M.S. Degree

students4The M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering has as its primary objective the development of students’ understanding of the subject matter through an emphasis on either research (Plan A) or a comprehensive understanding of a more general nature (Plan B). The M.S. can lead to a professional career in environmental engineering and can be considered a prerequisite for application to Ph.D. programs.

Degree Requirements

Plan A (Thesis Option)
To earn the Civil Engineering M.S. Plan “A” degree, all students must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 21 credits of advanced coursework, of which at least 18 credits must be at the graduate level.
  • Have earned final overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have completed at least 9 credits of GRAD 395 – M.S. Thesis Research (for students entering in Fall 1998 or later).
  • Have successfully completed public defense of an original thesis.
  • Have submitted the final M.S. thesis approved by the Advisory Committee to the Graduate School. It is expected that one journal paper will be submitted or ready for submission by the time of the defense, resulting from the MS thesis.

Plan B (Non Thesis Option)
To earn the Civil Engineering M.S. Plan “B” degree, all students must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credits of advanced coursework, of which at least 27 credits must be at the graduate level.
  • Have earned overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have successfully completed final comprehensive exams (written and oral).

Forms and Specifications for exams and theses can be found here.