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MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University

Rice University, Houston, United States
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The Master of Science degree is offered in both civil engineering and environmental engineering. For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Degree Requirements—To earn a MS degree, students must: Complete at least 24 semester hours of approved graduate level courses and 6 semester hours of thesis research. For students studying environmental engineering, this must include one course each in environmental chemistry, water treatment, hydrology, and air quality. For students studying civil, structural engineering, and mechanics, this must include one course each in structural engineering, mechanics, applied mathematics, structural dynamic systems, earthquake engineering and reliability. Select a thesis committee according to department requirements and conduct original research in consultation with the committee. Present and defend in oral examination an approved research thesis. Students take the oral exam only after the committee determines the thesis to be in a written format acceptable for public defense. Normally, students take two academic years and the intervening summer to complete the degree. Students intending to extend their studies into the PhD degree program should note that the department does not grant an automatic MS degree to candidates who have not written a satisfactory master’s thesis.