Chair: Kim Hayes
Professors: Adriaens, Daigger, El-Tawil, Hansen, Hayes, Hryciw, Ioannou, Katopodes, Li, Liu, Love, Lynch, Michalowski, Raskin, Wight, and Wright
Associate Professors: Athanasopolous-Zekkos, Clack, Cotel, Demond, Ivanov, Jeffers, Kamat, Lastoskie, Lee, McCormick, Olson, Scruggs, and Zekkos
Assistant Professors: Ellis, Kerkez, Menassa, Spence, and Wigginton
Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Dual Degree Programs with Business or Architecture
and Urban Planning
In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Master of Science in Engineering
The degree Master of Science in Engineering is offered with areas of concentration in the areas of Construction, Geotechnical, Hydraulic and Hydrology, Infrastructure System, Materials, and Structural. Degrees designating greater concentration in their special areas are available in the Construction Engineering and Management and Environmental Engineering specialties. This latter group of degrees is designated Master of Science in Engineering (name of specialty).
Admission: To be granted admission to the program leading to the degree M.S.E. (Civil Engineering), an applicant should normally hold a degree equivalent to the B.S.E. from the University's undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering program. However, students in other branches of engineering, physical sciences, or related fields may have achieved the technical background needed to pursue advanced work in a special field of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Such students are encouraged to apply because civil engineers with interdisciplinary training can provide vital input into the solution of the complex problems developing in present day society.
Regular admission to the program leading to the degree M.S.E. (Construction Engineering and Management) may be granted to graduates in any recognized branch of engineering. Admission to the M.S.E. (Environmental Engineering) may be granted to graduates in any branch of engineering or science. Applicants must submit a completed application and transcripts of all previous academic records, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores. TOEFL required of international students not graduated from a U.S. institution.
Minimum Number of Credits Required: 30 credit hours, of which at least half must be earned while enrolled in a degree program in the Rackham Graduate School.
Specific Course Requirements: The minimum permissible Civil and Environmental Engineering credit hour requirements in the various degree programs are as follows:
M.S.E. (Civil Engineering): At least 15 hours in Civil and Environmental Engineering courses. A student should expect to take at least eight hours in one area of specialization but will not be permitted to apply more than 21 hours in one area of specialization toward the 30 hour requirement.
M.S.E. (Construction Engineering and Management): At least 18 hours in courses emphasizing construction, of which 12 hours must be in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
M.S.E. (Environmental Engineering): At least 18 hours in the area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering.
Cognate Courses: The 30 hours of graduate work must include at least four credit hours of cognate courses (work related to the field of specialization) taught in departments other than Civil and Environmental Engineering. Courses cross-listed with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department may be accepted as cognate courses, provided that the course is in a subfield different from the student's own. Please see department website for additional details.
CEE Department Math Requirement: The student must complete at least one course (minimum of 3 credit hours) in mathematics or math intensive studies, probability, statistics, or mathematical programing, beyond the minimum undergraduate requirements of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. A course used to satisfy this math requirement also can be used toward the 4 credit hour cognate requirement provided that it is taken outside of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department or is cross-listed with another department and is outside the student's field of study. Approved courses within the department can be used to satisfy the math requirement. Please see department website for additional details.
A 400-level course that is listed in the Graduate School Announcement may be elected for graduate credit when approved by the student's counselor, except for those 400-level courses that are required in the current undergraduate program of all Civil and Environmental Engineering students. Of all the 400-level courses elected, no more than a total of 12 hours and no more than nine hours of Civil and Environmental Engineering courses will be accepted for degree credit. Not more than six credit hours of directed study, seminar, or research will be accepted.
Foreign Language Requirement: None.
Work Experience Requirement: None.
Thesis or Research Essay: None.
Final Examination: None.
Conditional or Non-Candidate For Degree (NCFD) admission may
be granted where appropriate when the conditions for regular
admission are not met. Please see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies sections on conditional and NCFD admissions.
Students may be required to remove deficiencies without earning
Doctor of Philosophy
Admission: A completed application, transcripts of all previous academic records, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation must be on file. TOEFL required of international students not graduated from a U.S. institution
Range of Enrollment: At least 18 credit hours of coursework beyond master's level or 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor's level for students not holding a master's degree; some fields may require more.
Cognate Courses: At least four credits of cognate courses must be included in the program. The department requires that at least one advanced course in mathematics, probability, statistics or mathematical programming be taken; the math class does not need to be a cognate course.
Qualifying Examination: Post-master's students must pass the departmental qualifying examination before they can be accepted by the department as applicants for the doctorate. The examination is generally given to eligible students shortly after completion of one term of coursework beyond the master's degree and must be taken within 13 months after admission as a post-master's student.
English Proficiency:This requirement is fulfilled by completion of Technical Communications 610 - Dissertation Writing. The student's dissertation committee may waive this requirement upon demonstration of proficiency in technical writing skills.
Foreign Language Requirement: None.
Candidacy and Dissertation Committee: When accepted as an applicant for the doctorate, the student's schedule of coursework and the subject matter of a required dissertation are placed under the direction of a duly appointed Dissertation Committee.
Admission to Candidacy: After the English proficiency requirement has been met, the coursework has been substantially completed, and the thesis topic has been approved, a meeting of the Dissertation Committee should be arranged by the student for the purpose of recommending advancement to the status of Candidate for the doctor's degree. The Preliminary Examination will consist of an oral examination during which the Applicant presents the thesis proposal for review by the Dissertation Committee. In addition to the oral examination, the Dissertation Committee may require a written examination as part of the Preliminary Examination. The Department's Graduate Committee, after reviewing the applicant's progress, certifies to the Dean of the Graduate School that all requirements for Candidacy have been met.
Dissertation and Oral Examination: A dissertation is required of each doctoral Candidate. A satisfactory oral examination of the Candidate on the dissertation, conducted by the Dissertation Committee, completes the requirements for the degree.
For information on the dissertation committee, final oral
examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Rackham Dual Degree Programs
The School of Business Administration and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified students to pursue concurrent studies in business administration and construction engineering and management. Upon completion, students will receive both the M.B.A. and the M.S.E. (Construction Engineering and Management) degrees. A student interested in the dual program must apply and be admitted to both programs by submitting the application forms for each program and indicating that he or she is applying to the dual program. The dual degree program is not open to persons who have earned M.B.A. or M.S.E. (Construction Engineering and Management) degrees. However, students registered in either program may apply.
The typical student is expected to hold a B.S. in engineering and to have an interest in a business and engineering career that includes construction engineering and management. Students must complete the course requirements in both programs. Students must also complete independent study course, CEE 630, to integrate general management and construction engineering skills. Students must take CEE 431, Construction Contracting, if they have not previously taken it or its equivalent.
A student can begin the dual program with studies in either program. However, because of the sequenced nature of the core courses in the M.B.A. program, most students will find it advantageous to concentrate on M.B.A. core courses in their first year of study and combine construction engineering courses with business electives during their second year. Further information on the dual degree program is available from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Business Administration.
The College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offer a combined master's degree program that permits qualified students to pursue concurrent studies in architecture and construction engineering and management. To be eligible for admission, a student must have a B.S. degree in Architecture with at least a year of calculus and a year of physics. A description of the combined degree program can be found in the Bulletin of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
For Important Dual/Joint Degree Credit Information click here.