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Degree Requirements

To receive your Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree, you must choose to follow either the Single Area of Concentration or the General Program described below, and fulfill their requirements. Each requires a total of 30 credits. (Read about grade requirements.)

Single Area of Concentration Requirements

  • core courses (minimum of 12 credits)
  • courses within concentration (minimum of 12 credits)
  • technical electives (6 credits)

General Program Requirements

  • core courses (minimum of 12 credits)
  • 2 courses in 3 concentration areas (minimum of 18 credits)

Core Courses (12 Credits)

With either program you choose (Single Area of Concentration or the General Program), you must complete at least 4 of following 6 core courses.

Concentration Area Courses (12 to 18 Credits)

If you are following the Single Area of Concentration program, you must complete:

  • At least 1 core course in your concentration area; and
  • At least 4 additional concentration area courses.

Click on a concentration area listed below to review the courses associated with that concentration area:

Technical Electives (0 to 6 Credits)

Depending on which choice of concentration you choose, you may have up to 6 additional credits of coursework, which you can satisfy in the following ways:

  • Electives: Students normally select courses given by the Department of Civil Engineering. However, you may select electives offered by other departments with written consent of your graduate adviser.
  • CE 9976 Thesis for the MS in Civil Engineering, Credits: 6.00

Geotechnical Engineering Concentration

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

Structural Engineering Concentration

Construction Management and Engineering Concentration

Construction Management Graduate Courses

CE 8363 Building Information Modeling Project Controls, Credits: 3.00

Exec 21 Courses

Environmental/Water Resources Engineering Concentration

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

Highway and Traffic Engineering Concentration

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

TR 7333 Measure Theory I, Credits: 3.00

Urban Systems Engineering and Management Concentration

Select at least 4 of the following courses:

You must meet the requirements for Exec 21 courses to take this:

Grade Requirements

To earn an MS degree from the School of Engineering, you must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) or better in (1) all graduate courses taken at the School of Engineering, (2) all graduate courses taken in the Department of Civil Engineering and (3) all graduate guided studies (readings, project, thesis). Poor scholastic performance (under 3.0 GPA) may lead to being placed on graduate probation. If your grades do not improve, you may be disqualified from further graduate study in the department. You may repeat a course with your adviser’s approval. When a course is repeated, only the later grade counts toward your GPA. If a course is repeated more than once, only the first grade is dropped from the GPA computation. In the event that you are required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as a condition of admission, a grade of B- or better is required for every prerequisite course taken, and the cumulative GPA of all required prerequisite courses must be at least 3.0.