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Civil Engineering (M.S.)

In this rapidly changing and increasingly competitive technological world, graduate degrees are highly desirable and most often master’s degrees are required to hold higher-level professional civil engineering positions in the industry, and in federal, state and municipal government agencies. The department’s graduate programs are designed to educate the technological leaders of the future in civil engineering, and are structured to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. The specialty areas include coastal, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering in civil engineering. A distance learning master’s degree program in civil engineering with coastal engineering concentration is also available, and can include transferable credits from other institutions.

Civil Engineering (M.S.)


Description


What is Civil Engineering at ODU like?

In this rapidly changing and increasingly competitive technological world, graduate degrees are highly desirable and most often master’s degrees are required to hold higher-level professional civil engineering positions in the industry, and in federal, state and municipal government agencies. The department’s graduate programs are designed to educate the technological leaders of the future in civil engineering, and are structured to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. The specialty areas include coastal, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering in civil engineering. A distance learning master’s degree program in civil engineering with coastal engineering concentration is also available, and can include transferable credits from other institutions.

Program Highlights


What makes Civil Engineering at ODU unique?

  • For the MS program, there are three options; Thesis option with 24 credit hours of coursework and a six credit hour thesis, Project option with 27 credit hours of coursework and a three-credit hour research project, and Course option with 30 credit hours of coursework and a final comprehension examination.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Civil Engineering Technicians

$53,600

MEDIAN SALARY


Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Civil Engineers

$91,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Civil Engineering at ODU?

CEE 751:
Physicochemical Treatment Processes


Physical and chemical processes used in the treatment of water and waste water are covered. Separation, isolation and reaction processes are characterized as well as reactor engineering. Prerequisites: CEE 350.

CEE 755:
Water Quality Management


Characterization of water quality in natural systems and the human activities that result in contaminant input to these systems are studied. Management practices for minimizing contaminant input and for restoring contaminated waters are discussed.

CEE 762:
Aquatic Chemistry in Environmental Engineering


Chemical reactions in natural and engineered systems are studied with emphasis placed on developing kinetic expressions and assessing chemical equilibrium. Kinetic and equilibrium expressions are applied to engineering problems to predict the reaction time and products of specific reactions. Prerequisites: CHEM 123N.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Civil Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Civil Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Civil Engineering master's degree applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably, in civil or environmental engineering with a strong background in mathematics and physical sciences. Each applicant must submit an essay of 500 words or less describing personal and academic goals, professional objectives, preparation for graduate study, and how the chosen program will help the applicant achieve these goals and objectives. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted from former or current professors, or employment supervisors. Regular admission to a master’s degree program generally requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a lower undergraduate GPA may be considered for regular or provisional admission on the basis of successful engineering work experience or other credentials demonstrating potential for success in the graduate program. The submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required unless the applicant holds an ABET accredited engineering degree. TOEFL (or IELTS) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English unless their BS degrees are from USA institutions or countries where English is the primary language of the people. Provisional admission may also be possible for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than the applicant’s intended graduate program. In such cases there will be pre-requisite course requirements. Provisional admission may be given to those applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering; however, these students will be required to complete undergraduate coursework in addition to the graduate program requirements.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Teaching & Research Assistantships


Teaching and research assistantships may be available on a competitive basis. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council also offers Graduate Enhancement Awards to provide supplemental financial support to some of the graduate students who receive an assistantship. 

Next Steps


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Professor


Name:

Xixi Wang Ph.D., P.E.


Location:

130B KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4882


For General Inquiries:

CEGPD@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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