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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The master of science program in civil engineering allows the engineer the opportunity to apply recent technological developments to the solution of current civil engineering problems. The objective of the program is to provide opportunities for the student's development of professional engineering competence and scholarly achievement. Construction management, environmental, geo-environmental, geotechnical, structures and water resources are the areas of major emphasis for graduate study. The program is structured so that the student will attain an academic mastery in one of the areas of study within civil engineering.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering may be earned on either a full-time or part-time basis. A student may begin graduate studies in any semester except summer. Fewer scheduling problems will occur for those who begin in the fall semester. International students who wish to improve their English proficiency may choose to enroll in English language classes during the summer before beginning their graduate studies. Some graduate courses are offered in the evening to allow part-time students to complete the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. An applicant whose degree is in another field of engineering, or mathematics or the physical sciences, may be accepted but will be required to remedy any deficiencies by satisfactorily completing undergraduate courses in preparation for graduate study in civil engineering. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from academic references, a statement of purpose addressing reasons for graduate study in civil engineering and GRE scores. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

Civil engineering offers the master of science program with areas of specialization in construction, environmental, geo-environmental, geotechnical, structures and water resources. The master of science degree is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in either a thesis or nonthesis program consisting of required and elective coursework. All graduate students on full or part assistantships (either teaching or research) are required to enroll in the thesis program. Students in the thesis program must successfully defend their theses, while students in the nonthesis program are required to pass final program examinations.

Curriculum

Thesis students enroll in 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses (any of the following combinations of four specialization courses), six credit hours of thesis and 12 credit hours of elective courses. Nonthesis students enroll in 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. Three to six credit hours of elective courses should be in the areas of mathematics and/or operations research.

Construction Management
CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology or  CVE 5060  Highway Design
CVE 5072 Construction Contracts, Law and Specifications
CVE 5073 Construction Cost Engineering
ENM 5200 Project Engineering

  

Environmental
CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems
CVE 5052 Solid Waste Management
ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution

  

Geo-Environmental
CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems

  

Geotechnical
CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
CVE 5025 Foundation Design
CVE 5060 Highway Design
OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures

  

Structures
CVE 5014 Advanced Steel Design
CVE 5019 Design of Timber Structures
CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering or  CVE 5025  Foundation Design
MAE 5060 Applications in Finite Element Methods or MAE 5480 Structural Dynamics

  

Water Resources
CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources

Graduate elective courses in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines are listed in the Course Descriptions section of the university catalog and should be chosen in concert with the student’s advisor. Numerous elective courses for each area of specialization are available at www.fit.edu.