Master of Science plan of study

Master of Science – Plan of Study

Master of science (MS) students specialize in construction engineering, environmental/water resources engineering, geotechnical/materials engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering or intelligent infrastructure engineering. A student generally must take 15 credit hours (five courses) within his/her specialization.

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Master of science with specialization
With thesis

  • Minimum of 30 total credits including thesis research
  • Minimum of 22 credits of formal courses (which may include up to three credits of CE 590 – Special Topics, but excluding CE 599/CE 699)
  • Minimum of six credits of thesis research (CE 699 – Research)
  • Minimum of six credits of courses outside of the area of specialization (must be approved by the program of study (POS) committee)
  • Minimum of 20 credits of 500-level courses or above, including thesis research in the area of specialization
  • Maximum of one three-credit course at 400-level within the department (see list below)

Non-thesis (creative component)

  • Minimum of 30 total credits including creative component
  • Minimum of 27 credits of formal courses (which may include up to three credits of CE 590 – Special Topics, but excluding CE 599/CE 699)
  • Minimum of two credits for creative component (CE 599 – Creative Component)
  • Minimum of six credits of courses outside of the area of specialization (must be approved by the program of study (POS) committee)
  • Minimum of 20 credits of 500-level courses or above, including creative component in the area of specialization
  • Maximum of one three-credit course at 400 level within the department (see list below)
Approved civil engineering (CE) courses for minor graduate credit outside specialization area
Civil engineering materials

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design

Construction engineering and management

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design
  • CE 460 – Foundation Engineering

Environmental engineering

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design
  • CE 460 – Foundation Engineering

Geotechnical engineering

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design

Structural engineering

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 460 – Foundation Engineering
  • CE 467 – Geomaterials Stabilization

Transportation engineering

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design
  • CE 460 – Foundation Engineering

Intelligent infrastructure engineering

  • CE 417 – Land Surveying
  • CE 428 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • CE 446 – Bridge Design
  • CE 448 – Building Design
  • CE 460 – Foundation Engineering
Transfer credits
Graduate credits (equivalent to ISU B grade or better) received at another institution may be used toward the master’s degree program but are subject to the approval of the student’s program of study (POS) committee and the ISU Graduate College. As stated in the ISU Graduate College Handbook, “at least 22 graduate credits must be earned from ISU.” In addition, no more than nine credits earned in non-degree status as a graduate student may be used toward a graduate degree (nine credit rule). Research credits earned at another institution are generally not transferred.
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