Masters Program - Civil Engineering

Completion of the Master of Engineering degree program in civil engineering is important for entry into the profession in any one of the specialized fields cited. 

The Major:
A coherent concentration of graduate-level courses in the department, which must include courses required by the department (12 credits minimum).

Thesis Project (6 credits)

Total Credits: 30


Both the thesis and the non-thesis options are available to the students. 

Graduate students in the department of civil engineering become equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to solve many problems facing both our built and natural environments. Coursework grounded in the principles of mathematics, structural mechanics, and computer applications prepares students for careers in urban planning, structural engineering, construction management, and infrastructure rehabilitation.

To augment the major curriculum, graduate students have the opportunity to declare minors varying from computer engineering to civil engineering management. Student and faculty often collaborate on projects related to the sustainability, alternative energy sources, and the mitigation of damage caused by natural and man-made disasters.

Specialization Areas: structural and geotechnical, water resources and environmental engineering

Employers of Our Graduates: Thorton Tomasetti, Arup, Mueser Rutledge, Weidlinger Associates, Skanska, Gilbane, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NYC Department of Design and Construction.

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