Texas Tech University

Master's Programs

The Civil Engineering Profession

From the pyramids of Egypt to the space station Freedom, civil engineers have always faced the challenge of the future — advancing civilization and improving the quality of life. The technological revolution, population growth and environmental concerns all create a challenge to civil engineers. The next few decades will be the most creative, demanding and rewarding times.

Civil engineering is about development and improvement. It involves planning, design, construction and operation of facilities essential to modern life. Civil engineers solve problems to meet the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, water supplies, energy needs, waste management, urban redevelopment and community planning. Future civil engineers must have the ability to interact with and compete in a global economy. They will have a vital role in improving the quality of life in the 21st century.

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering offers two master's degrees: Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.) with specialties in structural engineering and engineering mechanics, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, wind engineering, and computational mechanics.

Degree Programs


Study Emphasis Area

Master's Degree Programs

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering offers a 30-hour Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
Students working toward a M.S.C.E. specialize in one of the principal sub-disciplines of civil engineering (e.g., environmental engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources engineering, or construction engineering and management) in this degree program. The thesis option allows students to complete 24 hours of coursework, perform 6 credit hours of independent research, and write a thesis based on the findings of the research. Requirements for the non-thesis option are as follows:

  • Students enrolling in a non-thesis master's program may fulfill the degree requirements by either (a) completing 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 credit hours of CE 6330, Master's Report; or (b) completing 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework.
  • Students will not be allowed to use 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.

Master of Environmental Engineering (M.Env.E.)

A unique design-oriented 5-year professional degree program that prepares the graduate to specialize in an environmental engineering career. Because students enter this program as undergraduates, the program is administered as an undergraduate offering. More information on this degree program is available on the M.Env.E Web page.

Study Emphasis Area

The leveling work and course requirements for M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. emphasis areas are presented below:

Geotechnical Engineering/ Pavement



Water Resources

Further Information

Additional information on any of the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering programs or Texas Tech University may be obtained by contacting:

Department of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering