Master of Science in Civil Engineering

All Civil Engineering MS Students will follow one of three plans. Students completing a Civil Engineering MS must select one the following concentrations:

Construction Engineering and Management;

Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering; or

Structural and Materials Engineering.

Students who receive a Master's in Civil Engineering in one focus area cannot apply for and receive a second Master's in Civil Engineering in a different focus area.

Programs are planned by the students in consultation with their advisors. At least half of the coursework must be at or above the 600 level. Students who have taken the lower level of a double-numbered course (e.g., a course offered at the 400 and 600 levels) may not take the higher level of the same course for credit.

M.S. candidates may transfer a maximum of six credits from other institutions and are expected to complete their entire program within five calendar years of admission.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.  Students anticipating further graduate study at the doctoral level should pursue the thesis option.

We encourage you to become familiar with the research areas in the Department, to reach out to our faculty for support, and to become actively engaged in the Department community. One way we encourage our students to become involved is by attending the seminar series we hold throughout the academic year. This is an opportunity to learn about advances in the academic community and to network with faculty and students from across campus.

Academic Integrity

Syracuse University aspires to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all endeavors. The Academic Integrity Policy is designed to make integrity and honesty central to the Syracuse University experience by:

Education is a central goal of the policy, including affording students an opportunity to discuss and learn from academic integrity violations.

Students must fully inform themselves of their responsibilities in the conduct of their academic work and should familiarize themselves with Syracuse University’s policy on Academic Integrity.

Requirements with Thesis (30 credits)

  1. Completion of 9 credits of core courses in any one of the following areas: construction engineering and management, geotechnical engineering, or structural engineering.
  2. Completion of 15 credits of coursework satisfying the distributional requirements for each concentration.
  3. Completion of 6 credits of CEE 997 – Master’s Thesis
  4. Defense of thesis
  5. Participation in the zero credit faculty/student seminar program (CEE 660)

Requirements without Thesis (30 credits)

  1. Completion of 9 credits of core courses in any one of the following areas: construction engineering and management, geotechnical engineering, or structural engineering.
  2. Completion of 21 credits of coursework satisfying the distributional requirements for each concentration.
  3. Completion of CEE 995 - Master’s Exit Paper (zero credits)
  4. Participation in the zero credit faculty/student seminar program (CEE 660)

Construction Engineering and Management – Program of Study

Construction Engineering and Management – 30 Total Credit Hours

Group 1 – Core Courses

All courses in Group 1 are required for a total of 9 Credit Hours. Courses include:

  1. CEE 601 Construction Engineering and Project Management;
  2. CEE 639/ECS 636 Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Management;
  3. CEE 605 Construction Estimating and Scheduling.

Group 2 – Advanced Fundamentals

At least one course from Group 2 (3 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

CEE 600

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

CEE 637

Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering I

CEE 678

Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure

CEE 663

Introduction to Sustainable Engineering

MAE 548

Engineering Economics and Technology Valuation

MFE 634

Productivity and Quality Control


Group 3 – Design

At least one course from Group 3 (3 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

CEE 535

Structural Steel Design

CEE 536

Pre-Stressed Concrete Design

CEE 549

Designing with Geofoam

CEE 638

Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering II

CEE 641

Seepage and Earth Dam Design

CEE 643

Transportation Engineering

CEE 739

Soil Stabilization



Group 4 - Management and Advanced Tools

At least one course from Group 4 (3 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

ECS 526

Statistics for Engineers

ECS 650

Managing Sustainability

GEO 683

Geographic Information Systems

MBC 616

Operations Management (1.5 credits). Must be taken with MBC 617

MBC 617

Supply Chain Management (1.5 credits). Must be taken with MBC 616

PAI 712

Public Organizations and Management

PAI 731

Financial Management in State and Local Governments. Cannot be taken with PAI 734.

PAI 734

Public Budgeting. Cannot be taken with PAI 731.

PAI 895

Mid-Career Training Group

SCM 656

Project Management

SCM 701

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

SCM 702

Principles of Management


Group 5 – Electives


Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering – Program of Study

Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering – 30 Total Credit Hours

Group 1 – Core Courses

Three courses in Group 1 are required for a total of 9 Credit Hours. Courses include:

  1. CEE 637 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering I;
  2. CEE 638 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering II;
  3. Either CEE 549 Designing with Geofoam, or CEE 584 Designing with Geosynthetics.

 

Group 2 – Advanced Fundamentals

At least one course from Group 2 (3 credit hours) must be selected.

Course

Description

CEE 538

Dynamics of Structures 

CEE 633

Finite Element Analysis

CEE 737

Applied Soil Mechanics

CEE 739

Soil Stabilization

CEE 740

Soil Dynamics

Group 3 – Design

At least two courses from Group 3 (6 credit hours) must be selected.

Course

Description

CEE 545

Pavement Design

CEE 549

Designing with Geofoam 

CEE 584

Designing with Geosynthetics

CEE 641

Seepage and Earth Dam Design


Group 4 - Advanced Tools

At least one course from Group 4 (3 credit hours) must be selected.

Course

Description

CEE 629

Reliability of Civil Systems

CEE 678

Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure

EAR 601

Hydrogeology

EAR 603

Geomorphology

ERE 527

Storm Water Management

ERE 551

GIS for Engineers

ERE 693

GIS Based Modeling


Group 5 – Electives

  1. Advisor approval is required before a student can take courses from this group.
  2. Some suggested elective courses can be selected from Earth Science (EAR), Computer Programing (CIS), Construction Engineering (CME), Information Technology (IST), and Other CEE graduate courses.
  3. For the MS with Thesis - One additional course from Groups II through V, upon advisor's approval, or CEE 690 - Independent study should be taken for a total of 3 credit hours. Students will also enroll in CEE 997 - Master's Thesis for 6 credit hours.
  4. For the MS without Thesis - Three additional courses from Groups II through V upon advisor's approval; one of which can be CEE 690 - Independent study for a total of 9 credit hours. Students will also enroll in CEE 995 - Master's Exit Paper (0 credit hour). The exit paper must address a topic relevant to geotechnical engineering. The paper can be an original work or it can be a critical review of a published journal article. The paper has a minimum length requirement of 2000 words and requires approval of the student's advisor.
  5. All Full-Time MS candidates must enroll and participate in CEE 660-CEE Seminar.

Structural and Materials Engineering – Program of Study

Structural Engineering – 30 Total Credit Hours

Group 1 – Core Courses

All courses in Group 1 are required for a total of 9 Credit Hours. Courses include:

  1. CEE 633 Finite Element Analysis;
  2. CEE 678 Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure;
  3. MAE 635 Advanced Mechanics of Materials.

 

Group 2 – Structural Analysis

At least one course from Group 2 (3 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

CEE 629

Reliability of Civil Systems

CEE 631

Classical and Matrix Structural Analysis

CEE 634

Stability Analysis of Structural Systems

CEE 676

Multiscale Material Modeling and Simulations



Group 3 – Structural Design

Two courses from Group 3 (6 credit hours) must be selected. One course must be on Steel Design, and one course must be on either Concrete Design or Bridge Engineering.


Course

Description

CEE 535

Structural Steel Design

CEE 536

Pre-Stressed Concrete Design

CEE 635

Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

CEE 636

Plastic Design of Steel Structures

CEE 666

Design of Concrete Bridges


Group 4 – Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

At least one course from Group 4 (3 credit hours) must be selected.


Course

Description

CEE 538

Dynamics of Structures

CEE 600

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

CEE 632

Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

MAE 626

Vibration of Mechanical Systems


Group 5 – Electives


Electives

Graduate students at Syracuse University are able to take courses at both SUNY ESF and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Students may register for SUNY Upstate Medical University coursework using the Inter-Institutional Graduate Course Registration Form, which is available from the department’s administrative assistant. All coursework taken at SUNY Upstate Medical University must be approved by petition.

Students may register for SUNY ESF coursework normally using MySlice.

Please contact the department if you are interested in an elective that is not included on one of the approved lists below.

Additional coursework at Syracuse University or SUNY ESF may be approved by petition. CEE Master’s Degree Programs require at least 15 Credits of Coursework be CEE Prefixed.

·        Approved by Prefix and Level

Unless otherwise noted, all courses offered by either Syracuse University or SUNY ESF that are numbered 600:996 with one of the following prefixes are approved as electives for all MS & PhD programs of study.

Prefix

Department

APM

Applied Mathematics

ARC

Architecture

BCM

Biochemistry

BEN

Bioengineering

BIO

Biology

BPE

Bioprocess Engineering

BTC

Biotechnology

CEN

Chemical Engineering

CHE

Chemistry

CME

Construction Management Engineering

CIS

Computer and Information Science

CPS

Computational Science

CSE

Computer Engineering

EAR

Earth Sciences

ECS

Engineering and Computer Science

EGR

Engineering

FCH

Chemistry

IST

Information Studies

MAE

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAT

Mathematics

MEE

Mechanical Engineering

MFE

Manufacturing Engineering

MTS

Materials Science

PHY

Physics

SCM

Supply Chain Management

·        Approved by Course, Syracuse University

Additionally, the following specific courses offered by Syracuse University are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.

Course

Description

ARC 555

Introduction to Building Information Modeling*

ARC 558

Advanced Building Information Modeling and 3D Design

COM 600

Multimedia Reporting: Climate Change

EAR 600

Water Energy Field Course

EAR 601

Hydrogeology

EAR 665

Groundwater Modeling

ECS 526

Statistics for Engineers

ECS 651

Strategic Management & The Natural Environment

ECS 759

Sustainability Driven Enterprise

GEO 683

Geographic Information Systems

IST 687

Introduction to Data Science

IST 719

Information Visualization

MAE 548

Engineering Economics and Technology Valuation

MAE 573

Application of Finite Element Analysis

MAE 587

Design of Solar Energy System

MAE 626

Vibration of Mechanical Systems

MAE 658

Built in Environmental Modeling

MBC 616

Operations Management

MBC 617

Supply Chain Management

PAI 734

Public Budgeting

PAI 895

Managerial Leadership

SCM 656

Project Management

SCM 701

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

SCM 702

Principles of Management Science

 

*Note that CEE 520 - Building Information Modeling and ARC 555 - Introduction to Building Information Modeling can only be counted once towards a program of study. If a student has taken either CEE 520 or ARC 555 and used it towards any program of study, they cannot take the other course for program credit.


·        Approved by Course, SUNY ESF

Additionally, the following specific courses offered by SUNY ESF are approved as electives for all graduate-level programs of study.

Course

Description

APM 595

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

APM 620

Experimental Design and ANOVA

CME 531

Construction Safety

CME 535

Cost Engineering

CME 543

Construction Estimating

ERE 527

Stormwater Management

ERE 551

GIS for Engineers

ERE 645

Hydrologic Modeling

ERE 693

GIS-Based Modeling

ENS 607

Wetland Practicum

EST 695

Environmental Journalism

EST 770

Ecological Economics & Policy



Exit Requirements

·        Thesis

The Oral Thesis Defense and submission of the thesis document to the Syracuse University Graduate School are the final requirements for students in a thesis plan.

Defense paperwork must comply with the Graduate School’s guidelines, including formatting.

The candidate must complete 24 credit hours of coursework, which include a set of core courses in the student's chosen area of specialization and a cohesive program of elective coursework approved by the student's advisor, as outlined in the attached programs of study. All Full-Time M.S. candidates are expected to participate in faculty/student seminar series (CEE 660) each year. In addition, the student must register for six credits of CEE 997-Master's Thesis, culminating in the defense of the thesis administered by the student's thesis committee.

Deadlines

The official Request for Examination form must be signed and submitted to the Graduate School at least three full weeks prior to the oral defense date.

A copy of the thesis document must be delivered to all members of the defense committee at least two full weeks prior to the oral defense date.

Defense Committee

The thesis defense committee will consist of four members, including

The Chair of the Oral Examination Committee must be a Syracuse University tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Two of the four-committee members must be CEE faculty members.

A committee member from outside Syracuse University may be allowed by petition.

·        Exit Paper

Students not completing a Master’s Thesis must instead complete a Master’s Exit Paper. To complete the degree requirement, a student must also take CEE 995-Master's Exit Paper for zero credit. The exit paper must be an original work that address issues related to their specialty approved by the advisor and have a minimum length of 2,000 words. The academic advisor determines the formatting and requirements for the exit paper.