May 22, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction

Well-equipped facilities developed by the department faculty include a computer assisted design laboratory, an engineering geophysics laboratory and test site, an environmental engineering laboratory, a soil and rock mechanics laboratory, the Nevada University Transportation Center, and a water resources laboratory. These facilities provide state-of-the-art research tools. Among these are a MTS dynamic testing machine, a triaxial testing apparatus, a large-scale structural load frame, a 50-foot tilting flume, concrete testing facilities, a portable wind tunnel, a broad geophysical test equipment base anchored by a 7,000-lb (3 metric ton) programmable seismic source with 144-channel recording system, PCs, workstations, and current software programs are available within these facilities, with additional facilities being available in the college. Additional assets include access to high speed multiprocessor computers housed in the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment. Facilities are located in the Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex. Additional research facilities nearby include one of twelve national EPA laboratories (located on campus) and the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site, which has been designated an Environmental Research Park.

Students with backgrounds in civil engineering as well as related disciplines are invited to apply. Students with science backgrounds desiring admission to the graduate program will be required to complete coursework, prerequisite or otherwise, that will assure successful completion of the graduate program. Specific coursework requirements will depend on the area of specialization desired by the applicant.

Civil engineering applicants must identify a specialization from one of the following areas: construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, systems, transportation or water resources. Applications for admission to the program are evaluated by faculty members representing each of the respective areas of specialization.

Applications from international students must reach the Graduate College by the dates specified on the Application Deadlines page in order to be considered for financial aid. Offers of financial aid are made in writing by the department, which assumes no responsibility to provide financial support unless an offer is made in writing. Also, when the department has made an offer to provide financial support, it has no obligation to honor the offer unless the student attends UNLV and enrolls in the civil and environmental engineering and construction graduate program during the initial semester for which financial aid was offered.

Applicants should notice that some documents must be mailed to the Graduate College while others must be mailed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction. It is imperative that the documentation is sent to the appropriate location to aid fast processing of the application.

Sajjad Ahmad, Ph.D., Chair
Pramen P. Shrestha, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator

Program Information 

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Faculty  

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Courses  

Department Website


Master of Science in Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering  

Master of Science - Construction Management  

Master of Science in Transportation  

Doctor of Philosophy - Civil and Environmental Engineering