Graduate Programs

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

This information is not official, and is offered strictly as a convenience. For official UAB Graduate Course Catalog information please visit the UAB Graduate School site.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) Program Requirements

Areas of Specialization

Ph.D. Programs

Master in Engineering – Construction Management

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, requirements for admission to the program leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree include the following five criteria:

  1. An undergraduate engineering degree from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  Applicants who do not meet this criterion but who have an outstanding academic record in an unaccredited engineering degree program or in a baccalaureate degree program in a related field, may be admitted on probation. Students admitted in this category will be required to complete a sequence of undergraduate courses in addition to the normal requirements of the M.S.C.E. degree. This set of extra requirements will be specified in writing at the time of admission to the program.

  2. GPA of 3.0 or better (A = 4.0) in all undergraduate degree major courses attempted;

  3. Three letters of evaluation concerning the applicant's previous academic and professional work; and

  4. Submission of scores achieved on the GRE General Test. Admission to the program is competitive and is based on all available evidence; for admission in good academic standing, scores above 500 on each component of GRE General Test are preferred. Minimum scores of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a 3.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE) are also required for those applicants whose native language is not English. These test scores will be used primarily if an applicant fails to meet minimum standards for admission in good standing and is being considered for admission on probation.

  5. Verification of registration by examination as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) will satisfy criteria 2, 3, and 4 above.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) Program Requirements

The following minimum requirements apply to the plan of study for a student who has earned a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering. A student with an undergraduate degree in another field may also be accepted into the civil engineering program but will normally have to take additional preparatory coursework as part of an expanded plan of study. Continuous enrollment for at least 3 credit hours per term is required. Students receiving an assistantship are required to be enrolled as full-time students every semester. A full-time student is one who is enrolled in at least 9 credit hours per term. Enrollment in Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (CE 641) is required at least once per academic year.

Plan I (Thesis Option)
In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, students must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit, including: (a) A minimum of 18 semester hours in civil engineering; (b) Up to 6 semester hours in disciplines outside civil engineering, such as other engineering disciplines, mathematics, biology, earth science, physics, urban affairs, or public health. (c) A minimum of 9 hours of CE 699—Masters Thesis Research.

The student must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of the program. This examination may be written, oral, or both and shall include an oral defense of a thesis

Plan II (Nonthesis Option): Research/Design Emphasis
  1. The student must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit including: a) A minimum of 24 semester hours in civil engineering; b) Up to 6 semester hours in disciplines outside civil engineering, such as; other engineering disciplines, mathematics, biology, earth sciences, physics, chemistry, or public health; and c) A minimum of 3 hours of CE 698—Nonthesis Research under the direction of the graduate study committee chair, resulting in a committee approved written report.

  2. The student must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of the program. This examination may be written, oral, or both and shall include an oral defense of the nonthesis research project.

Plan II (Nonthesis Option): Construction Engineering Management Emphasis

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit, including the following: a) A minimum of 24 semester hours of construction management courses from the CCEE Department, which may be satisfied from among the following courses: CE 600, CE 601, CE 602, CE 603, CE 604, CE 605, CE 606, CE 692 , or an approved construction management course; and b) A minimum of 6 semester hours from the MBA program, which may be satisfied from among the following courses; MBA 609, MBA 610, MBA 611, MBA 650, or an approved course from the MBA program; and d) a minimum of 3 hours of CE 698 – Nonthesis Research under the direction of the graduate study committee chair, resulting in a committee approved written report.

  2. The student must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of the program. This examination may be written, oral, or both and shall include an oral defense of the nonthesis design project.

Areas of Specialization

Specialization programs are available in the fields of environmental engineering, structural engineering/structural mechanics, construction engineering management; and transportation engineering. Supporting courses are offered in geotechnical engineering, optimization, engineering law and other areas. Enrollment in the Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar series (CE 641/741) is required of all graduate students at least once per academic year.


Required Courses for Specialization in Environmental Engineering
In addition to the M.S.C.E. program requirements, the following undergraduate classes (plus all associated prerequisites) are generally required of all M.S.C.E. students specializing in environmental engineering:

CE 236

Environmental Engineering

CE 337

Hydraulics

CE 344

Civil Engineering Analysis

CE 430, or

Water Supply and Drainage Design

CE 480

Water and Wastewater Treatment


Required Courses for Specialization in Structural Engineering/Structural Mechanics
In addition to the M.S.C.E. program requirements, the following undergraduate classes (plus all associated prerequisites) are generally required of all M.S.C.E. students specializing in structural engineering/structural mechanics::

CE 332

Soil Engineering

CE 344

Civil Engineering Analysis

CE 360

Structural Analysis

CE 450

Structural Steel Design

CE 455

Reinforced Concrete Design

Required Courses for Specialization in Construction Engineering Management
In addition to the M.S.C.E. program requirements, the following undergraduate classes (plus all associated prerequisites) are generally required of all M.S.C.E. students specializing in construction management.

CE 395

Engineering Economics

CE 497

Construction Engineering Management


Required Courses for Specialization in Transportation Engineering
In addition to the M.S.C.E. program requirements, the following undergraduate classes (plus all associated prerequisites) are generally required of all M.S.C.E. students specializing in transportation engineering.

CE 344

Civil Engineering Analysis

CE 345

Transportation Engineering

Ph.D. Programs

This is a joint program with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). A typical student entering the program would already have a degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited program. Students with outstanding records in related fields or from a non-accredited engineering program will be considered for admission on conditional standing, and must remedy deficiencies in their preparation after the start of their academic program. They may then be granted unconditional standing in the doctoral program.

The program requires 48 credit hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate level or 24 credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, plus a minimum of 24 credit hours of dissertation research. Enrollment in the Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (CE 741) at least once per academic year is required. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be taken from the UAH campus, and may be taken through the Intercampus Interactive Telecommunications (IITS) System here at UAB, Distance Learning courses from UAH (DL) or Web-based Instruction from UAH.

A comprehensive examination is required of all doctoral candidates. This examination is given after (a) all coursework is completed, and (b) the student’s Graduate Committee, which consists of faculty representatives from both campuses, deems the student to have adequate preparation in the major and minor fields of study. The examination is conducted by the student’s Graduate Committee and administered on the resident campus. The examination consists of a written part and an oral part. During the oral portion of the examination, the student also presents his/her dissertation proposal. The Comprehensive Examination may only be taken twice.

For additional details, please refer to the CCEE website: http://www.eng.uab.edu/cee

Additional Information
For detailed information, contact Jennifer A. Vinson, Administrative Associate (jav@uab.edu), UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, HOEN 140, 1530 3rd Ave., S., Birmingham, AL 35294-4440. Physical location: 140 Hoehn Building, 1075 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL, Telephone # (205) 934-8430.


Master in Engineering – Construction Management

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce its newest program, a Masters in Engineering – Construction Management. This program is designed to enhance the engineering and business qualifications of working professionals interested in project and company management.

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, requirements for admission to the program leading to the Master in Engineering – Construction Management degree include the following:

  1. Must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. College or University;
  2. Must have an Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (individuals not meeting this requirement may start o a probationary status with strong interview and recommendations);
  3. No GRE required for U.S. Citizens;
  4. Must submit at least two letters of recommendation
  5. Must schedule an interview with the Program director or coordinator.
  6. Student must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit;