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Master of Science in Civil Engineering


The mission of the civil engineering graduate program at CSULB is to provide a high-quality educational experience and the technical specialization required to become successful leaders in industry and the society, to engage students in innovative practical research and encourage them to pursue advanced degrees and lifelong learning.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MSCE program will:

1. have technical competency in an area of specialization.

2. have technical knowledge and skills needed to conduct independent and/or innovative research.

3. keep current with state of the art technologies and advancements in a specialized technical area.


1. A bachelor's degree in an ABET accredited curriculum in civil engineering or a closely related engineering degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8, with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in civil engineering are satisfied;

2. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required and appropriate level of competency will be determined by the Department.

3. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be met during the first semester in residence. Failure to attempt to fulfill the GWAR during the first semester will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Removal of all undergraduate deficiencies as determined by the Department Graduate Studies Committee;

2. Completion of at least 12 graduate units at CSULB; minimum GPA of 3.0; currently enrolled;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).


1. Completion of 30 units of graduate coursework as follows:

  • a. Twelve units of courses in one of the following areas of specialization: construction engineering management, structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering and geotechnical/transportation engineering;
  • b. Six units of department approved courses with mathematical content;
  • c. Twelve units of elective courses from the following options:
    - Thesis Option: Complete CE 698 and two elective courses from the approved graduate courses in Civil Engineering.
    - Comprehensive Exam Option: Complete CE 697 and three elective courses from the approved graudate courses in Civil Engineering, and successfully complete the Comprehensive Exam on coursework in the student's program.

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