Degree Programs

Our program is the largest in the country with more than 440 graduate students and 60 professors in civil engineering. Our graduate program is ranked in the top-10 nationally. We have both quality and quantity when it comes to courses, professors and research projects. We offer two different masters degree programs (M.S. and M.Eng.) and two different doctoral degree programs (Ph.D. and D.Eng.) in nine different areas of civil engineering. Award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and the resources of one of the nation's largest research universities combine to make this a great environment for learning and discovery. We hope you will choose to continue your civil engineering education at Texas A&M University.

Degree Paths

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is a research-oriented degree requiring a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved courses and research. At least 24 credit hours must be coursework. The degree also requires the student to complete and submit a thesis to the University. There are department-specific and area-specific requirements for the completion of this degree in addition to the university requirements.

The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree is a professionally oriented degree for students looking to practice the engineering profession at an advanced level. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours are required for this non-thesis degree. There are department-specific and area-specific requirements for the completion of this degree in addition to the university requirements.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is a research oriented degree requiring a minimum of 64 credit hours of approved courses and research beyond the Master of Science degree (96 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree - direct to doctorate option). At least half of the 64 credit hours should be course work (a minimum of 24 credit hours if the student already has taken at least another 24 credit hours of graduate course work for a Master degree). The actual number of courses to be taken, that may exceed this minimum, and the courses themselves, are to be decided by the Advisory Committee of the student in preparing a meaningful degree plan. The degree also requires that the student complete and submit a dissertation to the University. There are department-specific and area-specific requirements for the completion of this degree in addition to the university requirements.

Twenty-one semester credit hours of professional development courses are required in the Doctor of Engineering (D. Eng.) degree program. This includes accounting, communications, ethics, finance, policy and strategy, and management courses. Typically, three years of full time study (including internships) is required beyond the bachelor's degree to complete all requirements for the degree program. This degree program is administered by the College of Engineering. The applicant must first be admitted into the Department's Ph.D. program and then interviewed by the College's Admissions Subcommittee. To enter the D.Eng. program, the applicant must have earned an ABET-accredited bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Full details of the Doctor of Engineering Degree can be found on the College of Engineering website.

Certificate in Business

Through an agreement with Texas A&M's Mays Business School, a Certificate in Business can be obtained by taking four business related graduate courses, two of which can be applied towards your graduate degree from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering.