Civil Engineering (MS/Ph.D)

Civil Engineering (MS/Ph.D)

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Akron (UA) offers master of science (MS) doctorate (PhD) degrees in six disciplines: computational mechanics, environmental engineering, hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. All programs enable students to work closely with experienced, knowledgeable faculty members and require rigorous research.


Admission Requirements

MASTER'S DEGREE:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in Engineering
  • GRE (may be waived for domestic students or students on non-thesis option)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

DOCTORAL DEGREE:

  • Hold a baccalaureate or master's degree in Engineering
  • GRE (may be waived for domestic students or by the applicants' dissertation advisor in consultation with the Graduate Committee)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Representative journal or conference articles (this is optional - include five articles at most)

Application Deadline

Applications for the master's and doctoral degree programs in Civil Engineering are accepted on a rolling basis.


Additional Information

Master's students are encouraged to select an area of specialization for concentration of graduate study. Two options are available for organization of the master's program. The thesis option of the MS program is the preferred choice and consists of at least 15 credit hours of civil engineering courses at or above the 500 level, 3 credit hours of an approved mathematics or science elective, 6 credits of approved electives and 6 credits for the thesis.

A non-thesis option does exist, and is used primarily for part-time students. Requirements include 15 credits of civil engineering courses at or above the 500 level, 3 credits of an approved science or mathematics elective, 12 credits of approved technical electives and a 2 credit engineering report.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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