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Graduate Programs

The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era by Roman architects and hydraulic engineers. It stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels ? the longest measuring 275 m. It is a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

An undergraduate degree in engineering or related disciplines with a "B" average from an accredited college or university is generally required for graduate study in civil, environmental and ocean engineering. It is required that any applicants requesting assistantship appointments, and applicants to the Ph.D. program, provide GRE scores as well as evidence of ability to carry out independent work. Examples of such evidence include a description of master?s degree thesis work and/or completed work-related projects. GRE scores are not otherwise required but may be submitted in support of the application. International students must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language prior to admission by scoring at least 550 (213 computer based) on the TOEFL examination. Applications for admission from qualified students are accepted at any time.

Major areas of current faculty research include hazard mitigation and infrastructure rehabilitation, computational mechanics, solid and structural mechanics, structural dynamics, marine structures and probabilistic modeling.


Master's Programs

The Master of Engineering degree is offered in two specific programs. The programs normally require 30 credit hours of course work. A thesis is optional and may be substituted for five to ten credit hours of course work. The thesis option is strongly recommended for full-time students, those receiving financial support or those planning to pursue doctoral studies.

Master of Engineering - Civil Engineering

 For a concentrations in the area of structural engineering, the student must complete core courses as follows:

  • CE 519 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CE 579 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structures
  • CE 595 Geotechnical Design
  • CE 660 Advanced Steel Structures
  • CE 681 Introduction to Finite Element Methods


Master of Science - Maritime Systems

This concentration provides knowledge of the specific structure types and design analyses associated with port systems. Students are given instruction in the various design and maintenance considerations unique to the marine and inland waterway environments. Students acquire skill in using state-of-the-art design tools, including computer and physical models of maritime structures. The Davidson Laboratory?s internationally known wave and towing tank facilities are utilized in the delivery of this instruction. All students in the program must complete ten courses comprised of five core courses and five elective courses selected from the list below. Up to six elective credits may be taken in lieu of course credits towards a relevant project.

  • OE 622 Design of Port Structures I
  • OE 623 Design of Port Structures II
  • OE 589 Coastal Engineering
  • CE 530 Nondestructive Evaluation
  • CE 519 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • CE 681 Introduction to Finite Element Methods

Doctoral Program


Garabit Viaduct, France, built by Gustave Eiffel in 1884

The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to develop the student's capability to perform research or high-level design in civil, environmental or ocean engineering. Admission to the doctoral program is made through the departmental graduate admissions committee, based on review of the applicant's scholastic record. A master?s degree is required before a student is admitted to the doctoral program. One master?s level academic performance must reflect your capability to pursue advanced studies and perform independent research.

 Ninety credits of graduate work in an approved program of study beyond the bachelor?s degree are required for completion of the doctoral program. Up to 30 credits obtained in a master?s program can be included in this program. Of the remaining 60 credits, 15 to 30 credit hours of course work as well as 30 to 45 credit hours of dissertation work are required. Within two years from time of admission, a student must take a qualifying examination that tests his/her ability to critically analyze the research literature. Upon satisfactory performance in the qualifying examination, and completion of the required course work, (s)he must take an oral preliminary examination. This examination is primarily intended to evaluate the student's aptitude for advanced research and examine his/her understanding of the subjects associated specifically with the dissertation topics. Upon satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination and all course work, a student will become a doctoral candidate and start his/her dissertation research. Doctoral research work must be based on an original investigation and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, and must be worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, a student must defend his/her thesis in a public presentation.


Civil Engineer Degree

To be qualified to enter the civil engineer degree program, a student must have completed a master?s degree in engineering. The degree candidate must also demonstrate professional competence by having at least two years of responsible industrial experience in one of the areas of civil engineering. The industrial experience is to be completed prior to entering the program or in the process of being satisfied upon entering the program. Thirty credits beyond the master?s degree are required for the degree of civil engineer. Eight to 15 of those credits must be on a design project. A student will be assigned an advisor who will help him/her develop a study plan and who will supervise his/her design project. The study plan, which should include details of the professional experience and of the design project, must be submitted to the departmental committee on the civil engineer degree for approval. Upon completion of the design project, (s)he will submit a written report to the departmental committee for approval, and the student will be required to take an oral examination on the substance of the design project.

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