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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Science Degree

A bridgeThe master's degree program in civil and environmental engineering is designed to provide you with the engineering, technical, scientific and communication skills necessary to succeed in a professional engineering career or to move on to Ph.D. studies.

Close interactions between faculty and graduate students foster a dynamic research and learning atmosphere, and students gain experience through collaborations with faculty on applied and fundamental research projects.

Master's degree options

The department offers two options for master's degree students:

  • Plan A (Thesis option): This option combines coursework with a research-based thesis written on a topic within your specialty.
  • Plan B (Non-thesis option): This option combines coursework with a comprehensive examination, which has both an oral and written component. The comprehensive exam covers core topics in civil and environmental engineering as well as topics within your areas of expertise. Specific questions will be determined by your primary advisor and examining committee.

If you have not passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam as an undergraduate, you are highly encouraged to do so as part of  your master's degree program.

Areas of specialization

Students in the master's degree program can choose from five areas of specialization:

  1. Earthquake and structural engineering
  2. Geotechnical engineering
  3. Pavements/materials engineering
  4. Transportation engineering
  5. Environmental engineering

Specific coursework requirements vary for each specialty. Our students work closely with faculty advisors to design a course of study that meets degree requirements and prepares them to write a thesis or pass comprehensive exams in their area of expertise. 

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Reno,  NV  89557-0258
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