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Graduate Manual and Policies

CSEE graduate students must abide by the policies set forth by the department, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the University at Buffalo (UB). 

Graduate Studies Manual

Policies and procedures related to graduate study in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering are included in the Graduate Studies Manual. All students should be aware of the contents of this manual as they progress through their academic careers in CSEE. Any exceptions to these policies and procedures must be approved by the Department Chairperson or Director of Graduate Studies. 

SEAS and UB Policies

Distance Education

In accordance with the New York State Education Department (SED) regulations, the percentage of courses taken through distance education must be less than 50% of a graduate student's degree requirements. The SED policy is summarized at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/ded/reviewoptions.html.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirement

All students initially admitted to the PhD program for the Fall 2009 semester or thereafter are required to document successful completion of "Responsible Conduct of Research" (RCR) training when they submit their Application to Candidacy (ATC) for their PhD degree. This training requirement may be fulfilled by either (1) enrolling in and passing PHI 640 Graduate Research Ethics or RPN 541 Ethics and Conduct of Research or (2) completing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online Responsible Conduct of Research course with an average score of 80% or higher. Students opting to complete the CITI online course must supply documentation of its successful completion with their Application to Candidacy.

More information on this and other requirements for the PhD are available on the UB Graduate School website.

CSEE Computing Lab Policies

Access to the 208 Ketter and 215 Jarvis computing labs is a privilege provided to students in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. All students are required to follow the CSEE Computing Lab Policies (PDF), as well as the university-wide policies on computing and network use.

Graduate Forms

CSEE Force Registration Form

Any graduate student who wishes to be enrolled in a course and cannot do so via the HUB must complete the CSEE Force Registration Form, which can be obtained from the Graduate Academic Coordinator in 212 Ketter Hall. Once you have completed the form and obtained your faculty advisor's signature, please return it to the Graduate Academic Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many courses can I take outside of the CSEE Department that will count towards my MS degree?

A: The maximum number of courses outside of CSEE that can count towards an MS degree is three (3); all courses taken outside of the CSEE Department should be approved by your advisor or on the approved list of electives. PhD students should check with their advisor about requirements. (See Graduate Studies Manual: Page 3, Section 2.2.1 Programs of Study.)

Q: Are there any courses with required minimum grades?

A: All students must earn at least a “B” in their required courses.

Graduate Career Guide

UB's Graduate Career Guide, developed to specifically meet the ever-changing needs of today's graduate students, provides advice and resources to prepare students for their first professional or academic position. This guide covers all aspects of the process from the job search, the application process, interviewing, and how to negotiate when a job offer is made.

Students seeking additional or more personalized guidance may request a personal consultation through the Career Services Office.