Overview

The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAE) offers a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with three areas of specialty:

  • Structural Engineering and Structural Materials
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water-Resources Engineering
     

The educational objectives of the Master of Science program in Civil Engineering are to produce graduates whom:

  1. Have advanced technical knowledge in at least one specialty area of civil engineering
  2. Have advanced capability to apply knowledge to engineering problems.
     

In each of the specialty areas, several options are available:

  • Thesis option
  • Non-Thesis option
  • 5-Year B.S./M.S. option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the CAE Department
  • 5-Year B.S./Dual M.S. option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the CAE Department; students earn a B.S. and two M.S. degrees (one at the University of Miami and one at the University of Bologna, Italy) by spending their 5th year studying abroad.
     

For all options, a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits are required with an average of "B" or better and no grade below "C". A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework (not counted towards the B.S. degree, and with grades of "B" or above) may be taken at another institution (with pre-approval) to satisfy the requirements of the M.S. degree. The M.S. degree can be typically completed within one calendar year.

The Program of Study is the student's specific set of coursework that defines the course requirements for graduation and must be approved by an advisory committee (known as the Supervisory Committee).

Admission Requirements

  1. A B.S. degree from an accredited program.
  2. Typically, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Most international students must provide a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher to demonstrate English proficiency.

Curriculum Requirements

Thesis Option

A minimum of 30 graduate-level credits are required with an average of "B" or better and no grade below "C".

The table presents an overview of the course selection requirements.  The classification of courses into their respective Groups can be found in the CAE Courses section.

Requirement
6 credits from Group A6
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
3 credits from any of the following Groups: A and/or B3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
9 credits from any of the following Groups: A, B, C, and/or D9
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
6 credits from any of the following Groups: A, B, and/or D6
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
6 credits from Group F6
Master's Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

A minimum of 30 graduate-level credits are required with an average of "B" or better and no grade below "C".

The table presents an overview of the course selection requirements.  The classification of courses into their respective Groups can be found in the CAE Courses section.

Requirement
6 credits from Group A6
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
3 credits from Group G3
Master's Project
9 credits from any of the following Groups: A and/or B9
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
9 credits from any of the following Groups: A, B, C, and/or D6
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
6 credits from any of the following Groups: A, B, D, and/or E6
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
Group E: CAE Independent Study (Special Problems)
Total Credit Hours30

Additional Details 

  • The classification of courses into their respective Groups can be found in CAE Courses section. 
  • There is also a 5-Year B.S./M.S. option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the CAE Department. For this combined degree program only, students are allowed to transfer up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework from a semester spent abroad. The coursework resulting in the 9-credit hour transfer is to be approved by the student's M.S. Supervisory Committee prior to initiating a study abroad program. With the exception of the dual M.S. program with UniBo, transferred credits cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of an external degree.
  • Admissions requirements for the M.S. degree are listed in this Bulletin under Engineering and under Master's Degree. 
  • A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework (not counted towards the B.S. degree, and with grades of "B" or above) may be taken at another institution (with pre-approval) to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. Degree.
  • Internships, Practical Training, workshops, or other types of practicum are neither required nor optional credit-earning components in the established graduate curriculum (Program of Study). Credit earned through these experiences (such as UMI 605) will not count towards any CAE degree requirements. 
  • The Supervisory Committee must have a minimum of 3 members, including:
  1. Committee Chair (Advisor) shall be full-time CAE faculty and a member of the Graduate Faculty
  2. Full-time or part-time CAE faculty
  3. Non-CAE member with an earned Ph.D.

In addition to the Committee Chair, at least one member must be tenured/tenure-earning or a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Sample Plan of Study

Thesis Option

The course requirements for the MS (thesis-based) program can be met as follows:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
3 credits from Group F 3
Master's Thesis  
3 credits from Group A 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A or B 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A, B, C, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
3 credits from Group A 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group F 3
Master's Thesis  
3 credits from Group A, B, C, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
3 credits from Group A, B, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
 Credit Hours12
Second Year
First Semester
3 credits from Group A, B, C or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
3 credits from Group A, B, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Non-Thesis Option

The course requirements for the MS (non-thesis) program can be met as follows:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
3 credits from Group G 3
Master's Project  
3 credits from Group A 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A or B 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A, B, C, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
3 credits from Group A 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A or B 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A, B, C, or D 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group C: 600- or 700-level CAE courses in Construction Management (CM)
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
3 credits from Group A, B, D, or E 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
Group E: CAE Independent Study (Special Problems)
 
 Credit Hours12
Second Year
First Semester
3 credits from Group A or B 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
3 credits from Group A, B, D, or E 3
Group A: 700-level lecture-based CAE Courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group B: 600-level lecture-based CAE courses in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering
 
Group D: Any pre-approved course in any UM Department at the 600- or 700-level (i.e. XXX 600-799)
 
Group E: CAE Independent Study (Special Problems)
 
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
 

Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering is to:

  1. Provide high-quality graduate education in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering that will prepare graduates for professional careers and a lifetime of learning;
  2. Provide opportunities to conduct high-quality research that will advance the body of knowledge and improve the quality of human life; and
  3. Serve the engineering profession and society through active involvement in professional organizations and contribution of professional expertise.

Students in the program will advance through rigorous coursework to prepare them for professional careers in industry and government. A small-department atmosphere enables faculty to provide students with personal and individualized instruction and career guidance.  Faculty in the department have a long history of maintaining close working ties with government agencies, industry, and health sciences.  These relationships enable the Department to provide M.S. graduates with a world-class education to strengthen their technical, professional, problem-solving, and leadership capabilities required for them to generate meaningful contributions to society.

Goals

The educational objectives of the M.S. program in Civil Engineering are to produce graduates whom:

  • Have advanced technical knowledge in at least one specialty area of civil engineering; and
  • Have advanced capability to apply knowledge to engineering problems.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the discipline (mathematics, science, and engineering), including methodology relevant to a specialty area.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an advanced ability to generate technical contributions and effectively communicate them to the scientific community.