Jul 17, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Engineering M.S.E.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, an applicant for the M.S.E. program must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants desiring to specialize in environmental engineering who have baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences may require at least an additional semester of full-time study to complete engineering prerequisite undergraduate course work; this may include fluid mechanics, calculus through differential equations, engineering physics, chemistry and engineering economics. Successful environmental engineering applicants are expected to complete a set of graduate courses in engineering hydrology, hydraulics, statistics, water and wastewater treatment, and wastewater treatment plant design during their graduate study. All applicants must submit a onepage Statement of Objectives indicating the area of civil engineering in which they wish to pursue graduate work and the reason they wish to earn a master’s degree. All applicants are required to take the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions of the GRE General Test and submit the scores to the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Successful applicants generally have a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 1000 and GRE analytical writing score of at least 3. Applicants from countries where English is not the native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, earn scores of at least 213 (computerized) or 550 (written), and submit an official report of the score to the Graduate College.

Degree Requirements

Procedures and requirements for the M.S.E. will be as prescribed by the Graduate College under Academic Policies, with additional provisions as follows:

  1. At least 15 credits must be earned from courses numbered 700 or above, of which at least 12 credits must be offered by the College of Engineering.
  2. The program of study for each student must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. Subject to the approval by the student’s graduate committee, the student may choose one of these options: Thesis Option. Requires the satisfactory completion of CEE 700 during the first year and 21 credits of approved graduate courses plus six credits of work associated with the master’s level thesis, for a total of 30 credits. The final examination will include a defense of thesis. Non-Thesis Option. This course-only option requires satisfactory completion of 33 credits of graduate courses approved by the student’s advisory committee, of which at least 50 percent must be 700 level offered by the College of Engineering.
  3. Satisfactory progress is defined as filing an approved program before the completion of nine credits of course work, completion of at least six credits of the approved program per calendar year, maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 (4.00), no grades below C and compliance with the letter and spirit of the Graduate Catalog and published policies of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. Additionally, no more than nine credits below B are allowed in the student’s graduate program. If progress is not satisfactory, probation and separation may result, in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise it to 3.00 or above.
  4. The student’s Advising Committee should be composed of at least four members of the UNLV Graduate Faculty of which at least two must be tenured or tenure-track members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the third from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field, and the fourth must be appointed by the Graduate College.
  5. Each student’s program should show suitable breadth and coherence, as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Prior to filing, the program must receive approval by the student’s committee. An approved program must be filed before the completion of nine credits of course work after admission (regular or provisional). The responsibility rests with the student. Students will be dropped from the graduate engineering program if they neglect this requirement.

Requirements for M.S.E. with special emphasis in Geographic Information Systems

Procedures and requirements for the M.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with special emphasis in Geographic Information Systems are as prescribed in the general M.S.E. requirements as stated above, with additional provisions as follows:

2. Recommended undergraduate electives (not for graduate credit) include:

CS 135 and Computer Science I
CS 202 Computer Science II
CS 117 Programming for Scientists and Engineers
MAT 265 Computing Linear Algebra

3. Recommended graduate electives (not to satisfy remaining Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S.E. credits) include: