Civil Engineering (MS)

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (GS)
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Academic Plan Code(s): CE_ _MS, CE_ _MS_O

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Master of  Science (MS) degree program is intended for persons having an accredited baccalaureate degree in civil engineering, but is available to those with other backgrounds. Applicants with other backgrounds should plan on taking some undergraduate background coursework. Students interested in the MS degree program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award master's degrees.

Degree Requirements

The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.

The requirements for the Master of Science degree are discussed in more detail in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Admission Standards

The admission standards for the Master of Science program in Civil Engineering are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the program shall include:
    1. A completed application for the Graduate School,
    2. An application fee,
    3. Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
    4. At least two letters of recommendation, and
    5. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework.  All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  3. The successful applicant will typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. The successful applicant will typically have a GRE combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning score of 295 or above.
  5. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either TOEFL/IELTS score or demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution.  The successful applicant will typically have a total TOEFL score of 80 or higher or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Program Requirements

Graduate Work

Remedial work may be specified for those applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have a sufficient background. The minimum curricular requirements for the master's degree program are:

CEE Electives 118
Non-CEE Electives 1,26
Select one of the following: 6
Thesis Option
Master of Science Thesis in Civil Engineering 3
Non-Thesis Option
Technical Electives 1,2
Minimum Total Hours30

 The Master of Science degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements.  Additionally, the MS degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.