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Master of Science

Requirements for this master’s degree can be fulfilled in two ways. Under Plan I, the candidate must complete 30 semester hours of course work-including six thesis hours. Under Plan IIa, one of the non-thesis options, 30 credit hours of course work are required – including a 3-credit independent study report. *Plan IIb, is a 30- hour coursework option with final exam. *Not available for some programs, please check department rules.

Professional Masters Programs

The department offers several professional master's programs tailored for working engineers and students looking to develop and expand their skillsets. The programs are coursework based and result in a Master of Science degree. 

  • Architectural Engineering - Includes building systems engineering and construction engineering & management subplans. 

  • Civil Engineering – Dual Track option for students interested in combined graduate training in more than one single area in structures, construction, geotechnical or water resources for broader career scope and choices.

  • Global Engineering - Offered by the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering for those looking to gain a breadth of professsional skills relevant to global development. 
  • Water Engineering and Management - Ideal for those employed by consulting engineering, utilities, government or regulatory agencies looking to augment their skills in leadership, communication, finances and governance within the water profession.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD requires 30 semester hours of coursework plus 30 hours of thesis credit. PhD students are also required to successfully complete a preliminary exam, a comprehensive exam and a final dissertation defense.