Graduate Studies in Civil Engineering
Vanderbilt's Graduate Program in Civil Engineering has a long-standing record of excellence in both teaching and research in the specific areas of:
The Civil Engineering graduate program offers three types of graduate degrees.
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Applicants may apply directly for the Ph.D. degree; the M.S./Ph.D. degree; or just the M.S. degree. The M.S. degree has, however, two options: (a) Thesis option, and (b) Non-thesis option. The thesis option involves writing a thesis based on guided research work undertaken by the student. The non-thesis option involves satisfaction of expanded coursework requirements and writing of a final project report.
A student becomes a candidate for the Ph.D. degree after passing the preliminary and qualification examinations. The Ph.D. degree requires the final defense of a dissertation based on the research work undertaken by the student.
The M.Eng.degree is targeted to professional engineers seeking management roles with specialization in Construction Management, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering. The coursework requirements for this degree are similar to that for the M.S. degree with non-thesis option. All the degrees require prescribed credit hours of coursework. Refer to the Graduate School Course Catalog for course descriptions and specifics.