Master of Civil Engineering
The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or construction engineering and management should consult the department website for a list of required prerequisites.
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Prerequisites for admission to the MCE degree include an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from an accredited institution or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 3.0. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is automatically waived for applicants who have an engineering degree from a US institution. The TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old) are required for international applicants unless they have completed one year of full-time study at a U.S. university. Enrollment in Engineering Online courses is contingent upon establishing and maintaining proper testing and proctoring mechanisms for each course. You must apply for admission to the MCE program online. When completing the online application, please be sure to select the “Distance Track” version of the degree.
- Completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses at the 400, 500, or 700 level with an overall grade point average of 3.0. At least 24 hours must be at the 500 level or above and 400 level courses must be outside of civil engineering.
- Students are assigned an academic advisor and must work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements and these requirements must be met by both on-campus and distance students.
- Approximately two-thirds of all credit hours should be in civil engineering with an area of emphasis.
- The remaining credit hours can be civil engineering courses or related courses from other departments.
- No thesis or on-campus residency requirement.
- All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course approved in the Plan of Graduate Work. Students must comply with the Graduate School regulations for continuous enrollment or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.
To register for an Engineering Online course, complete the registration form on the Engineering Online website. Students cannot register for Engineering Online courses through the University MyPack Portal system.
A person does not have to be admitted to a degree program to enroll in an online credit course. Prior to applying to Graduate School, a qualified individual may enroll in Engineering Online courses as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. All course prerequisites must still be satisfied. The NDS classification is designed for individuals who wish to undertake academic work but who are not currently admitted to a degree program. If the student is admitted to the MCE program, a maximum of twelve NDS credit hours may apply toward the 30 credit hour requirement if the student earns a grade of B or higher in each course.
A list of distance education courses available for each semester can be found on the Engineering Online website. Full-time employed individuals can only enroll in two online courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in one online course during their first semester.
The following courses will be available through the Engineering Online program in various semesters.
|CE 501 Transportation Systems Engineering||CE 705 Intelligent Transportation Systems|
|CE 502 Traffic Operations||CE 706 Advanced Traffic Control|
|CE 509 Highway Safety||CE 707 Transportation Policy and Funding|
|CE 515 Advanced Strength of Materials||CE 714 Stress Waves|
|CE 522 Theory and Design of Pre-stressed Concrete||CE 723 Advanced Structural Dynamics|
|CE 523 Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures||CE 724 Probabilistic Methods of Structural Engineering|
|CE 524 Analysis and Design of Masonry Structures||CE 725 Earthquake Structural Engineering|
|CE 526 Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering||CE 726 Advanced Theory of Concrete Structures|
|CE 527 Structural Dynamics||CE 730 Stress Waves|
|CE 528 Structural Design in Wood||CE 741 Geomechanics of Stress Deformation|
|CE 529 FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures||CE 742 Deformation and Instability of Soils|
|CE 536 Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers||CE 744 Foundation Engineering|
|CE 538 Information Technology and Modeling||CE 746 Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering|
|CE 549 Soil and Site Improvement||CE 747 Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering|
|CE 561 Construction Project Management||CE 751 Theory of Concrete Mixtures|
|CE 564 Legal Aspects of Contracting||CE 755 Highway Pavement Design|
|CE 565 Construction Safety Management||CE 757 Pavement Management Systems|
|CE 567 Risk and Financial Management in Construction||CE 759 Inelastic Behavior of Construction Materials|
|CE 571 Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering||CE 761 Design of Temporary Structures in Construction|
|CE 573 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering||CE 762 Construction Productivity|
|CE 574 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering||CE 763 Materials Management in Construction|
|CE 576 Engineering Principles of Air Pollution Control||CE 766 Building Construction Systems|
|CE 577 Engineering Principles of Solid Waste Management||CE 771 Physical-Chemical Water Treatment Processes|
|CE 579 Principles of Air Quality Engineering||CE 772 Environmental Exposure and Risk Analysis|
|CE 584 Hydraulics of Ground Water||CE 774 Environmental Bioprocess Technology|
|CE 586 Engineering Hydrology||CE 793 Advanced Topics in Geotechnical Engineering|
|CE 588 Water Resources Engineering||CE 794 Advanced Topics in Structures and Mechanics|
|CE 592 Special Topics in Construction Engineering||CE 795 Advanced Topics in Transportation Engineering|
|CE 593 Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering|
|CE 594 Special Topics in Structures and Mechanics||Other recommended courses:|
|CE 595 Special Topics in Transportation Engineering||MA 501 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists I|
|CE 596 Special Topics in Water Resources and Environmental||MA 502 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists II|
|CE 702 Traffic Flow Theory|
Online courses are the same as on-campus courses in terms of content, requirements, and academic rigor. On-campus class lectures are captured, digitized, and placed on the Internet for distance students to access at any time and from any location. Students must, however, follow the on-campus class schedule in terms of submitting homework and taking exams. Course assignments, lecture notes, and handouts are made available to distance students on the course website. All in-class exams must be proctored.
- For more information about the MCE degree program available online, contact:
Dr. Ranji Ranjithan, Director of Graduate Programs
Jodie Gregoritsch, Graduate Services Coordinator
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Department website: https://www.ccee.ncsu.edu/
Inquiries: CCEE Graduate Program Contact
- For more information about the registration process, course offerings, and course logistics, contact:
Dr. Linda Krute, Director of Distance Education Programs
College of Engineering
Engineering Online website: https://www.engineeringonline.ncsu.edu