Area of Specialization (24–41 units)
Students must meet with a civil engineering graduate advisor to create a graduate program based on an area of specialization selected from the following list:
1. Environmental Engineering/Water Resources
2. Geotechnical Engineering
3. Structural Engineering/Applied Mechanics
4. Transportation/Highway Engineering
Within an area of specialization, students must complete at least 24 units of civil engineering courses, of which, at least 16 units must be from 500-level courses. For students choosing to complete the thesis, five (5) units of graduate research (CE 597), four (4) units of graduate directed study (CE 598), and four (4) units of thesis (CE 599) may be included in the area of specialization, upon approval from the department.
Outside of Area of Specialization (4-21 units)
ME 409 Mechanical Engineering Analysis (4) or MATH 402A Advanced Mathematics I For Engineers And Physicists (4) or equivalent. In addition to 4 units of Advanced Mathematics, up to a maximum of 17 units outside of the area of specialization may be taken with approval from the department.
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
Students are required to satisfy the graduation writing assessment requirement (GWAR) by passing the writing proficiency examination (WPE). Students selecting this option must register for the WPE (listed as UNIV 400) no later than the add deadline for the third quarter they are enrolled in the graduate program. Students with earned doctorate or masters degrees or those who have passed a similar examination at an accredited institution must see the department and may petition to earn credit for UNIV 400.