The Field of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degree programs:
- a two-semester coursework and project-oriented program leading to the degree of Master of Engineering in either Civil and Environmental Engineering or in Engineering Management
- a program involving research leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.)
- a program involving intensive research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Master of Engineering degree is normally completed in two or three semesters of intensive study. Thirty credit hours that include coursework in major and supporting areas and a project are required.
The Master of Engineering program in civil and environmental engineering is aimed at engineers who wish to improve the depth and breadth of their technical abilities in the context of the engineering profession. They do this through additional course work and participation in a project that contains the elements of engineering practice.
The Master of Engineering program in engineering management is appropriate for engineers who want to stay in a technical environment, but focus on managerial roles. Students learn to identify problems, formulate and analyze models to understand these problems, and interpret and formulate the results of analyses for managerial action.
In the Master of Science program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members who represent major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires a thesis and a final oral examination. A minimum of two registration units from Cornell is required for the MS. MS degree students can not receive registration credits for previous study at other graduate schools.
In the PhD program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members representing major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires qualifying and comprehensive examinations, as well as a thesis and final oral examination. A minimum of six registration units is required for the Ph.D. Generally one registration unit is awarded for each semester of satisfactory full-time study at Cornell. By petition, up to two registration units for MS work completed in a relevant program outside of Cornell may be transferred to the Ph.D. program.