MS Degree Program Requirements
The following are the minimum requirements:

  • Thirty credit hours with all coursework approved at the graduate level
  • Six credit hours of thesis
  • Eighteen credit hours of coursework
  • Two credit hours of seminar work
  • Twenty of the 30 minimum credit hours must be earned in residence
  • One academic year of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate
  • A maximum of 10 credit hours of transfer credit (grade of B or better)
  • All work must be completed in four calendar years.
  • All students must complete a thesis and defend it orally to a committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members.

Specialty Areas

All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: environmental, geotechnical, structural or water resources engineering.

Environmental Engineering
Water and Wastewater Engineering:  Satisfied by an appropriate course
as an undergraduate or CE579.
CE580 Environmental Chemistry
CE584 Chemodynamics
CE582 Environmental Systems or CE586 Industrial Ecology

And one of the following:
CE681 Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes
CE682 Environmental Biological Processes
ES534 Air Pollution Control

A course in applied statistics is strongly recommended.

Geotechnical Engineering
Four from the following list:
CE512/ME555 Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
CE513 Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Tests
CE516 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CE519 Advanced Foundation Design
CE527/ME527 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
CE538 Introduction to the Finite Element Method
CE551 Theory of Elasticity
CE554 Continuum Mechanics
ME531 Computational Fluid Dynamics

Structural and Materials Engineering
CE549 Experimental Methods in Structures
CE554 Continuum Mechanics

And two of the following:
CE501 Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Structures
CE512 Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
CE520 Computational Methods of Structural Analysis
CE521 Analysis of Advanced Composite Structures
CE538 Introduction to Finite Element Method
CE551 Theory of Elasticity
CE553 Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials
CE631 Cement Chemistry
CE633 Plasticity

Transportation Engineering
CE561 Transportation Systems Design
CE568 Traffic Engineering

Two from the following list:
CE538 Introduction to the Finite Element Method
CE510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building
EE501 Digital Signal Processing
EE529/ME529 Stochastic Processes
EE550 Control Systems
EE552 Optimization Techniques in Engineering (or similar optimization courses)
MA584 Advanced Applied Statistics (or similar advanced data analytics courses)
CS547 Computer Algorithms
CS549 Computational/Machine Learning
CS551 Artificial Intelligence
CS559 Human Computer Interaction

Courses on systems theories and data analytics are strongly recommended.

Water Resource Engineering
Four from the following list:
CE527/ME527 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
CE554 Continuum Mechanics
CE569 Watershed Analysis
CE570 Stream Riparian System and Fluvial Morphology
CE571 Computational River Dynamics
CE572 Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
CE573 Sediment Transport
CE574 Hydrodynamic Dispersion
CE575 Coastal Engineering
CE576 Hydraulic Engineering in Cold Regions
ME531 Computational Fluid Dynamics

Other Information

Exceptional students may be invited to proceed directly to the PhD; such students will be awarded the MS concurrently with the PhD.

Students in the MS program in the Department of CEE can be eligible for partial tuition assistance.*

Only under exceptional circumstances will MS students be allowed to transfer to the ME program. This transfer will require approval by the graduate committee and will require detailed written justification by the student and advisor.

*Self-paying students may receive a tuition scholarship for up to 40 percent of the tuition for which the student has registered. The graduate school, upon recommendation by the department, provides this scholarship. Full-time MS students may receive four credits of support for three semesters. These merit awards require up to six hours of departmental work per week.