Civil and Environmental Engineering MS

The master of science in civil and environmental engineering (MSCEE) 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 thesis option prepares students for future work in consulting, governmental agencies, industry, or doctoral studies. Students may focus their studies in one of several emphasis areas. This course of study includes a research component and culminates in a thesis that represents original research.

Degree Requirements

  • A program of at least 31 credit hours of approved coursework and research. No more than 50% of the credit hours can be at the 500 level.
  • At least 15 credit hours of CEE approved graduate coursework (500 level courses and above) to include Research Methods (CEE 500). Independent study (CEE 691) and non-thesis research (CEE 788) are not applicable toward the thesis option.
  • At least 6 credit hours of thesis research. No more than 6 credit hours of thesis research count toward degree requirements.
  • A satisfactory thesis based upon individual research.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option allows students to take advanced coursework to support their professional development. Students must complete at least 33 graduate credits as shown in the following table.

Degree Requirements

  • A program of at least 33 credit hours of approved coursework, of which no more than 3 credits may be from CEE or CEM 691, 788, 790, 791, 798, or CP 697.
  • No more than 50% of the credit hours can be at the 500 level.
  • At least 20 credit hours of CEE approved graduate coursework (500 level courses and above).  


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. Scott Amos
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(605) 394-1694