Doctoral Program

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. To gain admission to the Ph.D. program in civil engineering students should have a Bachelor of Science (or Bachelor of Engineering) degree from an ABET accredited institution (or from a comparable foreign institution) with an overall GPA of 3.3 or greater. Students who do not satisfy these minimum requirements must earn a Master of Science (or Master of Engineering) in civil or environmental engineering, or in a closely related field, with a GPA in graduate courses not less than 3.5 (or equivalent). Only regular admission may be granted to the Ph.D. program.

After completing a B.S. degree, if a student in the Ph.D. program fails to meet all subsequent requirements thereof, they may elect to transfer appropriate credits toward the M.S. Civil Engineering (MSCE) or Environmental and Sustainability Engineering (MSESE) degree program.

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 additional information on requirements and expectations associated with the degree, please refer to the graduate student handbook here.

For specific departmental requirements, students should consult their faculty advisors. View the departmental Ph.D. timeline and time extension information here.

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