Civil Engineering
M.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 30 credits

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Civil engineers plan, design and supervise the construction of facilities essential to modern life in both the public and private sectors. These facilities vary widely in nature, size and scope: space launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, irrigation projects, treatment and distribution facilities for water and collection and treatment facilities for wastewater.

Civil engineers use sophisticated technology and employ computer-aided engineering during project phases of design, construction, project scheduling and cost control. Civil engineers are problem solvers involved in community development and improvement. They meet the challenges of pollution, deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, floods, earthquakes, urban redevelopment and community planning. The opportunity for creativity is unlimited.

The civil engineering program at UAF began in 1922, had its first graduate in 1931 and since has graduated more than 800 men and women. Many of these graduates work in Alaska’s cities, towns and villages in a wide range of responsible positions. More than 60 percent of Alaska’s professional engineers practice in civil engineering. The UAF civil engineering program has been accredited since 1940 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. All engineering programs in the department give special attention to problems of northern regions.

In addition to general civil engineering courses, specialties are available in arctic, transportation, geotechnical, structures, water resources, hydrology and environmental studies. Many courses emphasize principles of analysis, planning and engineering design in northern regions.

A master’s degree program can include courses in environmental engineering (ENVE), engineering management (ESM) and other areas. An advanced degree in water and environmental science, administered within the civil engineering department, is available.

1. Complete the following admission requirements:

a. Complete a bachelor's degree in

i. engineering, or

ii. the natural sciences and submit a GSP including deficiency courses as specified in 6., approved by a committee composed mainly (>50%) of CEE faculty members.

b. submit GRE scores

c. international students whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores

2. Complete the general university requirements

3. Complete the master’s degree requirements

4. Minimum credits required: 30 credits

5. Students must receive a B- or better in courses in order for the course to count towards MS CE degree.

6. If admitted with a BS in Science under clause 1.a.ii., take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (CE 400) and the following deficiency courses in addition to the above MS requirements: MATH 251, MATH 252, MATH 253, MATH 302, two approved science classes (e.g. PHYS 211 and PHYS 212), three mid-level engineering classes (selected among ES 209, ES 210, ES 331, ES 341, ES 346, CE 334, CE 341), four upper level CE classes (including at least two 400 level design classes from two different fields of civil engineering), as approved by committee. If a student took these classes (or equivalent) before, those can be credited as deficiency courses upon CEE department chair approval.

7. Successfully complete a comprehensive exam after at least 15 graduate level course credits in the selected concentration have been successfully earned and at least one semester prior to graduation. This exam will be a 3 hour written exam, based on coursework the student has taken.

8. Complete a master’s thesis (9 thesis credits, CEE 699) or a master’s project report (3 research credits, CEE 698) as well as coursework (21 credits for thesis, 27 credits for project) for at least one of the following concentrations:

Concentrations: Arctic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Design and Construction, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering

Arctic Engineering

a. Complete the following 15 credits of required courses CE 603, CE 624, CE 682 or GEOS 615, CE 683, ME 685 or ME 642

b. Complete 6 course credits (for thesis) or 12 course credits (for project) of 400 or 600 level approved electives*.

*Recommended electives: CE 601, CE 422, CE 684, CE 685, CE 635, CE 628, CE 625, MATH 615, MATH 460, CE 601

Environmental Engineering

a. Complete the following 12 credits of required courses: ENVE 641/CHEM 605, ENVE 645, ENVE 647, CE 601

b. Complete 9 credits (for thesis) or 15 credits (for project) of approved 400 or 600 level electives*.

* Recommended electives: ENVE 642, ENVE 643, ENVE 644, ENVE 646, ENVE 649, ENVE 652, ENVE 658, CE 603, CE 663, CE 684, CHEM 609, CHEM 631, CHEM 655, BIOL 657

Engineering Design and Construction

a. Complete courses and modules as approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee in the following subject areas:

1) Personnel, leadership, business communications, marketing, (6 credits), such as ESM 601, MBA 607*, MBA 617*, CE 601, CE 659A

2) Design and Construction Management, (6 credits), such as ESM 609, CE 620, ESM 608, MBA F627*; CE F660A, CE F652C

3) Accounting, finance, economics (3 credits) such as ESM 605

4) Design or Construction Technical (9 credits) such as CE 451, and courses approved in Graduate Certificate Program

* MBA courses require the approval of the School of Management

b. Complete 3 credits (for project) of approved electives at the 400 or 600 level, such as: CE 603, ENVE 644

Geotechnical Engineering

a. Complete the following 15 credits of required courses: CE 605, CE 622, CE 624, CE 625, CE 628, CE 633, CE 635, and CE 627

b. Complete 6 credits (for thesis) or 12 credits (for project) of approved 400 or 600 level electives*

*Recommended electives: CE 601, CE 603, CE 422, GE 440, ME 601, CE 637

Structural Engineering

a. Complete the following 15 credits of required courses: CE 601, CE 630, CE 633, CE 634, CE 635 or CE 622

b. Complete 6 credits (for thesis) or 12 credits (for project) of approved 400 or 600 level electives*

*Recommended electives: CE 631, CE 637, CE 640, CE 646, CE 650                                                                                   

Transportation Engineering

a. Complete 9 course credits (for thesis) or 15 course credits (for project) of approved 400 or 600 level engineering electives*.

b. Complete 12 credits of other approved electives** with at least 3 course credits in advanced mathematics or statistical methods.

*Recommended engineering electives: CE 601, CE 603, CE 605, CE 624, CE 682, ESM 621, ESM 622, ESM 658, ME 631

**Recommended other electives: MATH 408, MATH 661, STAT 402, STAT 461, STAT 602, STAT 605, STAT 611

Water Resources Engineering

a. Complete 12 credits choosing from the following list: CE 661, CE 662, CE 663, CE 664, CE 683

b. Complete 9 credits (for thesis) or 15 course (for project) of approved 400 or 600 level electives*.

*Recommended electives: CE 445, CE 601, CE 603, CE 651, CE 665, GEOS 616, GEOS 617, GEOS 694, NRM 435, NRM 670