The Water Resources 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 sustainable infrastructure for society.The program’s course work focuses on water resources modeling, hydraulics and hydrology.
Water Resource faculty research interests include ecohydraulic and ecohydrologic modeling, groundwater and surface hydrology, sea level rise and other climate change impact assessments, stormwater management, tide, wind-wave and hurricane storm surge modeling, and environmental water resources 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, Water Resources 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/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CECS-Civil-Engineering-MS-June2020.pdf.
The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program is for students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available with each requiring 30 credit hours. The thesis option requires 15 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of elective graduate course work exclusive of thesis and research, and a thesis (6 credit hours). The nonthesis option requires 15 credit hours of required graduate course work, 15 credit hours of electives, and submission of an end-of-program portfolio. Each student must have an individual program of study approved by his/her faculty committee and have completed all required 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.
- CEG 4011C - Geotechnical Engineering I 4 Credit Hours
- CWR 4632C - Water Resources I 4 Credit Hours
- CWR 4633C - Water Resources II 3 Credit Hours
- EGN 3613 - Engineering Economic Analysis 2 Credit Hours
- STA 3032 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3 Credit Hours
Required Courses: 15 Credit Hours
Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose five CWR courses from the list below. Courses with an asterisk provide an independent learning experience that involves research and design projects. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one course with an asterisk in order to obtain an independent learning experience.
Elective Courses: 9 Credit Hours
All students, both thesis and nonthesis, are required to take at least 9 credit hours of approved electives. The courses may be from the list above or other courses as approved by the student’s adviser. Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study
Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours
A successful 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.
- CWR 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours
Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours
Nonthesis students must complete at least 6 additional credit hours of electives from either the list above or other courses as approved by the student’s adviser.
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.
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.
A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses marked with an asterisk (*), denoting an independent learning experience, and submission of an end-of-program portfolio.
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.
- 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.
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|*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.
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 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.