Master of Civil Engineering

Program mission statement

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) Program is designed to provide engineering and science graduates with specialized technical knowledge oriented toward professional engineering practice in their field of interest within civil engineering. The program provides an opportunity to our undergraduate students as well as local professionals in Olympia-Tacoma area to acquire advanced degree (master degree). The MCE program is in line with the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) future goal (year 2025) of BOK (Body of Knowledge), requiring a master degree or equivalent educational credit for practicing civil engineering. For our undergraduate students, it will be in fast track when they combine the MCE and BSCE degree. Another mission of the program was to prepare students to continue their engineering education into higher level and reinforce their knowledge for professional licensure.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

Knowledge

  • The program includes advanced courses in four specialty areas in civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering. Additional courses in construction management are encouraged.
  • The courses in the MCE program are practice-oriented and designed to be an extension of the specialty area specialization begun with the undergraduate civil engineering senior electives.
  • With the necessary prerequisites, senior SMU undergraduate students can take master level courses as senior electives and begin to specialize their choice of specific disciplines in civil engineering practice.

Skills

  • Students will emerge with enhanced engineering analysis and design skills according to his or her professional objectives.
  • With the necessary prerequisites, senior SMU undergraduate students can take master level courses as senior electives and begin to specialize specific skills in their choice of civil engineering discipline.