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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 12, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Civil and Environmental Engineering - Pavement Engineering Area, MSCE


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The general requirements for the option for the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Pavement Engineering Area degree (thesis and professional) are detailed below:

Requirements


Professional Option: 30 course credits (e.g., ten, 3-credit lecture courses) minimum 

Thesis Option: 24 course credits (e.g., eight, 3-credit course equivalents) minimum and 6 thesis research (CEE 2999 ) credits

All M.S. students enter the professional MS program. Students interested in the thesis option should meet with program faculty to explore project options and can transition to the thesis option if they find a thesis advisor and project.

Students pursing the thesis option must complete novel research that advances the current state of knowledge in their field, is composed in a written dissertation, and presented to their faculty committee during a thesis defense.

The professional option is not available to students supported as graduate research or teaching assistants. Students supported as graduate research assistants are required to pursue the thesis option. All full-time graduate students must enroll in the departmental seminar (CEE 2085 - GRADUATE DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR ) every semester of their full-time study.

The detailed course requirements for these two degree options are as follows:

Professional MS Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2714 - PAVEMENT DESIGN AND ANALYSIS   or Equivalent

b) 3 credits - CEE 2715 - PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE AND REHAB   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - CEE 2717 - COMPONENTS, PROPERTIES AND DESIGN OF PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE  or Equivalent

d) 3 credits - CEE 3714 - ADVANCED PAVEMENT DESIGN & ANAL  or CEE 2716 - PAVEMENT CONSTRUCTION  or Equivalent

e) 18 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996 ). No more than six credits of CEE 2996  may count towards the degree program coursework requirements.

MS Thesis Degree Requirements

a) 3 credits - CEE 2714 - PAVEMENT DESIGN AND ANALYSIS   or Equivalent

b) 3 credits - CEE 2715 - PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE AND REHAB   or Equivalent

c) 3 credits - CEE 2717 - COMPONENTS, PROPERTIES AND DESIGN OF PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE  or Equivalent

d) 3 credits - CEE 3714 - ADVANCED PAVEMENT DESIGN & ANAL  or CEE 2716 - PAVEMENT CONSTRUCTION  or Equivalent

e) 12 credits - Graduate Technical Electives

Graduate Technical Electives may include any advisor-approved program-related graduate course (i.e., course numbers 2XXX or 3XXX), including guided special investigations (CEE 2996 ) No more than six credits of CEE 2996  may count towards the degree program coursework requirements.

f) 6 credits - CEE 2999 - M.S. THESIS  

Thesis Defense

Students pursuing the MS Thesis Option must pass an oral presentation and defense of their completed thesis, administered by the student’s thesis committee. The thesis examining committee will consist of the advisor as chair plus at least two other members of the faculty recommended by the major adviser and approved by the department chair or program director.

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