective Courses- Environmental
    • CE 5326 Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities Design
    • CE 5328 Fundamentals of Air Pollution
  • CE Elective Courses Water Resources
    • CE 5354 Water Resources Planning
    • CE 5356 Surface Water Quality Modeling
  • Elective Courses – Outside CE
    • CIRP 5356 Intro to GIS Systems
    • IE 5301 Advanced Operations Research
    • IE 5304 Advanced Engineering Economy
    • IE 5318 Advanced Engineering Statistics
    • IE 5351 Intro to Systems Engineering

Structures and Applied Mechanics Engineering Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the structures and applied mechanics area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5303 Introduction to Finite Element
  • CE 5311 Advanced Steel Design I
  • CE 5312 Advanced Concrete Design I
  • CE 5315 Advanced Mechanics of Materials

Electives

  • CE 5302 Plain Concrete
  • CE 5305 Fiber Reinforced Composite Design (CE 4366)
  • CE 5306 Structural Steel Design (CE 4348)
  • CE 5307 Structural Timber Design (CE 4365)
  • CE 5308 Structural Masonry Design (CE 4360)
  • CE 5309 Prestressed Concrete (CE 4363)
  • CE 5310 Plastic Analysis and Design of Structures
  • CE 5314 Advanced Steel Design II
  • CE 5351 Advanced Theory of Structures (CE4368)
  • CE 5364 Foundation Analysis and Design (CE4321)
  • CE 5383 Experimental Stress Analysis
  • CE 5384 Concrete Bridge Design
  • CE 6350 Advanced Concrete Design II
  • CE 6352 Advanced Finite Element Method
  • CE 6355 Earthquake Engineering
  • CE 6357 Structural Stability
  • CE 6358 Advanced Analysis in Mechanics
  • CE 6359 Plates and Shells
  • CE 6360 Theory of Elasticity

Transportation Engineering Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the transportation engineering area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5330 Characteristics of Traffic
  • CE 5332 Highway Design
  • CE 5337 Urban Transportation Planning
  • IE 5318 Engineering Statistics II

Electives

  • CE 5300 - Introduction to Railroad Engineering
  • CE 5331 - Traffic Engineering Operations
  • CE 5333 - Traffic Control Systems
  • CE 5335 - Airport Engineering
  • CE 5338 - System Evaluation
  • CE 5341 - Pavement Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Maintenance
  • CE 5346 Open Channel Flow
  • CE 5347 Advanced Hydrology
  • CE 5336 Pavement Design
  • CE 5362 Rigid Pavements
  • CE 5361 Design and Construction of Asphalt Concrete
  • CE 5364 - Foundation Analysis and Design
  • CE 5367 - Design of Earth Structures
  • CE 5392 - Special Topics in Air Pollution, Topic 2: Transportation and Air Quality
  • CE 6306 - Public Transit Planning and Operation
  • CE 6308 - Analytical Models in Transportation
  • CE 6309 - Traffic Flow Theory
  • Additional courses may be approved by petition to the supervising committee

Water Resources Engineering Area

Students pursuing an M.S. degree must meet with their supervising committee to fully establish their program of study. Courses offered for master's degree students in the water resources engineering area include:

Core Courses

  • CE 5346 Open Channel Flow
  • CE 5347 Advanced Hydrology
  • CE 5353 Advanced Hydraulics
  • CE 5354 Water Resources Planning

Electives

  • CE 5348 Groundwater Hydrology
  • CE 5356 Surface Water Quality Modeling
  • CE 5357 Hydrologic Techniques
  • CE 5359 Groundwater Contaminant Modeling
  • CE 6314 Stormwater Modeling
  • CE 6316 Sediment Transport
  • CE 5319 Physical-Chemical Processes II
  • CE 5326 Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Design
  • ME 5313 Fluid Dynamics
  • CIRP 5357 Intermediate GIS***
  • GEOL 5321 Analysis of Spatial Data***
  • GEOL 5323 Remote Sensing Fundamentals

(*** One or the other, but not both.)


Admission Requirements

Performance on the GRE will not be the sole criterion for admitting applicants or the primary criterion to deny admission to either the Master or Ph.D. program. In cases where GRE performance is relatively poor, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success.

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Applicant with an appropriate Bachelor’s Degree in another discipline is considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses for an area of interest.)
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant.
  3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Quantitative score of 700 (old score system) or 155 (new score system) or higher is typical of a successful applicant.
  4. A Graduate Record Exam Verbal score of 390 (old score system) or 146 (new score system) or higher is typical of a successful applicant.
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 on TOEFL iBT, 50 on the SPEAK, 146 on Verbal GRE, 85 on MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (MELAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant’s country.)

Probationary Admission

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

Facilitated Admission of Outstanding UT Arlington Undergraduates

Facilitated Admission may be considered for a student who has graduated from UT Arlington no more than one academic year prior to proposed entrance to the graduate program. Students must complete the last 60 hours of study at UT Arlington. The student’s UT Arlington GPA must equal or exceed 3.5 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The applicant’s records will be assessed for evidence of strengths relevant to success in the Civil Engineering graduate program. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement shall not be the sole determinant or the primary criterion for granting facilitated admission.


Waiver of Graduate Record Exam

A waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be considered for a UT Arlington graduate who graduated within the past 3 years and has completed an engineering or science degree closely related to Civil Engineering. The student's GPA must equal or exceed 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study which must have been completed at UTA.


Fast Track Program for Master's Degree in Civil Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding senior undergraduate Civil Engineering students to receive undergraduate and graduate credit for up to six hours of coursework. Technical electives which are dual-listed as graduate courses will satisfy both bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. Students pursuing an MECE or MSCE degree may take up to two courses for dual credit.

Interested undergraduate Civil Engineering students should apply for admission to the Fast Track Program when they are within 30 hours of completing their bachelor’s degree (and before graduation). For admission consideration, they must have completed at least 30 hours at UT Arlington and have an overall and College of Engineering GPA of at least 3.00 (in both) for the MECE option and the MSCE option. Additionally, they must have completed a set of specified, basic undergraduate foundation courses with a grade of B or higher in each course and a GPA of at least 3.30 in these foundation courses. The specific foundation courses vary according to the student’s desired specialty area for the master’s degree.

In their final semester as an undergraduate, the Fast Track students in good standing will be automatically admitted to graduate school with the consent of the Graduate Advisor. No fees, transcripts, or test scores will be required. For further information about this program, contact an undergraduate advisor or the Graduate Advisor in Civil Engineering. Descriptions of CE Fast Track degree options are also available in the CE Advising Office.


Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree is a research-oriented program in which completion of a thesis is mandatory. The program consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and an acceptable thesis (6 credit hours). Candidates will be required to present an oral defence of the thesis.


Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees


International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.

International financial statement form


Our application priority dates are:

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1


Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.

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Last updated August 31, 2018
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$10,126 per semester for non-residents (taking 9 hours per semester). $4,577 per semester for non-residents (taking 9 hours per semester).
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