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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering (PhD)

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Requirements for the PhD Degree

Although it is possible for students to study toward a PhD directly upon entering graduate school, most students choose to obtain the MCE or MAS first.

A student’s doctoral program, including the doctoral dissertation, is centered on a research objective in applied or engineering science. The degree requires sufficient course work within, or in direct support of, the chosen area of concentration to form an adequate basis for original work. In addition, the student’s knowledge must be extended within other fundamental sub-areas such as applied mathematics, physical, chemical, biological and engineering sciences. In the dissertation, the student reports the findings of their independent research. The PhD is particularly useful for students who plan to pursue a career in research and teaching at the university level, but also provides a superlative education for a career as a professional engineer.

Last Revised 2015-2016 Academic Year


Further information about all degree requirements may be obtained from the current Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Handbook.