Pre-requisites 12 hours
All students must complete the following pre-requisites or equivalent courses:
EGN 3311(3) Statics
EGN 3343(3) Thermodynamics I
EGN 3353(3) Basic Fluid Mechanics
EGN 3615(3) Engineering Economics
Most entering students will have taken these courses (or equivalent versions) prior to admission to the M.C.E. major. Students who have not taken these courses prior to beginning the M.C.E. degree program are encouraged to do so as quickly as possible, as these may be pre-requisites for a number of graduate-level courses in the major.
Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours
Core Courses 3 hours
Coursework 21 hours
Thesis 6 hours
The major consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. For students pursuing a Specialization area (as detailed below), the 24 credit hours of coursework will include at least 12 credit hours of Specialization Requirements, with remaining credit hours to consist of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department. For students pursuing no Specialization area, the 24 credit hours of coursework will consist wholly of core coursework and technical electives as approved by the Department, but with a minimum of 15 credit hours taken within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Students without an Engineering undergraduate degree will be required to complete undergraduate engineering pre-requisite courses as determined by the Department. Contact the Graduate Director for more information.
Common Core Courses 3 hours minimum
CGN 6945(2) Graduate Research Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering
And at least one of the following:
CGN 6933(1) Selected Topics: Grad Structures/Materials Seminar
ENV 6935(1) Environmental/Water Resources Seminar
TTE 6930(1) Grad Transportation Seminar
Specialization Requirements -12 hours minimum
The Department supports M.S.C.E. specialization areas in Engineering for International Development (EFD), Geotechnical Engineering (GTL), Materials Engineering and Science (MTL), Structures Engineering (STR), Transportation Engineering (TPT), and Water Resources (WRS). Students may select from one of these Specializations, or may select no specialization.
Engineering for International Development (EFD)
This specialization acknowledges coursework and international field experience in the area of engineering for international development that considers issues of sustainable development, water, sanitation, and health (WaSH), gender, and society. This graduate specialization requires 1) coursework in global health, applied anthropology (medical, environmental, and development), and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WaSH) engineering, 2) a development-focused research component, and 3) a long-term overseas field experience in sustainable development as a WaSH engineer, which in most cases will form the basis of the students masters thesis The international field experience allows a student to remain enrolled as a full-time student (with zero tuition/fees) and gain development experience serving with Peace Corps and Non-governmental Development Organizations. Graduate sare competitive for employment in the global WaSH development field.
ENV 6510 Sustainable Development Engineering
A minimum of 1 course (3 credits) from the following applied anthropology courses:
ANG 6766(3) Research Methods in Applied Anthropology
ANG 6730(3) Socio-cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS
ANG 6469(3) Selected Topics: Health, Illness and Culture
A minimum of one course (3 credits) from the following global public health courses:
PHC 6764(3) Global Health Principles & Contemporary Issues
PHC 6761(3) Global Health Assessment Strategies
3 additional graduate level credit hours of coursework in international development engineering or closely related areas.
Students engaged in full-time global training and/or service as part of the EFD specialization (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps, with a non-governmental organization, UNESCO-IHE, or equivalent) may register for CST 6990 for 0 credit hours while in their country of service/research.
CEG 5115 Foundation Engineering
CES 6118 Applied Finite Elements
6 additional credit hours of coursework in Geotechnical engineering or closely related areas.
Materials Engineering and Science
At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following list:
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Advanced Construction Materials
CGN 6720 Electrochemical Diagnostic Techniques
CES 6010 Structural Life Prediction
EMA 5326 Corrosion Control
EMA 6510 Characterization of Materials
6 additional credit hours of coursework in Materials Engineering and Science or closely related areas.
At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of design courses:
CES 6706 Advanced Concrete
CES 6835 Design of Masonry Structures
CES 5715C Pre-Stressed Concrete
At least 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following list of analysis courses:
CES 6118 Applied Finite element
CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics
CES 6144 Advanced Structural Analysis
CES 5209 Structural Dynamics
6 additional credit hours of coursework in Structures Engineering or closely related areas.
TTE 5205 Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 5501 Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 6507 Travel Demand Modeling or CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Statistical and Econometric Methods
3 additional credit hours of coursework in Transportation Engineering or closely related areas.
4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following list:
CWR 6235 Free Surface Flow
CWR 6239 Waves and Beach Protection
CWR 6305 Urban Hydrology
CWR 6534 Coastal and Estuary Modeling
CWR 6535 Hydrologic Models
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Vadose Zone Hydrology
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Groundwater Hydraulics
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Advanced Computational Fluid Mechanics
CWR 6820 Coastal Waves and Structures
CWR 6538 Advanced Hydrologic Model
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Advanced Numerical Methods
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Global Sustainability
CGN 6933 Selected Topics: Ecological Engineering
The thesis and defense are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.
Thesis - 6 hours minimum
Students pursuing the M.S.C.E. are required to complete at least six (6) credits of Thesis. Students must conduct a suitable research project under the guidance of their thesis advisor, write an original thesis based upon the results of the research project, and defend the thesis to a committee that must subsequently approve the completed thesis. For students in the EFD Specialization, the thesis must be associated with research in a developing-world context.
- A maximum of 9 graduate level credits taken outside the CEE department may be applied to meet the degree requirements.
- A maximum of 6 credits of independent study may be applied to meet the degree requirements.