Special Graduate Degree Programs and Options

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Concentration. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers an option in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) within the M.S. and Ph.D. program. The program requirements listed are in addition to the normal requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree. See http://cse.illinois.edu/admissions/cee.

 

Master of Architecture and Master of Civil Engineering (Construction Management or Structural Engineering). This program is administered through the school of architecture and requires a baccalaureate in architectural studies. Thus the program is intended for graduate students in architecture. The CEE requirements for the MS degree in this joint program are 32 hours of course work including three 500 level courses in CEE. The student must be enrolled in the CEE Department for at least two semesters in order to obtain the joint degree. Architecture also has information at http://www.arch.illinois.edu/degrees/joint-graduate-degrees#section-2. The thesis option is not available for this joint degree program.

 

Master of Engineering Degree with a Graduate Concentration in Railway Engineering. (M.Eng.)

This program is a collaborative effort between the Rail Transportation of Engineering Center (RailTEC) and the Railway Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The concentration will be housed in the CEE department, which will administer admissions, advising, and degree completion. The Railway Engineering concentration will be comprised of 36 credits with: 

  • 20 credit hours of course work in railway transportation and engineering from Illinois
  • 9 credit hours of course work in railway transportation from KTH
  • 3 credit hours of course work on the theory and methodology of science from KTH
  • 4 credit hours of professional development and
  • At least three 500 level courses

Students should consult the Railway Engineering M.Eng website (http://railwaymeng.engineering.illinois.edu/) for more information on this program and program-specific regulations and curriculum requirements. There is no thesis option for this degree program.

 

Joint Degree Option in the Master of Urban Planning. This program is administered in the department of Urban and Regional Planning. Students must apply for admission to both the Urban Planning program and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The requirements for the MSCE degree in this joint program are 32 hours of course work including three 500 level courses in CEE. The student must be enrolled in the CEE Department for at least two semesters in order to obtain the joint degree. http://catalog.illinois.edu/graduate/faa/joint-degree/urban-planning-mup/

 

iMBA Certificate. The Gies College of Business provides an opportunity for CEE students to complete the Value Chain Management Certificate, which is part of the MBA program offered online and called the iMBA program. On-campus and full-time CEE students can apply to take courses and complete one of the core specializations in the iMBA program, Value Chain Management, with no additional tuition or fee costs. Upon completion of the specialization, students will earn a certificate and 12 hours of credit that can be applied towards an iMBA degree, which students can apply for and continue after their MS or PhD degree in CEE. The 12 credit hours earned as part of this program will not count toward any CEE graduate degree.

Direct PhD Program. Starting with Spring 2021 admissions, the CEE Department is offering a Direct Ph.D. program, which allows highly qualified applicants to be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program without an M.S. degree. The admission application for this program must be supported by a faculty advisor and CEE area. The direct Ph.D. program has the same coursework requirements as the MS plus Ph.D. route. However, students in the direct Ph.D. do not write an M.S. thesis and do not necessarily have to earn an M.S. degree.

 

New 96 Credit Hour Direct PhD Option, CEE & EE

Code

Title

Hours

CEE 599

Thesis Research (min-max applied toward degree)

32-40

Elective courses (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)

56-64

Total Hours

96

 

Requirement

Other Requirements and Conditions may overlap

A maximum of 8 hours of CEE 597 (or other independent study) may be applied toward the elective course work requirement; approval required.

There is no department-wide foreign language requirement. However, the faculties of some areas of specialization may require foreign language proficiency if essential to the conduct of research in that area.

24 credit hours must be in major field.  24 credit hours of elective coursework must be at the 500-level, with at least 12 hours in major field.

64 graduate hours must be completed in residence.

Ph.D. exam and dissertation requirements:

Qualifying exam

Preliminary exam

Final exam or dissertation defense

Dissertation deposit

The minimum program GPA is 2.75.