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GRADUATE Studies

Dr. Andrew A. Randall, P.E.

Graduate Director

Tel: (407) 823-2841
Engr II 301-K
E-mail: Andrew.Randall@ucf.edu

Margarida Trim

Administrative and
Graduate Program Assistant

Phone: 407 823-1299
E-mail: Margarida.Trim@ucf.edu

The Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department offers Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.The department also offers Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Environmental Engineering (M.S.Env.E.). In addition, more specialized Master of Science (M.S.) degrees are offered in Structures and Foundations, Transportation Systems Engineering, Environmental Engineering Sciences, and Water Resources Engineering.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Please select the template that matches your admit term.  Curriculum is tied to your initial or readmitted term. For example, if you were admitted Summer 2009 you would complete the 2009-2010 template.  Catalog terms begin in the summer and conclude in the Spring.  If you cannot determine your correct template please contact Margarida Trim.

Template for 2017 – 2018 Admission Term
Template for 2016 – 2017 Admission Term
Template for 2015 – 2016 Admission Term
Template for 2014 – 2015 Admission Term
Template for 2013 – 2014 Admission Term
Template for 2012 – 2013 Admission Term
Template for 2011 – 2012 Admission Term
Template for 2010- 2011 Admission Term
Template for 2009 – 2010 Admission Term

PH.D. PROGRAMS

The Ph.D. offers an intensive, individually tailored research program suitable for the preparation of students for an academic or similar research-oriented career. The Ph.D. degree programs require that students have already completed a master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering or a closely related discipline before they can be accepted into one of the Ph.D. programs.

Qualified students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree are encouraged to contact a faculty member whose research expertise matches the students area of interest.

PH.D. PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS

The Ph.D. degree is a research-oriented degree that requires some coursework combined with intensive research. The program is flexible in content, depending on the student and the advisor. However, certain University, College, and Department rules must be met. Other requirements are listed below. A program of study must be developed by the student and advisor and the dissertation committee, and must meet with departmental approval. It is usually developed near the beginning of the Ph.D. program, at which time transfer credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. It can be amended as the research progresses.

  • Minimum hours required for Ph.D. – 72 past the bachelor’s degree
  • Hours transferred in from Master’s – 30 (maximum) containing a maximum of 6 thesis hours in either case
  • Hours that must be taken in formal courses at UCF – 15 credit hours minimum
  • Dissertation (XXX 7980) – 18 credit hours
  • Doctoral Research hours (XXX 7919) – 9 maximum (more than 9 research hours can be taken, but up to 9 hours only can be counted towards the program of study).
  • Independent Study (XXX 6908) – 6 maximum (more than 6 independent study hours can be taken, but up to 6 hours can be counted toward a program of study).
  • Not more than a total of 12 hours of Doctoral research plus Independent study.
  • Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in Ph.D. program of study.
  • The student must pass a Qualifying Examination in one of the departmental disciplines. This examination must be taken within the first year of study beyond the master’s degree.
  • The student must pass a Candidacy Examination prepared by the student’s committee. The Candidacy Examination is normally taken near the end of the course work and consists of a written portion (which may be the written research proposal and/or additional written questions), and an oral presentation of the research proposal. A copy of the written examination will be kept as part of the student’s official record. The student cannot register for dissertation hours until the Candidacy Exam has been passed.
  • The student must pass a Dissertation Defense Examination, which is the oral defense of the written dissertation.
  • International students have to meet Graduate Studies and ISS rules to remain in legal standing as a full-time student throughout their tenure at UCF.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION COMMITTEE

  • The dissertation committee will consist of a minimum of four members. All committee members should hold a doctoral degree and be in fields related to the research. At least three members must be department faculty (one to serve as chair). Off-campus experts, joint faculty members, adjunct faculty, and other university faculty members may serve as the third and fourth person in the committee. There must be at least one member of the committee from outside the department.
  • In unusual cases, with approval from the department Chair, two professors may chair the committee jointly. Joint faculty members may serve as committee chairs, but off-campus experts and adjunct faculty may not serve as committee chairs.
  • All members vote on acceptance or rejection of the dissertation proposal and the final dissertation, and approval requires a majority of the advisory committee.

APPROXIMATE TIMETABLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AT UCF

The following listing is intended as a guide and reminder to students and faculty as to the approximate timing of events for graduate students. It is intentionally somewhat vague to account for different starting semesters, different research project needs, and different levels of student capabilities. PhD students should, prior to entering UCF, coordinate with advisor and discuss plan for courses in the first semester.

  • Semester 1: Meet with advisor. Enter and begin classes.
  • Semester 2: Schedule Qualifying Exam to be taken before, during or immediately after the second semester. Continue to take classes. Begin research planning.
  • Semester 3: After passing Qualifier, work with Advisor to form a committee. Prepare a Program of Study, and file it with the Graduate Coordinator. Prepare a formal plan for research, and a research proposal.
  • Semester 4: Finish classes and/or take research hours. Take the Candidacy Exam as prepared by Committee.
  • Semesters 5 – ??: Conduct Research. Register for Dissertation hours, and work on Dissertation.
    Last Semester: File intent to graduate. Defend dissertation.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Each student must have an approved Program of Study (POS). The POS is developed by the student and his/her advisor, and lists the specific courses to be taken as part of the degree requirements. The POS for PhD students is flexible and unique to each PhD student. However, it must meet university, college, and department rules for minimum number of hours, etc. (see Program Requirements, above). The doctoral POS must be completed, submitted, and approved before the student will be allowed to register for dissertation hours.

MASTER’S PROGRAMS

 

The Master’s degrees offer students a chance to advance their knowledge above that of the undergraduate level, and a chance to begin to specialize in one of the sub-disciplines of Civil or Environmental Engineering. All Master’s degrees may require that students take one or more undergraduate courses as articulation (pre-requisite) if they are coming from a different undergraduate engineering or a related science field in order to become fully prepared for graduate work in Civil or Environmental Engineering.

Thesis Option

The Master’s degree programs can either be research-oriented (thesis option) or non-research-oriented (non-thesis option). The Thesis option is the only option for students who are receiving a fellowship or assistantship (GTA or GRA) from the department. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for all full-time students, even those who think that they can pay for their own education. A minimum of twenty four (24) semester hours of approved course work along with a minimum of six (6) hours of thesis credits is required.

  • A minimum of twenty four (24) semester hours of approved course work along with a minimum of six (6) hours of thesis credits is required.
  • No more than six hours of thesis credits will be applied toward degree requirements.
  • At least 15 credit hours must be at the 6000-level (includes thesis hours).
  • A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the program from UCF non-degree-seeking status or regionally accredited institutions. Only grades of “B-” or better can be transferred.
  • A minimum “B” (3.0) average must be maintained in the program of study and no more than two C+, C, and C- grades are allowed. No D+ or lower grades are acceptable.
  • A written thesis and final oral defense are required.
  • Once six hours of thesis credits have been completed and all course work has been satisfied, the student is required to have continual enrollment in one hour of thesis until the final thesis has been received by the Division of Graduate Studies (but also see next rule).
  • International students have to meet all Graduate Studies and ISS rules to remain in legal standing as a full-time student throughout their tenure at UCF.

Master’s Thesis Committee

  • The thesis committee will consist of a minimum of three members. All committee members should hold a doctoral degree and be in fields related to the thesis topic. At least two members must be department faculty (one to serve as chair). Off-campus experts, joint faculty members, adjunct faculty, and other university faculty members may serve as the third person in the committee.
  • In unusual cases, with approval from the department Chair, two professors may chair the committee jointly. Joint faculty members may serve as committee chairs, but off-campus experts and adjunct faculty may not serve as committee chairs.
  • All members vote on acceptance or rejection of the thesis proposal and the final thesis. The final thesis must be approved by a majority of the advisory committee

Non-Thesis Option

  • With a requirement of 30 semester hours of coursework, the non-thesis option is intended primarily for part-time students.
  • The program requirements are the same as for the thesis option except that the thesis requirement is replaced by 6 credit hours of course work.
  • An advisor is required, and he/she will review and sign the program of study.
  • For nonthesis MS students, the culminating experience is submission of a portfolio that satisfies program requirements:

Contents:

I. Resume: Students updated resume including education, skills, projects completed, work experience if any, publications if any
II. Summary: 1-page summary in own words of how the degree and the projects contributed to your skills and knowledge, and to your overall understanding of the field.
III. Project Summaries: Choose 2 course projects and include 1-page summary for each project. The summaries will consist of four particular sections and the following information must be provided:

  • Project Description and Problem Identification
  • Data Collection, Results, Interpretations
  • Conclusions
  • Engineering Knowledge Gained and Application Areas

Format:

      • 12 pts New Times Roman, single line spacing, 1 inch margins.
      • The portfolio needs to be 1 PDF file.

Portfolio Assessment by the Advisor

Advisor’s Evaluation:
Acceptable
Not acceptable

If Advisor’s Evaluation is not acceptable, please state what you expect in the next submission?

Portfolio Submission Workflow:

    1. The student will submit the portfolio to the Graduate Program Assistant (GPA), Ms. Trim, within the last two terms of their study. The deadline to submit the portfolio for their last semester will be set early enough to allow for processing.
      • GPA will confirm if the student is eligible for portfolio submission. If the student is not eligible, GPA will inform the student.
    2. If the student is eligible, GPA will confirm that the portfolio is submitted as one file. If not, GPA will email the student and ask the student for re-submit.
    3. GPA will forward the file to the student’s advisor together with the portfolio guidelines and assessment document. The advisor will be given 2 weeks to do the assessment.
    4. The advisor will e-mail their assessment to GPA.
      • If the evaluation is not acceptable, the student will have to re-submit. 2 submissions per semester are allowed. If both of these submissions are not acceptable, the student will have to wait for the next semester to re-submit. Maximum of 4 submissions will be allowed.
      • If the evaluation is acceptable by the advisor:
        1. GPA will prepare a letter to inform the student that their portfolio submission is accepted.

The purpose of the MSS&G portfolio evaluation is to test core knowledge in structures and geotechnical engineering that the student studied within the MS program. The portfolio will consist of taking a closed-book problem solving session. This process will be administered by the S&G Program Coordinator. The student must be present in person at the pre-announced session by the Coordinator. Remote participation will not be allowed. The student must complete the portfolio within three (3) hours, and one-page written note will be allowed to aid his/her memory related to the subjects.

The portfolio will cover 4 major topics from the MSS&G program out of the following areas:
Structural Engineering: Matrix Analysis, Design, Mechanics, and Dynamics
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering, Foundations, and Pavement Design

The student must select four (4) topics, with a minimum of one (1) from each of the Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering areas. Problems will be distributed among the appropriate faculty, depending on area of specialization.

The purpose of the portfolio evaluation is to test core knowledge of the student. The portfolio will consist of an open book problem solving covering 6 of the major topics that the student studied within the MS program.

The topics will be chosen from the following 8 topics: Air Pollution, Biological Process Engineering, Chemical Process Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Solid and Hazardous Wastes, and Industrial Ecology. The portfolio will be designed to include the areas covered by the students MS course work.

The student will have one week to complete this submission and it will be evaluated to determine if the students’ performance is adequate. If not the student may attempt a second time the next academic year semester (this process is not offered in summer).

This process will be administered by the Environmental Program Coordinator, and problems to grade will be distributed among the appropriate faculty depending on area of specialization.

MSCE  –  THESIS OPTION OR NON-THESIS OPTION (30 HOURS – 24 CREDIT HOURS OF COURSES AND 6 CREDIT HOURS OF THESIS OR 6 CREDIT HOURS OF ADDITIONAL COURSES)

The M.S.C.E. degree is designed for students who want a broad educational program, with some coursework from various areas of specialization. As with all our Master’s degrees, there are two options for a degree program: the thesis option and the non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of acceptable coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis, and the non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of acceptable coursework with a final portfolio submission. (The non-thesis option is recommended for students who are part-time only).
For more details. See: Graduate Catalog – Civil Engineering MSCE

MSENVE   –  THESIS (30 HOURS) OR NON-THESIS (30 HOURS)

The M.S.Env.E. degree was created for students who have an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering or any other closely related engineering degree. Some articulation (pre-requisite) work may be required for those students coming from other disciplines of engineering. The M.S. degree in the Environmental Engineering Sciences track (see below) is for students with science, math, or similar undergraduate degrees, and usually requires that students take a number of undergraduate engineering courses as articulation to become fully prepared for graduate work in environmental engineering. All applicants to the program are expected to be knowledgeable in topics including chemistry, process design, water resources, and air pollution.

  • Required Courses: Take 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the following:
    • Any CWR course at the 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours).
    • ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
    • ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
    • Choose 1 from:
      ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration (3 credit hours),
      ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit hours),
      ENV 5410 Water Treatment (3 credit hours), or
      EES 5318 Industrial Ecology (3 credit hours)
    • Choose 1 from:
      ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours) or
      ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls (3 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses: Take 3 more courses (9 hours) of approved electives plus do a thesis (6 hours) OR Take 5 more courses (15 hours) of approved electives plus portfolio submission.

MSES (M.S. – ENV. ENGINEERING SCIENCES TRACK) THESIS (30 HOURS) OR NON-THESIS (30 HOURS)

Both the MSEnvE and the MSES degrees are very similar in course content at the graduate level. Both degrees are available with the thesis option (24 credit hours of acceptable coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis), or the non-thesis option (30 credit hours of acceptable coursework with portfolio submission). The thesis option is recommended for full-time students, while the non-thesis option is for part-time students.

  • Required Courses: Take 4 courses (12 credit hours), one course from each of the following groups:
    • Water Resources Engineering: Any CWR course at the 5000 or 6000 level
    • Chemical/Biological/Industrial Process Treatment: Choose one from:
      ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours),
      ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours), or
      ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)
    • Air Quality: Choose one from:
      ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours),
      ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls (3 credit hours), or
      ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration (3 credit hours)
    • Environmental/Water Quality: Choose one from:
      ENV 6519 Aquatic Chemical Processes (3 credit hours),
      ENV 6616 Ecological Engineering: Receiving Water Impacts (3 credit hours)
      ENV 5410 Water Treatment (3 credit hours), or
      EES 5318 Industrial Ecology (3 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses:
    Thesis Option: Take 4 more courses (12 hours) of approved electives plus do a thesis (6 hours);
    Non-thesis option: Take 6 more courses (18 hours) of approved electives plus portfolio submission.

M.S. – STRUCTURES AND GEOTECHNICAL TRACK  –  THESIS (30 HOURS) OR NON-THESIS (30 HOURS)

The M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering are organized into Tracks: Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (MSSG), Transportation Systems Engineering (MSTS), and Water Resources Engineering (MSWR). These Tracks are designed for students who want a more specialized Civil Engineering Master’s degree. Either the thesis option (24 credit hours of acceptable coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis), or the non-thesis option (30 credit hours of acceptable coursework with portfolio submission) may be followed.

  • MSSG Required Courses: Take 4 courses (12 hours), 2 each from each of the following two sub-Groups:
    • Sub-Group A:
      • Geotechnical Engineering CEG 5015 Geotechnical Engineering II (3 credit hours)
      • CEG 5700 Geo-Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • CEG 6065 Soil Dynamics (3 credit hours)
      • CEG 6115 Foundation Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • CEG 6317 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6170 Boundary Element Methods in Civil Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
    • Sub-Group B: Structural Engineering
      • CES 5144 Matrix Methods (3 credit hours)
      • CES 5325 Bridge Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • CES 5606 Advanced Steel Structures (3 credit hours)
      • CES 5706 Advanced Reinforced Concrete (3 credit hours)
      • CES 5821 Masonry and Timber Design (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6010 Structural Reliability (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6116 Finite Element Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6209 Dynamics of Structures (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6220 Wind and Earthquake Engineering (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6230 Advanced Structural Mechanics (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6527 Nonlinear Structural Analysis (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6715 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6840 Composite Steel Concrete Structures (3 credit hours)
      • CES 6910 Research in Structural Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses
    • For Thesis Option: Take 4 more courses (12 hours) of approved electives (primarily from the above listing), plus do a thesis (6 hours)
    • For Non-Thesis Option: Take 6 more courses (18 hours) of approved electives (primarily from the above listing), plus a portfolio.

M.S. – TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING TRACK  –  THESIS (30 HOURS) OR NON-THESIS (30 HOURS)

The M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering are organized into Tracks: Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (MSSG), Transportation Systems Engineering (MSTS), and Water Resources Engineering (MSWR). These Tracks are designed for students who want a more specialized Civil Engineering Master’s degree. Either the thesis option (24 credit hours of acceptable coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis), or the non-thesis option (30 credit hours of acceptable coursework with portfolio submission) may be followed.

  • MSTS Required Courses (15 Credit Hours; choose 5 of the following):
    • TTE 5204 Traffic Engineering (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 6205 Highway Capacity and Traffic Flow Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 5835 Pavement Design (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 6256 Traffic Operations (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 6270 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 6315 Traffic Safety Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • TTE 6526 Planning and Design of Airports (3 credit hours)
    • CGN 6655 Regional Planning, Design and Development (3 credit hours)
    • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics or STA 5156 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (3 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses
    • For Thesis Option: Take 3  more courses (9  hours) of approved electives (consult your advisor), plus do a thesis (6 hours)
    • For Non-Thesis Option: Take 6 more courses (18 hours) of approved electives (consult your advisor), plus submit a final portfolio.

M.S. – WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING TRACK  –  THESIS (30 HOURS) OR NON-THESIS (30 HOURS)

The M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering are organized into Tracks: Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (MSSG), Transportation Systems Engineering (MSTS), and Water Resources Engineering (MSWR). These Tracks are designed for students who want a more specialized Civil Engineering Master’s degree. Either the thesis option (24 credit hours of acceptable coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis), or the non-thesis option (36 credit hours of acceptable coursework with portfolio submission) may be followed.

  • MSWR Required Courses (choose 5 of the following CWR courses – 15 credit hours):
    • CWR 5125 Groundwater Hydrology (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 5205 Hydraulic Engineering (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 5545 Water Resources Engineering (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 5634 Water Resources in a Changing Environment (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6102 Advanced Hydrology (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6126 Groundwater Modeling (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6235 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6236 River Engineering and Sediment Transport (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6535 Modeling Water Resources Systems (3 credit hours)
    • CWR 6539 Finite Elements in Surface Water Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • Elective Courses
    • For Thesis Option: Take 3 more courses (9 hours) of approved electives plus do a thesis (6 hours)
    • For Non-Thesis Option: Take 5 more courses (15 hours) of approved electives plus a portfolio.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Each student must have an approved Program of Study (POS). The POS is developed by the student and his/her advisor, and lists the specific courses to be taken as part of the degree requirements. For all Master’s students, the POS must be signed and submitted during the second semester that the student is at UCF, or no later than upon completion of 3 graduate courses. The POS can be revised later to reflect necessary changes in the courses, but must be on file and approved by the Graduate Coordinator. For each Master’s program, certain courses are required and others are elective. Any substitutions, for required courses must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by UCF Graduate studies via a written petition.

APPROXIMATE TIMETABLE FOR MASTER’S STUDENTS AT UCF

The following listing is intended as a guide and reminder to students and faculty as to the approximate timing of events for graduate students. It is intentionally somewhat vague to account for different starting semesters, different research project needs, and different levels of student capabilities.

Master’s Students (Thesis):

  • Semester 1: Enter UCF, and begin taking courses. Take articulation courses (if needed) first. If you are not already on a research project at the time of entry, begin searching for a research project and research advisor.
  • Semester 2: Find a research advisor and start research, complete articulation courses (as needed), continue taking grad courses, file Program of Study.
  • Semester 3: Begin working in earnest on research; start literature review; perhaps finish coursework. Work with advisor to form a committee.
  • Semester 4: Finish coursework; begin wrapping up research; start writing thesis.
  • Last Semester: File intent to graduate. Finish writing thesis, get approvals from committee, and defend. Follow all Grad Studies rules and meet all deadlines.

Note: Students are ultimately responsible for their own progress or lack of progress, including compliance with all rules and regulations of the University.

Master’s Students (non-Thesis):

  • Semester 1: Enter UCF, begin taking courses on a part-time basis.
  • Semesters 2 and 3: Design a Program of Study. Contact your advisor or the Graduate Coordinator. Continue taking courses.
  • Semesters 4 – ??: Take courses, maintaining acceptable grades.
  • In semester before last, start preparing your portfolio. NOTE there is a UCF rule (7-year statute of limitations on courses), so try to finish all your courses in 4 or 5 years.
  • Last Semester: File intent to graduate, submit your portfolio. Follow all Grad Studies rules and meet all deadlines.

Note: Students are ultimately responsible for their own progression, including compliance with all rules and regulations of the University.