College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Professional, Master of Engineering

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Professional Masters of Civil Engineering program provides the additional technical depth and breadth in civil engineering topics, as well as training in project management methods, that are necessary for professional practice as a licensed civil engineer. The program will expose students to advanced concepts across the range of traditional civil engineering sub-disciplines including water resources, transportation, geotechnical, and structural engineering with heavy emphasis on application to real-world engineering practice. 

The curriculum will also provide the graduate with training in critical topics areas needed for competency in management of large and complex civil engineering projects including cost estimating, project scheduling and operations, public policy and regulatory issues, life-cycle cost analysis, and infrastructure economics and resilience. Successful attainment of the above project management skills will allow the graduate to assume leadership roles within either the public or private civil engineering sector. 

The program is intended for students with a strong background in science and engineering and is best-suited for those with an undergraduate degree in civil, environmental, or mechanical engineering. Due to the focus on professional civil engineering practice, the program is aimed at those working in industry where a professional civil engineering license is a required minimum qualification for employment. Where the graduate student is already a licensed engineer, up to six credits for experience can be given within the project elective category.

The program is offered in a completely online format in order to enhance accessibility to professionals that may have already begun their careers and that do not have access to similar programs in their area of residence or that desire to pursue studies while working full-time.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the following competencies.
  1. Identify, formulate, analyze and solve advanced civil engineering problems in the transportation, water resources, environmental and structural discipline areas, including the inter-relationships between various civil engineering systems, the impact of changing environmental conditions on resilience, the relationship between engineering management and public policy, and the interdisciplinary nature of infrastructure itself.
  2. Identify advanced civil engineering project management challenges, and develop protocols and organizational methods to solve them, including life cycle analysis, state of the practice technologies, and advanced scheduling, budgeting, and leadership techniques.
  3. Identify sources and distill relevant information from the literature on advanced civil engineering topics, including public policy and regulatory issues, infrastructure management challenges unique to a changing environment, and innovative materials and structural techniques.
  4. Document and explain advanced civil engineering solutions to peers, academics, politicians, and the general public.

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