Mortenson Center in Global Engineering
The Mortenson Center in Global Engineering offers: (1) Professional Master of Science (M.S.) degree tracks and (2) a Graduate Certificate in Global Engineering that can be earned in conjunction with a research-based M.S. or Ph.D. program.
Professional Master of Science degree tracks in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering with emphasis on Global Engineering are 30 credit-hour, coursework-only degrees conferred by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE). The Global Engineering program combines classroom work with real world, on-the-ground experience to train engineers to work in partnership with organizations in developing communities worldwide. Individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline and who are primarily interested in becoming competitive candidates for employment in the field of engineering for development should pursue this option. The current course plans for professional track students are available on the Mortenson Center's website.
The Mortenson Center Graduate Certificate offers students enrolled in any graduate degree program within the College of Engineering and Applied Science an opportunity to complete a research-based M.S. or Ph.D. degree in a traditional engineering discipline with an additional Global Engineering specialization (via completion of a certificate). To earn the certificate, students complete 12 credits of coursework including Sustainable Community Development 1 and 2, Field Methods, and the Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum (internship). Under this option, students may take on research or teaching assistantships and can earn a graduate degree in any discipline offered by our college. Students should complete this option if they are interested in conducting research during their graduate degree, plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the future, or are enrolled in a department other than Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. It is up to the student’s advisor to determine which, if any, of the certificate coursework will count towards the student’s degree requirements.
The Professional Master of Science degree tracks in Global Engineering and the graduate certificate program are recognized Western Regional Graduate Programs that offer residents of eligible WICHE-participating states a tuition benefit. For more information about the WICHE WRGP, please see this website.
More information about the Mortenson Center is available here or by calling 303-735-6708.