2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Civil Engineering

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Coordinator: Byungik Chang, Associate Professor, PhD., Iowa State University 

The master of science in civil engineering is designed for individuals with keen interest in civil/environmental/construction engineering/sustainability wanting to improve analysis and design on multidisciplinary civil engineering projects, usually in a team-oriented professional environment.  The program is uniquely multidisciplinary, combining knowledge of a variety of engineering disciplines to address the current needs of society.

A minimum of 30 credits must be completed to earn the master of science degree in civil engineering.  Specialized focus areas include: sustainability, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and construction management. 

Admission Policy

Applicants to the master of science in civil engineering program must have earned or be close to earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction engineering, construction management, sustainability or a related field.

GPA requirement: Admission will usually require a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  This is a guideline and is not a strict requirement.

Transcripts: Applicants will submit an official transcript displaying the seal of the institution and signed by the registrar.

Letters of recommendation: No more than three letters of recommendations are required. Students must submit the letters written by those best suited to comment on the student’s academic and/or research skills.

Personal Statement: Students must submit a personal statement about their background including life experiences, why they want to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering, and what are their personal aspirations and career goals.

GRE requirement: The GRE is recommended but NOT required for the master’s program.

TOEFL/IELTS: A minimum overall score of 84 internet-based format TOEFL score or a minimum overall score of 6.5 internet-based-format IELTS.  Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s degree will be exempt from submitting a TOEFL/IELTS score if the degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is English.  This standard was adopted from the Mechanical Engineering Master’s Program at the University of New Haven. See the following information.  http://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/international/admission-requirements/english-language.php

Required Background

A prospective student with a baccalaureate degree in engineering, physics, or related degree must have satisfactorily completed an undergraduate level course in each of calculus I, II, and III, and differential equations. See requirements below.

Required background for a bachelor’s degree holder in engineering

Physics               Physics I with Lab

Chemistry          General Chemistry I with Lab

Math                   Calculus 1/2/3 & Differential Equation

Note: The course requirements for students with non-engineering background shall be determined after interviewing with program coordinator.


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