Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Research Thesis Option (Plan I)

The thesis option is a research-focused program that includes conducting original research, writing a research thesis and defending the thesis to the student’s graduate supervisory committee. The research thesis option degree requirements are as follows:

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including

  • 21 credit hours of approved coursework, including
    • 9 credit hours of core graduate coursework
      (See later section for additional information regarding the graduate core.)
    • A maximum of 6 hours of approved 400-level courses
      (Use Graduate School’s “Approval of 400-Level Cours for Master’s Credit” form.)
    • A minimum of 15 hours of CE-prefix courses
      (See Appendix I for a schedule for all CE-prefix courses offered by the department.)
  • 3 hours of CE 593 or CE 693 Practicum
    • Taken with permission under the supervision of the student’s graduate advisor
      (See later section for additional information regarding Practicum.)
  • 6 hours of CE 599 Thesis Research
    • Taken with permission under the supervision of the student’s graduate advisor
    • The graduate advisor must be a full member of the department’s graduate faculty
    • Once taken, CE 599 must be taken every term until graduation

Paper/Report Option (Plan II)

The paper/report, or non-thesis, option requires a research paper, a policy and practice paper, or equivalent culminating experience, which is graded by the student’s graduate advisor. The paper/report option requirements are as follows:

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including

  • 27 credit hours of approved coursework
    • 9 credit hours of core graduate coursework
      (See later section for additional information regarding the graduate core.)
    • A maximum of 6 hours of approved 400-level courses
      (Use Graduate School’s “Approval of 400-Level Course for Master’s Credit” form.)
    • A maximum of 3 hours of CE 593 or CE 693 Practicum
      (See later section for additional information regarding Practicum.)
    • A minimum of 18 hours of CE-prefix courses
      (See Appendix I for a schedule for all CE-prefix courses offered by the department.)
  • 3 credit hours of CE 501 Masters Capstone Project – Plan II
    • Taken with permission under the direction of the student’s graduate advisor
    • The graduate advisor must be a full member of the department’s graduate faculty
    • Requires completion a research paper, a policy and practice paper, or equivalent report with the topic, scope, and format pre-approved by the student’s advisor
    • Must be taken the semester the student plans to graduate

Core Graduate Course Requirements

The faculty has defined core course requirements in four areas. Each student’s plan of study is required to include one of the following sets of core graduate courses:

Construction Engineering and Management Core Coursework (MSCivE, Ph.D.):

  • CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
  • CE 567 Construction Accounting and Finance
  • CE 568 Construction Scheduling

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Core Coursework (MSCivE, MSEnvE, Ph.D.):

  • CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
  • CE 575 Hydrology
  • CE 626 Physical and Chemical Processes

Structural Engineering and Materials Core Coursework (MSCivE, Ph.D.):

  • CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
  • CE 534 Advanced Structural Mechanics
  • CE 531 Structural Dynamics

Transportation Systems Engineering Core Coursework (MSCivE, Ph.D.):

  • CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
  • CE 559 Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
  • CE 655 Sustainable Transportation

Notes

  • University Scholars (BS/MS) students are allowed 9 credit hours of coursework to double count between the BS and MS degrees.
  • Students on graduate assistantships must register for a minimum of 1 credit hour of CE 593/693 each semester they are supported.
  • Only 400-level courses without 500-level counterparts are allowed and must be approved prior to taking the class.
  • Students are responsible for all forms and must route all forms through the Department prior to submission to UA’s Graduate School.