University of Delaware - College of Engineering
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Graduate Degrees Offered

Introduction | Admissions | Degrees | Academic Requirements | Graduate Handbook

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers five graduate degrees:

Master of Civil Engineering
Master of Applied Science
Master of Ocean Engineering

Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering
Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering

Within the MCE and MAS degree programs, non-thesis options are available.

Master of Civil Engineering

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree is awarded only to individuals who, upon admission, have an undergraduate degree in engineering, preferably in civil or environmental engineering. The student pursuing the MCE degree may choose a traditional thesis program or a non-thesis option. The courses for the non-thesis option correspond to the course requirements for the traditional thesis master's degree program. The core requirements for both master's degrees are the same. See Degree Requirements for detailed information.

Master of Applied Science

Students who, upon admission, have a non-engineering degree are awarded the Master of Applied Science (MAS) degree. The MAS degree is also an option for students who choose to utilize the elective graduate courses in the degree program to study other engineering or physical science disciplines (even if they were admitted with an undergraduate degree in engineering). The student pursuing the MAS degree may choose a traditional thesis program or a non-thesis option. The courses for the non-thesis option correspond to the course requirements for the traditional master's degree program. See Degree Requirements for detailed information.

Master of Ocean Engineering

The Master in Ocean Engineering is offered jointly with the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program (POSE) in the College of Marine and Earth Studies. Students may matriculate through either the College of Engineering or the College of Marine and Earth Studies and may choose a thesis advisor from either program. See Degree Requirements for detailed information.

Non-thesis Options

Within the MCE and MAS degree programs, non-thesis options are available for students concentrating their studies in the areas of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. The objective of the non-thesis master's programs is to provide an opportunity for students who do not have the need to develop research skills to obtain a non-thesis degree with a quality and depth of study comparable to the master's degree with thesis. Through coursework (minimum of 30 credits), students develop their engineering skills and obtain a state-of-the-art background within the chosen area of study. The non-thesis programs are designed for students with relevant experience in industry, whose employment precludes them from doing a thesis master's degree. Students originally enrolled in the thesis master's degree program may not transfer to the non-thesis option except under special conditions and with the approval of the faculty (thesis) advisor and the Graduate Committee. Students selecting the non-thesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

This degree is offered in the major areas of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering

The Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering is offered jointly with the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program (POSE) in the College of Marine and Earth Studies. Students may matriculate through either the College of Engineering or the College of Marine and Earth Studies and may choose a thesis advisor from either program.

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