Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS, ME, PhD

 

Program Summary

Format: Online, On-site, Hybrid


Locations: Potsdam


Credit Hours:

MSMEPhD
303090


Cost: Per Credit Hour

Our Program

The Clarkson University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department is ranked among the top in the nation at the graduate level by U.S. News & World Report 2016. Graduate courses and research can lead to a degree of Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy. There are currently 35 full-time graduate students in these programs.

We offer a Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a project-based Master of Engineering (ME). Thirty credits of coursework, seminar and project or research work are required for the ME and MS degrees. The MS degree typically takes 18-24 months and requires students to write and defend a thesis on their independent research. The ME degree is project based and requires a total of 30 credits including coursework and the project. It can be completed in one academic year on-campus or as a part-time program over two years or more depending on the student’s plan. The ME degree with a concentration in Construction Engineering Management (CEM) allows part-time students to take two courses each term or choose the pace that fits their schedule. Students in CEM have the option to customize their degree with courses on-line or on-site.

Our Ph.D. program in Civil & Environmental Engineering requires 90 credit hours and is typically completed in four years.

Curriculum

Graduate education in civil and environmental engineering concentrates on five areas of specialization:

All graduate students use state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities as they focus their research on engineering problems and applied science topics that include:

  • Bridge monitoring and infrastructure health
  • Novel concrete for drainage and corrosion resistance
  • Strength of materials ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials
  • Indoor air quality
  • Bioenergy production and the associated lifecycle environmental impacts
  • Fate of contaminants in air, water and soil systems
  • Air quality monitoring and modeling
  • Oil spill modeling and environmental impacts
  • River and ocean ice dynamics

Interdisciplinary research is facilitated through the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, the Center for Advanced Materials Processing and the Cold Regions Engineering Research Group.

 

Degree Requirements

MS Program Degree Requirements
The following are minimum requirements:

  • 30 credit hours with all coursework approved at the graduate level
  • Six credit hours of thesis
  • 18 credit hours of coursework
  • Two credit hours of seminar work
  • 20 of the 30 credit hour minimum must be earned in residence
  • One academic year of full-time study beyond the Baccalaureate
  • Maximum of 10 credit hours of transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  • All work must be completed in four calendar years.
  • All students must complete a thesis and defend it orally to a committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members.Specialty Areas
    All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, and Water Resources Engineering. A listing of core courses for each area can be found here.
  • Other Information
  • Exceptional students may be invited to proceed directly to the Ph.D.; such students will be awarded the MS concurrently with the Ph.D.
  • Students in the MS program in the CEE Department can be eligible for partial tuition assistance*.
  • Only under exceptional circumstances will MS students be allowed to transfer to the ME program. This transfer will require approval by the Graduate Committee and will require detailed written justification by the student and advisor.* Self-paying students may receive a tuition scholarship for up to 40% of the tuition for which the student has registered. The Graduate School, upon recommendation by the Department, provides this scholarship. Full-time MS students may receive four credits of support for three semesters. These merit awards require up to six hours of departmental work per week.

ME Program Requirements
The following are minimum requirements:

  • 30 credit hours
  • 18 credit hours of graduate coursework
  • 1 credit hour of project work
  • 2 credit hours of seminar
  • 2 semesters in residence
  • An average of B or better for all graduate coursework applied toward the ME degree is required for graduation.
  • A maximum of 10 credit hours of transfer graduate credit may be awarded upon submitting a formal request to the dean of the Graduate School; official transcripts must be presented with the request.
  • All work must be completed in 2 calendar years.

Specialty Areas
All ME students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural or Water Resources.

Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements
The following are minimum requirements:

  • 90 credit hours beyond the B.S.
  • 39 credit hours of coursework
  • 15 credit hours in the major field
  • Nine credit hours in the minor field
  • Six credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed (Courses double-listed in CE and another department do not count in these six credit hours.)
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  • All work must be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, and Water Resources Engineering.

Example Courses & Concentrations

  • Environmental Engineering
    Water and Wastewater Engineering:
    Environmental Chemistry
    Chemodynamics
    Environmental Systems
    Industrial Ecology
    Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes
    Environmental Biological Processes
    Air Pollution Control
  • Geotechnical Engineering
    Four from the following list:
    Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
    Elastic Waves and Non-Destructive Tests
    Advanced Soil Mechanics
    Advanced Foundation Design
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Introduction to the Finite Element Method
    Theory of Elasticity
    Continuum Mechanics
    Computational Fluid Dynamics
 
  • Structural and Materials Engineering
    Experimental Methods in Structures
    Continuum Mechanics
    Fracture Mechanics of Concrete Structures
    Introduction to Structural and Soil Dynamics
    Computational Methods of Structural Analysis
    Analysis of Advanced Composite Structures
    Introduction to Finite Element Method
    Theory of Elasticity
    Properties and Performance of Concrete Materials
    Cement Chemistry
    Plasticity
  • Water Resource Engineering
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    Continuum Mechanics
    Watershed Analysis
    Stream Riparian System and Fluvial Morphology
    Computational River Dynamics
    Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
    Sediment Transport
    Hydrodynamic Dispersion
    Coastal Engineering
    Hydraulic Engineering in Cold Regions
    Computational Fluid Dynamics

Admission Requirements

MS Admission Requirements
A BS, BE or equivalent degree from an accredited program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade-point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

ME Admission Requirements
A BS, BE or equivalent degree from an accredited program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade-point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

PhD Admission Requirements
A MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

 

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator
graduate@clarkson.edu
518/631-9910

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