Requirements for the M.C.E.E. in the Civil Engineering track
Students pursuing the M.C.E.E. degree in the field of Civil Engineering must complete:
A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses in one area of specialization: Civil Engineering or Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design, including one semester of graduate seminar (CEVE 601/CEVE 602) and a final project (CEVE 590). All courses must be in the relevant field.
A minimum of 24 credit hours at Rice (maximum of six credit hours of graduate-level coursework from transfer credit is allowed).
A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in required coursework.
The minimum residency, which is one fall or spring semester in full-time or part-time graduate study.
Prerequisites: One course in each of the following: calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations, two courses in physics that include mechanics and electromagnetism, and one course in engineering mechanics and strength of materials.
The Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.C.E.E.) is a professional non-thesis degree requiring 30 semester hours of approved course work. Students who have a B.S. or B.A. degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply.
They will complete 30 hours of graduate-level courses (24 semester hours must be at Rice University) in our Civil Engineering or Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design sub-tracks including the required final project.
Graduate courses from other departments might count towards the M.C.E.E. degree, but need prior approval by a CEE faculty adviser and must be in the relevant field. Depending on their background, some students may need to fulfill pre-requisites or take remedial engineering courses in addition to the required 30 semester hours to earn the M.C.E.E. degree. Students can transfer up to 6 credits of graduate-level courses equivalent to the required courses and must fulfill the minimum residency, which is one fall or spring semester in full-time or part-time graduate study.
For the final project, students must choose an adviser to work with in the first semester, and register for CEVE 590 with the adviser’s approval to conduct the project in the second semester. In the second semester or semester which the final project will be completed, students are required to meet with their adviser to discuss final project details and timeline by the end of the first week of class.
Core Requirements: students must complete six of the following courses (18 credits)
CEVE 500 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
CEVE 503 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
CEVE 519 Elasticity, Plasticity and Damage Mechanics
CEVE 524 Time Dependent System Reliability Methods
CEVE 527 Computational Structural Mechanics and FEM
CEVE 531 Reinforced Concrete Buildings
CEVE 541 Structural Steel Buildings
CEVE 560 Bridge Engineering and Extreme Events CEVE 571 Soil Mechanics and Foundations
CEVE 576 Structural Dynamic Systems
CEVE 578 Earthquake Engineering
CEVE 592 Modeling and Analysis of Networked Systems
CEVE 596 System Identification with Machine Learning
CEVE 678 Applied Stochastic Mechanics
CEVE 679 Applied Monte Carlo Analysis
Seminar: Select one of the following (1 credit)
CEVE 601 Seminar
CEVE 602 Seminar
Directed Civil Engineering Electives: students must complete a total of two courses from the Core Course Requirements or from the following (six credits)
CAAM 550 Numerical Analysis
MECH 502 Vibrations
MECH 517 Finite Element Methods
MECH 554 Computational Fluid Mechanics
Professional Development Electives: students must complete one course from the following (three credits)
CEVE 507 Energy and the Environment
CEVE 528 Engineering Economics
ENGI 529 Engineering Leadership and Ethics
NSCI 610 Management for Science/Engineering
MCEE Final Project: (two credits)
CEVE 590 M.C.E.E. Special Study