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Civil Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Objective and Description

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering.

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Research Areas

Typical program and research areas are:

  • Environmental (water and air quality control, and solid and hazardous materials control);
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical (soil mechanics and foundations);
  • Infrastructure Systems;
  • Structures and Applied Mechanics;
  • Transportation (traffic planning, highways, airports and transit);
  • Water Resources (hydrology and hydraulics);

Admissions Requirements

Requirements and Courses

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The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Students are admitted to work with a particular faculty member and should contact faculty members in their area of interest prior to applying. Normally, a minimum of one year of advanced coursework beyond the master's degree is required.

The Ph.D. program of work must consist of at least 5 courses beyond the core courses for the Master's program. See the University Catalog for course information.

The student's major professor/Ph.D. committee should comprise the following:

  • A minimum of two other CE faculty members.
  • A minimum of one member outside of CE, in the student's minor area.
  • A minimum of 4 members.


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Dr. Ali Abolmaali

Dr. Ali Abolmaali

Graduate Advisor
Department of Civil Engineering