Civil Engineering serves the general public by planning, designing and constructing projects to safeguard our way of life. Civil engineers are big picture thinkers, involved in things that most people take for granted, like safe bridges that can withstand earthquakes,
Civil Engineering serves the general public by planning, designing and constructing projects to safeguard our way of life. Civil engineers are big picture thinkers, involved in things that most people take for granted, like safe bridges that can withstand earthquakes, ways to clean waste water and reduce air pollution, improved roadway designs that flow smoothly with limited congestion, and safe paths for children to take to and from school.
I. The department of Civil Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in Civil Engineering (concentrations in Engineering Seismology, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering) and a PhD degree with a major in Engineering (concentration in Civil Engineering).
Program objectives are:
(1) ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering principles to the solution of practical engineering problems;
(2) meet or exceed the needs and expectations of public and private sector employers for M.S. graduates; and
(3) preparation to pursue additional advanced studies if so desired.
All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School and the program requirements of the degree being pursued.
II. MS Degree Program
A. Program Admission
The Herff College of Engineering has established uniform admissions criteria for all graduate programs. Exceptions to these requirements may be addressed by the Graduate Admissions and Retention Committee of the department and must be approved by the Dean.
In addition to meeting the University minimum admission requirements, applicants must have:
a bachelors degree in engineering or a related science or mathematics program;
an undergraduate GPA that is competitive for the students' bachelors program;
an acceptable score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic portions of the GRE;
three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members able to objectively comment on your intellectual and professional achievements and potential.
An applicant who lacks a civil engineering bachelors degree may be required to complete undergraduate deficiency courses. If the number of deficiency courses is large, the applicant may be required to complete an undergraduate degree in civil engineering before seeking admission to the graduate program.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants whose native language is other than English must have a competitive score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants whose highest degree is from an international university may be required to have their credentials (transcripts) evaluated. The department will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (http://www.naces.org). A course-by course report is required.
Applicants are advised that the stated admission requirements are minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the masters program.
English Conditional Admission: International students are required to demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language before admission into the graduate program. English conditional admission may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Students will need to register for an English skills assessment and take instructional sessions (if required as a result of that assessment) through the University's Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program (www.memphis.edu/iei). Upon successful completion of the requisite sessions, as determined by IEI, the student's English skills will be considered up to standard and the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived. The student can then proceed into their graduate academic program. Please note that in order to have a complete application packet, students seeking English conditional admission will need to simultaneously apply for the IEI program through the link above and to the Graduate School (www.memphis.edu/graduateadmissions). Please note that a student cannot be a graduate assistant (GA) until they have been fully admitted and have begun their graduate academic program. Students will pay IEI fees until they meet the language criterion. If courses are taken outside of IEI, the student will be charged additional tuition at the regular rate.
B. Program Prerequisites
Bachelor of Science Degree
C. Program Requirements
Thesis option: 30 credit hours total. Students electing the thesis option will be required to complete an independent research project culminating in a master’s thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must successfully pass an oral examination to assess mastery of the thesis topic and to evaluate the student’s knowledge in Civil Engineering. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
Non-thesis option: 33 credit hours total. Students electing the non-thesis option must take CIVL 7001, 7012, and 7993. Upon completion of CIVL 7993, non-thesis students must make an oral presentation of their project and pass a comprehensive examination.
A minimum of 18 hours of Civil Engineering course work at the 7000 level will be required for all MS degree programs. No more than 9 hours of committee/advisor-approved course work below the 7000 level will be allowed in any program of study. Classes taken outside the department must be approved by the committee/advisor and must complement the student's program of study in Civil Engineering.
Concentrations: Concentration may be made by selection of courses from the following six areas: (No special concentration is required.)
Environmental Engineering: 6140, 6143, 6144, 7140, 7141, 7142, 7143, 7144, 7145, 7146, 7147, 7185, 7195, 7196, 7261, 7262, 7264, 7265, 7266, 7991, 7996.
Geotechnical Engineering: 6152, 6155, 7132, 7133, 7135, 7137, 7138, 7139, 7182, 7991, 7996.
Structural Engineering: 6131, 6136, 7001, 7111, 7112, 7113, 7115, 7116, 7117, 7118, 7119, 7991, 7996.
Transportation Engineering: 6155, 6162, 6163, 6164, 7001, 7162, 7163, 7164, 7165, 7166, 7168, 7169, 7263, 7267, 7268, 7360, 7363, 7991, 7996.
Water Resources Engineering: 6180, 6190, 7133, 7153, 7163, 7181, 7182, 7185, 7191, 7192, 7193, 7194, 7195, 7196, 7197, 7991, 7996.
Engineering Seismology: 7002, 7116, 7119, 7123, 7125, 7126, 7127, 7128, 7135, 7136, 7137, 7991, 7996.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Engineering Seismology concentration, students in that concentration must include at least two of the following courses: CIVL 7125, 7126, 7127, 7128, 7136.
D. Retention Policy
All students enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering are expected to attain high academic achievement in all courses taken. The criteria listed below will be used to determine retention status of students enrolled in the program leading to a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Students having been unconditionally admitted to the graduate program in Civil Engineering who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher will be considered to be in good standing.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all course work at The University of Memphis, in all Civil Engineering course work at The University of Memphis, and for all 7000 level course work at The University of Memphis at the end of each semester of enrollment. Any student not meeting these conditions will be placed on probation.
Students admitted on probation must maintain a 3.00 average at the end of each semester until 9 hours of graduate credit are earned. A student having a cumulative grade point average less than 3.00 at the end of the period described will be dismissed. A student having a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above will then be subject to the retention criteria listed in 2 above.
A student will be permitted two (2) grades of 2.00 or lower in graduate courses taken at The University of Memphis. A student will be dismissed from the program at the end of the semester in which a third grade of 2.00 or lower is earned.
A student who has been dropped from the graduate program in the Department of Civil Engineering will be denied permission to enroll in Civil Engineering courses in semesters subsequent to dismissal from the department.
Our graduates can be found all over the world, working at all levels in the government and with consulting firms, the aerospace industry, major computer manufacturers and construction companies. Many go on to own engineering firms or hold top management positions. This degree path provides a broad background in engineering principles, which opens doors to all kinds of careers—our graduates are designing and planning in every field you can imagine throughout the private sector and in government.