Civil Engineering, M.S.C.E.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: June 1; March 1 international
Spring: November 1; August 1 international
Applications are processed on a continual basis. Ordinarily, the applicant is informed of an admissions decision within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt of all supporting application documents.
Applicants who plan to matriculate full-time are automatically considered for financial aid awards so no separate application for financial aid is required. To ensure financial aid consideration for the intended semester of study, however, applicants should submit a complete application by January 15 (Fall) and August 1 (Spring).
Both admissions and financial aid award decisions originate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Applicants are encouraged to contact the CEE Graduate Program Director for advice and consultation in the application process.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college or research faculty who are familiar with the applicant's competency. If the applicant has an established career in engineering, one of the letters should be provided by the applicant's immediate supervisor. If the applicant has been out of school long enough that relevant academic reference letters appear impractical, s/he should contact the CEE Graduate Program Director to obtain a waiver of this admission requirement.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Students not adequately prepared for advanced courses may be required to take a number of prerequisites. The CEE Department
identifies the needed coursework on a case-by-case basis.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering is the preferred prerequisite degree. However, students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that remedial preparatory courses may be a pre-condition of admission to the M.S.C.E. program.
University regulations stipulate that the applicant must have earned a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in her/his undergraduate studies, but admission exceptions are made for a variety of circumstances. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.11.03.) The CEE Graduate Program Director helps the applicant navigate the admission possibilities, including the "Non-Matriculated Student Policy" option identified below.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should describe the applicant's relevant technical experiences and career goals. It should be one to two pages in length.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. Applicants must submit scores taken no more than 5 years in advance of the application date. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.12.) Applicants who require a waiver of the GRE should consult the CEE Graduate Program Director concerning the mechanics and consequences of obtaining an exception.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based. (See Graduate School Policy 02.23.13.01.)
A resume is required.
Graduate credits taken at an accredited
institution prior to matriculation 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 maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6. (See Graduate School Policy 02.24.21.)
Applicants with two or more years of employment in an engineering
profession performing engineering design and analysis
may request a waiver of the GRE. Consult with the CEE Graduate Program Director concerning the mechanics and consequences of obtaining an exception.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond
the Baccalaureate: 30
Students choose between three tracks:
1. Thesis Track, which is intended for full-time students who have a financial aid award and includes 24 s.h. of didactic coursework and 6 s.h. of thesis (CEE 9996).
2. Project Track, which is intended for full-time students who are self-supporting and includes 27 s.h. of didactic coursework and 3 s.h. of project (CEE 9995).
3. Coursework Track, which is intended for self-supporting part-time students and entails 30 s.h. of didactic coursework.
In the first semester, the student and CEE Graduate Program Director jointly establish which track the student will follow; in doing this, they initiate the "M.S.C.E. Plan of Study." The Plan of Study form lists all required courses and suggests an M.S.C.E. program-requirement execution sequence for the student to follow. This form is used to track the student's progress, and is updated and annotated at least once a year as the student completes the various benchmarks in the M.S.C.E. program.
If a student's circumstances change, s/he can change tracks by revising the Plan of Study form and obtaining the requisite approval signatures. However, when considering whether to change one's track, the student should note that:
"Thesis" credits (CEE 9996) can only be applied toward the Thesis M.S.C.E. degree program and cannot be applied to either the Project or Coursework Tracks.
"Project" credits (CEE 9995) can only be applied toward the Project M.S.C.E. degree program and cannot be used for either the Coursework or Thesis Tracks.
In all three options, the didactic coursework may include up to, but no more than, 3 s.h. of Independent Study (ENGR 9182). Furthermore, students who wish to take graduate coursework in Temple University schools/colleges other than the College of Engineering will need to obtain the appropriate written approvals on their Plan of Study form.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
The culminating event in the M.S.C.E. program depends on the student's choice of track: Thesis, Project, or Coursework.
The master's thesis is the culminating event in the Thesis Track and is typically undertaken during the last two successive semesters of study. Successful completion requires the following:
1. Thesis Proposal — CEE 9996/1: Thesis I (3 s.h.)
The student assembles a committee of three or more faculty members, including her/his advisor, who is typically a full-time CEE faculty member. The student's Plan of Study should be updated, if necessary, to indicate the advisor's name.
Under the guidance of the advisor and committee, the student prepares a research proposal and presents her/his proposal in an open College-wide seminar. The student is responsible for scheduling the proposal and posting an announcement at least 10 days in advance of this seminar. Ordinarily, the proposal seminar is immediately followed by a meeting of the student's advisory committee in which the student is closely questioned about the details and strategy of the proposed research. The proposal is then accepted by the committee, accepted by the committee with revisions, or rejected by the committee.
The student's advisory committee also jointly determines the letter grade (A-F) for Thesis I at the end of the semester. The student must pass Thesis I before registering for Thesis II. If the student fails Thesis I, s/he may either re-register for Thesis I in the next regular semester and repeat the entire proposal process (noting that a second failure will result in automatic dismissal from the University) or consider switching to the Project or Coursework Track, with the relevant updating of the Plan of Study form.
2. Thesis Defense — CEE 9996/2: Thesis II (3 s.h.)
The student should register for Thesis II in the semester that s/he is prepared to defend the thesis. The thesis document should be prepared in a format compliant with University standards. (See Graduate School Policy 02.26.12.02.) The student should provide her/his committee with a copy of the completed thesis at least two weeks before the date of the thesis defense.
The thesis is scheduled during a regular academic semester, including summer semesters. It should not be scheduled during study days, final exams, or the breaks between semesters. The student should arrange for, and post an announcement of, the thesis defense at least 10 days in advance of the defense. Furthermore, if the student is to graduate in the same semester that s/he defends the thesis, the defense should be scheduled about two months before the end of the semester to allow both for document revisions and for the one-month lead time required by the Graduate School to process the text of the thesis.
The thesis defense is an open College seminar in which the student presents the concepts and results of her/his research. Normally, this presentation is immediately followed by a meeting of the thesis committee, which closely examines the student's research. The committee can accept the thesis as provided, accept the thesis with revisions, or not accept the thesis. If the thesis is accepted, the committee jointly decides on a letter grade for Thesis II. If the thesis is not accepted, but the committee decides to not fail the student: (a) an "R" grade is assigned to Thesis II; (b) the student registers in each subsequent semester for one credit of ENGR 9991: Directed Research until s/he is again prepared to attempt the defense; and (c) the entire open-seminar defense procedure described above is carried out in the semester that the student is prepared to defend the thesis.
The project is the culminating event in the Project Track. It is normally carried out in the student's last semester of study. The student selects an advisor (usually a full-time faculty member in the CEE Department), registers for CEE 9995: Project, and conducts a one-semester research activity under the supervision of the advisor. Near the end of the semester, the student prepares a report of her/his findings and presents the study in an open departmental seminar. Both the seminar and the written report are used to determine the student's grade for CEE 9995. The grade is jointly determined by the advisor and a second grader selected by the CEE Graduate Program Director, as recorded in the Plan of Study.
No culminating event is warranted for the Coursework Track.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
ATTN: CEE Programs
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Graduate Program Director:
Philip Udo-Inyang, Ph.D.
Philip Udo-Inyang, Ph.D.
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
ATTN: CEE Programs
1947 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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-Matriculated Student Policy:
Up to 9 credits of graduate Engineering coursework may be taken at Temple University on a non-matriculated basis and subsequently applied to the M.S.C.E. degree upon admission. If the applicant's undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0, a GPA of 3.25 or better is required on this non-matriculated graduate coursework to receive an admissions exception. Consequently, the CEE Graduate Program Director may encourage those with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 to take their first three graduate courses prior to making formal application to the M.S.C.E. program. (See the relevant Graduate School policies on special admission procedures for non-matriculated students: 02.23.11.03 and 02.24.19.)
Three forms of financial aid are offered to graduate students:
1. Teaching Assistantship (TA): TA awards are made solely by the Department and require the awardee to work 20 hours per week in support of the Department's undergraduate programs. The TA is compensated with a 9-month stipend, a basic health-insurance plan, and 9 credits per semester of tuition remission.
2. Research Assistantship (RA): Individual CEE faculty confer RA awards, using their research funds, upon students who appear well-qualified to carry out the research. Typically, this faculty member becomes the RA's Thesis advisor. The RA normally works up to 20 hours per week and is compensated with a stipend, basic health insurance, and tuition remission.
3. Fellowships: These highly competitive University-wide grants are typically awarded only to Ph.D.-program applicants. See the Engineering, Ph.D. program description for details.