Graduate Programs

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The objectives of the graduate program in CAEE are excellence in engineering education, research, and professional service. The program seeks to educate students to assume leadership positions in engineering practice, research, and education.  We welcome applications from highly qualified and motivated students for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Rapidly expanding technology demands that an engineer have increased breadth and depth of knowledge. CAEE strives to give its students that knowledge as it educates the next generation of engineering leaders. We are dedicated to extending engineering knowledge across the breadth of the discipline and beyond through creative, innovative teaching and research ranging from the fundamental to the applied. Furthermore, our various Research Centers provide our graduate students the opportunity to delve deeper into their areas of interest. With state-of-the-art facilities, the CAEE graduate program is designed to educate engineers who will be in the forefront of the profession in academia, civil service, or industry.

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in engineering. However, exceptional candidates with other undergraduate degrees can be considered for admission, but will be required to complete additional undergraduate leveling courses prior to beginning graduate work.  The typical leveling courses required will depend on the student's background.

The department offers the Master of Science in Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered only in Civil Engineering. Applicants interested in graduate studies in Architectural Engineering should apply to Civil Engineering.

Within the CAEE graduate program, students are asked to choose from one of our areas of study:

In addition to these programs, the department offers a dual degree program with the LBJ School of Public Affairs (MSE/MPA).

Photo: Doctoral student, Celina Dozier, is one of over 400 graduate students in CAEE. Our graduate student population reflects the national and international reputation of the department with students from all regional areas of the U.S., and from 41 countries around the world