Why a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)? The American Society of Civil Engineers currently supports requiring a Masters degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for the award of a Professional Engineering license. Many states also require a minimum of a Masters degree to teach at the college level. On average, Americans holding a MS degree earn 35% to 50% more than those with only a B.S. degree. The MSCE also reduces the experience requirement for PE licensing by 1 year from 4 years to 3 years in Georgia. Finally, the MSCE can help prepare you for the Professional Engineering Exam.

The MSCE at Kennesaw State University offers flexibility for working professionals with courses available online or on weekday evenings. Students have an opportunity to earn the advanced degree by either thesis option or coursework-only in one of three concentration areas:

  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation and Pavement Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

Thesis Option

In addition to a minimum of 24 credits of course work, this option requires a research thesis (6 credits) for a 30 credit minimum total. The research and thesis describes the results of an in-depth research investigation and is directed by a graduate advisor. This option is well suited to students with a particular interest in a specific subdiscipline in civil engineering.

Non-Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits of course work. The Non-Thesis option allows for 3 core courses, a 4 course concentration, and 3 courses in other concentration. This option is well suited to persons with professional experience.

This collection was started with the graduates of the Fall 2015 semester, after the consolidation between Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University was final (July 2015).

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