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Civil Engineering PhD, MAS, MCE, MCE/MBA


Environmental Studies


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate programs of study and research leading to three degrees: Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Applied Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering. The Master of Civil Engineering degree emphasizes Civil Engineering, while the Master of Applied Sciences degree is for students not having engineering as first degrees. The PhD is aimed at training the graduate student in research within a chosen topic. All three degrees are based on the student completing an individually designed program of courses and writing a thesis. A non-thesis Master’s degree option is also available, typically for students with professional experience. Students selecting the non-thesis option are not eligible for financial support from the University.

All graduate students work in close cooperation with the faculty, and the department has extensive facilities for research and graduate study in all the areas of concentration. Laboratories specifically devoted to research in environmental engineering include facilities for study of chemical and physical aspects of water and wastewater purification with specialized equipment for analysis of fluid particle suspensions and particle technology, heavy metal and toxic waste removal and biological engineering aspects of water pollution control.

The structures laboratories include an excellent range of equipment for static, dynamic, and fatigue testing, and a modern concrete testing facility. The geotechnical laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for testing soils and geotextiles.

The department’s research is extensively funded through many contracts from federal agencies, the state, and private engineering sponsors. The department houses the Center for Applied Coastal Research, the Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, the Center for the Study of Metals in the Environment, and the Delaware Center for Transportation.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 BCE/MCE or the 4+1 BENV/MCE.

A dual degree in the MBA & Master of Civil Engineering programs is available to graduate students (MCE/MBA).

Program Concentrations:

  • Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Applied Sciences – Civil Engineering–CVA: $1,898.00

Civil Engineering–MCE: $1,898.00

Civil Engineering–MCE/MBA (COE): $1,898.00

Civil Engineering–MCE/MBA (LCBE): $950.00

Civil Engineering–PHD: $1,898.00

Civil Engineering–MCE/MBA (LCBE)
  DE Resident: $850.00;   US Student: $950.00;   International: $950.00

*The first 30 credits are charged at the College of Engineering rate and the remaining credits will be charged at the Lerner College MBA rate.

Application Deadline:

February-01 To be considered for departmental funding
July-01: Final deadline to apply

October-01 Final deadline to apply

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