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Civil Engineering M.C.E.

CSENG Civil, Envrn & Geo-Eng (CEGE)
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota, 122 Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5522; fax: 612-626-7750)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Civil Engineering
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Civil engineering emphases are available in environmental engineering (e.g., pollutant fate and transport, process modeling, soil and groundwater remediation, water and wastewater treatment), geomechanics (e.g., fracture and localization, groundwater flow, stability and liquefaction, wave and shock propagation), structural engineering (e.g., computational and structural mechanics, earthquake engineering, infrastructure performance and durability, new systems and materials), transportation engineering (e.g., intelligent transportation systems, pavement design and materials, transportation economics, traffic safety), and water resources engineering (e.g., earthscape processes, environmental and biological systems, hydrologic and climate dynamics, hydrodynamics, and turbulence). The master of civil engineering (MCE) degree is designed for the practicing engineer who would like to obtain an advanced degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Students who intend to proceed to the Ph.D. program or who think they may later wish to be admitted to the Ph.D. program should apply for the master of science program. Students are expected to follow a coherent program of coursework in one of the following subareas of civil engineering: environmental, geomechanics, structural, transportation, or water resources engineering. The program is selected with the help of a faculty adviser and approved by the director of graduate studies. In addition to completing graduate-level courses, students must demonstrate professional competence either by carrying out and defending a design project or by taking a coursework-related final oral exam (without a project). The degree typically takes 2-3 semesters (12-18 months) to complete on a full-time basis or 6-8 semesters on a part-time basis.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
An ABET-accredited, four-year bachelor's degree in engineering is required for admission.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The application deadlines are December 3 for fall admission and August 31 for spring admission. All materials must be submitted to the online application. Additional information is available at
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 20 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MCE degree requires 30 credits and is offered under two plans. Plan A requires preparation of a thesis/design project. The thesis/design project must be carried out by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser. Plan C is a coursework-only degree program.
Required Courses
Any courses at the 5xxx and 8xxx level from the following programs may be used: AEM, AST, BBE, BMEN, CEGE, CHEM, CHEN, CSCI, EE, ESCI, IE, MATH, MATS, ME, PHYS, STAT. Use of 4xxx level courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and a maximum of 9 credits may be included. The following 4xxx courses may not be used: CEGE 4301, 4401, 4501, 4502, and 4522. Six credits in a minor may be included in the course credit total.
Students may include one seminar credit in the course credit total.
CEGE 8200 - Seminar: Transportation (1.0 cr)
or CEGE 8300 - Seminar: Geomechanics (1.0-3.0 cr)
or CEGE 8400 - Seminar: Structures (1.0 cr)
or CEGE 8500 - Environmental Seminar (1.0 cr)
Plan A
Plan A requires a minimum of 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits for the design project.
CEGE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan C
Plan C requires a minimum of 30 credits of coursework chosen in consultation with adviser and must include at least two courses at the 8xxx level. Students must also complete 100 hours of project work, give an oral presentation of no less than 10 minutes, and complete two hours of ethics training.
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CEGE 8200 - Seminar: Transportation
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Content depends on instructor and student. Sample topics: traffic safety, traffic flow theory, transportation materials, transportation planning, transportation economics.
CEGE 8300 - Seminar: Geomechanics
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00955 - CE 8300/GeoE 8300
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Presentations on various topics.
CEGE 8400 - Seminar: Structures
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Content depends on instructor and student. Sample topics: theory of elasticity, optimization, reliability, wave propagation, soil dynamics, experimental equipment, wind forces on structures, structural failures, modern construction practices.
CEGE 8500 - Environmental Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: grad CE major or #
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Broad coverage of topics in environmental engineering and science. Speakers consist primarily of graduate students in these areas, but presentations may also be given by University faculty and guest speakers. prereq: grad CE major or instr consent
CEGE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Prerequisites: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]