The Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a major in Project Management program is for students who want to focus on a specific subject in depth or who may want to advance to a doctoral degree. The MS degree requires 30 credit hours and combines class work with a thesis or scholarly research paper.
The thesis option includes a minimum of 24 credits of course work plus 6 credits of thesis research. The thesis culminates in a document that reports on the research and its conclusions, combined with a verbal presentation made to a faculty committee.
The thesis option is highly recommended for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or who seek to work in a research field. It is also attractive to students who want to pursue a particular topic in greater depth. Employers that send their promising young professionals to our program often have a particular technical problem they would like the student to focus on, and the thesis offers that opportunity.
The scholarly paper option is similar to a thesis, but the scope of research is typically more limited. This option requires 27 credit hours of course work and 3 credits dedicated to research and writing the scholarly paper. This option also offers the opportunity to focus on a sponsor-related area of interest.
The graduate project management program is designed with a foundation of five core courses and a series of electives that enable students to select topics of greatest interest.