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Civil Engineering (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering is designed to provide civil engineering professionals with the opportunity to prepare for careers concerned with the critical problems of a multifaceted society. Civil engineering education and research activities focus on projects that are typically large and costly, with potentially profound environmental, social, and financial impacts.

Why pursue an M.S. in Civil Engineering?

  • The Department offers a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) and a new Master of Civil Engineering degree (MCE). The MSCE is a research-oriented thesis program, while the MCE is a course-only technical training program.
  • The objective of the graduate degree program is to provide advanced training in the four Civil Engineering specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical/Transportation, Structural, and Water Resources.
  • Small class sizes ensure personal attention from the highly qualified faculty. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories for each major technical area. They are housed in the Engineering Building (EB), Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) building, and Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) building. They include:
    • Geo-materials (AASHTO Accredited)
    • Geotechnical
    • Environmental
    • Structures
    • Hydraulics
    • PC/CAD

Degree Requirements:

  • The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree is 34 for the nonthesis option and 30 for the thesis option. 
  • At least 24 semester credit hours must be taken at UTSA. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • Graduate Studies Application: Yes
  • Department Application: No
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE
  • Resume: Optional
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose including a statement of research/specialization interests and career goals.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
  • Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available

Our graduates are in high demand in a multitude of private and government agencies, such as engineering consulting firms, infrastructure design/construction companies, environmental health companies, as well as various state, city and municipal government organizations.

Research Taking Place in the Civil Engineering Program

The most recent graduate thesis work includes:

  • Investigation of Juniperus Woodland Replacement Dynamics
  • Phytoremediation of Lead Contaminated Soils
  • Effectiveness of Al- and Fe-based Drinking Water Treatment Residuals in Remediating Soil Arsenic: Mechanisms and Implication
  • Watershed Streamflow Estimation Utilizing Remote Sensing Time-Series Proxies of Landscape Moisture State and Radar Precipitation.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jie Huang, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-7908

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

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Funding Opportunities

  • Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis to full time students carrying out research. Typical amounts are $22.5k and $25.5k per year for MSCE and PhD students. Funding agencies include NSF, NOAA, TxDOT, HP, DOE, DOA, City of SA, SAWS and so on.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.
  • A listing of our available courses per semester are listed on the following website.