Graduate Degrees Offered

Degree Options in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Areas1 Master’s Degrees Doctoral
Construction Engineering and Management
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering and Materials
Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering
Interdisciplinary Programs
Civil Infrastructure Engineering
Geospatial Engineering

1Area of Concentration
2Master of Civil Engineering
3Master of Environmental Engineering
4Master of Environmental Science and Engineering


The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Civil Engineering may emphasize any of the major areas of Civil Engineering- construction, environmental, geotechnical, water resources, materials, structures, transportation-or some combination of these. The M.S. Degree can be undertaken with a research orientation (through the preparation of a thesis), or it can be accomplished through a non-thesis path which includes more extensive coursework and may include a project and report.


The degree program of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering primary emphasis is to give graduates from undergraduate engineering programs intensive training in the various areas of environmental engineering. The Master’s degree is considered to be the first professional degree in environmental engineering. Students with non-engineering degreee are eligible for the degree depending on their academic background and satisfactory completion of background preparatory courses.


This non-engineering degree program is intended primarily for students without an undergraduate degree in engineering, but who wish to specialize in the environmental field. This program is particularly attractive to those with degrees in the physical or natural sciences but is generally inappropriate for students with an engineering background. Students must meet certain minimum mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, or computer requirements or take make-up coursework during their program. The curriculum provides much of the same environmental study given to students in the M.S. in Environmental Engineering program but omits the engineering design work that is included in the engineering program.


In most instances, candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering have satisfactorily completed a Master of Science Degree in either Civil Engineering or in Environmental Engineering. Students may enter this program from other engineering curricula or from areas outside of engineering, as outlined for the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Such students must make up baccalaureate work as required and other coursework as deemed necessary by their Ph.D. Advisory Committee.