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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Location: Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 30

Ready For State of the Art in Civil Engineering

There’s one thing civil engineering pioneers have in common. They’re the ones flooded with experience. Drenched in tech. They have the tools to design solutions, initiate processes and create infrastructure. They’re masters in state of the art…not just state of the practice.

Are you ready for the next level?

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) program at Georgia Southern University prepares you for the diverse and technology-driven world of infrastructure. We’re serious about getting your hands on the latest technology — in the classroom and in the lab. You’ll work on public impact research and projects that solve real infrastructure problems, and you’ll work with the latest engineering tech to get it done.

Choose a Thesis (research) or Non-Thesis (project) Track from Five Areas:

Construction Engineering

As a construction engineer, you’ll learn advanced analysis and design, project planning, scheduling and management of large-scale construction projects. You’ll gain the skills to be an invaluable player in the construction of residential, commercial, and heavy civil projects such as roadways, bridges, ports, and more.

Environmental/Water Resources Engineering

As an environmental/water resources engineer, you’re working with our most precious resource for life on earth. You’ll solve current, relevant, real-world problems that affect water quality and sustainability. Learn about drinking water and wastewater treatment, surface water management, watershed management, and more.

Transportation-Pavement/Geotechnical Engineering

In this track, you’ll examine the characteristics of soil, rock and asphalt materials as well as the design and construction of pavement, foundation and other earth structures. You’ll have the opportunity to research green and sustainable pavement materials, geotechnical load and resistance factor design (LRFD), ground improvement, and traffic safety simulation.

Structural Engineering

As a structural engineer, you’ll analyze and design large-scale infrastructure. Study resistance factor design (LRFD) of reinforced concrete and steel structures, and repair and rehabilitation of civilian infrastructure. You’ll also explore emerging technologies such as fiber-reinforced polymeric structures and forensic analysis tools such as non-destructive testing.

Surveying-Geomatics

Learn to navigate the geospatial world by using large geographical information systems, LiDAR, enhanced photogrammetry, advanced global positioning systems and other emerging technologies. This track prepares you for cutting edge surveying and geomatics and delivers the necessary coursework required for Professional Surveying Licensure in the State of Georgia.

With a focus on hands-on experience, the MSCE degree will equip you with industry-ready skills coupled with innovative and cutting-edge research knowledge within your individual field of interest. Taught by a faculty consisting mostly of professional engineers, you’ll get the training you need to hit the ground running.

MSCE Degree Highlights and Benefits

  • Our program boasts a large number of courses with a lab component.
  • We collaborate with areas, institutions and infrastructure in southeast Georgia to perform real-world field studies and research.
  • Students get hands-on experience with high-end, current technologies in the lab and in the classroom.
  • Our smaller class sizes allow a more personalized learning experience for students.
  • Most of our civil engineering faculty have their Professional Engineering license, which means they’re ready to work or consult on large-scale projects, and ready to mentor students.

Our mission is to make sure you’re ready to enter the world of infrastructure as a leader. Ready to dig in from day one. Ready to solve problems. Ready to build.

You’ll Work With the Latest Technology in Civil Engineering

Do you want to work in non-destructive testing? How about laser scanning equipment, ultrasonic pulse velocity, or a fully automatic consolidometer? We’ll make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running with the expertise you’ll need to build the next era of infrastructure for towns and cities around the world.

  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) and corrosion labs
  • 2nd generation adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for quantifying biofilm in bioreactors
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrum (GC-MS) emerging contaminants detection
  • Triaxial shear testing
  • Water potential meter for unsaturated soils
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Cyclic corrosion testing chamber capable of simulating different corrosive environments
  • The latest geographical information systems (GIS) software 
  • Drone-aerial photogrammetry
  • And much more!

Choose From a Variety of In-Demand Courses Such As:

Watershed Management

This course provides an introduction to the field of watershed management from an environmental engineering perspective. The course covers a wide range of topics that describe the most important aspects of watershed management including watershed assessment and the processes that control water quality in an urban and rural watershed. Fundamentals principles of environmental and water resources engineering will be used to understand the processes that control the transport and fate of pollutants in a watershed. The same principles will be used to develop processes and management practices to improve the water quality in watersheds. Topics addressed include: water quality regulations; physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting that rate and transport of pollutants to surface waters; nonpoint source pollution (NPS); and best management practices among others. The course is intended for seniors and graduate students who want to gain more experience in the area of environmental engineering and water resources.

Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment

The course covers advanced water and wastewater treatment processes necessary for designing and managing modern drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. Topics include ion exchange, ozonation, adsorption, membrane, biological nutrients removal (BNR), membrane biological reactor (MBR), disinfection, sludge treatment and disposal, wastewater reclamation and reuse, and effluent disposal. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Pavement Analysis and Design

This course provides an introduction to different approaches to pavement analysis and design, including flexible and rigid pavement design, preservation, rehabilitation, and management. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Advanced Structural Analysis

This course covers the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Classical and modern methods, such as the slope-deflection approach and the matrix-based stiffness method of analysis for indeterminate trusses, beams, and frames are presented. Additionally, a commercially available software package, for structural analysis, is employed to model and analyze relatively larger structures, requiring computational assistance. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Introduction to Finite Elements

This course provides an introduction to the finite element method focusing on the analysis of common structural components encountered in civil engineering discipline utilizing a commercial FEA software package. The course covers key FEA principles and procedures associated with linearly behaving static structural members modeled using a variety of appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level projects in areas beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrate a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Foundation Design

This course provides an introduction to foundation design methods, including shallow foundations, slope stability analysis, pile foundations, and retaining walls. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Introduction to GIS in Surveying-Geomatics and Transportation

An introduction to the knowledge and skill requirements of geographic information systems (GIS) as applied to surveying-geomatics and transportation. Students will learn and apply GIS and cartographic concepts to develop problem solutions in surveying mapping and thematic mapping and to manipulate geo-referenced spatial information as required in typical industry applications. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Introduction to Terrestrial LiDAR

This course presents a thorough introduction to terrestrial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) or laser scanning and its multiple applications. It includes the use of selected state-of-the-art, ground-based, instruments and their corresponding data collection and processing software packages to generate 3D point-cloud models. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverables representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

Introduction to Close-Range Photogrammetry

This course presents a thorough introduction to close-range photogrammetry and its multiple applications in civil and construction engineering. It includes the use of selected, state-of-the-art, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and associated data collection and processing software packages to generate 3D spatial models. Graduate students will be required to complete individual advanced level research in an area beyond the scope of the undergraduate requirements that demonstrates a higher level of mastery in the subject matter with additional required deliverable representative of graduate level work, as determined by the instructor.

More MSCE Degree Options

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree

For students who earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering degree, Georgia Southern offers an accelerated track to an M.S. in Civil Engineering degree. This program combines 124 hours from the B.S. in Civil Engineering and 30 hours from the MSCE to exceed the required 150 unique hours between the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and allows students a maximum of 9 shared credit hours to satisfy the requirements of both. The option is available for both the thesis and non-thesis MSCE tracks.

Provisional MSCE Admittance

For bachelor’s students wanting to pursue an MSCE degree without a civil engineering, construction engineering, construction management or environmental engineering background, they may be granted provisional admission based upon the recommendation of the MSCE Graduate Coordinator or department chair.

Recent MSCE Graduates Have Secured Jobs With…

  • Thomas and Hutton (Savannah, GA), Staff Engineer
  • Ben G. Turnipseed Engineers (Sea Island, GA), Staff Engineer
  • Distinct Engineering Solutions, Inc. (New Jersey), Geotechnical/Environmental Engineer
  • Midstream and Terminal Services (Texas), Graduate Engineer
  • E-ONE Emergency Vehicles and Rescue Trucks (Florida), Mechanical Engineer
  • Maks Inc. (Texas), Staff Engineer
  • Terracon (Savannah), Staff Engineer 

 Questions? Contact Us

Graduate Coordinator
Francisco Cubas, Ph.D. 
Phone: 912-478-6453
Email: fcubassuazo@georgiasouthern.edu

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 912-478-5384
Fax: 912-478-0740
Email: gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 6/8/2021