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.
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: