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The Master of Science in civil and infrastructure engineering is designed for students who have completed the BS in civil engineering, although students with related undergraduate degrees may be considered for provisional admission. The MS educates students in the theory and practice of civil engineering science and design at an advanced level. The MS also serves as a foundation for doctoral study in civil engineering, as well as for additional graduate studies in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.
Highlights from the university catalog.
All MS students must develop a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 graduate credits. These credits include two core courses (CEIE 601 Infrastructure Modeling and CEIE 605 Risk and Uncertainty in Civil Engineering), specific requirements of a concentration declared by the student, and seminar requirement (CEIE 795 Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Seminar).
Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies. Additional specifications may apply.
To be considered for admission to the program, a candidate must:
- Satisfy general university and Volgenau School requirements for admission to a graduate program;
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related science;
- Provide two letters of reference, submitted by former professors or supervisors; and
- Provide a professional résumé.
Acceptance to the degree program is based on an assessment of the applicant’s capacity to pursue graduate studies successfully. Consideration is given to the undergraduate record, any previous graduate work, professional work experience, and reference letters.
Degree Requirements (30 credits)
All students develop a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 graduate credits, and complete two core courses within the first 12 credit hours of their MS studies. These courses provide a common background for understanding the breadth and complexity of civil and infrastructure engineering and for analyzing and solving engineering problems.
The Master of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering is increasingly expected for advanced practice in civil engineering, and prepares graduates to practice in civil engineering for: federal, state, or local government; engineering design firms; construction firms; public utilities; non-governmental organizations; and local and regional planning firms, among others. The degree also serves as a foundation for subsequent study in a PhD program in civil engineering, as well as for additional graduate studies in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.
The program involves focused coursework in any of the five emphasis areas offered in the department. These include:
- Construction project management
- Environmental and water resources engineering
- Geotechnical engineering
- Structural engineering
- Transportation engineering