Master's Program


Graduate Program Overview

The Civil Engineering Department offers degree options in:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Construction Management

Leading to the following degrees:

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEnE)
  • Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM)
  • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MECEE)

The Civil Engineering Department offers a Water Resources Engineering Management track under the MECEE program. More information about that track can be found at http://ce.utep.edu/wrem/index.htm

The Department also offers a Certificate program in Construction Engineering and Management as discussed below.

The perspective applicants are encouraged to select carefully the degree that they wish to pursue. Since different degrees have different admission requirements, transfer among different degrees require a new application and subject to the credit transfer policies and rules of the Department, College of Engineering and UTEP.

Course Requirements for MSCE or MSEnE Program

The MSCE/MSnE graduate program requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades of A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The thesis option program requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits. At least 18 credits must be graduate level courses and 6 credits must be taken as thesis research (CE 5398 and CE 5399). The non-thesis option of the MSCE program requires a minimum of 33 graduate credits; at least 21 of these credits must be graduate level courses, and 6 credits must be taken as graduate Design Project (CE 5396 and CE 5397). No more than three courses in construction management area can be applied toward the MSCE.

For both options, the students can count a maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit. The undergraduate courses approved for graduate credits are:

  • CE 3325 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals(3-0)
  • CE 3336 Civil Engineering Materials (3-0)
  • CE 4153 Water and Waste Laboratory (3-0)
  • CE 4335 Structural Design I (3-0)
  • CE 4340 Transportation Engineering (3-0)
  • CE 4342 Water and Wastewater Engineering (3-0)
  • CE 4361 Structural Design II (3-0)
  • CE 4348 Geotechnical Engineering (3-3)
  • CE 4456 Hydraulic Engineering (3-3)
  • CHEM 3324 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3351 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4211 Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry

Course Requirements for MSCM Program

The MSCM Program is available in distance learning format as well as on campus.

Online Distance Learning MSCM Course Requirements

  • CE 5324 Construction Project Management
  • CE 5382 Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding
  • CE 5385 Construction Internship*
  • CE 5386 Construction Law and Ethics
  • CE 5387 Construction Scheduling
  • CE 5388 Construction Safety
  • CE 5389 Construction Methods and Materials
  • CE 5390A Mechanical Electrical Construction
  • CE 5390 Sustainable Construction
  • CE 5392 Earth Construction

On – Campus MSCM Course Requirements

  • CE 5324 Construction Project Management
  • CE 5382 Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding
  • CE 5385 Construction Internship*
  • CE 5386 Construction Law and Ethics
  • CE 5387 Construction Scheduling
  • CE 5388 Construction Safety
  • CE 5389 Construction Methods and Materials
  • Plus three electives that may consist of any Civil Engineering or Construction Graduate Level Course, or courses in Business or Geology approved by the Program

* The CE 5385 Construction Internship course requires students to find and complete one semester of activity in a construction company performing construction management functions.

Each of these MSCM programs above requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades of A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The programs require a minimum of 30 graduate credits (10 courses).

Course Requirements for MECEE Program

All Tracks except Water Resources Engineering Management (WREM)

The MECEE requires a minimum grade point of 3.0 for graduation. Only grades A, B, and C are accepted for graduate credit. The MECEE requires a minimum of 33 graduate credits of regular coursework. No more than three courses in construction management area can be applied toward the MECEE.

The students can count a maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit. The undergraduate courses approved for graduate credits are:

  • CE 3325 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals(3-0)
  • CE 3336 Civil Engineering Materials (3-0)
  • CE 4153 Water and Waste Laboratory (3-0)
  • CE 4335 Structural Design I (3-0)
  • CE 4340 Transportation Engineering (3-0)
  • CE 4342 Water and Wastewater Engineering (3-0)
  • CE 4361 Structural Design II (3-0)
  • CE 4348 Geotechnical Engineering (3-3)
  • CE 4456 Hydraulic Engineering (3-3)
  • CHEM 3324 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3351 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4211 Instrumental Methods of Analytical Chemistry

Water Resources Engineering Management (WREM) Track

Students have the option of completing the Water Resources Engineering Management Track within the MECEE program by completing 18 credit hours of the MECEE program plus 15 credit hours from the following list:

  • CE5340 Surface Water Hydrology
  • CE5302 Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution
  • CE6313 Water Resources Management
  • CE5345 Adv. Phys-Chem. Water Treatment Processes
  • CE5321 Water Reclamation and Reuse
  • CE5349 Design of Filtration and Membrane Processes
  • CE5409 Environmental Engineering Chemistry
  • ESE6301 Environmental Law and Policy
  • CE5344 Biological Unit Operations and Processes
  • CE5343 Hydraulic Computer Applications

Students with a BS degree other than Civil Engineering must take the following undergraduate courses or equivalents as pre-requisites to this graduate program:

  • CE 3456 Hydraulic and Hydrology
  • CE 4342 Water and Wastewater Engineering

Course Requirements for Certificate in Construction Management

A Certificate program requires completion of five courses totaling 15 credits. Each Certificate course can be applied to an MSCE program. The courses required are listed below:

  • CE 5324 Construction Management
  • CE 5382 Construction Cost Analysis and Bidding
  • CE 5384 Communicating in English-Spanish for Construction management
  • CE 5385 Construction Internship

One of the Civil Engineering undergraduate or graduate courses of interest to the student listed under the MSCEM program