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Why a MSCE?  The American Society of Civil Engineers currently supports requiring a Masters degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for the award of a Professional Engineering license.  Many states also require a minimum of a Masters degree to teach  at the college level.  On average, Americans holding a MS degree earn 35% to 50% more than those with only a B.S. degree.  The MSCE will also reduce the experience requirement for engineering students by 1 year from 4 years to 3 years in Georgia.  Finally, the MSCE can help prepare you for the Professional Engineering Exam.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) offers concentration in three critical areas: (1) Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, (2) Transportation and Pavement Engineering, and (3) Environmental Engineering and Water Resources.

  • The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering concentration focuses on the analytical and experimental studies of the behavior of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and dams, subject to loads, and the subsurface investigation and the analysis of soil properties which provide the basis of the foundation design.
  • The Transportation and Pavement Engineering concentration focuses on safely and efficiency moving people and goods. This includes planning, design, operations, rehabilitation and maintenance of all types of transportation facilities, including highways and streets, mass transit systems, railroads, airfields, and ports and harbors.
  • The Environmental Engineering and Water Resources concentration covers the application of engineering principles to improve and maintain the environment for the protection of human health, for the protection of nature's beneficial ecosystems, and for the environment-related enhancement of the quality of human life. Areas include water treatment, wastewater treatment, air pollution, and hazardous waste management. 

The Civil Engineering program offers both thesis and non-thesis options for the Master of Science with a major in civil engineering. Either option must be approved by the student’s advisor:

Thesis Option 

In addition to a minimum of 24 credits of course work, this option requires a research thesis (6 credits) for a 30 credit minimum total. The research and thesis describe the results of an in-depth research investigation and are directed by a graduate advisor. This option allows for 3 core courses, a 4 course concentration, and 1 course in other concentration.

Non-Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits of course work. The Non-Thesis option allows for 3 core courses, a 4 course concentration, and 3 courses in other concentration. This option is well suited to persons with professional experience.

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