Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS

Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS

Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS

Earn a Bachelor's and a Master's in Less Time

Accelerate your education, and get on the fast track to advanced studies in civil and environmental engineering.

The accelerated master’s programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering allow students to count up to 6 senior-level credits toward both a Bachelor of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Students completing a bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech in either civil engineering or environmental engineering may apply to either accelerated master’s program, provided the double-counted credits are transferable to the respective master’s degree (for details, see your academic advisor).

Our accelerated master’s programs offers thesis, report, and course work-only options designed for highly motivated students who would like to pursue doctoral studies in civil and environmental engineering or gain a competitive edge in industry with an accelerated advanced degree. There is a growing demand for graduates with a master’s degree in engineering, and the accelerated program will provide you with a pathway to meet this need in fewer semesters.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS Requirements

Admissions

  • Undergraduate students must apply for admission to the accelerated master’s program though the standard Graduate School application process (GRE scores and letters of recommendation not required) during their junior year or early in their senior year.
  • Applications for students pursuing either the thesis or report-based option must be received by the end of Week 1 of their second to last semester of BS coursework; students pursuing the coursework-only option must apply by the end of Week 6 of their second to last semester of BS coursework.
  • GRE scores are not required for the application process; however, students are strongly encouraged to take the GRE during the final year of the bachelor’s program.
  • The accelerated master’s program requires you to be accepted into the Graduate School and the Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering program prior to the awarding of your bachelor’s degree.
  • Only students who will complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s in civil or environmental engineering at Michigan Tech are eligible to enroll in the accelerated program.
  • Students already enrolled in a graduate program may not retroactively enroll in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated Master’s program.

Academic Standing

All students must complete a minimum of 131 credits in appropriate subjects before the bachelor’s degree will be awarded and the student is considered a graduate student. At the time the Bachelor’s degree is awarded, a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a departmental GPA of at least 3.5 to continue in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated Master’s program. Alternatively, students with a departmental GPA between 3.0 and 3.5, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, must also have a strong recommendation from their faculty advisor in order to continue in the Accelerated Master’s program. If these conditions are not met, a student may continue in pursuit of the Master’s degree via the conventional pathway (which does not allow credits to be double-counted) without re-applying and notifying the Graduate School.

Students will be considered undergraduates for the purposes of financial aid, tuition, and class standing until their undergraduate degree has been awarded. Once students are awarded their undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate students for the purposes of financial aid and tuition.

Credits

Students must earn 30 credits past the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering; however, up to 6 credits taken as an undergraduate student can be applied toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, so long as they are at the 4000 or 5000 level and satisfy the requirements for both degrees.

These 6 credits would typically be earned through technical electives and are independent of Senior Rule credits that may additionally count toward the master’s degree. For the entire 30 credits required for the MS degree, however, not more than 12 credits of undergraduate course work may be counted.

Courses and Research (30 credits total)

  • The detailed course and course-level requirements for the Thesis Option, Report Option, and Course Work Option are outlined on the degree web pages for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.
  • Students must earn 30 credits past the Bachelor of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Of these 30 credits, up to six credits taken as an undergraduate student can be applied toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees provided they satisfy the requirements for both degrees, are at the 4000 or 5000-level, and are approved by the student’s advisor, as well as either the department chair or graduate program director.
  • The six credits to be double-counted are independent of Senior Rule credits that may additionally count toward the master’s degree.
  • To help ensure an accelerated degree schedule for Thesis Option students, the student should begin conducting degree research with their advisor during the senior year; however, MS research credits may be earned only after the bachelor’s degree is awarded.

Advising

  • Each student will work with a faculty advisor who is a member of the civil or environmental engineering faculty.
  • To help expedite degree completion, a student should identify and begin to work with a faculty advisor upon acceptance to the accelerated master’s program.
  • The faculty advisor’s primary responsibility is to supervise the student’s research and/or professional growth, as well as to work with the student to develop an academic plan for enrolling in the appropriate courses for the student and program.
  • The academic plan developed for an individual student will need written approval from the faculty advisor and either the departmental graduate program director or the department chair.
  • Before a student is allowed to complete the accelerated master's program, the faculty advisor shall ensure that the student's level of preparation and attainment are consistent with the high standard expected of all M.S. graduates from the CEE department at MTU.