Civil Engineering, M.S.E.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: July 1 [December 15 for international applicants]
Spring: November 1
[August 1 for international applicants]
Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar
with the applicant's academic competence. Applicants employed
in an engineering profession should request a letter of reference
from their immediate supervisor.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Students not adequately prepared for advanced courses may be required to take a number of prerequisites. The Department
of Civil and Environmental Engineering
will identify the needed coursework on a case-by-case basis.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering or the equivalent from an accredited
institution is required for admission. Also considered are a bachelor's degree in civil and construction engineering
technology, mathematics, geology, or other physical
sciences. Applicants without
a civil/environmental engineering degree may require certain
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include the applicant's research and future
career goals; academic and
research achievements; professional experience, if any; and reason for interest in Temple's program. It should be approximately 1-2 pages in length.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. Applicants with GRE scores below 450 verbal, 650 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical may not be admitted.
Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 88 internet-based. Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University. Those having taken the paper-based or computer-based test have the additional option of testing out of the English course by taking and passing the SPEAK test at Temple.
A resume is required.
Graduate credits taken at an accredited
institution may be transferred into the M.S.E. program.
In order to transfer, the courses must be equivalent
to courses offered at Temple in the student's area
of study and research, and the grades must be "B" or better.
The admissions committee makes recommendations for the
transfer of credit. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.
Applicants with two or more years of employment in an engineering
profession performing engineering design and analysis
may request a waiver of the GRE.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 24 - 27
Students choose between two options. The thesis option requires 24 s.h. of coursework and 6 s.h. of master’s thesis (CE 798: Thesis I and CE 799: Thesis II). The non-thesis option requires 27 s.h. of coursework, plus an independent research project (CE 795: Research Project) or, with permission of the department, another 3 s.h. course.
Both tracks require 12 s.h. of core courses in
the student's area of specialization. In addition, the project track requires 15 s.h. of
elective courses in engineering and approved courses in business management, science,
and mathematics. The thesis track requires an additional 12 s.h. of elective courses in engineering and approved courses in science or mathematics. More information about course requirements can be obtained from the program director.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Students completing the thesis option need to complete a master's thesis, a document detailing independent research that demonstrates the student's mastery of his/her primary area of interest. The thesis research is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic advisor. The specific topic for research should be of current interest in the professional community. After a research topic is selected, the student performs preliminary research. A thesis proposal is then submitted describing the initial results and a plan for further research toward completion of the proposed research. The thesis proposal is then presented at an open seminar to the Thesis Committee, which evaluates its technical merit and research methodology. The student may continue the research only after the proposal is approved by the committee.
The final draft of the thesis should be submitted at least two weeks before the anticipated date of the thesis defense. The student's academic advisor, in consultation with members of the Thesis Committee, sets a date and time for the thesis defense. The department secretary will arrange for a room for the defense and post flyers announcing the defense. In addition, the student must post the thesis defense flyer on the graduate student listserv for the department.
The Thesis Committee, a group of faculty members and possibly engineers engaged in research in high-tech industries, is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its defense. No thesis should go to defense unless it is ready for public scrutiny. The committee evaluates the primary findings of the research and their implications, technical methodology, and the student's ability to verbally present the research results. The committee votes pass/fail on the thesis and defense at the conclusion of the public presentation. If the student must make revisions, those changes must be completed within one month from the date of public presentation; failure to do so requires a new thesis defense.
Students in the non-thesis option may be required to complete an independent research project and submit a report toward the requirements of CE 795: Research Project. The goal of the research project is to evaluate the student's ability to perform independent research in analysis and design for an engineering application. The topic for research is selected after discussion with the student's academic advisor. The scope of research is carefully outlined so as to allow the student to complete the research in one semester. After completing the course, the student submits a final report detailing the findings of the research and presents it at an open seminar. The report is evaluated by two members of the faculty, including the student's academic advisor. With permission of the department, students may also elect another course in place of CE 795.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Office of Graduate Studies
About the Program
Engineering curriculum of the Master of Science in Engineering program is designed to provide
full-time and part-time students with the
opportunity to develop a greater technical
competency in the general area of civil and
environmental engineering. Students will be
motivated to grow intellectually through the
continued search for and use of knowledge,
and will be provided with the catalyst to become
active, articulate, and socially aware individuals. Graduates of the program are key contributors to the civil engineering and environmental
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years
Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
The program encourages interdisciplinary research with other branches of engineering as well as with various departments in the sciences and applied mathematics. Recent collaborative work with the Department of Mechanical Engineering includes projects on water flow and solute transport in porous media (aquifers) and the effects of turbulence on the mixing of oil spills at sea. Collaboration with the Department of Chemistry includes research on waste combustion products and surface complexation.
Areas of Specialization:
Two areas of specialization are available: Civil Engineering Systems and Environmental Engineering. Advanced courses in Civil Engineering Systems include the three major branches of civil engineering: construction engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Research in Environmental Engineering includes the fundamentals and applications of water resources engineering, pollution in natural systems (water and air), and engineered treatment and remediation systems.
Graduates with the M.S.E. in Civil Engineering are
employed by various engineering companies
as well as government agencies in design,
analysis, and applications. Typical examples
are water treatment facilities and regulatory
agencies engaged in environmental regulation
and pollution control; companies involved
in construction project management; and those
involved in structural design and analysis
of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Students who
complete an M.S.E. with a thesis are prepared
to enter a doctoral program.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may take
up to 9 s.h. of graduate-level courses. If
accepted into the M.S.E. in Civil Engineering program, the student may apply those courses
with a grade of "B" or better toward
the M.S.E. degree requirements. For admission
to the program, students must fulfill
the general admission criteria for graduate admission.
Students who complete 9 s.h. in academic good
standing may request a waiver of the GRE,
which is usually required for admission to
the M.S.E. program.
The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty in classroom and laboratory instruction, preparing apparatus or material for laboratory demonstration, conducting tutorials and discussion sections, and grading homework. TAs are expected to devote 20 hours per week to these or similar teaching-related activities. Research Assistants are expected to devote 20 hours per week to research obligations. RAs are assigned to a faculty member or principal investigator who is working on a specific research project. The appropriate subjects for research are determined by consultation between the student and the student's research and academic advisors. Both Teaching and Research Assistantships carry a stipend and tuition support for up to 9 credits per semester. All applicants for full-time admission are considered for support based on academic credentials, GRE scores, and professional experience. Applications should include a statement of research and teaching experience, areas of interest and future goals, and a curriculum vitae.