Graduate Programs

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The Civil Engineering Program at Fresno State offers advanced study leading to
 
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
 
Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Option in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (M.S.C.E. – WREE)
 
The graduate program is relatively small, but thriving. In fact, the smaller enrollment is preferred as it allows more intimate classroom setting which fosters greater student-teacher interaction, and also allows much greater one-to-one collaboration between student-teacher on independent study, project, thesis, etc. Fig. 1 shows the enrollment and degree awarded by the CE Graduate Program at Fresno State in the past few years.
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The Program Goal of the M.S.C.E. Program is to prepare the M.S.C.E. students for professional practice and further advanced study. Specific goals include having graduates of the Program:
Describe and explain, beyond the undergraduate level, the scientific principles involved in the mapping, or analysis, or design of the built environment

Evaluate and employ advanced concepts and methodologies for the design of the built infrastructure and for mapping and measuring it.
Evaluate and employ advanced techniques of analysis, including mathematical analysis and modeling, numerical techniques, and professional software for the analysis and design in civil and geomatics engineering.
Exhibit excellent communication skills in writing, oral, graphical, and public speaking.
Embrace principles of professional ethics and personal responsibility.
 
Students graduating from the M.S.C.E. program will achieve the following Student Outcomes (SO) per their area of concentration:
 
Describe, explain, and employ the scientific principles and modern professional techniques in the analysis of:
structures, water supply and water and wastewater treatment facilities, or geotechnical structures,

Design structures, water supply and water treatment facilities, or geotechnical structures, and/or

Describe, explain, and employ modern procedures for the analysis and design of water supply and distribution, storm drainage management, wastewater collection and reuse/ disposal, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental protection and remediation systems, and/or

Describe, explain, and employ modern scientific principles and techniques for measuring and mapping the earth and the built infrastructure, Identify major regulations, codes, and specifications applicable to the planning, analysis, measuring, mapping, and design of the built infrastructure; and be able to specify where current versions can be obtained,

Solve problems in engineering analysis and design through the use of mathematical analysis, differential equations, finite elements, finite differences, least square errors, or other numerical methods,

Use modern computer software for analysis, design, measuring, and mapping of the built infrastructure,  

Exhibit excellence in writing technical documents, research reports, and proposals,

Exhibit excellence in oral and public presentations in front of technical and non-technical audiences,

Adhere to principles of professional ethics and personal responsibility.
 
Students admitted to the M.S.C.E. Program are required to complete at a minimum 30 units of course work per degree requirements, and this can be accomplished by one of three options as follows:
 

Plan A – Thesis Option

a.            200-series CE courses (12-24 units)
b.            100-series CE or GME technical area courses (0-6 units)
c.             Courses outside the department (0-6 units)
d.            Thesis (6 units)                                                                                                                                             Total      (30 units)
 

Plan B – Project Option

a.            200-series CE courses (15-27 units)
b.            100-series CE or GME technical area courses (0-6 units)
c.            Courses outside the department (0-6 units)
d.            Project (3 units)                                                                                                                                                Total     (30 units)

Plan C – Comprehensive Exam Option

a.            200-series CE courses (18-30 units)
b.           100-series CE or GME technical area courses (0-6 units)
c.            Courses outside the department (0-6 units)                                                                                                                                                Total      (30 units)
 
[Click here for Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree requirements]
 
Please contact us for more information about the undergraduate program and other opportunities we offer.
 

Contact Information:

 
Dr. William Wright, Ph.D., P.E.
Graduate Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering Program
 
Civil Engineering Program
2320 E San Ramon Ave, MS EE94
Fresno, CA 93740-8010
(559) 278-2566 (Office)
(559) 278-7002 (Fax)
 
The department main office is located at EE178 in Engineering East building. The office is open Monday - Friday, 8AM to 5PM PDT (closed 12-1PM).