Civil Engineering BSCE/Civil and Environmental Engineering MS(Civil Engineering)

The completion of a thesis M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering enables the student to gain in-depth expertise through their research and supporting coursework that can launch them into a Ph.D. and accelerate their doctoral work or give them a competitive edge and add experience years for industry employment. Earning an M.S. has been shown to significantly improve total earning potential over the length of a career verses a B.S. alone.

Admission to Program

Students will be allowed to apply to the Double Dawgs Dual Degree program during the spring semester of their junior year in engineering.

To be considered for this dual degree pathway, the student must complete a College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF) and meet the following requirements:

1) Have an overall UGA GPA of 3.0.
2) Have completed all the necessary prerequisites for their respective undergraduate degree programs required to enroll in Capstone Design I (CVLE4910 ENGR4910, ENVE4910 or MCHE4910) during fall semester of their senior year.
3) Submit an essay indicating their research interests and career goals within an ECAM degree program.
4) Provide a letter of support from a faculty member within the School of ECAM indicating that the faculty member will serve as the student’s mentor during the next academic year (senior year in Engineering). In this role, the faculty member will commit their time to helping the student start their graduate program and give them advice on potential coursework, research advisors, and research projects. By agreeing to serve as the student’s mentor, the faculty member does not guarantee funding for the student or continued advisement during their fifth year in the program.
5) Students will be required to work in the faculty mentor’s laboratory to gain experience and potentially begin their research program.
6) Students can, but are not required to, participate in the UGA CURO program as part of their research experience.
7) Student will apply for admission to the Graduate Program.

What Students Need to Apply:
• College of Engineering Pathway Application (PDF)
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals in ECAM)
• Unofficial Transcripts
• Letter of Support from Faculty Member Mentor


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Requirements must be met for both the B.S.C.E. and the M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Civil Engineering Emphasis. The integrity of each individual program is maintained when selecting courses (maximum 12 credit hours) that may be used to satisfy the requirements of both programs.

Graduate-Level Courses Used to Satisfy the Undergraduate Program:
The graduate courses that will satisfy the M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an Emphasis Area in Civil Engineering must be chosen to also satisfy the undergraduate B.S.C.E. program technical elective requirements. The currently published courses for the Emphasis Area are listed below. As a requirement of the Civil Engineering Emphasis of the M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree, students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours selected from among the topical lists below. Students will work with their faculty advisor to select the most appropriate specialty area and coursework.

Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
• ENGR 6350 Finite Element Analysis
• ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
• CVLE 6340 Design of Bridges
• CVLE 6330 Advanced Structural Analysis
• CVLE/MCHE 8350 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
• CVLE/MCHE 8640 Advanced Strength of Materials
• CVLE 8550 Design of Pre-stressed Concrete Structures
• CVLE 6470 Pavement Design
• CVLE 8410 Inelastic Behavior of Asphalt
• CVLE 8420 Geomechanics
• CVLE 8460 Soil Improvement
• CVLE(MCHE)(LAND) 6660 Sustainable Building Design
• MCHE 6650 HVAC Systems for Buildings and Industry
• MCHE 8380 Continuum Mechanics
• STAT 6315 Statistical Methods for Researchers

Environment and Water
• ENGR 8220 Microfluidic Transport Phenomena
• ENVE 6470 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations
• BCHE(ENVE) 6490 Environmental Engineering Remediation Design
• ENGR 8103 Computational Engineering
• ENVE 6430 Advanced Open Channel Design
• ENVE 6440 Computer Modeling in Water Resources
• ENVE 6450 Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics
• ENVE 6460 Groundwater Hydrology for Engineers
• ENVE 6435 Natural Resources Engineering
• CVLE 8110 Environmental River Mechanics
• CVLE 8130 Mechanics of Jets & Plumes
• CVLE/MCHE 8160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
• CVLE 8140 Transport and Mixing in Natural Flows
• CRSS(GEOL) 8710 Watershed-Scale Modeling
• MCHE 6590 Fluid Mechanics II
• WASR 8200 Hillslope Hydrology Seminar
• GEOL(WASR) 8740 Hydrologic Flow and Transport Modeling
• STAT 6315 Statistical Methods for Researchers

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineering
• ENVE 6410 Open Channel Hydraulics

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students must choose 11 elective courses from at least 2 of the following tracks shown in the sample curriculum: Geotechnical, Hydraulics, Structures, or Infrastructure Engineering. At least 3 of the elective design courses (indicated by italics) must be selected. At least 8 elective courses must be graduate level (indicated by a 6XXX or 8XXX listing). No more than 12 credits may be applied to both the B.S.C.E. and M.S. degree.

It is recommended that during year four of their curriculum that the student take the 6000-level components of the included 4000/6000-level courses.

Admission to Graduate Program

The student must apply and be admitted to the UGA Graduate School. Their performance during their fourth year and any relevant testing (GRE, TOEFL) will be considered.

• Online Graduate School Application
• Resume
• Statement of Purpose (research interest and career goals)
• Transcripts
• 3 Letters of Recommendation, including the Letter of Support from the faculty advisor who will mentor the student in Master’s Thesis Research

Program Advisor

  • Name: Ramaraja Ramasamy
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-4101
  • Address: Riverbend Research Center South, Room 174

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Civil Engineering B.S.C.E.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S.
  • Department/College: College of Engineering

Advising Contact

  • Name: Margaret Sapp
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7503
  • Address: Coverdell 127