Feb 20, 2024  
2023-2024 GRADUATE CATALOG 
    
2023-2024 GRADUATE CATALOG

Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering Concentration, (MS)


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MS Degree Program


Please review the information provided on the Herff College of Engineering  page. 

Admission Standards and Procedures-Civil Engineering


The following are minimum requirements for admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a closely related program;
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons capable of assessing the applicant’s suitability for graduate work in civil engineering;
  3. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 from an accredited college or university;
  4. The GRE is waived for students with a GPA of 3.25 or greater; for students with a GPA of less than 3.25, the following minimum GRE scores are required:
    • Verbal = 146,
    • Quantitative = 156,
    • Analytical Writing = 3.0;
  5. Applicants whose native language is other than English must meet one of the following minimum requirements:
    • TOEFL = 85,
    • IELTS = 6.5
    • Duolingo = 110,
    • PTE = 57.

Applications can be evaluated based on unofficial transcripts and test scores; however, official test scores must be provided before the student can be formally admitted and official transcripts will have to be provided by the end of the student’s first semester of enrollment.

An applicant who lacks a civil engineering bachelors degree may be required to complete undergraduate deficiency courses. If the number of deficiency courses is large, the applicant may be required to complete an undergraduate degree in civil engineering before seeking admission to the graduate program.

Applicants whose highest degree is from an international university may be required to have their credentials (transcripts) evaluated. The department will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (http://www.naces.org). A course-by course report is required.

Applicants are advised that meeting the minimum admission standards does not entitle an applicant to admission; meeting the standards only insures consideration of the application.

English Conditional Admission: International students are required to demonstrate a strong grasp of the English language before admission into the graduate program. English conditional admission may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Students will need to register for an English skills assessment and take instructional sessions (if required as a result of that assessment) through the University’s Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program (www.memphis.edu/iei). Upon successful completion of the requisite sessions, as determined by IEI, the student’s English skills will be considered up to standard and the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived. The student can then proceed into their graduate academic program. Please note that in order to have a complete application packet, students seeking English conditional admission will need to simultaneously apply for the IEI program through the link above and to the Graduate School (www.memphis.edu/graduateadmissions). Please note that a student cannot be a graduate assistant (GA) until they have been fully admitted and have begun their graduate academic program. Students will pay IEI fees until they meet the language criterion. If courses are taken outside of IEI, the student will be charged additional tuition at the regular rate.

Program Requirements


  • Thesis option: 30 credit hours total. Students electing the thesis option will be required to complete an independent research project culminating in a master’s thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must successfully pass an oral examination to assess mastery of the thesis topic and to evaluate the student’s knowledge in Civil Engineering. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
  • Project option: 30 credit hours total. Students electing the project option must take CIVL 7001 CIVL 7012 , and CIVL 7993 . Upon completion of CIVL 7993 , project students must make an oral presentation of their project and pass an oral comprehensive examination to evaluate the student’s knowledge in Civil Engineering.
  • Course-only option: 30 credit hours total. Students electing the course-only option must take CIVL 7001  and CIVL 7012 . In their last semester, they must pass a take-home comprehensive exam covering all of their coursework.
  • A minimum of 18 hours of Civil Engineering course work at the 7000 level will be required for all MS degree programs. No more than 9 hours of committee/advisor-approved course work below the 7000 level will be allowed in any program of study. Classes taken outside the department must be approved by the committee/advisor and must complement the student’s program of study in Civil Engineering.

Retention Policy


All students enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering are expected to attain high academic achievement in all courses taken. The criteria listed below will be used to determine retention status of students enrolled in the program leading to a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

  1. Students having been unconditionally admitted to the graduate program in Civil Engineering who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher will be considered to be in good standing.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all course work at The University of Memphis, in all Civil Engineering course work at The University of Memphis, and for all 7000 level course work at The University of Memphis at the end of each semester of enrollment. Any student not meeting these conditions will be placed on probation.
  3. Students admitted on probation must maintain a 3.00 average at the end of each semester until 9 hours of graduate credit are earned. A student having a cumulative grade point average less than 3.00 at the end of the period described will be dismissed. A student having a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above will then be subject to the retention criteria listed in 2 above.
  4. A student will be permitted two (2) grades of 2.00 or lower in graduate courses taken at The University of Memphis. A student will be dismissed from the program at the end of the semester in which a third grade of 2.00 or lower is earned.
  5. A student who has been dropped from the graduate program in the Department of Civil Engineering will be denied permission to enroll in Civil Engineering courses in semesters subsequent to dismissal from the department.

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