Graduate - Professional Track Master's (MS)

Students now have two options for enrollment in professional Master of Science Programs that include an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities. Both require thirty semester hours of graduate-level courses (as listed below) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. For students who have undertaken prior graduate study, up to 9 hours of relevant graduate-level coursework may be transferred to meet the course requirements for the M.S. degree, following the rules established by the Graduate School for transfer credit.

I. Civil Engineering MS Degree Program Requirements

The Professional track of the Master of Science degree program in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering for Developing Communities™ will challenge you to expand your way of thinking about the world and engineering's effect upon it!  Taking a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, you will learn to view engineering challenges as opportunities to help create a more sustainable, equitable world.

To earn the Professional Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in EDC, students must complete the following courses:

I. Required EDC Core

CVEN 5919: Sustainable Community Development 1 (SCD I, fall only, 3 credits)
CVEN 5929: Sustainable Community Development 2 (SCD II, spring only, 3 credits)
CVEN 5939: Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum (3 credits)
ATLS 5250: Fieldwork Methods (spring only, 3 credits) or for those starting in fall 2017, CVEN 5837 Special Topics: Fieldwork Methods for Development Engineers

II. Required Competency Areas

A. Data Analysis (3 credits)
B. Systems Thinking (3 credits)
C. Project Management (3 credits)

III. Option Area (9 credits in a coherent topic area). Possibilities include:

A. Energy
B. Environmental Health/Engineering
C. Construction
D. Engineering Management
E. Policy Issues

Full details regarding the Professional Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program and courses

II. Environmental Engineering MS Degree Program Requirements

The Professional track of the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Engineering closely follows the curriculum for the thesis/research option, but incorporates the full Graduate Certificate in EDC into the students' 30-credit hour course plan.  This allows the student to earn both an MS degree and a graduate certificate by taking 30 credit hours total (not including any missing pre-requisites the student may have).  

To earn the Professional Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in EDC, students must complete the following courses:

  1. CVEN 5464 Environmental Engineering Processes
  2. CVEN 5404 Water Chemistry or CHEM 5151 Atmospheric Chemistry
  3. CVEN 5484 Environmental Microbiology
  4. CVEN 5919 Sustainable Community Development I
  5. CVEN 5929 Sustainable Community Development II
  6. CVEN 5939 Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum
  7. CVEN 5837 Special Topics: Fieldwork Methods for Development Engineers or ATLS 5250: Practitioner Fieldwork Methods (for those who entered prior to fall 2017)
  8. CVEN 5969 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  9. one of  

a) CVEN 5524 Water Treatment
b) CVEN 5534 Wastewater Treatment
c) CVEN 5474 Hazardous Waste Management
d) CVEN 5554 Fundamentals of Air Quality Management
e) MCEN 5131 Air Pollution Control

  1. Elective

Elective courses will be determined in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

More information about the Environemntal Engineering Program for prospective students.

How do I apply for the Professional MS degree?

To apply, students should follow this process on the university's online application:

  1. Select GRADUATE degree (as career),
  2. then COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE (as program),
  3. then CIVIL ENGINEERING - Professional MS or ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING - Professional MS (as field of study)
  4. the semester of desired admission,
  5. then ENGINEERING / DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES (as the subplan), and finally
  6. reiterate your intent to apply to the Master's level program.