The mission of the Master of Civil Engineering Program:

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 degrees.   Another mission of the program was to prepare students to continue their engineering education into higher level and reinforce their knowledge for professional licensure.

Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) Program educational objectives:

Master of Civil Engineering graduates from The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering at Saint Martin’s University will achieve following two goals:

Goal #1: Engineering knowledge in specialty areas:

  1. The program includes advanced courses in four specialty areas in civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering and construction management.  
  2. 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.

Goal #2: Professional skills and experiences:

  1. Students will emerge with enhanced engineering analysis skills and design experiences according to his or her professional objectives
  2. 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

ABET/EAC Civil Engineering student outcomes;

Civil Engineering Program outcomes are defined by ABET/EAC as the composite of knowledge and skill that a graduated civil engineer must possess immediately after graduation.   Our curriculum is designed to provide all Saint Martin’s University civil engineering graduates with the following attributes as provided by ABET:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve civil engineering problems.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments in laboratory settings to verify, to analyze, to evaluate, and to interpret data in civil engineering theory and practice.
  3. An ability to design systems, sub-systems, components and processes in the geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resources options of the civil engineering curriculum.
  4. Be able to contribute to and function on a multi-disciplinary team by assuming different roles in concurrent design setting.
  5. Be able to solve problems by identifying and formulating civil engineering problems.
  6. Have a clear understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as civil engineers.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including graphically, to a general audience and a technically advanced community.
  8. Understand clearly their roles and the impact of their designs/solutions on society both locally and globally.
  9. Have a definite plan for lifelong learning, professional and personal development.
  10. Be cognizant of contemporary civil engineering issues and be able to discuss these freely and understandingly.
  11. An ability to use modern engineering tools in order to formulate and solve engineering problems.