Master's program

Wayne State University's civil engineering graduate program has traditionally attracted students employed by local industries and government. This program is designed to accommodate the needs of both full-time, on-campus students and part-time students concurrently employed by local industry or government. To this end, a majority of graduate classes are held in the evening. Alternatively, full-time students have the opportunity to participate in research and experimental work with the faculty, while pursuing their graduate courses.

The student must have an undergraduate engineering degree from an institution accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or from a comparable foreign institution. In the event that the degree is in some field other than civil engineering, the student may be required to complete a set of prerequisite undergraduate courses before graduate degree credit may be accrued. The student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for regular admission. Qualified or probationary admission may be granted to students with a lower GPA. Conditions of such admissions are specifically mandated and applicants should contact the department for details.

Mission statement

The mission of the master’s program is to prepare students for successful career paths in civil engineering disciplines through professional preparation and discipline-specific education.

Learning outcomes

Graduate engineers with an M.S. degree will:

  1. Demonstrate the skills and competency to function in, and ultimately lead, project teams.
  2. Analyze and solve complex and emerging engineering problems using newly developed approaches and methodologies.
  3. Communicate technical information to a range of audiences both verbally and in writing.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism with a commitment to the highest standards of ethical principles.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science is offered by this department under the following options:

Plan A: 32 credits including an eight-credit thesis.
Plan C: 32 credits of course work.

For either plan, credits must be distributed as follows: at least 20 credits must be taken in the major (CE courses). There must be two courses numbered 7000-8999, and a cluster of courses that will constitute a core, to be selected from one of the following areas: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structures, transportation, construction management.

For specific departmental requirements, students should consult the current issue of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Handbook.

Students must maintain a grade of 'B' or better in all core courses. The credit distribution requirements do not include thesis credit for Plan A candidates.

Within the first eight to 12 credits in graduate work, the student should file an adviser-approved Plan of Work. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see graduate bulletin for details.

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