Master's Program (MS)

Graduate students in an environmental engineering lab.

The department offers two Master of Science (MS) degrees: one in Civil Engineering and one in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, and is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Engineering Focus MS: Focus on Engineering Sustainability

Both 30-credit MS programs consist of three components (described in detail below): required courses, elective courses, and a culminating thesis, project, or exam.  To complete the degree, most students choose the “all-course” option, which consists of six credits of concentration-specific required classes, 24 additional credits of approved elective classes, and a comprehensive exam taken at the end of their final semester. 

Students may also complete (in addition to required classes) a 3-credit MS project and 21 credits of electives OR a 6-credit MS thesis and 18 credits of electives.  In all cases, the student’s academic advisor must approve the proposed program of study, including all required and elective courses to be counted towards the degree.  For the project and thesis options, a CSEE faculty member must agree to serve as the project/thesis advisor.

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Civil Engineering MS

Students pursuing the CIE degree select from one of five program concentrations (summarized below) that provide different course requirements and electives. The CIE MS program and its concentrations, allow students to develop an individualized program of study by selecting from an extensive list of elective courses in conjunction with input from their academic advisor.

After graduating, MS graduates with this degree follow diverse career pathways that include employment in a wide variety of public and private sector jobs, as well as additional education at the doctoral level.

Technical Concentrations

MS in Civil Engineering students may choose one of the following technical concentrations:

Research in bridge engineering drives the use of new construction methods, components and materials. Current areas of investigation are Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), multiple-hazard mitigation, and response modification devices.
Research in computational engineering mechanics involves the application of the fundamental principles of solid and fluid mechanics to a variety of emerging engineering problems, using state-of-the-science numerical algorithms and high-performance computing technology.
Research in geotechnical engineering addresses computational geomechanics, deep foundations, ground improvement, seismic response of soils, liquefaction, and retrofit of foundations, dams, slopes, and retaining walls.
The goal of research in earthquake engineering is to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems.
Research in transportation systems engineering focuses on improving the efficiency, safety, sustainability, and resiliency of surface transportation systems.

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering MS

Students pursuing the EWRE degree follow a single set of course requirements with considerable flexibility in selection of elective classes.

Some of the top priorities concerning environmental engineers are the delivery of clean air and drinking water, and the water quality restoration in the Great Lakes and other natural water systems throughout the country. Students who complete the EWRE program will be equipped with the knowledge to handle some of the most pressing matters affecting global public health, water supplies and ecosystem viability through research or professional practice.

Graduates of the EWRE programs contribute to the solution of important environmental problems through careers in research, government, consulting or the private sector.  Topics of current interest include the delivery of clean drinking water, treatment of air and wastewater pollutants, and the restoration of the Great Lakes and other aquatic ecosystems.

Research in environmental engineering seeks to better understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the health of our environment and to pursue innovative solutions for its protection.

Engineering Science MS: Focus on Engineering Sustainability

Students pursuing the Engineering Science MS: Focus on Engineering Sustainability will be equipped with the skills need to have successful careers in different sustainability positions, including, environmental engineers, conservation scientists, environmental specialists, urban planners, community service managers and several other positions.

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