What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering program is designed to provide students with the technical and professional knowledge necessary to develop their abilities to seek creative solutions to complex problems in their field of interest. Students specialize in one of four areas: Environmental/Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering. MS students must complete a thesis or research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

The MS program consists of two options:

  1. The thesis option consists of a total of 45 credit hours including 6-9 hours of thesis credits plus successful completion of a final oral examination covering the thesis. Coursework may include up to 6 hours of CE 501 Research, CE 504 Internship, CE 505 Reading and Conference or CE 506 Projects.
  2. The project option requires completion of 45 credit hours including 4 credit hours on a research project that produces a report and technical presentation. The project option requires completion of 45 credit hours including 4 CE 501 Research credit hours on a research project that produces a report and technical presentation. Coursework may include up to 8 hours of CE 504 Internship, CE 505 Reading and Conference or CE 506 Projects.

Both options can typically completed in 1.5 – 2 years.

Which department am I in?

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
US$19,536.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022, 28 March 2022

Venue

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway,

PORTLAND,

Oregon,

97201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be admitted to PSU for a master’s program, applicants must satisfy University requirements and be accepted by the academic department in which the graduate study will occur. Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. Regular Admission: To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA.

For international students

Admission requirements include a B.S degree in an engineering field, science, or closely related area with a minimum GPA of 3.00.* Courses should include calculus through differential equations, physics and chemistry, computer programming, and all the necessary prerequisites for the graduate courses that comprise the student’s program of study. Applicants without these qualifications may be considered for conditional admission.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall score with minimum subscores of 6.5 in reading and writing

TOEFL score of Paper-based: 550 overall; 22 in writing with 20 in reading and listening

TOEFL score of Internet-based: Minimum overall score of 80 with minimum subscores of 18 in reading and writing

PTE - Academic: 60 overall

Application Deadline

Fall January 1st

Winter September 1st

Spring November 1st

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Portland State University

PSU has been empowering students for 75 years and is known for its sustainability and commitment to social justice.

  • Based in the center of Portland, Oregon
  • One of the nation’s most innovative universities
  • More than 200 degree and certificate programs on offer
  • 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio