The objective of the masters and doctoral programs is to graduate students who are in demand by employers and graduate programs and who lead fulfilling professional careers through their abilities to:

  • Synthesize technical knowledge of engineering analysis and design to identify, formulate and solve problems of professional interest and importance
  • Demonstrate the professional practice skills needed to be successful in their professional practice

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of The University of Alabama MSCE and MSEnvE programs will be able to:

  • Specify or design and experiment to meet a need, conduct the experiment, and analyze and explain the resulting data.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex civil or environmental engineering problems by selecting and applying appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Synthesize advanced technical knowledge in a traditional or emerging area of knowledge in a specialized area of civil or environmental engineering.

Graduates of The University of Alabama PhD program will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a designed experiment and the implications of the resulting data.
  • Verify and justify the solution to a complex civil engineering problem, including the use of appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Develop and evaluate new, advanced technical knowledge in a specialized area of civil engineering.
  • Synthesize and explain the relevance and application of new, advanced technical knowledge in both technical and non-technical terms.


The Masters and Doctoral Student Learning Outcomes are extensions of the BSCE and BSConE student learning outcomes and are formulated using Bloom’s Taxonomy.  A full rubric of the Student Learning Outcomes, including both undergraduate and graduate outcomes, provides additional information on the development of the expected knowledge, skills and attributes required for graduation.


Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives consists of six levels of achievement in the cognitive domain.  The six levels are as follows:  Level 1 – knowledge (the ability to remember previously learned material);  Level 2 – comprehension (the ability to grasp the meaning of material);  Level 3 – application (the ability to use learned material in new situations);  Level 4 – analysis (the ability to break down material into its component parts so that the organization structure may be understood);  Level 5 – synthesis (the ability to put together information to form a new whole);  Level 6 – evaluation (the ability to judge the value of material for a given purpose).

Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs