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Civil Engineering, M.S.

Course Description


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers advanced studies leading to the Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering with specialization in Civil Engineering. The goals of the Ph.D. program are listed under the College of Engineering and administered by the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research. The goal of the MS program is to provide the strong academic programs necessary to prepare students to become educated members of society who can join and make significant contributions to the civil engineering profession.
This is accomplished by allowing MS graduate students to specialize in specific engineering topics through advanced and in-depth studies in these topics; by providing guidance to students in fundamental and applied research; by helping them to develop powers of analysis, synthesis and critical thinking; and by preparing outstanding graduate students to continue academic and research careers through doctoral-level studies.
The department offers the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with concentrations in environmental engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. The departmental faculty have expertise and conduct research in the following areas: environmental and water resources engineering; structural engineering, transportation and paving materials; engineering mechanics; and computational mechanics. Faculty advisors assist graduate students in developing individual programs of study depending on their career goals and thesis research interests. The student's advisory committee assists the student in the development and execution of the program of study and monitors and evaluates the student's work towards the degree.
Many departmental faculty actively participate in research related to the three Centers of Excellence operated within the University: two within the College of Engineering and one under the Office of Research & Economic Development. The resources and facilities of the Centers greatly enhance the graduate program of the Department.

Civil Engineering at Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech’s master’s in civil engineering is an exciting graduate program where you will be challenged to conduct basic and applied research, engage in advanced engineering design and professional practice and become a life-long learner.
Tennessee Tech’s program focuses on solving current issues within modern society, like city planning, pollution control, transportation, water resource development and wastewater treatment. You’ll expand upon your civil engineering foundation with knowledge from structural engineering and mechanics, environmental engineering and transportation.
Graduates will have the mathematical, mechanical and technical skills required to earn their licenses and enter the workforce as civil
and environmental engineers. As a professional, you’ll be able to oversee the planning and production of structures like buildings and bridges, transportation systems like roads and tunnels and resource facilities like water and power plants.

Research Opportunities

The civil and environmental engineering department offers outstanding opportunities in cutting-edge research with mentoring faculty. Faculty research interests include:
• Construction materials and their qualities
• Urban transit systems
• Traffic flow and design
• Biological wastewater treatment and bioenergy production
• Structural disaster prevention
• Engineering economics and project management
Tennessee Tech’s research efforts are often conducted in collaboration with professionals from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university’s three Centers of Excellence: Center for Manufacturing Research, Center for Energy Systems Research, and Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources.

Visit the Civil Engineering, M.S. page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The program is designed for graduates of approved undergraduate programs. Thus a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering is required for full standing. Applicants that have an undergraduate degree in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses. International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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