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Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science degrees have 2 options. Option A requires 30 credit hours including a thesis of 6 hours (6 to 10 hours for the environmental degrees) and a final oral examination including defense of the thesis. Option B requires 30 hours including a 3- or 4-hour special problem investigation in the specialization and a final examination. It does not require a thesis.

The M.S. degree in civil engineering requires a minimum of 9 hours of graduate-level courses in one of the following areas:

  1. Construction,
  2. Engineering mechanics,
  3. Environmental engineering,
  4. Geotechnical engineering,
  5. Structural engineering,
  6. Transportation engineering, or
  7. Water resources engineering.

In addition, a minimum of 6 total hours of graduate-level work is required in any 1 or more of the remaining 6 departmental areas.

The M.S. degrees in environmental engineering and environmental science require an understanding of chemical, biological, and physical principles of environmental engineering processes, i.e., satisfactory completion of CE 770, CE 772, CE 773, and CE 774 or equivalents. Substitutions require the approval of both the student’s committee and the graduate adviser.

The M.S. degree in architectural engineering is intentionally flexible in its course requirements because graduate study in architectural engineering requires specialization in one of many areas of professional practice. Each student works with his or her committee to select appropriate graduate courses that support the research project and the student's career goals. Students can pursue specializations in, for example, building mechanical, energy, electrical, lighting, or structural systems, or construction engineering. Emerging or hybrid specializations such as sustainability, acoustics, or fire safety are also encouraged.

Courses to be applied toward any of the M.S. degrees must be listed on a Plan of Study form approved by the student’s major professor and examining committee and the departmental graduate adviser. All graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study on file by the beginning of their second semester of study. No more than 9 hours of courses from other departments or more than 6 hours of courses numbered below 700 (of which only 3 hours may be within the department) may be applied toward any of the M.S. degrees without approval of the departmental graduate studies committee. No more than 4 hours of special-problem credit may be applied toward any of the master’s degrees without approval of the department’s graduate adviser.

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