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CEE Graduate Programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to offer graduate and doctoral programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Candidates for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must first meet the general graduate admission requirements of either FAMU or FSU.

 

M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Requirements

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering provides students with education in advancedcivil engineering topics as well as research experience.

Curriculum. The M.S. curriculum includes a total of 30 semester hours, consisting of coursework and thesis research. To enroll in a course, students must satisfy the course prerequisites. Students entering the major without a civil or environmental engineering degree also must satisfy a set of articulation courses. Students are expected to enroll in Graduate Seminar (CGN 5935) each semester in which they have full-time status.

The specialty (depth) area courses provide students an advanced education beyond the bachelor’s degree in a specific civil engineering sub-discipline. The majority of the specialty area courses should be taken from the CEE department.

The supplementary electives are intended to develop the student’s complementary multidisciplinary skills and knowledge. Supplementary electives may include courses from other civil and environmental engineering areas outside of the chosen specialty, other engineering disciplines, the sciences, computer/computational science, urban and regional planning, and geography.

Mathematics and quantitative skills are critical in civil engineering work. Therefore a student is required to take at least one course (a minimum of three (3) credit hours) in mathematics, statistics, or computational science.

Suggested M.S. timeline

Semester Degree requirement Items
Semester 1 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Complete RCR training
Identify thesis topic

 

Semester 2 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 3 6 hrs. of approved coursework
3 hrs. of thesis research CGN 5971
Semester 4 3 hrs. of thesis research CGN 5971
Prepare complete journal manuscript
Thesis defense CGN 6972
Submit approved final thesis

Summary of M.S. degree requirements

Course Type Total Hours
Articulation courses (if required) 0-22
Specialty (depth) area 12-15
Supplementary electives 6-9
Mathematics, statistics, or computation 3
Thesis research CGN 5971 6
Thesis defense CGN 6972 0
Graduate seminar CGN 5935 0
Minimum Total Hours 30

 

Master of Engineering (Degree Option)

Program Requirements

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Civil Engineering provides students with education in advanced civil engineering topics, management, and professional issues. The M.Eng. degree option is ideal for students who will pursue a master’s degree part-time or for full-time students who desire an option for accelerated completion within one year.

Curriculum. The M.Eng. curriculum includes a total of 30 semester hours of coursework. To enroll in a course, students must satisfy the course prerequisites. Students entering the major without a civil or environmental engineering degree also must satisfy a set of articulation courses.

The specialty (depth) area courses provide students an advanced education beyond the bachelor’s degree in a specific civil engineering sub-discipline. The majority of the specialty area courses should be taken from the CEE department. A minimum of 15 credit hours of specialty (depth) is required in the M.Eng. curriculum.

The supplementary electives are intended to develop the student’s complementary multidisciplinary and professional skills required in the civil engineering profession. Supplementary electives may include courses from other civil and environmental engineering areas outside of the chosen specialty, as well as courses from other disciplines that support the professional development focus of the M.Eng. Example supplementary electives outside of engineering include courses in the sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer/computational science, social sciences, public policy, urban and regional planning, business, and law. A minimum of 12 credit hours of supplementary electives is required in the M.Eng. curriculum.

Mathematics and quantitative skills are critical in civil engineering work. Therefore a student is required to take at least one course (a minimum of three (3) credit hours) in mathematics, statistics, or computational science.

Suggested M.Eng. timeline

Semester Full-time option Part-time option
Semester 1 15 hrs. of approved coursework 6 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 2 15 hrs. of approved coursework 6 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 3 N/A 6 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 4 N/A 6 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 5 N/A 6 hrs. of approved coursework
Take comprehensive exam

Summary of M.Eng. degree requirements

Course Type Total Hours
Articulation courses (if required) 0-22
Specialty (depth) area 15
Supplementary electives 12
Mathematics, statistics, or computation 3
Minimum Total Hours 30

 

Ph.D. Program (M.S. – Ph.D. Track)

Program Requirements

 

The Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering is a research degree designed to produce a scholar and is granted only to students who have demonstrated mastery in a specialty of civil engineering and capacity to conduct original and independent scholarly work.

Curriculum. The curriculum for the M.S. to Ph.D. track includes a total of 51 semester hours, consisting of coursework and dissertation research. To enroll in a course, students must satisfy the course prerequisites. Students entering the major without a civil or environmental engineering degree also must satisfy a set of articulation courses. Students are expected to enroll in Graduate Seminar (CGN 5935) each semester in which they have full-time status.

The specialty (depth) area courses provide students an advanced education in a specific civil engineering sub-discipline and support the student in attaining mastery in a specialty area. Courses in the specialty area may include related courses from other departments.

The supplementary electives are intended to develop the student’s complementary multidisciplinary skills and knowledge. Supplementary electives may include courses from other civil and environmental engineering areas outside of the chosen specialty, other engineering disciplines, the sciences, advanced mathematics and statistics, computer/ computational science, urban and regional planning, and geography.

Suggested M.S. – Ph.D. track timeline

Semester Degree requirement Items
Semester 1 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Complete RCR training
Identify thesis topic
Semester 2 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 3 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Preliminary exam CGN 8988
Semester 4 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Semester 5 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Submit journal manuscript 1
Semester 6 xx hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Semester 7 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Prepare complete journal manuscript 2
Dissertation defense CGN 8985
Submit approved final dissertation

 

Summary of M.S. – Ph.D. track degree requirements

Course Type Total Hours
Articulation courses (if required) 0-22
Specialty (depth) area 15
Supplementary electives 12
Preliminary exam CGN 8988 0
Dissertation research CGN 6980 24
Dissertation defense CGN 8985 0
Graduate Seminar CGN 5935 0
Minimum Total Hours 51

 

Ph.D. Program (B.S. – Ph.D. Track)

Program Requirements

 

The Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering is a research degree designed to produce a scholar and is granted only to students who have demonstrated mastery in a specialty of civil engineering and capacity to conduct original and independent scholarly work.

Curriculum. The curriculum for the B.S. to Ph.D. track includes a total of 69 semester hours, consisting of coursework and dissertation research. Any student who starts the Ph.D. program with a B.S. degree will be required to take a 3-credit-hour Directed Independent Study (DIS) course with the objective of demonstrating the student’s ability to develop a scholarly paper based on a comprehensive literature review and understanding of research methodology. Students are also required to take a 3-credit-hour Supervised Research course.

To enroll in a course in the curriculum, students must satisfy the course prerequisites. Students entering the major without a civil or environmental engineering degree also must satisfy a set of articulation courses. Students are expected to enroll in Graduate Seminar (CGN 5935) each semester in which they have full-time status.

The specialty (depth) area courses provide students an advanced education in a specific civil engineering sub-discipline and support the student in attaining mastery in a specialty area. Courses in the specialty area may include related courses from other departments.

The supplementary electives are intended to develop the student’s complementary multidisciplinary skills and knowledge. Supplementary electives may include courses from other civil and environmental engineering areas outside of the chosen specialty, other engineering disciplines, the sciences, advanced mathematics and statistics, computer/ computational science, urban and regional planning, and geography.

Suggested B.S. – Ph.D. track timeline

Semester Degree requirement Items
Semester 1 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Complete RCR training
Identify thesis topic
Semester 2 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Semester 3 9 hrs. of approved coursework
Preliminary exam CGN 8988
Semester 4 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Semester 5 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Submit journal manuscript 1
Semester 6 xx hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Semester 7 12 hrs. of dissertation research CGN 6980
Prepare complete journal manuscript 2
Dissertation defense CGN 8985
Submit approved final dissertation

 

Summary of B.S. – Ph.D. track degree requirements

Course Type Total Hours
Articulation courses (if required) 0-22
Directed Independent Study (DIS) 3
Supervised Research 3
Specialty (depth) area 21
Supplementary electives 18
Preliminary exam CGN 8988 0
Dissertation research CGN 6980 24
Dissertation defense CGN 8985 0
Graduate Seminar CGN 5935 0
Minimum Total Hours 69

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Funding

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Ph.D. programs offer competitive funding packages for newly admitted students. Please visit our graduate funding page to find out more about assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships.

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