About the Civil Engineering Program

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The Civil Engineering Program is offered by faculty members who teach courses and supervise students in the program.  These faculty teach and perform research in structural engineering, materials, geotechnical engineering, pavements engineering and transportation engineering. Details


The Civil Engineering Program maintains teaching and research laboratories in the Engineering Building, as well as research faculities for large scale structural testing at the Civil Infrastructure Laboratory a short distance from campus. The College provides a full range of computer support services and computer labs reserved for Engineering students.

MS Program Requirements

The MS degree requires completion of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, of which 19 hours are in required subjects, and the balance consists of elective courses, or a combination of electives and project/thesis credits.  There is no fixed time period for the program, but most students complete the requirements in two academic years (four semesters). Details

PhD Program Requirements

The PhD degree is individually designed basis on the student’s previous academic training, area of research specialization, and career objectives by a guidance committee of at least four faculty members.  Students normally complete at least 15 hours of coursework beyond the MS degree, devote a substantial effort to a research topic approved by their committee, and must pass a series of formal examinations.  There is no fixed period of time for a doctoral program, but 3 to 5 years is typical.  Details


Courses required in the MS program are offered once each year and are designed to be taken in sequence.  Elective courses, including those offered by other departments may be offered less frequently.  Students will design a program of study on arrival at MSU with the help of their academic advisor.  This program can be modified as a student’s interests evolve. Details


Civil Engineering faculty members are engaged in research projects that students may become involved in.  Students in  the MS program  may complete an independent research project or thesis for up to four credits if a faculty member agrees to supervise this work.  PhD students agree to work with an identified advisor as a part of their admission to the program and are  required to complete a thesis based on a topic they develop with their advisor and guidance committee. 

Most civil engineering research is interdisciplinary in nature, and PhD students are actively encouraged to take courses, participate in research, and include committee members and co-advisors from other departments.  Civil Engineering faculty members have active collaborations with researchers and institutions around the world and students may have the opportunity to participate in these projects. Details