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George Hubbell, vice president, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Civil engineering has a long and notable history. Civil engineers have been responsible for great feats such as the Hoover Dam, Panama Canal, and the Statue of Liberty. Civil engineers design, construct, and maintain the very framework on which society depends – roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and harbors. They are involved in homeland security, safety, land and infrastructure development, risk assessment, private and public environmental systems, structural design and assessment, and waste management systems.
SummaryAs the nation’s infrastructure ages and the demand for green technology increases, the role of the civil engineer remains crucial. From the roads and bridges that connect us to the buildings that shape our horizons, the future of civil engineering will require not only finding new and innovative solutions to age-old problems, but also a commitment to creating a more sustainable world.
Furthering your studies in civil engineering can be critical to your advancement and success in the field. Lawrence Technological University’s comprehensive master’s program in civil engineering is designed to provide you with a broad, high-quality, and contemporary educational experience. The program, which focuses on fundamental engineering theories while implementing new technologies, allows you to gain the skills needed to become a master at solving complex, real-life engineering problems.
Choose to pursue the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, which requires 30 credit hours for a thesis or project option or 33 credit hours for coursework only, and you will be exposed to Lawrence Tech’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning, offering you both technical and practical expertise. This degree provides you with a thorough understanding of the design process, while preparing you to approach complex problem solving from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Why LTU?Designed for busy students and practicing professionals, Lawrence Tech's graduate program in civil engineering is offered in the evenings, and you can complete the degree in as few as three semesters. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge applied research projects that offer you exceptional hands-on experience. You also will have access to advanced industry software packages as well as Lawrence Tech’s state-of-the-art structural testing facilities.
You will learn from dedicated faculty, all of whom have professional experience. Many are involved in developing engineering design codes and experimental testing standards, as well as publishing in professional journals and attracting research grants from private foundations and public entities, such as the National Science Foundation and numerous state transportation departments.
As a graduate student in the civil engineering program, you can choose to specialize in a specific technical area or distribute your course work among five concentrations: structural, geotechnical, hydraulics/water resources, environmental, and transportation/highway engineering. However, you must complete a minimum of four courses in one of these concentrations.
Your program requires 30 to 33 credit hours, depending on the option chosen, and consists of:
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|Course Work Option:|
|Total Credit Hours||33|
|Additional MSCE Requirements:|
Most courses that are applied directly to the MSCE program are considered technical electives and are listed below along with the concentration (Environmental, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, and Transportation). Additional courses under “General Courses” are considered technical electives as well with the exception of ECE 6053, ECE 6073, and ECE 6083. In addition to the number of credits listed above for a specific option, students must select a breadth of technical electives to obtain the following:
ECE5323 Environmental Cleanup
ECE5333 Air Pollution Control
ECE5343 Advanced Environmental Engineering
ECE5353 Environmental Management
ECE5363 Surface Water Quality Management
ECE5393 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering
ECE6313 Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment
ECE5413 Shallow and Deep Foundation Design
ECE5423 Geoenvironmental Engineering
ECE5433 Ground Improvement Methods
ECE5443 Designing with Geosynthetics
ECE5473 Earth Retaining Structures
ECE5493 Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
ECE6413 Engineering Properties of Soils
ECE6423 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
ECE5703 Design of Timber Structures
ECE5713 Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete
ECE5723 Advanced Analysis and Design of Structures
ECE5753 Advanced Concrete Design
ECE5763 Advanced Composite Materials and Their Uses in Structures
ECE5773 Advanced Steel Design
ECE5783 Bridge Design I
ECE5793 Special Topics in Structural Engineering
ECE6723 Structural Design and Analysis for Fire Safety
ECE6733 Finite Element Analysis for Structural Engineering
ECE6743 Structural Dynamics
ECE5813 Pavement Analysis and Performance
ECE5823 Pavement Management Systems
ECE5833 Traffic Engineering
ECE5843 Highway Safety Engineering
|Water Resources Engineering:|
ECE5523 River Engineering
ECE5533 Coastal Engineering
ECE5543 Design of Stormwater Management Systems
ECE5553 Ports and Harbors Engineering
ECE5593 Special Topics in Hydraulic Engineering
ECE5103 Applied Geographic Information Systems
ECE5113 Sustainable Construction Practices
ECE5911-3 Graduate Directed Study
ECE5923 Special Topics in Civil Engineering
ECE6053 Graduate Project
ECE6073 Thesis I
ECE6083 Thesis II
ECE6113 Concrete Engineering
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Admission to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:
1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
2. A bachelor of science in civil engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET-accredited under-graduate program. Non-engineering graduates may be admitted to the program but may be required to take additional courses as specified by the program director;
3. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from employers and professors;5. Official transcripts of all college work;
6. A professional resume.
If you do not meet all the conditions for regular admission you may be considered for provisional admission upon review by the Engineering Graduate Admission Committee.