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SPSU to add M.S. in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering students

Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) has received the approval of the Board of Regents to offer a Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering housed in the Civil and Construction Engineering department within the School of Engineering, effective in fall 2013.

This applied graduate degree will allow SPSU to meet the increased demand for post-baccalaureate education in civil engineering as the educational requirements for professional engineering licensure increase. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Georgia Board of Professional Engineers, National Council of Engineering Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and the National Academy of Engineering concur on the need to increase educational requirements to include 30 hours beyond the bachelor of science. The most direct way for engineers to fulfill this requirement will be through completion of a master’s degree.

SPSU’s M.S. in Civil Engineering will offer a concentration in three critical areas:

• Structural and geotechnical engineering;

• Transportation and pavement engineering; and

• Environmental engineering and water resources.

The structural and geotechnical engineering concentration will be implemented first, with the other two concentrations to be phased in.

The program is expected to enroll 20 students as a cohort for the first year of the program using existing institutional resources, and a cohort of 40 students by the third year, at which point it is anticipated that additional full-time faculty will be needed.

The M.S. in Civil Engineering will be structured to meet the needs of non-traditional students through a combination of evening and daytime offerings and through the use of on-line content.

Since 2006, SPSU has added 20 new academic degree programs, bringing the total of undergraduate degrees offered to 41 and graduate degrees to 13. The university now offers 10 different engineering degrees.