The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) program at Saint Martin's is designed to provide engineering and science graduates specialized technical knowledge in their field of interest within civil engineering, with emphasis areas in strutural and foundations, transportation and project management, and environmental engineering. 

Program Highlights

The MCE curriculum is adaptable to both recent graduates and engineers with professional experience. Students will emerge with enhanced engineering analysis and design skills tailored to their professional objectives. 

Additional benefits include:

  • Faculty have real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
  • Classes are held in Cebula Hall (built in 2013), the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere, with labs in the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation (built in 2016). 
  • Classes are offered in late afternoon or evening to meet the needs of working professionals. Classes are generally scheduled to allow a student to complete the program in a two to three year period by taking two classes per semester.
  • The MCE program offers many program arrangements including the following areas of emphasis: structural and foundations, transportation and project management, and environmental engineering.
  • Students can choose between a project or thesis route.
  • The program is offered on our main campus in Lacey.

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  • MCE and MEM

    Graduate students can pursue jointly an MCE and a Master of Engineering Management degree at Saint Martin's.

    • The student needs to be accepted into both programs.
    • Up to 12 credits of cross-listed or approved courses may be applied to both degrees.
    • Each degree will be conferred separately upon completion of all requirements for that specific program.

Requirements

Candidates for the MCE degree must satisfactorily complete 30 semester hours of approved coursework, including three semester hours of Advanced Design Project (MCE 502) or six semester hours of thesis (MCE 503). A maximum of four hours of independent study (MCE 501) is allowed. All courses must be from the MCE courses list or must be pre-approved in writing by the program director. Students must complete all work within seven years from the start of the program

Many program arrangements meeting the requirements for the Master of Civil Engineering degree are possible. Students are free to take any of the MCE courses for which they meet the prerequisites. The following are three examples of non-thesis programs with disciplinary focus.

  • Structures and foundations emphasis
    • MCE 502 Advanced Design Projects/Advanced Special Projects (3)
    • MCE 505 Insitu Soil Testing (3)
    • MCE 518 Seismic Evaluation (3)
    • MCE 533 Prestressed Concrete Design (3)
    • MCE 540 Steel Design (3)
    • MCE 541 Advanced Steel Design (3) 
    • MCE 545 Timber Design (3)
    • MCE 552 Masonry Design (3)
    • MCE 553 Matrix Structural Analysis (3)
    • MCE 555 Advanced Foundation Design (3)
    • MCE 560 Structural Systems Design (3)
    • MCE 563 Dynamics of Structures (3)
    • MCE 573 Earthquake Engineering (3)
    • MCE 575 Bridge Engineering and Design (3)
    • MCE/MEM 612 Project Management (3)
    • MCE/MEM 660 Engineering Project Costing (3)
    • MCE/MEM 691 Construction Management (3)
  • Transportation and project management emphasis
    • MCE 501 Independent Study (3)
    • MCE 502 Advanced Design Projects/Advanced Special Projects (3)
    • MCE 505 Insitu Soil Testing (3)
    • MCE 525 Advanced Transportation Engineering (3)
    • MCE 535 Pavement Design (3)
    • MCE 565 Traffic Capacity Analysis (3)
    • MCE 570 Solid Waste Engineering (3)
    • MCE 571 Transportation Planning Applications (3)
    • MCE/MEM 612 Project Management (3)
    • MCE/MEM 660 Engineering Project Costing (3)
    • MCE/MEM 680 Environmental Management (3)
    • MCE/MEM 691 Construction Management (3)
  • Environmental engineering emphasis
    • MCE 501 Independent Study (3)
    • MCE 502 Advanced Design Projects/Advanced Special Projects (3)
    • MCE 525 Advanced Transportation Engineering (3)
    • MCE 535 Pavement Design (3)
    • MCE 570 Solid Waste Management (3)
    • MCE 580 Environmental Laboratory Processes (3)
    • MCE 583 Water Resources Engineering (3)
    • MCE 585 Wastewater Systems Engineering (3)
    • MCE 596 Industrial Waste Engineering
    • MCE/MEM 612 Project Management (3)
    • MCE/MEM 660 Engineering Project Costing (3) MCE/MEM 680 Environmental Management (3)
    • MCE/MEM 691 Construction Management (3)

Financial aid and scholarships

Federal aid helps students reach their goals

Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. 

For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit: studentaid.edu.gov.

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Graduate teaching and research assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships to graduate students. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 360-412-6142 for more information.

FAQs

  • Is the program accredited?

    Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the undergraduate mechanical and civil engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

  • How long does the program take?

    Generally, students take two to three years to complete their degree requirements. This depends on how many courses a student takes each semester, the possible inclusion of summer courses and what prerequisite courses may be required.

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