M.S. in Civil Engineering

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MSOE’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCVE) program is designed to equip students with the advanced knowledge 
and skills necessary for professional practice. The MSCVE program was designed to address the new civil engineering Body of Knowledge requirements for graduate programs developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Students will be able to specialize in one of the following three areas: (1) construction management, (2) environmental and water resources engineering, and (3) structural engineering.

Completion of the MSCVE program satisfies the proposed educational requirement promulgated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying calling for a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for professional engineering licensure.

MSOE’s MSCVE program is tailored to the student who already has an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited civil engineering program. Students who do not have an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering may have to take additional prerequisite courses as specified by the Program Director. These additional prerequisite courses will be chosen by the MSCVE Program Director based on the student’s academic background to help ensure that the student is equipped to be successful in civil engineering graduate studies at MSOE.

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Curriculum Format

The MSCVE program requires completion of 45 graduate credits. At least 36 of these credits shall be taken from courses within the student’s chosen specialty; up to 9 credits may be taken from courses within other civil engineering specialty areas or from courses offered by other departments.

During the last year of the student’s graduate studies, the student must complete either (a) a nine-credit, three-quarter Capstone Project consisting of CV-800, CV-890, and CV-892, or (b) a three-credit, one-quarter Capstone Report consisting of CV-800 only. The former is appropriate for students wishing to conduct graduate-level research for personal enrichment or as preparation for subsequent graduate studies; the latter is appropriate for students who wish to take additional coursework in preparation for professional civil engineering practice.

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Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

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Curriculum Content

The MSCVE program has the following credit requirements from each of the following disciplines:

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Specialty
CV-512 Geographical Information Systems
CV-550 Physical Hydrogeology
CV-760 Environmental Law
CV-730 Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization
CV-5311 Environmental Chemistry
CV-712 Water Quality Modeling
CV-710 Environmental Statistics and Modeling
CV-6370 Facilities Planning
CV-756 Environmental Project Management/LCCA

Three graduate electives*
CV-800 Research and Presentation
CV-890 Capstone Project I
Graduate elective*
CV-892 Capstone Project II
Graduate Elective*

Structural Engineering Specialty
AE-610 Applied Finite Elements
AE-616 Structural Stability
AE-612 Structural Dynamics
AE-614 Lateral Loads on Structural Systems
AE-740 Reinforced Concrete Member Design
AE-730 AISC Steel Design
Six graduate electives*

CV-800 Research and Presentation
CV-890 Capstone Project I
Graduate Elective*
CV-892 Capstone Project II
Graduate Elective*

Construction Management Specialty
MG-660 Applied Organizational Behavior
MG-610 The Application of Statistics
MG-7020 Project Acquisitions and Business Development
MG-670 Marketing Management
MG-7040 Construction Operations and Management Strategies
MG-7050 Construction Data and Information Management
MG-7005 Sustainable Built Environment
MG-800 Strategic Management
MG-7045 Lean Construction and Resource Management
Three graduate electives*

CV-800 Research and Presentation
CV-890 Capstone Project I
Graduate Elective*
CV-892 Capstone Project II
Graduate Elective*

*Any 400-level (or 4000-level) or above course satisfies the graduate elective requirement.
*MSOE follows an academic quarter system. The 45 quarter credits required in this program equate to approximately 30 semester credits of contact and class time.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation, and are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program will produce graduates who

  • Will be able to evaluate complex systems or processes within realistic constraints such as customary standards of practice, costs, and sustainability;
  • Will be able to confidently meet the responsibilities of a professional civil engineer;
  • Will, if so desired, be employed in the field of civil engineering;
  • Will, if so desired, be able to become licensed professional engineers; and
  • Will, if so desired, be able to obtain a Ph.D. in civil engineering.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The student outcomes of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program are that, at the time of graduation, each student will be able to:

  • Formulate and solve an ill-defined engineering problem appropriate to civil engineering by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools
  • Analyze a complex system or process in the student’s area of specialization;
  • Design a complex system or process in the student’s area of specialization; and
  • Complete (individually) a civil engineering project consisting of either (a) a comprehensive literature review covering a specific topic, or (b) a civil engineering project addressing the complex requirements of modern civil engineering practice.
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