Master of Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (ME)

​​​​General Information 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers two graduate programs leading to the ME degree: 

  • Thesis Program 
  • Non-Thesis Program 

The Thesis Program prepares students through course work and provides them with significant research experience in their selected area of concentration. All graduate students must satisfy either the thesis or the non-thesis program requirements. The program will be indicated on the student’s transcript. 

Admission Requirements 

To be eligible for admission to the graduate program a student must hold a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field. Students with a bachelor degree in majors other than Civil Engineering must fulfill the prerequisite course requirements as set by the department. Students must also satisfy the requirements of the University and the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture for admission to graduate study, as specified in the relevant sections of this catalogue. 

Bachelor of Engineering holders from a 5-year equivalent engineering program may obtain a waiver for 9 credits of relevant graduate level courses from their BE degree as long as they maintain a minimum grade of 80 or its equivalent in each of these courses. 

Bachelor of Science holders must complete an additional 18 credits of engineering courses prior to enrollment in the Masters program and must achieve an average of at least 80 percent in these courses. No credit toward the graduate degree is given for these courses. 

A minimum of one calendar year of residence is required for graduation. The student must also satisfy all relevant FEA and AUB requirements.

Thesis Program Requirements 

In order to fulfill the graduation requirements in the CE Thesis Program, a student must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate courses and a thesis based on independent research, equivalent to at least six credit hours. The required course work is distributed as follows: 

  • A minimum of two core graduate courses (6 credit hours) in the area of specialty 
  • A minimum of two graduate elective courses (6 credit hours) in the area of specialty 
  • A minimum of two graduate courses (6 credit hours) in the minor area 
  • A maximum of one graduate elective course (3 credit hours) in a related field in engineering or science (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Economics)
  • Experimental Design and Statistical Methods course (3 credit hours) (CIVE 602) 
  • Seminar course (CIVE 600B) 

The courses that fall in the elective category must be pre-approved by the department. Up to two senior level civil engineering courses (CIVE 600 series), taken at the undergraduate level, can be counted towards the Master degree. 

Non-Thesis Program Requirements 

In order to fulfill the graduation requirements in the Non-Thesis Program, a student must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate courses. The required course work is distributed as follows: 

  • A minimum of three core graduate courses (9 credit hours) in the area of specialty 
  • A minimum of three graduate elective courses (9 credit hours) in the area of specialty 
  • A minimum of three graduate courses (9 credit hours) in the minor area 
  • A maximum of two graduate elective courses (6 credit hours) in a related field in engineering or science (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Economics) 
  • Seminar course (CIVE 600B) 

The courses that fall in the elective category must be pre-approved by the department. Up to three senior level civil engineering courses (CIVE 600 series), taken at the undergraduate level, can be counted towards the Master degree. 

Specialization: Environmental Engineering 

Minor: Water Resources Engineering 

  • Core Courses: CIVE 550, CIVE 551, CIVE 552, CIVE 553, CIVE 555 
  • Elective Courses: CIVE 645, CIVE 650, CIVE 651, CIVE 652, CIVE 653, CIVE 654, CIVE 655, CIVE 656, CIVE 657, CIVE 751, CIVE 752, CIVE 755, CIVE 756 

Specialization: Water Resources Engineering 

Minor: Environmental Engineering 

  • Core Courses: CIVE 541, CIVE 542, CIVE 640, CIVE 641, CIVE 642 
  • Elective Courses: CIVE 644, CIVE 645, CIVE 647, CIVE 648, CIVE 649, CIVE 656, CIVE 740, CIVE 756