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Graduate Program

Master of Science

A Master of Science is awarded in each of the degree programs listed below. Students must complete the course of study outlined for their chosen specialization. There is no foreign language requirement. The program is designed for individuals who desire to pursue doctoral education and research or a career in engineering practice within the private or public sector. Master of Science programs culminate with the preparation and defense of a thesis. Thesis research is considered an essential part of the degree and constitutes two of the required ten course credits.

Students are admitted and matched with an academic/research advisor. Many M.S. students receive offers of support in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Teaching assistantships are extended by the department and hold the expectation that you will support a given course or courses. Research assistantships are extended by prospective advisors, and hold an expectation that you will support the research project(s) of that faculty member.

M.S. students are required to complete a thesis. The topic of the thesis is typically selected to be synergistic with the research of a particular faculty member. Students are expected to form a thesis committee and present a thesis proposal to their committee within twelve (12) months of entering the M.S. program. M.S. thesis committees should be composed of at least three members, with the chair being the student's advisor within the department. In addition, one of the committee members may be from outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. While it is acceptable to select committee members from outside the university, the majority of the committee must comprise members of the Faculty at Tufts University.

Thesis research culminates in an oral defense which is open to the public. M.S. students must defend their thesis no sooner than six (6) months after the first thesis proposal meeting. The thesis will be prepared in the format specified in the Arts, Science and Engineering Graduate Student Handbook; however, a main section of the thesis should take the form of a peer-reviewed journal article. M.S. students are expected to submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal before being cleared to graduate.

The graduate program outcomes for the Master of Science Program are:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of technical skills when working in one of the Civil and Environmental tracks (Environmental Health, Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Geosystems Engineering, and Structural Engineering and Mechanics).
  • An ability to conduct and assess research, with mentorship, related to topics in a sub-discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Written and verbal communication of research and technical results.