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Curriculum overview for CEE graduate programs

Master of Engineering Degree

The Masters of Engineering degree emphasizes professional practice and coursework. A minimum of 30 credits of technical and scientific coursework is required and is normally completed in two semesters of intensive study. Master of Engineering candidates in civil and environmental engineering can specialize in the major subject areas of: Environmental Engineering, Fluid Mechanic and Hydraulics Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources and Hydrology Engineering.

Master of Science Degree

The Masters of Science degree emphasizes research and the preparation of a significant publication. A minimum of 30 credits, 6 to 9 of which shall be thesis research, is required for the Masters of Science Degree. In special cases, as decided by the student’s supervisory committee, a second MS is available with a Plan B option, which requires 30 credits, including 3 credits of CEE 6970 - Thesis Research. Both Masters degree requires a written thesis and oral defense. For the Master of Science program, each student plans an individualized course of study with their advisor and thesis committee.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD degree, which prepares students for professional engineering careers, requires 33 to 48 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, or between 12 to 24 credits of coursework beyond the master’s degree. The PhD degree represents high scholarly achievement demonstrated by independent research and competence in an area of specialization approved by the student’s supervisory committee. For the PhD program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of their supervisory committee. The degree requires the successful completion of a qualifying and comprehensive examination, as well as a thesis and final oral defense.