Doctoral Program

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. For admission to the Ph.D. program, the student's overall grade point average must be 3.3 or better, and 3.4 in the last two years as an undergraduate student. Students who do not satisfy these minimum standards will not be considered for admission to the program until they have completed an M.S. degree and have earned a grade point average in courses taken for graduate credit that is not less than 3.5.

Mission statement

The mission of the doctoral program is to prepare students for leadership positions in civil engineering practice, research and teaching.

Learning outcomes

Graduate engineers with a Ph.D. degree will:

1. Design and complete original research in their specialty area.
2. Demonstrate the ability to lead project teams.
3. Evaluate complex and novel engineering problems and derive solutions using original (nonstandard) approaches and       methodologies.
4. Communicate technical information to a range of audiences both verbally and in writing.
5. Demonstrate professionalism with a commitment to the highest standards of ethical principles.

Degree requirements

Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate, including 30 credits of dissertation direction, and 60 credits of course work and directed study. The 30-credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses C E 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. All doctoral students are required to submit a Plan of Work indicating their course work (with major/minor designation), and developed in consultation with an advisor. Students must also submit a Conflict of Interest form with their psopectus and pre-defense paperwork, as well as the Safe Assign form prior to the submission of their defense. For regulations governing doctoral study see Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in the graduate bulletin for details. For specific departmental requirements, students should consult the current issue of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Handbook. View the departmental Ph.D. timeline and time extension information here.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in one of the four specialty areas :