THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING


Educational Objectives
The aim is to graduate civil and environmental engineers with a strong knowledge in one of the fields of Transportation, Project Management and Urban Planning, Geoenvironmental, or Structure and Material. Candidates will then move into the workplace with a strong theoretical background, as well as design experience in the field of their expertise.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the MS in Civil Engineering program is subject to the graduate admission requirements of the university as stated in the catalog under “Graduate Admission”. In addition, the following requirements are to be met:

  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university (holders of BS degrees in civil engineering will have to take a set of remedial courses to be specified on a case by case basis in order to meet the total number of credits required);
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 minimum (or its equivalent from a recognized faculty of engineering);
  • GRE Scores.
  • Approval of the Faculty Graduate Committee


Furthermore, applicants should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All English requirements, as stated in the catalog under “Graduate Admission”, are to be fulfilled.

Graduation Requirements
The program leads to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering awarded once the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • The candidate must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0. All courses are to be passed with a minimum of B grade as per rules and regulations concerning graduate studies at NDU. Failed courses may be repeated once provided that the grade on the failed course is equal to D or higher. Failing a course with an F grade means an automatic exclusion from the program.
  • Holders of a bachelor of engineering in civil engineering (5-year program leading to the degree of BE) from a recognized university may apply to transfer a maximum of twelve credits from their undergraduate upper level courses equivalent to 500-level elective civil engineering courses at NDU. Only courses with a B grade can be considered for transfer.
  • The residency requirements and maximum load per semester are as per rules and regulations for graduate programs at Notre Dame University-Louaize.

The 30 credits are composed of:

  • 12 credits (4 courses) of required courses in the major field.
  • 9 credits of technical electives (3 courses) from the other three fields, listed below, or from other departments upon the decision of the graduate committee.
  • 3 credits (1 course) of graduate electives approved by the graduate committee.
  • 6 credits of research dedicated to writing a Master Thesis and defense. The topic selected should be related to the major field. A student selects a topic of research with the assistance of his/her advisor. A thesis defense is to be performed in front of a committee.

Major Fields

A. Transportation and Urban Planning
CEN 643 Transportation Engineering III (3cr.)
CEN 644 Designs of Highway Bridges and Interchanges (3cr.)
CEN 645 Pavement Design and Management (3cr.)
CEN 646 Traffic Engineering (3cr.)
CEN 647 Urban Transportation Planning (3cr.)
CEN 648 Transportation and Land Development (3cr.)
CEN 649 Transportation System Analysis (3cr.)
CEN 650 Advanced Surveying and GPS (3cr.)
CEN 651 Infrastructure Planning and GIS (3cr.)
CEN 652 Rail Roads, Ports and Harbors (3cr.)
CEN 653 Airports; Planning and Design (3cr.)
CEN 654 Building laws, Site Selection and Parking (3cr.)
CEN 656 Planning using GIS (3cr.)
CEN 657 Intelligent Transportation Systems (3cr.)
CEN 658 Transportation Economics (3cr.)
CEN 659 Transportation Asset Management (3cr.)

B. Water Management and Geoenvironmental Engineering
CEN 620 Advanced Soil Mechanics (3cr.)
CEN 621 Deep Foundations (3cr.)
CEN 622 Slope Stability (3cr.)
CEN 623 Geotechnical Reliability Analysis and Reliability-Based Design (3cr.)
CEN 661 Air pollution Engineering (3cr.)
CEN 662 Solid Waste Management (3cr.)
CEN 663 Bioremediation (3cr.)
CEN 664 Integrated Water Management (3cr.)
CEN 665 Advanced Hydrology (3cr.)
CEN 666 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatments (3cr.)
CEN 667 Water Distribution, Drainage and Sewerage Systems (3cr.)
CEN 669 Environmental Impact Assessment (3cr.)

C. Structures and Materials
CEN 600 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3cr.)
CEN 601 Elasticity (3cr.)
CEN 602 Matrix Method for Structural Analysis (3cr.)
CEN 603 Dynamics of Structures (3cr.)
CEN 604 Design of Structural Systems (3cr.)
CEN 605 Earthquake Resisting Structures Design (3cr.)
CEN 606 Finite Element Methods (3cr.)
CEN 607 Nonlinear Finite Element Methods (3cr.)
CEN 611 Prestressed Concrete (3cr.)
CEN 612 Concrete Technology - Materials and Admixtures (3cr.)
CEN 613 Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures (3cr.)
CEN 614 Special Topics in Concrete (3cr.)
CEN 615 Design of Composite Construction (3cr.)
CEN 616 Advanced Steel Design (3cr.)
CEN 617 Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers (3cr.)

D. Project Management
CEN 684 Building: Energy and Environment (3cr.)
CEN 685 Risk Engineering (3cr.)
CEN 690 Advanced Project Management (3cr.)
CEN 691 Six Sigma Techniques and Total Quality Management (3cr.)
CEN 692 Financial Engineering (3cr.)
CEN 693 Simulation Modeling (3cr.)
CEN 694 Dynamic Optimization (3cr.)
CEN 695 Advanced Construction Planning (3cr.)
CEN 696 Advanced Operations Research (3cr.) CEN 697 Decision Analysis (3cr.)
CEN 698 Special Topics in Engineering Infrastructures (3cr.)
CEN 699 Sustainable Development Planning (3cr.)

Suggested Program
Year I
Fall Semester I 9 cr.
CEN Required Course (3 cr.)
CEN Required Course (3 cr.)
CEN Required Course (3 cr.)

Spring Semester II 9 cr.
CEN Required Course (3 cr.)
CEN Elective Course (3 cr.)
-------- Graduate Elective (approved by GC) (3 cr.)

Year II
Fall Semester III 9 cr.
CEN Elective Course (3 cr.)
CEN 790 Master Thesis 6 cr.

Spring Semester IV (3 cr.)
CEN Elective Course (3 cr.)