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Civil Engineering M.S.

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 Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
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 science (M.S.) degree balances education in engineering fundamentals and design, and provides preparation for students wishing to pursue a career in industry, as well as those wanting to continue studies toward a Ph.D. degree. Programs range from the Plan C, which is a coursework-only program, to the Plan A, which balances coursework with research and development. The Plan C program is intended for practicing engineers who want to pursue a degree on a part-time basis, self-funded full-time students, as well as students who plan to continue on for a Ph.D. degree.
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.
A bachelor's degree in an engineering, basic science, or mathematics program is preferred.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission depends primarily on the applicant's academic record and letters of recommendation. Applicants who lack civil engineering training are often required to complete one or more appropriate courses from the undergraduate civil engineering program. Graduate credit is not awarded for such preparatory work.
Special Application Requirements:
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 http://www.cege.umn.edu/prospective/graduate/how-to-apply.html
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • 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 B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. 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 M.S. requires at least 30 credits and is offered under three plans. Plan A emphasizes research and preparation of a thesis; Plan B emphasizes coursework and a project; Plan C is coursework only. The Plan A thesis is written on a research project carried out in consultation with a faculty adviser. Under Plan B, students complete one to three Plan B papers as determined by the faculty adviser. Plan B papers can include computer programs, annotated bibliographies, field investigations, and analysis/design of special engineering problems. A program typically takes 18 to 24 months to complete.
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 8 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.
Seminar
Students may count one seminar credit towards the course credit requirement.
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.
CEGE 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Plan B requires a minimum of 30 credits, which includes at least 27 course credits and a maximum of 3 credits of CEGE 8094 for the Plan B project.
CEGE 8094 - Civil Engineering Research (1.0-4.0 cr)
Plan C
Plan C requires 30 course credits and must include at least 2 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.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
Dual Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering (Transportation Engineering Focus): Student may take a total of 15 credits in common among the academic programs. Dual Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning (Transportation or Environmental Engineering Focus): Student may take a total of 18 credits in common among the academic programs.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Integrated B.C.E./M.S. - Civil Engineering
The department offers an integrated Bachelor of Civil Engineering (B.C.E.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering. The integrated B.C.E./M.S. program offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. These programs offer several benefits: streamlined admissions from the undergraduate to the graduate program (GRE not required); flexibility in fulfilling required courses for both degrees during the senior year (up to 16 credits can be transferred to the graduate program); and eligibility for teaching and research assistantships. Both the B.C.E. and M.S. degrees must be completed in their entirety, with no courses shared between them. The graduate degree cannot be earned before the undergraduate requirements are satisfied. Admitted students who decide not to complete the M.S. degree are permitted to count credits originally planned for the graduate program toward their B.C.E. technical electives. Eligibility Requirements: Application to the Combined Program is open to civil engineering undergraduates who: - are within 32 credits of completing the requirements for the bachelorís degree; - have a faculty advisor selected prior to admission; and - hold a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Integrated B.GeoE./M.S. - Civil Engineering
The department offers an integrated Bachelor of Geoengineering (B.GeoE.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering. Benefits, eligibility requirements, and degree-completion requirements outlined for the B.C.E./M.S. integrated program also apply to the B.GeoE./M.S.
Integrated B.Env.E./M.S. - Civil Engineering
The department offers an integrated Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (B.Env.E.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering. Benefits, eligibility requirements, and degree-completion requirements outlined for the B.C.E./M.S. integrated program also apply to the B.Env.E./M.S.
 
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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]
CEGE 8094 - Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Research or independent study in concrete, structural steel, soils, hydraulics, hydrology, and municipal, environmental, or transportational problems. Investigations, reports, tests, or designs. prereq: instr consent