Civil and Environmental Engineering MS

The master of science in civil and environmental engineering (MS CENE) degree provides a program of advanced study for candidates wishing to gain additional expertise for a career in the civil and environmental engineering field.

Thesis Option

The MS CENE thesis degree option consists of program of graduate coursework and independent thesis research. Candidacy for the MS CENE degree with the thesis option is contingent upon the student’s aptitude to do research. The thesis must constitute an original contribution to knowledge in civil and environmental engineering and must be successfully defended at a final oral presentation and examination. Students are accepted into the MS CENE thesis option upon the successful submission of a written thesis proposal, public presentation, and the recommendation of a major professor. The requirements for the MS CENE thesis degree are as follows:

  1. A program of at least 31 credit hours of coursework and research.  At least 50% of the credit hours must be at the 600 level or higher.
  2. At least 15 credit hours of CEE approved graduate coursework (500 level courses and above), in addition to Research Methods (CEE 500). Independent study (CEE 691) and Non-thesis Research (CEE 788) are not applicable toward the thesis option.
  3. At least 6 credit hours of thesis research. No more than 6 credit hours of thesis research will count toward degree requirements.
  4. Completion of a satisfactory thesis based upon independent research.
  5. Meeting or exceeding prescribed academic standards.
  6. Successfully defending the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis MS CENE degree consists of a program of graduate coursework. A thesis, project paper, or final examination is not required; this is a course-work only degree. The requirements for the MS CENE non-thesis degree are as follows:

  1. A program of at least 33 credit hours of course work, of which no more than 3 credits may be from CEE 691, CEE 788, CEE 790, CEE 791, CEE 798, or CP 697. At least 50% of the credit hours must be at the 600 level or higher.
  2. At least 20 credit hours of approved CEE graduate coursework (500 level courses and above).
  3. Meeting or exceeding prescribed academic standards.

Eligibility

Applicants must satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Graduate Education Office. (See general requirements for graduate admission.) Students who hold a BS degree in civil or environmental engineering from an ABET-accredited program and who satisfy all admission requirements may be accepted into the MS civil engineering programs. Admission is competitive and the achievement of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Students with engineering degrees in areas other than civil or environmental engineering will be required to complete necessary background courses. Outstanding students with non-engineering baccalaureate degrees may qualify for admission to the graduate civil engineering program, with the understanding that they must take specified background courses as needed.

For more information on the MSCEE program, contact:
Dr. Molly Gribb
Professor and Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(605) 394-1697
Molly.Gribb@sdsmt.edu