2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Civil Engineering MS, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Track ►


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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MS
Department: Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.cece.ucf.edu/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description


The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the structural and geotechnical infrastructure of society.

The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the infrastructure of society. The program’s course work focuses on structural analysis and design, and geotechnical engineering and foundations, but may include electives in transportation planning and operations, traffic engineering, construction engineering, and water resources engineering.

Faculty research interests include geotechnical studies of subsurface conditions, soil testing “superpave” mix design, intelligent transportation systems, traffic safety, structural dynamics, nonlinear structural analysis and software development, reinforced concrete, construction engineering, hydraulic modeling, coastal ocean modeling, stormwater management, and watershed management. Students completing the program find positions in consulting firms, construction, and construction-related industries, in city, county, state, and federal government agencies, and academic institutions.

Please Note: Civil Engineering MS, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Track may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/licensure-programs/.

Curriculum


The department offers a Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program to students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both a thesis option and a nonthesis option are available with each requiring 30 credit hours. The thesis option requires 12 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours of elective graduate course work (exclusive of thesis and research), and 6 credit hours of thesis. The nonthesis option requires 12 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective graduate course work. The nonthesis option also requires submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The student must develop an individual program of study with a faculty adviser and must have background or articulation course work as described below. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.  

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area.

Prerequisites (Articulation)


  • EGN 3310 - Engineering Analysis—Statics 3 Credit Hours
  • EGN 3321 - Engineering Analysis—Dynamics 3 Credit Hours
  • EGN 3331 - Mechanics of Materials 3 Credit Hours
  • CEG 4011C - Geotechnical Engineering I 4 Credit Hours
  • CES 4100 - Structural Analysis 4 Credit Hours
     
  • CES 4605 - Steel Structures 3 Credit Hours or
  • CES 4702 - Reinforced Concrete Structures 3 Credit Hours

Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours


Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose two courses from each of the two following groups. Courses with asterisks represent those with specific independent learning experiences and all nonthesis students must choose at least one of the courses with an asterisk.

Elective Courses: 12 Credit Hours


All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must complete at least 12 credit hours of approved electives (primarily from the above two groups but also from the list below or other courses as approved by the student’s adviser). Please note that Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study.

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours


Successful performance in a final defense of the thesis is required. In addition, the College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student’s adviser and posted on the college’s website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

  • XXX 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours


Nonthesis students must complete 6 additional credit hours of electives from the lists above or other courses as approved by the student’s adviser.   Please note that at least one course in the nonthesis program of study must be one of the courses with an asterisk, which denotes that this course provides an independent learning experience for the student.

  • Electives 6 Credit Hours

Portfolio Requirement


Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

Equipment Fee


Students in the Civil Engineering MS program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

Independent Learning


A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one course with a research project and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

Application Requirements


For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program. 

The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.

The MS degrees in specialized options are designed for students with appropriate baccalaureate backgrounds. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Additional undergraduate courses may be required.

Application Deadlines


Structural and Geotechnical Engineering *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Financials


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info


Graduate Program

Andrew Randall PhD PE
Professor
andrew.randall@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-6429
Engineering II, 211-L

Ana Lucia Salas
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
AnaLucia.Salas@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-1299
​Engineering II, 211-K

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
gradadmissions@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-5692
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
GMAT: RZT-HT-58
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127
gradfellowship@ucf.edu
https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241
finaid@ucf.edu
http://finaid.ucf.edu

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