Graduate Programs

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The graduate program provides students with opportunities to engage in a wide range of research based on shared knowledge and principles of engineering including mathematics, statistics, mechanics, chemistry, the physical sciences, and the properties of materials. Acquiring knowledge across several fields helps students formulate solutions to new and complex problems in the context of current social and economic considerations.

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Civil Engineering


Civil engineering can be loosely described as the application of engineering to civil society. Civil Engineers apply the principles of engineering to meeting society's fundamental needs for housing, transportation, sanitation, and the other necessities of a modern society. As a consequence, civil engineering is a broad-based discipline that encompasses many specialties in the areas of structural engineering and mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and transportation engineering. The CME Department offers programs that provide advanced education and research opportunities for talented and ambitious students at the post baccalaureate level. In general, graduate students in the CME Department will specialize in one of the major specializations in civil engineering listed above. However, the programs are designed to be flexible enough to permit crossover between the specialties and interdisciplinary programs between civil engineering and other academic specialties relevant to civil engineering problems. Activities in the major specialty areas are described in the brochures below.

Environmental and Water Resources Brochure
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Brochure
Structural Engineering Brochure
Transportation Engineering Brochure

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

To participate fully in the research and take a leadership role in the development and implementation tasks needed to change society, a student should consider earning a Ph.D. degree. The CME Department offers programs leading to the Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering both directly from the B.S. degree and after earning an M.S. degree in a relevant field. The requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering are outlined below.

M.S. in Civil Engineering

The M.S. degree may be appropriate for students who wish to expand their knowledge base in the field beyond the B.S. level, but are not able to commit to the Ph.D. degree program. The CME Department offers M.S. programs, both with and without a thesis requirement. The thesis option provides students with an opportunity to obtain research experience and sometimes obtain funding career advice from research sponsors in the field. The non-thesis option is intended for students who are seeking additional course work knowledge, and can be pursued on a part-time basis. The M.S. degree can be helpful for engineers who wish to obtain a professional license in the field.

Civil Engineering Graduate Programs

Materials Engineering

Materials engineering addresses the design, manufacture, and characterization of engineering materials for specific applications. Materials development is an enabling step to the production of advanced engineering devices. Materials selection is a key element in the design, manufacturing, and quality control of structures and devices. Materials, including metals, intermetallics, polymers, ceramics, composites, and electronic materials are critical to modern industrial society. As a consequence, Materials Engineering is also a broad-based discipline that encompasses many specialties and offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Because the University of Illinois at Chicago does not support a B.S. program in Materials Engineering, interdisciplinary activity is emphasized, and it is normal for students with degrees in relevant subjects other than Materials Engineering to enter the Materials Engineering graduate program. Individualized graduate programs, which make use of the strengths in a student's background are designed. Activities in Materials Engineering are described in the brochure below.

Ph.D in Materials Engineering

To participate fully in the research and take a leadership role in the development and implementation tasks needed to change society, a student should consider earning a Ph.D. degree. The CME Department offers programs leading to the Ph.D. Degree in Materials Engineering both directly from the B.S. degree and after earning an M.S. degree in a relevant field. The requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering are outlined below.

M.S. in Materials Engineering

The M.S. degree may be appropriate for students who wish to expand their knowledge base in the field beyond the B.S. level, but are not able to commit to the Ph.D. degree program. The CME Department offers a research oriented M.S. program in Materials Engineering with a thesis requirement. The thesis provides students with an opportunity to obtain research experience and sometimes obtain funding career advice from research sponsors in the field.

Materials Engineering Graduate Programs

 
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