The PhD in Civil Engineering is a terminal research degree designed for the pursuit of advanced studies in civil engineering. The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering is committed to providing an intellectual environment and educational experience through which students and faculty members make significant contributions to society and the civil engineering profession through teaching, research, and practice.
Students may pursue their own studies in one of six current areas of research and education:
- Civil engineering materials
- Construction engineering and management
- Geotechnical engineering
- Structural engineering
- Transportation engineering
- Water resource engineering
Department Procedures for a PhD in Civil Engineering
To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:
- Complete all coursework and research credits (see credit requirements below)
- Pass Qualifying Examination
- Pass Research Proposal Examination
- Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
- Pass Final Oral Defense
The minimum credit requirements are as follows:
|MS-PhD (minimum)||30 Credits|
|BS-PhD (minimum)||60 Credits|
Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.
A detailed explanation of degree requirements can be found on the Graduate School's Doctor of Philosophy requirements page.