Texas Tech University

Master of Civil Engineering

Texas Tech University's online Master of Civil Engineering is offered by the Department of Civil Engineering. A student in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering will initially specialize in the principal sub-discipline of structural engineering or in construction engineering and management in this degree program. There are three different options available: a thesis option, a report option and a course only option.

Program Overview

From designing modern skyscrapers to ensuring clean drinking water, civil and environmental engineers affect quality of life and public safety.

Texas Tech faculty have expertise in design of buildings, shelters and bridges; windstorm damage mitigation; renewable wind energy systems; wastewater treatment, hazardous waste treatment, flooding, and water resources management.

Construction engineers are responsible for a wide range of duties associated with the development, design, and management of construction-related processes that are required to take a project from its initial conception to a fully developed project.

The faculty at Texas Tech have a wide range of interest and expertise including geotextiles, wind and soil erosion modeling, rapid bridge replacement, prestressed concrete, construction management, digital remote control and telemetry systems, power generation, manufacturing processes, video imaging and analysis, sustainable construction, HVAC system design, and energy usage.

A student in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering will initially specialize in the principal sub-discipline of structural engineering or in construction engineering and management in this degree program.

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, prospective students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School.
    • Complete the Graduate application.
      • $60 initial application fee or $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program requests, or readmission requests).

      • Students planning to pursue a master's degree are strongly encouraged to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than five years old at the time of application.
        • The average GRE score of graduate students in engineering programs is around 1100 on the math and verbal sections, when combined.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of application. Learn more.
  2. Contact the Program Coordinator.
    • Verify the required test scores or other required admission materials with the advisor of the program that interests you.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Student status..
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

The Master of Civil Engineering has three degree options are available: the thesis-option student completes 24 hours of coursework, performs 6 credit hours of independent research, and writes a thesis based on the findings of the research; the report-option student completes 27 hours of coursework and writes a report (3 hours) on a selected topic. The courses only option allows a student to take 30 hours of course work and pass a comprehensive exam.

  • No more than 15 credit hours can be taken from any one engineering program, e.g. Industrial Engineering or Software Engineering.
  • Coursework is completed online.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree in engineering, or its equivalent
  • Students will not be allowed to user credit/non-credit courses (e.g., CE 7000) to fulfill the required 30 credit hours.
  • Students will be required to complete successfully a department-administered comprehensive exam during their graduating semester.
Requirements for the Thesis Option
  • 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • 6 credit hours of independent research.
Requirements for the non-Thesis Option
  • Option 1
    • 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
    • 3 credit hours of CE 6330, Master's Report.
  • Option 2
    • 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Students will be required to complete successfully a department-administered comprehensive exam during their graduating semester

Structural Engineering

Required Courses
CE 5310 Numerical Methods in Engineering (or ME 5301)
CE 5311 Advanced Mechanics of Solids
CE 5318 Finite Element Methods in Continuum Mechanics
CE 5346 Structural Dynamics I
Elective Courses
CE 5313 Theory of Elastic Stability
CE 5314 Theory of Plates and Shells
CE 5331 Structural Reliability
CE 5340 Advanced Structural Analysis I
CE 5342 Advanced Design of Steel Structures
CE 5343 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
CE 5347 Structural Dynamics II

Construction Engineering

Required Courses
CONE 5302 Construction Safety and Risk Management
CONE 5320 Construction Cost Estimating and Control
CONE 5322 Construction Management
CONE 5332 BIM and 4D Modeling
Elective Courses
CONE 5031 Independent Study of Construction
CONE 5304 Sustainable Building Design and Construction
CONE 5314 Masonry Design and Construction
CONE 5331 Special Topics in Construction Engineering

For other electives, see the program website.

Course Descriptions

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