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Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringGraduate Program

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers three graduate degree programs and two graduate certificates. Programs are offered online and on-campus and programs are structured to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Most graduate courses are offered in the evenings, with many offered via live online meetings or recorded lectures and videos.

Civil Engineering Specialty Areas

  • Coastal
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

Environmental Engineering Specialty Areas

  • Water Quality
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Hydrologic Processes
  • Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • Water Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste
  • Pollution Prevention & Control

BCET Thesis & Dissertation Deadlines

Fall 2022

Spring 2023


Defense Deadline: November 14, 2022

Dean: November 21, 2022
Registrar: December 10, 2022


Defense Deadline: April 3, 2023

Dean: April 10, 2023
Registrar: May 1, 2023


Defense Deadline: November 21, 2022

Dean: November 28, 2022
Registrar: December 16, 2022


Defense Deadline: April 14, 2023

Dean: April 21, 2023
Registrar: May 1, 2023

Note: All defenses must occur no later than one week prior to the Dean's Office deadline.


M.S. Engineering - Civil Engineering 

M.S. Engineering - Environmental Engineering 

Ph.D. Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Coastal Engineering (Graduate Certificate) 

Advanced Engineering - Energy Systems (Graduate Certificate) 






For both masters and doctoral programs, two letters of recommendation, an essay about the applicant's interest in the particular area, and statement about any future goals and plans are required. All applicants whose native language is not English, must take TOEFL and score 550 points or above (or IELTS ≥ 6.5) for regular admission. Submission of GRE scores are required, except for master's program applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or Ph.D. program applicants who hold a master's degree in engineering disciplines from ABET accredited United States based institutions.

For all master's programs, in addition to the above requirements, the applicant must hold an undergraduate degree (preferably in civil or environmental engineering). Applicants with bachelor's degrees in other fields of engineering/sciences, may be required to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to acceptance.

For the doctoral program, an applicant must have a master's degree or equivalent in engineering or a related field.

Forms and information regarding admission can be accessed from the Office of Graduate Admissions for domestic applicants, and from the Office of International Admissions for international applicants.

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