Civil Engineering MSCE

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSCE
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or another closely related engineering degree. Graduate work and research in civil engineering reflect the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the infrastructure of society.


The Civil Engineering MSCE program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, and both thesis and nonthesis options are available. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of formal graduate-level course work and 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 30 hours of formal course work and completion of a culminating experience. For nonthesis MS students, the culminating experience is submission of a portfolio that satisfies program requirements. It is strongly suggested that part-time students pursue the nonthesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Students must develop an individual plan of study with a faculty adviser by their second semester of study. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.

Research studies are required in one or more courses. The research study and report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. In addition, students may engage in directed independent studies, directed research or a research report during their studies. Courses with asterisks represent those with specific independent learning experiences, and all nonthesis students must choose at least one course with an asterisk.

Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours

Thesis MS students must take a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work with at least 18 credit hours from the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department in their program of study.

Nonthesis MS students must take at least 24 credit hours of course work from the CECE Department in their program of study. Nonthesis students must take at least one course where a research project is required (one course marked with an asterisk).   

Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEG 6065 Soil Dynamics(3 credit hours)*
  • CEG 6115 Foundation Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CEG 6317 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (3 credit hours)
Structural Engineering
  • CES 5144 Matrix Methods for Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5325 Bridge Engineering (3 credit hours)*
  • CES 5606 Advanced Steel Structures (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 credit hours)
  • CES 5821 Masonry and Timber Design (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6010 Structural Reliability (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6116 Finite Element Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6209 Dynamics of Structures (3 credit hours)*
  • CES 6220 Wind and Earthquake Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6527 Nonlinear Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • CES 6715 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)*
  • CES 6840 Composite Steel Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)*
  • CES 6910 Research in Structural Engineering (3 credit hours)
Transportation Engineering
  • TTE 5204 Traffic Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6205 Highway Capacity (3 credit hours)*
  • TTE 6256 Traffic Operations (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)*
  • TTE 6315 Traffic Safety Analysis (3 credit hours)*
  • TTE 6526 Planning and Design of Airports (3 credit hours)
  • TTE 6625 Mass Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
  • CGN 6655 Regional Planning, Design, and Development (3 credit hours)
Water Resources Engineering
  • CWR 5125 Groundwater Hydrology (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 5205 Hydraulic Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 5515 Numerical Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 5545 Water Resources Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 5634 Water Resources in a Changing Environment (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 6102 Advanced Hydrology (3 credit hours)*
  • CWR 6126 Groundwater Modeling (3 credit hours)*
  • CWR 6235 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 6236 River Engineering and Sediment Transport (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 6535 Modeling Water Resources Systems (3 credit hours)*
Construction Engineering and Management
  • CCE 5205 Decision Support for Infrastructure Projects (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5006 Infrastructure Systems Management (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5220 Green Design and Construction (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 5937 Construction Contracts (3 credit hours)
  • CCE 6036 Advanced Construction Planning and Control (3 credit hours)*
  • CCE 6211 Design and Monitoring of Construction Processes (3 credit hours)*
  • CCE 6045 Cost Analysis of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

For those pursuing the thesis option, students must complete 6 credit hours of thesis and successfully defend the thesis.

  • XXX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours, with the course prefix of CGN, CEG, CES, CWR or TTE)

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements are approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Students in the nonthesis option must complete 6 credit hours of electives in addition to the 24 credit hours of formal course work described above. All totaled, the nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours of course work. 

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of their portfolio of activities by the course Withdrawal date of the semester prior to their intended graduation. The portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

    Equipment Fee

    Students in the Civil Engineering MSCE program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

    Independent Learning

    A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at lease one course where a research project is required and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

    Application Requirements

    For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

    The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening ( of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

    Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

    In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

    • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
    • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree.
    • Résumé.
    • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

    Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

    The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.

    Application Deadlines

    Civil Engineering MSCE *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.