Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015
This program is offered in Durham.
Degrees Offered: M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.
The Department of Civil Engineering offers the master of engineering degree in civil engineering, the master of science degree in civil engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering with the following areas of specialization: structural, materials, geotechnical, water resources, and environmental engineering. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department website for information on current research in the department and to contact faculty members in their area of interest directly. The department website has information on program requirements and frequently asked questions. Applicants with questions not answered by the department or graduate school website should write to the graduate program coordinator for specific information.
An applicant must have completed a baccalaureate science degree in engineering, mathematics, or science at an accredited college or university. If coursework or laboratory experience is deficient, an admitted student will be required to fulfill, without graduate credit, all undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses. In some cases, the student's adviser may require additional undergraduate courses in order to achieve a well-integrated program of study. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the GRE, unless waived by the graduate coordinator (for current UNH undergraduate civil engineering [CIE] or environmental engineering: municipal processes [ENE:MP] majors only).
M.Eng. Degree Requirements
All master of engineering degree students must complete a minimum of 30 total credits. UNH bachelor’s degree students admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Degree program may register for a maximum of 8 credits of graduate-level courses prior to completing their bachelor's degree. Such courses may upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Graduate School count toward both a bachelor's and master's degree. M.Eng. students are required to complete one of the following options as a concluding experience:
- Option A, Masters Project: Students must complete a 3-credit master’s project (CIE 888) on a civil engineering topic.
- Option B, Oral Exam: Students must complete an oral exam. The oral exam does not count toward the number of required credits.
- Option C, Written Exam: Students must complete a written exam. The written exam does not count toward the number of required credits.
The M.Eng. option is designed to facilitate completion of B.S./M.Eng. civil engineering degrees within five years. M.Eng degree students are not eligible for an assistantship. For graduation, a grade of B- or better in each course, an overall B average (3.00 GPA), and successful completion of one of the above concluding experiences must be achieved.
M.S. Degree Requirements
All master of science degree students must complete a minimum of 31 total credits that includes a minimum of 25 course credits and 6 thesis credits. UNH bachelor’s degree students admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Program may register for a maximum of 8 credits of graduate-level courses prior to completing their bachelor's degree. Such courses may upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Graduate School count toward both a bachelor's and master's degree.
A formal oral presentation/thesis defense is required. All M.S. degree students are eligible for teaching or research assistantships and are required to register for Master's Student Seminar (CIE 900) for one semester. Students are required to make two presentations during their programs of study. For graduation, a grade of B- or better in each course, an overall B average (3.00 GPA), and a successful thesis defense must be achieved.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Following admission into the program, a guidance committee is appointed for the student by the dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate coordinator. This committee assists in outlining the student's course of study and may specify individual coursework requirements.
Within 18 months after admission, the student must pass both written and oral qualifying exams. The student must successfully complete at least 24 course credit hours beyond a master's degree.
Minor Requirements: An identifiable group of courses (9 credits minimum) in an area outside of the civil engineering department and approved by the guidance committee must be successfully completed to provide a minor to the Ph.D. degree. A minor may be satisfied by courses taken toward a master's degree other than civil engineering, but the credits will not be applied against the 24 credit-hour minimum.
Language or Research Tool: Students are required to gain or prove proficiency in a language or research tool in an appropriate area, such as mathematics, statistics, or data analysis; laboratory analysis or procedures; instrumentation; computer programming; or a foreign language suitable to the area of concentration. The proposed language or research tool must be approved by the guidance committee and may be achieved through the successful completion of coursework, an examination, or both.
Teaching Experience: A minimum of one semester as a teaching assistant or comparable experience is required. The guidance committee will evaluate whether a student's past teaching assistantship satisfies this requirement.
Doctoral Candidates: Upon successful completion of the Ph.D. qualifying examinations and the language or research tool requirement, a doctoral student is advanced to the status of doctoral candidate. When a student achieves candidacy, a doctoral committee is established. The doctoral committee directs research, conducts a semi-annual review of the student's progress, supervises and approves the doctoral dissertation, and administers the final examination (also known as the dissertation defense).
Upon completion of the dissertation, and with the approval of the doctoral committee, the student schedules an oral defense in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School. For graduation, a B average (3.00 GPA) and successful dissertation defense must be achieved.