Graduate Degrees

Master of Science / Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering

These academic degrees emphasize the application of the natural sciences to the analysis and solution of engineering problems. Advanced courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences are normally included in a program that incorporates the engineering systems approach for analysis of problems.

Environmental Engineering and Transportation require passing additional prerequisite courses. See

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students must have a BS degree in an accredited engineering curriculum or satisfy the equivalent of a BS degree in engineering as determined by the department. The Master of Science program is usually completed in 2 semesters. It consists of a minimum of 24 units of course work with a comprehensive examination or report. A thesis plan for the Master of Science degree is also possible. See Program requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students are admitted to the PhD program following attainment of a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering or in a related field. Doctoral studies consist of courses selected for the individual in consultation with a faculty guidance committee, successful completion of a preliminary and a qualifying examination, and an independent research culminating in a thesis. Each doctoral student must satisfy, through course work, a major within the department. In addition, 2 minor areas of course work appropriate for your area of research are required. It generally takes 4-5 years to complete a PhD after earning a Master's. See Program requirements.

Master of Engineering

This professional degree emphasizes solving technical, sociological, environmental, and economic problems involved in the design, construction, and operation of engineering structures, processes, and equipment. Studies include courses in the engineering sciences necessary to the engineering interpretation of the latest scientific developments. Courses in design, operation, humanities, and economics provide bases for the analysis and solution of problems in professional engineering.

This degree is only offered under two programs:

Transportation requires passing additional prerequisite courses. See:

Students must have a BS degree in an accredited engineering curricula or satisfy the equivalent of a BS degree in engineering as determined by the department. See Program requirements.

The MEng program is in conjunction with the Fung Institute. You can find information about the programs on the Fung Institute website which includes details on part-time/full time enrollment, curriculum models, and possible career paths of graduates.

Concurrent Degrees

The concurrent degree program is a formal arrangement of 2 existing, but separate, master's degree programs, which result in the students earning 2 master’s degrees. CEE offers the following concurrent degree programs:

  • Structural Engineering and Architecture (M.Arch/M.S.)
  • Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning (M.C.P./M.S.)
  • Some Civil Engineering graduate programs and Public Policy (M.P.P./M.S.)  Please note: The application deadline for this concurrent degree program is December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm, PST.

Please note that a joint student will be assessed prorated professional degree fees.


Designated Emphasis

Designated emphases available for CEE students include:

A designated emphasis is a specialization, such as a new method of inquiry or an important field of application, which is relevant to 2 or more existing doctoral degree programs. You are required to complete the academic work in the area of specialization and all the requirements of the doctoral program. You must be admitted to the DE before taking the qualifying examination.