Graduate Study

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Overview

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Howard University offers Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. The graduate program within the CEE Department is comprised of four sub-disciplines. Each entering graduate student must be accepted into a sub-discipline. The sub-disciplines are:

  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Structural and Earthquake Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering

The degrees awarded are:

  • Master of Science (MS), with concentration in one of the sub-disciplines
  • Master of Engineering (ME), with concentration in one of the sub-disciplines
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), interdisciplinary, with major research in one of the sub-disciplines

The Master of Science (MS) program is usually completed in four semesters of full-time study, including summer research. Each MS student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours: 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis research. The course work requires the completion of core courses within the sub-discipline in which the student was accepted. MS students are encouraged to have at least one journal paper publication on a notably ranked journal before completing the MS program. MS candidates must also pass an oral and written examination of their research project.

The Master of Engineering (ME) program may be completed in two semesters of full-time study. Each ME student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours: 27 credit hours of course work, and 3 credit hours towards a research project. The course work requires the completion of core courses of the sub-discipline in which the student was accepted. ME candidates must also pass a comprehensive examination.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is interdisciplinary and focuses on two interdisciplinary research thrusts:

  • Environmental engineering (includes environmental and water resources engineering)
  • Sustainable urban and global infrastructure (includes structures, geotechnical and transportation engineering)

Each doctoral student must complete a minimum of 72 hours beyond a bachelor's degree. A doctoral student beyond a master's degree must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours at Howard University beyond the master's degree and may transfer 24 course credit hours from the master's degree program to the Ph.D. program to complete the total of 72 hours. The course requirements include 12 hours on a dissertation topic based on original research. The course work requirements for the doctoral degree are designed by the academic advisor in accordance with both the sub-discipline and the interdisciplinary research area in which the student was accepted. Doctoral students are highly encouraged to prepare and publish at least one journal paper publication on a notably ranked journal before completing their program. They are also encouraged to support the submission of external funding applications to agencies for sponsored research support.

See Graduate Handbook (PDF) for more information.

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