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Graduate program: Civil Engineering

This program has been designed to build upon a student's undergraduate background and provide additional depth and breadth in the challenging and versatile profession of Civil Engineering. Subdiscipline focus in offered coursework is in structural engineering. In addition to courses in engineering, technical electives may be chosen from a variety offered in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Students interested in the areas of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources should refer to the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Program.

Department emphasis is on the one-year course-based Master of Civil Engineering, summarized below. However, students with an interest in multi-year, thesis-based Master of Science in Civil Engineering, also summarized below, may explore options in the department to pursue this degree.

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Master of Civil Engineering requirements (course-based)

  • 48 credit hours of course work as approved by student's academic advisor.
  • The following courses are required unless completed as an undergraduate:


CE 421 Structural Mechanics II

CE 436 Foundation Engineering

CE 520 Structural Engineering Practicum

CE 521 Matrix Methods for Structural Analysis

CE 522 Structural Dynamics

CE 523 Advanced Solid Mechanics

CE 524 Building Design

CE 525 Bridge Design

CE 532 Structural Design in Concrete II

CE 533 Connections and Detailing

CE 535 Structural Design in Prestressed Concrete


  • At least 32 credit hours must be upper level CE courses (CE4xx or CE5xx).
  • At least 36 credit hours must be graduate level courses (5xx from any department, or 3xx/4xx-level Mathematics which have been approved by the student's advisory committee.) Thus no more than 12 credit hours may be 4xx level, excluding the specifically approved Mathematics courses.


Master of Science in Civil Engineering requirements (thesis-based)

  • 20 credit hours of core courses

 Core courses must be 400 or 500 level CE courses approved by the student’s committee and the department.

  • 12 credit hours of thesis work
  • 8 credit hours of mathematics courses

Possible mathematics courses include MA 330 Vector Calculus, MA 336 Boundary Value Problems, MA 367 Function of a Complex Variable, MA 371 or MA 373 Linear Algebra, MA 381 Introduction to Probability with Statistics Applications, MA 383 Engineering Statistics II, MA 387 Statistical Methods in Six Sigma, MA 433 Numerical Analysis, MA 444 Deterministic Models in Operations Research, MA 445 Stochastic Models in Operations Research, MA 487 Design of Experiments.


  • 8 credit hours of elective courses

Elective courses could include, but are not limited to 400 or 500 level CE courses beyond committee-defined core courses. Courses offered outside the department, such as EM 505 Theory of Elasticity, ME 422 Intro. to Finite Elements Fund., ME 522 Adv. Finite Element Analysis, EMGT 526 Tech. Mgmt and Forecasting, EMGT 527 Project Management, EMGT 534 Management Science, EMGT 561 Failures of Engineered Syst., EMGT 587 Systems Engineering, courses approved by the student’s committee as appropriate for the plan of study.