In order to receive the Master of Civil Engineering, students must:
- Satisfy all University Requirements for Graduate Degrees as specified by UAA.
- Complete 30 credits of coursework approved in advance by the student's graduate advisor.
- Satisfactorily complete requirements for a comprehensive exam or 3 credits of CE A686 Civil Engineering Project if applicable to the chosen competency area. The following requirements apply for each individual competency area:
- Environmental: Students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive exam. Students may opt to take up to 3 credit hours of CE A698 Individual Research with advisor approval as part of the required 30 credit hours of coursework.
- Geotechnical: Students must complete 27 credit hours of coursework and 3 credits of CE A686 Civil Engineering Project.
- Structural: Students must complete 27 credit hours of coursework, 3 credits of CE A686 Civil Engineering Project, and a comprehensive exam.
- Transportation: Students must complete 27 credit hours of coursework and 3 credits of CE A686 Civil Engineering Project.
- Water Resources: Students may choose between completing 30 credit hours of coursework and a comprehensive exam or 27 credit hours of coursework and 3 credits of CE A686 Civil Engineering Project.
Within the last 9 credits applicable to the degree, each student may need to complete CE A686, per the requirements of their competency area. The Civil Engineering project must solve a practical engineering problem to the extent that original developments by the candidate are evident in the project report.
- The project problem and solution must be explained in the context of the current state of the art by means of a thorough review of pertinent literature.
- The project must include advanced technical components directly involving modern practice of civil engineering.
- The project must have sufficient scope to clearly demonstrate the candidate's advanced technical expertise in civil engineering.
- The project report must demonstrate command of knowledge and skills directly associated with the candidate's graduate program of study.
- The written project report, in the judgment of the candidate's graduate committee, must be publishable in the proceedings of a civil engineering specialty conference.
- The project proposal, submitted prior to enrolling in CE A686, must present evidence that the above requirements will be satisfied and will generally consist of an explicit problem statement, a literature review, and one or more sections describing the information and analytical methods to be applied.
- The project is to be orally presented to the student's graduate committee and invited guests.