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Why Earn a M.S. in Civil Engineering?

  • Future professional engineering (PE) licenses might require a M.S. degree (learn more)
  • Improve your ability to take and pass the Practices and Principles of Engineering Exam
    • Provides one year of experience towards your PE license, a benefit that does not apply to a M.B.A. degree ( learn more).
    • Provides opportunities to learn material relevant to the PE exam
    • Classes can refine your study skills for preparing to take the PE exam
    • Textbooks from your M.S. courses are useful references for the PE exam
  • Find the job and the projects you want.
    • Many Civil Engineering employers prefer those with a M.S. degree
    • Some employers even require new hires to have a M.S. in Civil Engineering
    • Civil Engineers with M.S. degrees earn more annually compared to B.S. graduates.
    • Larger and more challenging projects are more commonly managed by those with M.S. degree instead of only a B.S.
  • Funding may be provided by your employer or by SIUE
    • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for relevant coursework
    • Graduate assistantships can provide a stipend and waive your tuition costs ( learn more)

Why Earn your M.S. in Civil Engineering at SIUE?

  • Join a student-focused educational environment:
    • Never feel like a number in a large online class
    • Class times scheduled to accommodate working professionals
  • Learn from licensed professionals. The vast majority of our faculty are also licensed professional engineers, bringing their real-world experience into the classroom.
  • Experience our new facilities: Although the SIUE Engineering Building was completed in 2001, a significant addition was added in 2013. These facilities provide a world-class environment for students to learn and participate in research.
  • Network with other St. Louis Civil Engineers while taking courses at our Metro-East suburban campus.
  • Grow your resume with the resources available at our Career Development Center, Writing Center, and other resources that aren't available at the branch campuses of other Universities.

Graduate Program Description

The School of Engineering offers an evening program of graduate courses culminating in a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Civil Engineering. The M.S. program is designed to meet the educational needs of working professional engineers, traditional students, and other scientific professionals who are interested in focused, advanced study in civil engineering to enhance their opportunity for professional advancement. The areas of emphasis within the program are environmental , geotechnical , structural , and transportation engineering. Students are required to choose one of these areas to emphasize.

In line with the Graduate School's goals of student learning, the Department's objectives for its graduates are as follows.

  • Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge and skills appropriate to the civil engineering specialization as measured by successful completion of coursework and the final project.
  • Apply appropriate concepts and methods to solve problems as measured by successful completion of coursework and the final project.
  • Identify and analyze problems and issues as measured by successful completion of coursework and the final project.
  • Exhibit professional practices and ethics in coursework and the final project as measured by the use of professional standards, such as proper referencing and data collection and analysis.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, as measured by successful completion or waiver of the technical writing requirement and successful completion of the final project.

For the thesis option, students must complete 30 semester hours of course work, write a thesis,and present the research. The number of hours to be awarded for thesis credit (CE 599) may vary from three to six and is specified by the Advisory Committee prior to approval of the thesis proposal. Thesis credit counts as part of the minimum of 30 credits required for the degree. Writing a thesis involves an intensive research effort and generally requires about six months to complete. The Graduate School thesis guidelines and deadlines must be followed. Copies of the guidelines are available from the Graduate School.

For the non-thesis option, students must complete 31 semester hours of course work, write a research paper,and present the research. One credit hour will be awarded for the research paper (CE 593). The topic of the research paper must be mutually agreed upon by the candidate and the Advisory Committee. The procedure and guidelines found under Research Requirement must be followed.

The Department also has a cooperative doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Engineering Science with Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

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