Civil Engineering Master’s Programs

Overview

The department offers a Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree and Master of Applied Science (MAS) degree. Both degrees are based on the student completing an individually designed program of courses and writing a thesis. A nonthesis master’s degree option is also available, typically for students with professional experience. Students selecting the nonthesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University.

All graduate students work in close cooperation with the faculty, and the department has extensive facilities for research and graduate study in all the areas of concentration. Laboratories specifically devoted to research in environmental engineering include facilities for study of chemical and physical aspects of water and wastewater purification with specialized equipment for analysis of fluid particle suspensions and particle technology, heavy metal and toxic waste removal and biological engineering aspects of water pollution control.

Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree is awarded only to individuals who, upon admission, have an undergraduate degree in engineering, preferably in civil or environmental engineering. The student pursuing the MCE degree may choose a traditional thesis program or a non-thesis option. The courses for the non-thesis option correspond to the course requirements for the traditional thesis master’s degree program. The core requirements for both master’s degrees are the same. Look at our concentrations page here.

Master’s Degrees – Thesis Option

The master’s program with thesis requires 30 credit hours including 24 graduate course credits and 6 credits for the master’s thesis. The Department Graduate Committee must approve each student’s program.

The 24-credit course program of each student must include the following:

  • At least one course each in mathematics and in engineering sciences.
  • At least 9 credits of courses in the chosen concentration (see the concentration list for details on  core courses and suggested electives).

The student should consult his/her advisor in selecting courses to fit fulfill these requirements. Petitions for required course substitutions may be made via the advisor to the Department Graduate Committee.

Seminars

All thesis graduate students are required to attend departmental or college seminars (CIEG 865, 0 credits) each semester in their fields of study. Students are expected to make presentations at these seminars.

Master’s Degrees – Non-Thesis Option

The objective of the non-thesis master’s program is to provide an opportunity for students, who do not have the need to develop research skills, to obtain a master’s degree with a quality and depth of study comparable to the master’s degree with thesis. Through coursework (30 credits), students develop their engineering skills and obtain a state-of-the-art background within the chosen area of study. Students electing the non-thesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University.

Master of Applied Science (MAS)

Students who, upon admission, have a non-engineering degree are awarded the Master of Applied Science (MAS) degree. The MAS degree is also an option for students who choose to utilize the elective graduate courses in the degree program to study other engineering or physical science disciplines (even if they were admitted with an undergraduate degree in engineering). The student pursuing the MAS degree may choose a traditional thesis program or a non-thesis option. The courses for the non-thesis option correspond to the course requirements for the traditional master’s degree program. Look at our concentrations page here.

Master’s Degrees – Thesis Option

The master’s program with thesis requires 30 credit hours including 24 graduate course credits and 6 credits for the master’s thesis. The Department Graduate Committee must approve each student’s program.

The 24-credit course program of each student must include the following:

  • At least one course each in mathematics and in engineering sciences.
  • At least 9 credits of courses in the chosen concentration (see the concentration list for details on  core courses and suggested electives)).

The student should consult his/her advisor in selecting courses to fit fulfill these requirements. Petitions for required course substitutions may be made via the advisor to the Department Graduate Committee.

Seminars

All thesis graduate students are required to attend departmental or college seminars (CIEG 865, 0 credits) each semester in their fields of study. Students are expected to make presentations at these seminars.

Master’s Degrees – Non-Thesis Option

The objective of the non-thesis master’s program is to provide an opportunity for students, who do not have the need to develop research skills, to obtain a master’s degree with a quality and depth of study comparable to the master’s degree with thesis. Through coursework (30 credits), students develop their engineering skills and obtain a state-of-the-art background within the chosen area of study. Students electing the non-thesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University.

Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a master’s program in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0)
  • TOEFL score (for international students) of at least 550 -or- TOEFL IBT: Minimum score 79. The minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is a 6.5 overall with no individual subscore below 6.0.
  • Current UD students applying to the 4+1 dual degree program are not required to submit GRE scores.

Application Availability and Admission Deadlines

The online application is found at Graduate Application.

Note the following important deadlines.

February 1 : Deadline for fall admissions and consideration for graduate assistantship/fellowship.
July 1 : Final Deadline for Fall admissions
October 1 : Deadline for spring admission only

Recruitment Coordinators

Christine Reoli
E: creoli@udel.edu
P: 302-831-6570

Professor McConnell
E: righman@udel.edu
P: 302-831-6056

UD Graduate Admissions Office
E: gradadmissions@udel.edu
P: 302-831-2129

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