In civil engineering, programs for the Master of Science are offered in geotechnical, environmental, geoenvironmental, structures, solid mechanics, construction, water resources, and transportation areas. A program leading to the Ph.D. in integrated engineering with a specialty in the geotechnical and environmental areas is also offered (see “Integrated Engineering”).
A B.S. in civil engineering is a basic requirement for entrance to the M.S. program. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required for unconditional admittance.
Applications are invited from engineering and science graduates. Collateral work to remedy deficiencies of those without civil engineering degrees may be carried out in conjunction with the M.S. program. Collateral requirements will depend upon preparation in the applicant’s major field of study.
Students may choose either the thesis or the nonthesis plan (at least 33 credits of graduate coursework plus 12 credits of thesis, or 45 credits of graduate coursework including three to five credits of a special investigation, respectively). Students who are supported by research funds are normally required to follow the thesis option.
Students must pass an oral examination before a recommendation for the degree is made.
The Department of Civil Engineering recommends that students begin in the fall quarter. There is no deadline for financial aid application; most awards, however, are made during spring quarter for fall entrance.