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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Civil Engineering (M.S.)


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Program Coordinator/Contact
Nadim Wehbe, Department Head
Suzette Burckhard, Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Crothers Engineering Hall 120, Box 2219
605-688-5427
E-mail: suzette.burckhard@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/civil-environmental-engineering

Program Information
The MSCE program offers courses, design, and research activities within Civil and Environmental Engineering that are related to structural, transportation, geotechnical, water resources, hydrology, hydraulics and environmental engineering, as well as engineering mechanics. Students can pursue an MS degree under a thesis, design paper, or coursework only option.

Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives: The civil engineering program at South Dakota State University is committed to preparing students to achieve the following educational objectives within five years beyond the baccalaureate degree.

  1. Graduates will have obtained professional licensure or specialized certification.
  2. Graduates will have engaged in professional development and life-long learning through earning advanced degrees, attending continuing education forums, or active participation in professional organizations.
  3. Graduates will have become actively involved in their profession, communities, and global society with a trajectory towards leadership positions.

Course Delivery Format
The program offers course, design, and research activities within Civil and Environmental Engineering that are related to structural, transportation, geotechnical, water resources, hydrology, hydraulics, and environmental engineering, as well as areas of engineering mechanics in classroom, laboratory, and field based settings.

Facilities and Services
The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is housed in Crothers Engineering Hal and maintains over 18,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space dedicated to undergraduate instruction and research experience, as well as testing laboratories for research and sponsored projects.  This includes the Lohr Structures Lab, Fluid Mechanics Lab, HDR Environmental Lab, Geotechnical Lab, Concrete Lab, Structural Materials Lab, Bituminous Lab, Design Studio Laboratories and Student Computer Lab

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities
The department provides outreach and services through the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter Program.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Core Requirements


Option A - Thesis


  • CEE 798 - Thesis Credits: 1-7 (5 -10 credits required)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Electives
  • Supporting Electives

Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework


  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Electives
  • Supporting Electives

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 525 paper-based, 71 Internet-based
IELTS: 5.5

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master's Degree Requirements .

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