MS in Civil Engineering

M.S. in Civil Engineering

Our Master's Programs are intended for students and professionals who hold a Bachelor's degree in one of the branches of Engineering or the Sciences. Courses are taught in the evenings at LMU's Westchester Campus. Programs are typically completed in five or six semesters. Courses are also offered during the summers which could shorten the time to complete. The flexible format is designed so you can proceed at your own pace to earn your graduate degree.

Through the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science prospective students can earn a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Civil Engineering and have the option of emphasizing in one of the following:

  • Emphasis in Water Resources Engineering
  • Emphasis in Environmental Engineering

Contact:

Jeremy Pal, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director

jpal@lmu.edu
310.568.6241

  • Objective

    The objective of the program is to provide the educational background needed by engineers and scientists who will be coping with the complex problems of water and air pollution, flood control, water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste, hazardous materials management, environmental impact assessment, and overall environmental management.

  • Admission Requirements

    All applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or undergraduate engineering degree, which shall include:

    • General Chemistry 3 semester hours (1 course)
    • Mathematics through one year of college calculus
    • Total all science — 12 semester hours or 4 courses, which could include biology, microbiology, chemistry, or physics.

    Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or other undergraduate degree may be considered if the applicant has the above course work completed prior to applying.

    Applicants with an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited institution, upon acceptance by the Department, will be admitted to the Master of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering Program (Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering at the Applicant’s option). Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate engineering degree, upon acceptance by the Department, will be admitted to the Master of Science in Environmental Science Program.

    The Department may require new applicants who lack an adequate background in mathematics, chemistry, or science to take additional courses prior to being admitted to or continuing in the program.

    The Applicant shall submit:

    • A completed application form and $50 application fee
    • Two (2) Official transcripts of all schools attended since high school
    • A brief letter of intent (approximately 1.5 pages)
    • Two letters of reference, at least one of which attests to the applicant’s previous academic performance and ability to succeed in the program. The other may be a professional reference. For Applicants graduating more than 5 years ago, both references may attest to the Applicant’s professional performance and ability to succeed in the graduate program.

    Admission into the program is in strict conformity with the requirements for all graduate students. Upon review of the student’s undergraduate and professional preparation, additional admission requirements may be set by the Graduate Program Director of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Department.

     

  • Degree Requirements
    • Must complete 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
    • At least 16 semester hours must be at the 600 level
    • Successful completion of the comprehensive examination (CIVL 600)
    • Must not get below a grade of “B” in any 500 level course
    • Must complete the core and elective requirements for the Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering emphasis. See below.
    • Must possess an undergraduate Engineering degree OR have passed the Engineer-in-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT/FE) examination administered by National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) [www.ncees.org] prior to applying for graduation. Students who do not qualify under this condition will receive the Master of Science degree in Environmental Science upon completion of the program.
  • Civil Engineering MSE, Water Resources Engineering Emphasis Course Descriptions

    Required Classes:

    Elective Classes:

    Choose 5 of the following:

    Additional Elective Classes:

    Take additional CIVL or ENVS elective classes offered for a minimum total of 30 semester hours. Note that ENVS 600, ENVS 601, ENVS 602 and ENVS 603 are only for students in the M.S. in Environmental Science emphasis on Urban Ecology program.

    Courses in other departments (maximum of 3 semester hours), independent studies (maximum of 3 semester hours), and thesis preparation (maximum of 6 semester hours) may be taken as additional electives with the consent of the Program Director and the other department.

  • Civil Engineering MSE, Environmental Engineering Emphasis Course Descriptions

    Required Classes

    Elective Classes

    Choose 5 from the following:


    Additional Elective Classes:

    Take additional CIVL or ENVS elective classes offered for a minimum total of 30 semester hours. Note that ENVS 600, ENVS 601, ENVS 602 and ENVS 603 are only for students in the M.S. in Environmental Science emphasis on Urban Ecology program.

    Courses in other departments (maximum of 3 semester hours), independent studies (maximum of 3 semester hours), and thesis preparation (maximum of 6 semester hours) may be taken as additional electives with the consent of the Program Director and the other department.

     

  • Optional Thesis

    Preparation of a Master’s Thesis is optional in either the M.S. in Engineering or the M.S. in Environmental Science program and can fulfill up to a maximum of 6 semester hours of elective course requirements. The student may enroll up to a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master’s Thesis in any given semester. The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered. Formal requirements may be obtained from the Department. The Thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements.

  • Change of Emphasis

    A student may change from Water Resources Engineering emphasis to Environmental Engineering emphasis and vice versa at any time before graduation. This change should be discussed with and approved by the Program Director. However, the student must complete the core and elective course requirements for the selected emphasis before taking the Comprehensive Exam (CIVL 600).