Santa Clara University

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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

OVERVIEW

The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate programs in the areas of structural engineering and general civil engineering.  The focus of the educational effort is on modeling, analysis, and practical methods used to design structures and other civil engineering-related infrastructure systems.  As such, many of the courses offered are beneficial to practicing engineers interested in advancing their knowledge and enhancing their technical skills.

DEGREE PROGRAM

The civil engineering graduate program at Santa Clara University is designed to accommodate the
needs of students interested in advanced study in the areas of structural engineering and general civil
engineering. An individual may pursue the degree of master of science (M.S.) as either a full-time
or part-time student through a customized balance of coursework, design projects, and directed
research. Program participants are also required to supplement their technical work with
coursework on project management and topics addressed in the
graduate engineering core curriculum.

To be considered for admission to the graduate program in civil engineering, an applicant must
meet the following requirements:    

  • A bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and
    Technology (ABET)-accredited four-year program or its equivalent. 
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (based on a 4.0 maximum scale)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)-general test
  • For students whose native language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL)
    or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam scores are required
    before applications are processed.
  • In very rare cases, applicants not meeting the above requirements may be given conditional
     acceptance in the M.S. program. A formal acceptance may then be given upon the 
    successful completion of a defined course of studies.  

Applicants who have taken graduate-level courses at other institutions may qualify to transfer a
maximum of 9 quarter units of approved credit to their graduate program at Santa Clara University.

Upon acceptance or conditional acceptance to the graduate program in civil engineering, a student
will be required to select a graduate advisor (full-time faculty member) from within the Department
of Civil Engineering. The student's advisor will be responsible for approving the student's course of
study. Any changes to a student's initial course of study must have the written approval of the student's
advisor.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering, the students must complete a
minimum of 45 quarter units, including elective and required core courses, within the School of
Engineering. The required and elective course offerings for both the structural engineering and
general civil engineering programs of study are provided below.

The following course requirements must be met:

 
 Structural Engineering Focus                                       
General
Civil Engineering Focus                 
Construction Management Focus
  Option #1 Option #2 Option #3    
 Required Technical Coursework CENG 205  CENG 206  CENG 222 
CENG 233*
CENG 234 
CENG 236 
CENG 237 

(24 units)

CENG 205             CENG 206             CENG 222            
CENG 233*
CENG 234
CENG 236
CENG 237

(24 units)

CENG 205          CENG 206          CENG 222         
CENG 233*
CENG 234
CENG 236
CENG 237

(24 units)

CENG 237          CENG 249       CENG 260       

(11 units)

 

 

CENG 218 (3)      CENG 284 (3)      CENG 286 (3)      CENG 287 (4)      CENG 288 (4)      CENG 292 (3)     

(21 units)

 

 Elective Technical Coursework

7 units from:

CENG207       CENG 213      CENG 215      CENG 218      CENG 220     
CENG 231 CENG 232
CENG 238 CENG 239
CENG 240
CENG 246 CENG 293 CENG 295 CENG 297

 3 units from:

CENG 207             CENG 213             CENG 215             CENG 218             CENG 220             CENG 231             CENG 232            
CENG 238             CENG 239            
CENG 240
CENG 246             CENG 293             CENG 295             CENG 297

 9 units from:

CENG 207          CENG 213          CENG 215          CENG 218          CENG 220         
CENG 231          CENG 232         
CENG 238          CENG 239         
CENG 240         
CENG 246          CENG 293          CENG 295          CENG 297

14 units from:

CENG217            CENG 218           CENG 219^      CENG 238
CENG 242
CENG 247
CENG 250
CENG 251
CENG 256
CENG 261
CENG 262
CENG 263           CENG 293           CENG 295           CENG 297   

                             

8 units from:

CENG 219^ (4)    CENG 249 (4)      CENG 256 (3)      CENG 281 (3)      CENG 282 (2)      CENG 289 (3)      EMGT 289 (2)      EMGT 292 (2)      CENG 293 (2-4)   CENG 295 (4-6)   CENG 297 (2-4)   EMGT 255 (2)      EMGT 295 (2)      EMGT 330 (2)      EMGT 335 (2)      ENGR 329^ (3)     MGMT 503º (3)    MGMT 538 (3)    

           
 Applied Mathematics One 4-unit sequence from:     AMTH 210 AMTH 211

AMTH 214 AMTH 215

AMTH 220
AMTH 221

AMTH 245 AMTH 246

One 4-unit sequence from: AMTH 210             AMTH 211

AMTH 214             AMTH 215

AMTH 220
AMTH 221   

AMTH245              AMTH 246

One 4-unit sequence from:    AMTH 210      AMTH 211                     

AMTH 214          AMTH 215

AMTH 220         
AMTH 221   

AMTH 245          AMTH 246

Two 4-unit sequence from:                      AMTH 210      AMTH 211  

AMTH 214          AMTH 215

AMTH 220
AMTH 221   

AMTH 245          AMTH 246

One 4-unit sequence from:       AMTH 210 (2)      AMTH 211 (2)     

AMTH 214 (2)      AMTH 215 (2)  

AMTH 370 (2)      AMTH 371 (2)

AMTH 367 (4)     

 
Design Project or Directed Research  Up to 4 units for a Design Project.  Up to 6 units of Master's Thesis
   Up to 4 units for a Design Project or up to 6 units of Master's Thesis Research
 
Project Management, Leadership, and Communications

4 units from:  CENG 282 EMGT 255^ EMGT 271^ EMGT 330^ EMGT 335^ ENGR 329^

4 units from:     CENG 282           EMGT255^            EMGT271^            EMGT330^            EMGT 335^           ENGR 329^        

4 units from:  CENG 282

EMGT 255^      EMGT 271^   EMGT330^      EMGT 335^      ENGR 329^

6 units from: CENG 282           EMGT 255^         EMGT 271^         EMGT 330^         EMGT 335^          ENGR 329^          
                              6 units from:    EMGT 270 (2)      EMGT 271^ (2)    EMGT 319 (2)      EMGT 320 (2)      EMGT 329 (2)      EMGT 349 (2)      MGMT 532 (3)
 Graduate Core  A total of 6 units from pre-approved courses
*replace with CENG 246 if a timber design course was taken previously.

^ may be used to satisfy a Graduate Core requirement

° The MGMT 501 prerequisite is waived for students in the Construction Management track.

 

Upon the approval of the student's advisor, alternative elective courses may be taken.
Courses used to satisfy the 45-unit minimum total for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering
degree cannot be used to satisfy any previous undergraduate degree program requirement. This
includes cross-listed undergraduate courses at Santa Clara University and/or their equivalent
courses at other institutions. Where required courses in the SCU graduate civil engineering
programs have been completed prior to graduate-level matriculation at SCU, additional elective
courses may be required to satisfy the minimum unit total requirement as necessary.

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