Distance Learning Via U.F. EDGE
Electronic Delivery of Graduate Education (EDGE)
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering (CCE) and Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES)
Contacts and Responsibilities
Dr. Dennis R. Hiltunen
Faculty Advisor and CCE Admissions
Dr. Hiltunen will serve as the faculty advisor for all EDGE students within ESSIE and for both the CE and EES master’s degrees. As advisor, Dr. Hiltunen will review all ESSIE EDGE Plans of Study and student degree completion requests. Dr. Hiltunen will also provide student admission decisions for the CE master’s degree.
Dr. C.Y. Wu
Dr. Wu will provide all student admission decisions for the EES master’s degree.
Nancy will process admission applications for CE EDGE applicants. She will assist ESSIE EDGE students with registration for their selected coursework. She will also process Program Plans of Study, transfer credit requests, and CE master’s degree graduation certifications for submission to the Office of the Registrar.
Barbi will process admission applications for EES EDGE applicants. She will also process EES master’s degree graduation certifications for submission to the Office of the Registrar.
- Degree-seeking applicants to the EDGE program follow the same guidelines as all other ESSIE degree seeking applicants. These guidelines and deadlines are found on the ESSIE website at https://www.essie.ufl.edu/student_resources/admissions/.
- Hiltunen will review CE EDGE graduate admission applications and will provide admission decisions for these applicants.
- Wu will review EES EDGE graduate admission applications and will provide admission decisions for these applicants.
- Admitted student will be asked to choose between a Master’s of Engineering (M.E.) and a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree. The curriculum requirements for the two degrees are identical, but an M.E. degree is only available to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at an ABET accredited university.
- If a degree-seeking student does not enroll in courses at UF for two consecutive semesters or more, the student will need to apply to the department for readmission if the student chooses to continue in the same program. If a new program department is desired, there is an option to write in a new program area within ESSIE. Outside of ESSIE, the student would submit the application to the new department. This is a fairly lengthy process and it should be done at the minimum of two months prior to the start of the semester that the student wishes to re-enroll.
- Non-degree seeking applicants must apply to the desired department no less than 1.5 months prior to the beginning of the intended entry semester. Applications can be found via the http://admissions.ufl.edu/ The applicant may be required to provide transcripts from previous education to demonstrate successful completion of course prerequisites.
- Following admission to the program, you will establish a Gatorlink ID. This Gatorlink ID will be attached to a UFL e-mail extension.
- While in the program, it is UF policy that ALL communications from the university will be sent to your UFL e-mail address.
- It is imperative that you check this e-mail account on a regular basis so that you do not miss any relevant or important communications and we prefer that you use this account to communicate with ESSIE via e-mail.
- The University of Florida (UF) offers online graduate courses from ten departments across all branches of engineering and from at least 17 departments outside of engineering.
- Students in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) can pursue a master's degree in either Civil Engineering (CE) or Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES).
- For either degree, all master's students are required to complete a total of 30 credit hours, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of core coursework from within their chosen program area of CE or EES, and the remaining 15 credit hours can consist of any graduate-level course available online at UF. Each student will prepare a listing of all proposed courses in a Program Plan of Study (Section 6 below) and will be subject to approval by Dr. Hiltunen.
- UF graduate students are also able to utilize up to six (6) credit hours from undergraduate-level courses (3XXX or 4XXX) outside of their department (i.e., outside of CE or EES).
- Thus, the EDGE master's student has significant flexibility in constructing a program best suited for their further professional development.
- It is also noted that the UF EDGE program offers a series of graduate-level courses in engineering leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship that are available to students in ESSIE. One of these courses can be counted toward the 15 credit hour requirement of core coursework within CE or EES with approval from Dr. Hiltunen.
- It is UF policy that you maintain a 3.0 grade point average and performance below this standard will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C to be counted toward the 30 credit hour requirement.
- Current course offerings for the UF EDGE program can be found at this link: https://ufedge.ufl.edu/students/courses/
- There are many online courses available at UF from departments outside of engineering (shown below). To seek out potential courses, use the UF Schedule of Courses at the following link: http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/soc/. This listing will show what courses will actually be offered each semester at UF. Within a typical department level listing, look for “WEB” to identify courses available in online format.
- Construction Management
- Environmental Horticulture
- Fisheries and Aquatic Science
- Food and Resource Economics
- Food Science and Human Nutrition
- Forest Resources and Conservation
- Geological Sciences
- Information Systems and Operations Management
- Microbiology and Cell Science
- Public Health
- Soil and Water Science
- Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- While a complete list would be extensive, some examples of coursework from other departments that are available to ESSIE students include:
- Construction management
- Engineering economy
- Engineering leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship
- Finite element method
- Geographic information systems (GIS)
- Soil and water science
- Structural dynamics
Program Plan of Study
- Prepare a Program Plan of Study following admission to the program and before registering for courses in the first semester. The blank document can be found at: http://www.essie.ufl.edu/forms/?document_cat_id=36.
- Fill out the Plan completely, all 30 credits, using the course information supplied in Section 4 above and assuming that courses taught currently will continue to be available in subsequent years.
- Send your signed Plan to Dr. Hiltunen for approval.
- For the master’s degree in CE, courses that can be counted toward the minimum core requirement of 15 credit hours will have UF course prefixes of CEG, CGN, CCE, and TTE. As noted in Section 2 above, the graduate-level courses in engineering leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship with UF prefixes of EGN or EGS can also be utilized as core courses with approval by Dr. Hiltunen.
- For the master’s degree in EES, courses that can be counted toward the minimum core requirement of 15 credit hours will have UF course prefixes of CWR, EES, and ENV. In addition, the two courses CGN 6905 Advanced Urban Stormwater Design and CGN 6905 Advanced Water Resources Engineering, can serve as core courses. Finally, as noted in Section 2 above, the graduate-level courses in engineering leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship with UF prefixes of EGN or EGS can be utilized as core courses with approval by Dr. Hiltunen.
- Please note that the Plan is a working document to help guide a student through the program and not a fixed contract. The Plan can be revised at any time and submitted for reapproval.
- It is possible to complete a portion of your coursework at another university. In this case, please list these courses on your plan as transfer credits. Please note that the last course that you schedule during your final graduation semester from UF must be taken at UF and cannot be a transfer from another university.
- If you take a course from another university the semester prior to your anticipated graduation, an official transcript from the other institution must be submitted and posted to your records by the UF Office of Admissions before the third week of the final semester. If the transcript is not available by the third week, the transfer of credit will not be processed in time. If this is the case and you need these credits for your degree, your graduation will be delayed for an additional semester and you will be required to enroll in another course at UF.
- After you confirm your acceptance of your admission, you will receive an email from Nancy letting you know that you have been coded as FED or FE2. You will then register for the sections that fall under your designated code and this information will be provided to you as well. This is for the ESSIE courses only. If you intend to register for a course outside of ESSIE, you will need to contact the department offering the course. The contacts for each department can be found here - https://ufedge.ufl.edu/students/. Be certain that the course has been approved on your Program Plan of Study (PPS), otherwise you will need to submit a revised PPS to Dr. Hiltunen for approval.
- If you are registering for any of the General Engineering courses (EGN prefix or Engineering Entrepreneurship, Engineering Innovation, Engineering Leadership) you will need to contact Pam Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for those courses.
- Registration dates can be found at: https://registrar.ufl.edu/soc/. UF Policy is that you will be charged full fees if you withdraw from a course after the drop/add period and you will receive a ‘W’ on your transcript. If you have encountered extenuating circumstances, contact Nancy to discuss possible directions of action.
- Non-degree (ND), Employee Education Program (EEP), and state employee (SE) students follow an alternative registration timeline. Non-degree registrants should review the information found at: https://registrar.ufl.edu/currents/nondegree.html. EEP and State Employee registrants should review the information found at: https://registrar.ufl.edu/registration/employeeed. Contact Nancy directly at email@example.com to obtain your registration code.
Intent to Graduate
At the beginning of your final semester, submit a degree application by the posted deadline on the academic calendar (http://gradcatalog.ufl.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=2421) in order to be placed on the graduation list. Graduation information can be found at https://registrar.ufl.edu/services/degreeapp. You will receive an e-mail outlining the graduation requirements. As long as you have followed your approved Program Plan of Study, completed all courses with a minimum grade of C, and you have maintained the required 3.0 grade point average, you should not have any remaining graduation issues. If any issues arise, your department will contact you directly to inform you of the issue and to possibly provide a resolution.
- For all students pursuing a CE master’s degree, the Final Exam will be provided by Dr. Hiltunen during the graduation semester. Send the completed exam to Dr. Hiltunen via e-mail prior to the deadline specified in your Degree Audit.
- For all students pursuing an EES master’s degree, the Final Exam will consist of completing the exit interview forms available at: https://www.essie.ufl.edu/forms/?document_cat_id=15.
- Send the completed forms via e-mail to Dr. Hiltunen prior to the deadline specified in your Degree Audit.