2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Civil Engineering MS, Smart Cities 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


In 2017, FUTURe CITy initiative was launched by the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department. FUTURe CITy initiative at UCF brings together a group of researchers and educators with a vision to synergistically explore the wide-ranging technological advances towards better serving urban residents. The initiative is a pioneering effort in the state and country. It is geared toward many aspects of CECE including: Smart transportation, Smart and resilient infrastructure, Smart and technological advancements in environmental engineering, and water resources.

The track is designed to help future Civil and Environmental Engineers to learn and adapt to the new challenges in the field of Smart Cities and be prepared for their professional roles through a state-of-the-art education. Elements of the track will bridge some of the gaps with other engineering disciplines and open the door for students to collaborate on research and education that are relevant to the cities of the future.

Please Note: Civil Engineering MS, Smart Cities 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.

Curriculum


The Smart City 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 3 credit hours of required course work, 9 credit hours of Core courses, 12 credit hours of elective graduate course work exclusive of thesis and research, and a thesis (6 credit hours). The non-thesis option requires 3 credit hours of required course work, 15 credit hours of required graduate Core courses, 12 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.

Prerequisites (Articulation)


There is no specific articulation for graduates with a relevant BS degree. Several courses have specific pre-requisites that are indicated for each course. The structure of the program is flexible so the student can choose his/her own courses by selecting among 15 core courses.

Required Course–3 Credit Hours


Both thesis and nonthesis students must choose this course:

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours


All students, both thesis and non-thesis, are required to take at most 12 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.

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. 

  • 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.

Independent Learning


A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Non-thesis 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.

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.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

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


Smart Cities *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

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
gradadmissions@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-2766
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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