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Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree programs.

The graduate program within the CEE Department is comprised of four sub-disciplines. Each entering graduate student must be accepted into a particular sub-discipline. The sub-disciplines are: 

  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Structural and Earthquake Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

The degrees awarded at CEE Department are:

  • Master of Science (MS), with concentration in one of the sub-disciplines
  • Master of Engineering (ME), with concentration in one of the sub-disciplines
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), interdisciplinary, with major research in one of the sub-disciplines
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Admission Requirements

Admission and residency in the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering are guided by the General Admission Requirement and Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees in the Graduate School. Students are strongly encouraged to consult and familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations.

Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is granted to high quality applicants. The CEE faculty graduate committee administers the final review for each candidate and provides a recommendation for or against admission to the Graduate School. Admission requirements for the graduate programs at CEE Department include those required by the Graduate School, as well as the following departmental requirements: 

  • ME and MS programs: a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Ph.D. program: a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Financial resources may be available to support the highest quality M.S. and Ph.D. students.

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International Applicants

International Applicant Admission Requirements in the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering are guided by the General Admission Requirement and Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees in the Graduate School. Students are strongly encouraged to consult and familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (MS) program is usually completed in four semesters of full-time study, including summer research. Each MS student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours: 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis research. The course work requires the completion of core courses within the sub-disciple in which the student was accepted. MS students are encouraged to have at least one journal paper publication on a notably ranked journal before completing the MS program.  MS candidates must also pass an oral and written examination of their research project.

The Master of Engineering (ME) program may be completed in two semesters of full-time study. Each ME student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours: 27 credit hours course work, and 3 credit hours of a research project. The course work requires the completion of core courses of the sub-disciple in which the student was accepted. ME candidates must also pass a comprehensive examination.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D./Doctoral) program is interdisciplinary and focuses on two interdisciplinary research thrusts:

  • Environmental engineering (includes environmental and water resources engineering)
  • Sustainable urban and global infrastructure (includes structures, geotechnical and transportation engineering). 

Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the Master's degree or a minimum of 72 hours beyond the Baccalaureate degree.  The course requirements include 12 hours on a dissertation topic based on original research. The course work requirements for the doctoral degree are designed by the academic advisor in accordance with both the sub-discipline and the interdisciplinary research area in which the student was accepted. Doctoral students are highly encouraged to prepare and publish at least one journal paper publication on a notably ranked journal before completing their program. They are encouraged to support the submission of external funding applications to agencies for sponsored research support.

More information about the programs can be found in the CEE Graduate Handbook. 

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Kimberly L. Jones

Department Chair
202-806-4807

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Program Contact

Claudia Marin

Director of Graduate Studies
202-806-6580

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