Skip to main content

Graduate

Master of Science Program

OVERVIEW

The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate programs in the areas of structural engineering general civil engineering, and construction management.  The focus of the educational effort is on modeling, analysis, and practical methods used to design and construct structures and other civil engineering-related infrastructure systems.  As such, many of the courses offered are beneficial to civil and construction engineers and construction managers interested in advancing their knowledge and enchancing 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.  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 topics addressed in the graduate engineering core curriculum.

The structural engineering track provides students with an opportunity to effectively link theory and practice by completing a combination of analysis- and design-oriented courses.  Options within the structural engineering track allow students to either complete a capstone design project or a faculty-directed research investigation. This program track is aimed at individuals looking to prepare for a career in consulting structural engineering or structural plan review.

The general civil engineering track has been configured to provide students with additional analytical and design coursework in several related areas of civil engineering. This could potentially include work in water resources engineering, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, and geotechnical engineering. A capstone design or research project with a required sustainability component is used to integrate these different elements. This track is geared towards individuals preparing for a career in land development, municipal engineering, or public works.

The construction engineering and management (CEM) track is designed to prepare students with skills and knowledge required to effectively manage time, cost, safety, quality and sustainability requirements of construction projects. The track has some flexibility to accommodate students with interests in practical applications or research investigations. This track is designed for students with career objectives of managing building or heavy construction projects for contractors, owners, and developers.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

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. Required and elective courses for the structural engineering, general civil engineering, and construction management tracks are provided below. Students may elect to do a design project or research project. Students undertaking a design project would apply a new technique or method in the analysis or design of a structure, system, or element, and this must be documented in a design report. Students undertaking a research project would develop a new technique, method, component, or design criteria, and this must be documented in a conference or journal publication or report.

Course requirements are as follows:

  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:

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

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:

CENG 217

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

AMTH 245

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

     
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

EMGT 255^

EMGT 271^

EMGT 330^

EMGT 335^

ENGR 329^

4 units from:

CENG 282

EMGT 255^

EMGT 271^

EMGT 330^

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.