Graduate Civil Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering has both MS and PhD degree offerings.

With over four distinct and competitive areas of study, students choose a research area to focus on and that area's renown faculty to work with in their studies. 


Environmental Engineers work to improve public health and quality of life, while protecting and restoring environmental systems. These engineers focus on drinking water treatment, wastewater reclamation, air pollution control, solid waste management and environmental remediation.

Research active professors in this area:

MS Non-Thesis:
This is a coursework only based degree. Students in a MS non-thesis degree program must complete 30 hours of graduate credit coursework. In the final semester of study the student is responsible for the completion of an essay-based comprehensive exam.
Traditional PhD:
Applicants will have completed a MS prior.
MS Thesis:
This degree is a research based master degree. Students in this degree program must complete 24 credit hours of coursework, and six hours of research. In the student's final semester there is a formal thesis defense, with supervising faculty members. This defense is an open forum.
Direct Admit PhD:
Applicants are highly qualified students who have completed a BS. The direct admit PhD degree emphasizes scholarly research activities, can reduce course requirements, and expedite progress towards degree completion.


Our Graduate Students Make a Difference

Now a Ph.D. student, Beatriz Fieldkircher sought an internship in the asphalt materials lab at the University of Utah in 2022. Initially driven by the desire to design enduring pavements, Beatriz’s research began to hone in on asphalt’s behavior under varying temperature conditions.

Her research  was recently awarded The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association’s $1,500 One-Time Annual Scholarship—a distinct and prestigious recognition in the state’s engineering and transportation industry.

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