Sep 23, 2019  
Semester Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Semester Catalog 2019-2020

Civil Engineering, M.S.


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The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Cal State L.A. prepares students for careers in specialized areas of Civil Engineering and for further study at the doctoral level.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  A promising applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted as a special action student. Prerequisite courses may be required for students with a non-civil engineering bachelor’s degree, for students from non-ABET accredited civil engineering programs, or for special action students. 

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)


A minimum of 30 units is required for the degree, with at least 15 units from 5000-level civil engineering courses. A thesis or comprehensive examination is required. A student’s program must be approved by the civil engineering department before enrolling in any course. All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing in the program.

Advanced Mathematics (3 units)


MATH 4020 Advanced Mathematics I for Engineers and Physicists; or ME 4090 Mechanical Engineering Analysis is required and must be fulfilled prior to advancement to candidacy.

Electives in Related Fields (0-6 units)


Select from 4000 and 5000-level courses outside civil engineering, with adviser approval.

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis (0 or 3 units)


CE 5960 Comprehensive Examination (0)  or CE 5990 Thesis (1-3)  (3 units)

Students who select the comprehensive examination should expect to take it the semester they complete all course work in their program and must comply with college and departmental requirements. The comprehensive examination can be attempted a maximum of two times.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement


Graduate students are required to satisfy the graduation writing assessment requirement (GWAR). Students are considered to have met the GWAR requirement upon admission to the university if they (1) earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university where English is the medium of instruction; or (2) attained a score of 41 or better on the writing portion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or a score of 4 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE or the GMAT.

Graduate students must satisfy this requirement before completing 12 semester units. Graduate students may take the writing proficiency exam once. Students who do not pass are required to pass the designated GWAR course. Students who do not satisfy the GWAR requirement within their first 12 units may be subject to a registration hold. Students must satisfy this Graduate Writing Requirement in order to be Advanced to Candidacy.

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