Masters

We offer a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with a concentration in Transportation Engineering. During your first semester, complete the Plan of Study form with your advisor. Hadi Meidani is the Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Check out the Graduate Handbook for more information.

The MSCE has two options: Non-Thesis and Thesis. Requirements for each are below. Three things to note:

  • Graduate courses are generally 4 credits.
  • MSCE typically takes three semesters, though you could stretch it to four or potentially finish in two semesters+one summer.
  • Most students take the Non-Thesis route.

Non-Thesis

  • 36 hours of course credit
  • at least 16 hours in transportation (about 4-5 courses)
  • at least 12 hours of 500-level courses (3 courses)
  • at least 8 hours of 500-level courses in transportation (2 courses)

Note: these requirements are inclusive of one another: e.g., the two 500-level transportation courses count toward the three 500-level courses as well as the 16 credit hours of transportation courses.

Thesis

  • 32 hours of course credit
  • at least 16 hours of course credit in transportation (about 4-5 courses)
  • at least 12 hours of 500-level courses (3 courses)
  • at least 8 hours of 500-level courses in transportation (2 courses)
  • At most 12 hours of the 32 credit hours can be CEE599 thesis credits

A typical MSCE with thesis includes 24 hours of coursework and 8 hours of CEE 599 thesis credit.

Specialized and joint degrees

In addition, UIUC offers a specialized masters degrees.

M. Eng. with Graduate Concentration in Railway Engineering

This program is a collaboration between the Rail Transportation of Engineering Center (RailTEC) at UIUC and the Railway Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. (All courses are in English.) Requirements are:

  • 36 hours of coursework
  • 20 credit hours of course work in railway transportation and engineering from UIUC
  • 9 credit hours of course work in railway transportation from KTH
  • 3 credit hours of course work on the theory and methodology of science from KTH
  • 4 credit hours of professional development and
  • At least three 500 level courses.

Consult the Railway Engineering M.Eng. website (http://railwaymeng.engineering.illinois.edu/) for more information. There is no thesis option for this degree program.

Joint Degree Option in the Master of Urban Planning

Joint Degree Option in the Master of Urban Planning. This program is administered in the department of Urban and Regional Planning. Students must apply for admission to both the Urban Planning program and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The requirements for the MSCE degree in this joint program are 32 hours of course work including three 500 level courses in CEE. The student must be enrolled in the CEE Department for at least two semesters in order to obtain the joint degree http://catalog.illinois.edu/graduate/faa/joint-degree/urban-planning-mup/

3+2 BS/MS Program

This program allows international students to spend their senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earn a Bachelor of Science degree from a participating international university, then earn a Master of Science degree in civil or environmental engineering from the University of Illinois in one year. Students typically spend three years at their home university and two years at Illinois to complete B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. Students in the 3+2 program must maintain a 3.3 GPA. They may transfer a maximum of 8 hours from their BS to their MS degree.

Follow the link to see with which international universities CEE has 3+2 agreements: 3+2 BS/MS Program.