College of Engineering

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering combines scholarship, research and advanced coursework to offer a comprehensive and competitive master’s degree program to prepare you for advanced projects and opportunities in industry or advanced research in academic institutions. You will receive the strong academic training needed for making significant contributions to solving civil and environmental engineering problems in the 21st-century, and for becoming well-informed, productive members of society dedicated to public service and lifelong learning.

Under the mentorship of highly respected faculty, graduate students develop a research and scholarly profile and a coursework portfolio that is relevant to professional practice and research within one of six areas of specialization:

    • Structural Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Transportation engineering

The master’s program is offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which is known for the personal attention given by faculty to students in areas of specialization to support their unique academic needs.

Thesis Option 

The thesis option for the M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering is recommended for students interested in careers in academic or research. It requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of graduate-level coursework and includes one (1) semester hour of Graduate Seminar and a minimum of six (6) hours of thesis completed under the supervision of the graduate advisor (31 hours). An approved thesis, an oral thesis defense (comprehensive exam) and a 3.0 GPA are required for graduation. 

Non-thesis Option 

The non-thesis option M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering is recommended for students who desire an industry-oriented degree, and who may be attending school part-time while working. It requires a minimum of 34 credit hours of graduate course work, including one (1) semester hour of Graduate Seminar, and three (3) semester hours of a Special Topics course, which demonstrate the student’s capability to engage in independent learning. Non-thesis students submit a project report, present the project results and pass an oral comprehensive exam.   

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As a graduate student in our program, you will have the unique opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research that contributes to the betterment of society and the preservation of our planet. Our faculty members are distinguished experts in their respective fields, with extensive research experience and a passion for innovation.

We foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment, encouraging students to work across traditional boundaries and explore multifaceted challenges. As a graduate student researcher, you will be actively involved in designing and executing experiments, conducting field studies, analyzing data, and publishing your findings in reputable journals and conferences.


Research Focus Areas

  • Structural engineering: Earthquake resistant masonry and concrete design, advanced bridge design and analysis, structural health monitoring
  • Environmental engineering: Biological wastewater treatment and design, urban water quality management, environmental microbiology, bioenergy production through anaerobic processes
  • Transportation systems: Urban travel demand and modeling, transport land use interaction, non-traditional intersections and arterial design, traffic signal systems operations
  • Water resources:  Computational hydrology and hydraulics, integrated watershed management, flood modeling and simulation, climate and urban impacts on water resources

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Interested in graduate research and scholarship, or student organizations and service? Check out the specific areas of research interests for our faculty members and explore our civil and environmental engineering student organizations and honor societies

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