Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Graduate Degree

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Our department offers a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  This broad degree provides students with a deeper understanding of geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering, as well as construction management.  For questions about our graduate program or advising, please contact Dr. Jong-Won Choi, Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. 

Please speak with the department if you are a prospective student who has already earned a P.E. license or a current undergraduate student interested in graduate school, as special opportunities may apply to your situation.  The College of Graduate Studies automatically evaluates graduate applicants for fellowship opportunities.  Limited research and teaching assistantship positions exist through the department, as well.

Educational objectives:

After completing the M.S. in Civil Engineering degree, master’s graduates will demonstrate the following skills beyond those expected of a baccalaureate recipient:

  • A deeper understanding of problem-solving and research skills in the civil engineering field.
  • An ability to design increasingly complex systems in the fields of geotechnical, structural, transportation, and/or water resources engineering.
  • Professional communication skills.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering or a closely related field.  Graduate students with baccalaureate degrees from other fields may be asked to complete preparatory undergraduate coursework.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum GRE score of 284 (verbal plus quantitative).
  • English proficiency (for more information, see Graduate Admissions link).
  • Students not satisfying qualifications for full admission may be admitted with stipulations on a case by case basis.

COVID 19 Special Admission Requirements:

Texas A&M-Kingsville Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will not require GRE scores to be submitted by applicants for admission to the College for Summer and Fall 2021 Semesters.  Applicants are also not required to submit any letters of recommendation. In addition, the College will waive the TOEFL requirement for international students. Instead, the students will take the English proficiency test upon arrival. If a student fails the test, then that student will be required to take an appropriate ESL course. In making admission decisions, the graduate coordinators will conduct a holistic review of the applicants's academic credentials and relevant work experience.

Degree Requirements

For all M.S. Civil Engineering students, no more than 3 graduate-level courses (9 cr) from outside Civil Engineering may be applied to degree.  The first three graduate-level courses (9 cr) must be civil engineering courses.

Thesis Track students must complete 8 graduate-level courses and successfully defend a thesis proposal and thesis (CEEN 5306, 6 cr).

Research Project Track students must complete 11 graduate-level courses and successfully defend a research project report (CEEN 5305, 3 cr).

Course-Only Track students must completed 12 graduate-level courses and successfully pass a comprehensive exam.  The comprehensive exam will include topics in geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.

All students must complete at least one graduate-level course in each of the four civil engineering technical areas of the M.S. Civil Engineering degree, to be selected from the following courses:

Geotechnical Engineering - CEEN 5320 or CEEN 5342
Structural Engineering - CEEN 5311 or CEEN 5321
Transportation Engineering - CEEN 5353 or CEEN 5350
Water Resources Engineering - CEEN 5315 or CEEN 5340