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M.S. in Civil Engineering

Course Description

Advance your career with a master’s degree in civil engineering. Our convenient evening classes provide the flexibility your schedule demands.

MSOE’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCVE) program is designed to equip students with the advanced knowledge 
and skills necessary for professional practice. The MSCVE program was designed to address the new civil engineering Body of Knowledge requirements for graduate programs developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Students will be able to specialize in one of the following three areas: (1) construction management, (2) environmental and water resources engineering, and (3) structural engineering.

Completion of the MSCVE program satisfies the proposed educational requirement promulgated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying calling for a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for professional engineering licensure.

MSOE’s MSCVE program is tailored to the student who already has an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited civil engineering program. Students who do not have an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering may have to take additional prerequisite courses as specified by the Program Director. These additional prerequisite courses will be chosen by the MSCVE Program Director based on the student’s academic background to help ensure that the student is equipped to be successful in civil engineering graduate studies at MSOE.

Curriculum Format

The MSCVE program requires completion of 45 graduate credits. At least 36 of these credits shall be taken from courses within the student’s chosen specialty; up to 9 credits may be taken from courses within other civil engineering specialty areas or from courses offered by other departments.

During the last year of the student’s graduate studies, the student must complete either (a) a nine-credit, three-quarter Capstone Project consisting of CV-800, CV-890, and CV-892, or (b) a three-credit, one-quarter Capstone Report consisting of CV-800 only. The former is appropriate for students wishing to conduct graduate-level research for personal enrichment or as preparation for subsequent graduate studies; the latter is appropriate for students who wish to take additional coursework in preparation for professional civil engineering practice.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

- Formulate and solve ill-defined engineering or construction problems appropriate to civil engineering.
- Conduct a literature review in a specialized technical area appropriate to civil engineering.
- Analyze and/or design a complex system or process in a specialized technical area appropriate to civil engineering.

Student Outcomes

Graduate of the MSCVE program will:
- be able to evaluate complex systems or processes within realistic constraints such as customary standards of practice, costs, and sustainability.
- be able to choose to pursue registration as a professional engineer or certification as a professional construction manager will, after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board, achieve that distinction.
- pursue opportunities to advance their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning.
- be able to obtain a Ph.D. in their area of civil engineering specialization, if desired.

Visit the M.S. in Civil Engineering page on the Milwaukee School of Engineering website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A bachelor of science degree in civil engineering or a closely related area from an ABET-accredited university. (See View Website )

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