Civil Engineering, M.S.C.E.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: July 1 (domestic); December 15 (international)
Spring: November 1 (domestic); December 15 (international)
Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
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
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, or 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
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 needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.
A resume is required.
Graduate credits taken at an accredited
institution may be transferred into the M.S.C.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 9996: Thesis). The
non-thesis option requires 27 s.h. of coursework, plus an independent
research project (CE 9995: Project) or, with permission of the
department, another 3 s.h. course.
Both options require 12 s.h. of core courses
the student's area of specialization. In addition, the
project option requires 15 s.h. of
elective courses in Engineering and approved courses in
Business Management, Mathematics, and Science. The thesis option
requires an additional 12 s.h. of elective courses in Engineering and
approved courses in Mathematics or Science. 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 her/his primary area of interest. 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. In order to provide adequate time
for faculty members and students to plan to attend these important
presentations, 7 days’ notice must be provided for thesis proposal and thesis
The presenting student and faculty advisor are to prepare an
announcement of the presentation, listing the student, title, abstract, and
purpose of the presentation. This announcement is to be given to the
departmental graduate coordinator (or, in his absence, to the department chair)
for a dated signature. The student and the department then publicize the
presentation by posting copies of the announcement on appropriate bulletin
boards and to the departmental and college listserv. The signed copy is to be
given to the College of Engineering's Office of Graduate Studies at least 7 days
prior to the presentation. Unless the signed announcement copy is received 7
days prior to the presentation, the student will be required to repeat.
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
Students in the non-thesis option may be required to
complete an independent research project and submit a report toward the
requirements of CE 9995: 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. The project option requires that at the conclusion of the semester
when the project is elected, a committee formed by the advisor and student
consisting of the graduate advisor and another graduate faculty member reviews a
written report and attends an oral presentation of the student’s work.
With permission of the department, students may also elect another course in
place of CE 9995.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
About the Program
Engineering curriculum for the M.S.C.E. 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 are
motivated to grow intellectually through the
continued search for and use of knowledge,
and are provided with the catalyst to become
active, articulate, and socially aware individuals.
Graduates of the program are key contributors to the Civil Engineering
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.C.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.C.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.C.E. in Civil Engineering program, the student may apply those courses
with a grade of "B" or better toward
the 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.C.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.