Many of the leaders in Civil and Environmental Engineering -- in academia, research, and practical engineering -- have founded their future on the benefits of an advanced degree program. For many positions, a graduate degree is required or considered a key point of personal development. Our department offers one of the top-ranked Civil Engineering graduate programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Both MS and PhD degrees are available in a variety of specialized areas. Emphasis is placed on advanced study and participation in creative research.
The MS degree may be completed with or without a thesis. In the environmental engineering and science program, most MS students prepare a thesis, but in the other programs of the department, most MS students do not. The MS degree requires 32 hours of graduate course credit if a thesis is part of the program (with 8 of the 32 hours comprising the thesis), and 36 hours without a thesis. The non-thesis MS degree is also available online. The PhD program requires 32 additional hours of coursework beyond the MS degree, followed by a comprehensive research program and preparation of a dissertation. The department also offers two joint degrees: the master of architecture and master of science in civil engineering (Structures), and a joint master of business administration and construction engineering and management.
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are available in a variety of specialized areas. In addition to the department's established interdisclinary programs in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability and Societal Risk Management, students can also develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers.
-Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability (interdisciplinary) - http://cee.illinois.edu/ewes
-Societal Risk Management - http://cee.illinois.edu/srm
-Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems (interdisciplinary) - http://cee.illinois.edu/SRIS
-Construction Management - http://cee.illinois.edu/ConsMgt
-Construction Materials - http://cee.illinois.edu/materials
-Environmental Engineering and Science - http://cee.illinois.edu/environmental
-Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering - http://cee.illinois.edu/EHHE
-Geotechnical Engineering - http://cee.illinois.edu/geotech
-Structural Engineering - http://cee.illinois.edu/StrucEng
-Transportation Engineering - http://cee.illinois.edu/TransEng
Special Degree Programs and Options
Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Option - http://www.cse.uiuc.edu/
Joint Degree Program with Business Administration (MBA) = https://mba.illinois.edu/academics/joint-degrees/
MArch + MS-CEE (structures) - http://www.arch.illinois.edu/degrees/joint-graduate-degrees#section-2
MArch + MS-CEE (construction management) - http://www.arch.illinois.edu/degrees/joint-graduate-degrees#section-3
For further assistance or to arrange a visit, please contact Mickey Peyton, [email protected]
Students from Under-represented Groups may be eligible for an all-expenses paid visit under the College of Engineering's Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) Program.
For more information about CEE graduate programs and courses, or to apply online, visit the Graduate Applications page.
Areas of Study
The program in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability (EWES) is a cross-cutting program focused on providing and supporting sustainable solutions for the exploration, production, delivery and use of energy, and their intersection with water and the natural and built environment. The program focuses on integrating scientific principles, engineered processes, and systems analyses to address diverse challenges related to society's growing energy needs and their nexus with water and the environment.
Societal Risk Management
The Societal Risk Management (SRM) program is a cross-disciplinary program that focuses on the development of a secure and safe society. The program concentrates on risk determination, risk evaluation and risk management for natural and human-made hazards, and disaster response and recovery.
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems (interdisciplinary program)
The interdisciplinary program Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems (SRIS) addresses emerging approaches to infrastructure systems focusing on resiliency and sustainability of inter-connected infrastructure, for example, structural, geotechnical, and water interactions in urban environments. The program aims to prepare new generations of civil engineers who are ready to address pressing societal issues while developing needed infrastructure.
Construction engineers manage and direct construction operations. They analyze the labor, materials, and equipment for each job to determine the proper quantity of each and ensure availability at the appropriate time and place.
Civil engineers are often responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which they build their structures. Studies in construction materials are intended to make structural, transportation and foundation engineers aware of the fundamental properties of the materials they use.
Environmental Engineering and Science
Environmental engineers help solve problems of air, land and water contamination. They design, construct and operate systems that purify water for drinking, industrial use and recreation. They develop and implement air-purification devices and protocols for solid and hazardous waste management.
Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering
Hydrologic and hydraulic engineers help solve complex water challenges, including providing society with safe and reliable water supplies, managing impacts of floods and drought, and enhancing environmental quality. They plan, design, manage and operate surface water and groundwater systems that are sustainable and adaptable to changing climate and human activity.
Geotechnical engineers use soil, rock and geosynthetics as engineering materials. They design earth- and rock-filled dams, tunnels, landfills and foundations for structures of all types.
Structural engineers design economical structures that resist forces induced by wind, earthquakes, blasts and heavy traffic. The tools of the structural engineer include physical testing, mathematical modeling and computer simulation.
Transportation engineers design, build, operate and maintain all types of facilities for railroads, automobiles, airplanes and ships. They deal with such problems as moving millions of people in and out of cities at rush hour and moving carloads of wheat from the fields of Kansas to the port of New Orleans.
For a full status admission, the Graduate College requires a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B average).