Graduate study in civil, environmental and ocean engineering goes beyond the fundamental knowledge required for each discipline and prepares graduates for collaborative and leadership roles in the industry.

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Any applicants requesting assistantship appointments, and all applicants to the Ph.D. program, must provide GRE scores as well as evidence of ability to carry out independent work — can include a description of work for a master's thesis and/or career-related projects. GRE scores are not otherwise required but may be submitted in support of any application.

International students must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language prior to admission.

Master's Programs

Master of Engineering and Master of Science degrees are offered in:

Each program requires 30 credit hours of course work. Students have the option of writing a thesis to replace five to 10 credit hours of course work — strongly recommended for full-time students, those receiving financial support, or those planning to pursue doctoral studies. Admission into each master's program requires an undergraduate degree in engineering, or a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Doctoral Program

A Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered for students who wish to develop the capability to perform research or high-level design in civil, environmental or ocean engineering. The doctoral program requires a master's degree in a related field, an exceptional scholastic record and a unique dissertation proposal. Students must take a written qualifying examination that tests their comprehension of engineering and mathematics —within two years from the time of admission. Dissertation research must be based on an original investigation, must make a significant contribution to the field, and must be worthy of publication in current professional literature.

Doctoral students are required to complete 84 credits of graduate work, 30 of which can be part of a master's program. The remaining 54 credits are made up of 15 to 30 credit hours of course work and 30 to 40 credit hours of dissertation work. Upon successful completion of the required course work, students must take an oral preliminary examination intended to evaluate their aptitude for advanced research and examine their understanding of the subjects associated with their dissertation topic. After a satisfactory performance on the preliminary examination, doctoral candidates may begin their dissertation. Upon completion, doctoral candidates must defend their dissertation in a public presentation.

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