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Water Resources Engineering This is a Track

College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MS
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.cece.ucf.edu/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the sustainable infrastructure for society.
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International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.intl.ucf.edu. If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.

CURRICULUM

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program is for students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available with each requiring 30 credit hours. The thesis option requires 15 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of elective graduate course work exclusive of thesis and research,  and a thesis (6 credit hours). The nonthesis option requires 15 credit hours of required graduate course work and 15 credit hours of electives. The nonthesis option also requires a comprehensive written final examination. Each student must have an individual program of study approved by his/her faculty committee and have completed all required articulation course work as described below. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues 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.

Prerequisites (Articulation)

  • CEG 4011C Geotechnical Engineering I (4 credit hours)
  • CWR 4632C Water Resources I (4 credit hours)
  • CWR 4633C Water Resources II (3 credit hours)
  • EGN 3613 Engineering Economic Analysis (2 credit hours)
  • STA 3032 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose five CWR courses from the list below. Courses with an asterisk provide an independent learning experience that involves research and design projects. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one course with an asterisk in order to obtain an independent learning experience.

  • 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)
  • CWR 6539 Finite Elements in Surface Water Modeling (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, are required to take at least 9 credit hours of approved electives. The courses may be from the list above or other courses as approved by the student's adviser. Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study 

  • Electives (9 credit hours) 

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • CWR 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

A successful defense of the thesis is required. In addition, the College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be 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

Nonthesis students must complete at least 6 additional credit hours of electives from either the list above or other courses as approved by the student's adviser. 

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Equipment Fee

Students in the Civil Engineering MS 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 least one of the courses marked with an asterisk (*), denoting an independent learning experience and a comprehensive exam.

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 (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) 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.

The MS degrees in specialized options are designed for students with appropriate baccalaureate backgrounds. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Additional undergraduate courses may be required.

Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the UCF Graduate Program (see contact information above) for more details. 

  • Minnesota

Application Deadlines

Water Resources Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1

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*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.

FINANCIALS

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

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. 


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