The Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering is a recognized leader in innovative educational programs and is widely considered to be among the top programs in the United States.

Undergraduate Student Info

As a department with a strong emphasis on social consciousness, we continue to graduate men and women who make outstanding contributions to the public through business, industry, education, and government.

Graduate Student Info

We offer graduate study and research opportunities in multiple areas. Research may involve theoretical developments, physical testing, and computer modeling. The department’s entire research program is directed toward engineering for the public benefit.

  • Graduate Student Handbook
  • Academic Standards Policy
  • Distance Learning Via UF EDGE
  • Graduate Program Contacts
  • Research Programs
  • Degrees
    The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering offers three types of degrees – the Master of Science, the Master of Engineering and the Doctorate of Philosophy (accredited through SACS). The distinction between the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degree is the necessary educational background of the student. If the student received an engineering-based degree from an ABET accredited institution then he/she qualifies for the Master of Engineering degree (this pertains to most US institutions and a few international ones.) To check if your undergraduate engineering degree is ABET-accredited, please visit http://www.abet.org. For most of our international students and those students who do not have the engineering-based degree, the Master of Science degree would be awarded. It is important for the student to discuss this with his/her advisor prior to submitting his/her Supervisory Committee form as this is where the selection is made and is entered into the student’s file. All CCE graduate students (including UF EDGE participants) should refer to the CCE Graduate Student Handbook. Here you will find an explanation of the types of degrees offered (MS, ME, (thesis and non-thesis), and PhD) and the options available. For any questions or concerns regarding this information, contact the graduate support coordinator.For general graduate school degree requirements please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
    • Masters Degree Programs
      The Master’s program allows specialization in a particular field of interest. The Department offers two Master’s degrees: the Master of Science degree and the Master of Engineering degree.Candidates for graduate degrees generally specialize in one of the established research specializations. Detailed programs are devised individually in conjunction with a Faculty Advisor (if non-thesis) or Supervisory Committee Chair (if thesis) to provide flexibility in accommodating a student’s interests. A Student’s Plan of Study must be approved by the Advisor/Chair.The Master’s program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credits of course work with a thesis or 30 semester credits with a non-thesis project. This excludes credit for which grades of S/U are given (except for the departmental seminar, research, internships hours (per advisor/chair approval only) and thesis credits) and courses below the 5000 level within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Additional credits may be necessary depending on satisfaction of course competency requirements.
    • Ph.D. Degree Program

      Doctoral studies consist of selected courses within the established research specializations and independent research leading to a dissertation. The student, with the approval of a Supervisory Committee, individually formulates the program. A minimum of 90 credits is required. Credits for course work earned as part of a Master’s degree may be counted upon approval of the Supervisory Chair and then the Graduate School (restrictions apply). In addition, written and oral comprehensive qualifying examinations are required of all PhD students (refer to the Graduate Catalog).
  • Graduate Certificates
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection Certificate Program
      • The Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering proposes a Critical Infrastructure Protection Certificate program for graduate students in which participants can select three courses from the list shown below.
        • *CES 6588 – Protective Structures
        • CES 6590 – Impact Engineering
        • CES 6591 – Applied Protective Structures
        • CES 6592 – Retrofit for Protective Structures
        • CES 6593 – Advanced Protective StructuresThe course marked with “*” must be completed as part of the certificate program. The requirements for program participation are:
          1. Completed application
          2. Have a B.S. degree in civil engineering with a specialization in structures
          3. Must be a graduate degree seeking student
          4. Completion of CES 6108 – Structural Dynamics
          5. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the graduate program
          6. Certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the graduate degree