Program Overview

Accepting Applications  Fall 2022

The master of engineering in civil engineering degree (M.Eng.) is a coursework-only degree with a focus on professional practice. The M.Eng. degree combines advanced training in civil engineering practice and design, and emphasizes written and oral communication skills. As a practice-oriented program, it provides students with the technical expertise and management training to be successful design engineers. Graduates of the program will encounter a great job market as the demand for professional engineers exceeds the supply and is expected to continue to grow.

Learning Goals

Graduates will successfully advance in their careers through:

  • Technical competence in civil engineering.
  • Demonstration of professional skills appropriate for the global engineering marketplace.
  • An ability to communicate technical/management results in appropriate forums.

The Student Learning Outcomes for the Master of Engineering degree are:

  1. Exhibit knowledge of engineering/science fundamentals appropriate for discipline and specialization.
  2. Be able to communicate effectively in oral and/or written form.

Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit hour is $517.86 and is comprised of $415.66 base tuition + $102.20 college differential. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.

Coursework

The master of engineering in civil engineering degree (M.Eng.) is designed to accommodate students with interest or experience in civil engineering professional practice. Prospective students typically have a civil engineering or closely related undergraduate degree.

The M.Eng. degree involves 33 credit hours of graduate coursework. Coursework is grouped into 3 categories: practice-oriented, area of interest, and management-related. A minimum of 15 credit hours of practice-oriented civil engineering classes is required along with 12 additional credit hours that support the student's area of interest and at least 6 additional credit hours that advance the student's management skillset. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be taken in transfer and/or non-degree graduate student status.

There are no concentrations for the M.Eng. degree. There are no specific required courses for the M.Eng. degree.

Courses for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering Accelerated Online Program
Course NumberCourse NamePractice-OrientedArea of InterestManagement Skillset

CE455*

Engineering project management

X

X

X

CE473/573

Construction Law

X

X

 

CE474/574

Principles of Written Construction Documents

X

X

X

CE475/575

Construction Safety

X

X

 

CE477/577

Project Controls

X

X

X

CE478/578

Temporary Structures in Construction

X

X

 

CE571

Sustainable Design and Construction

X

X

 

CE576

Project Delivery Systems

X

X

X

CE598A

Global History of Construction

 

X

 

CE 506

Design of Prestressed Concrete

X

X

 

CE 598-X4

Design of Wood Structures

X

X

 

CE 598-X3

Design of Masonry Structures

X

X

 

CE 521

Structural Dynamics

 

X

 

CE 598-X1

Advanced construction technologies

X

X

 

CE 598-X2

Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design

X

X

 

CE 598-X5

Pavement Management System

 X

X

 X

Degree Requirements

The master of engineering in civil engineering degree (M.Eng.) requires only 33 credit hours of coursework. It consists of:

  • A minimum of 15 credit hours of practice-oriented civil engineering classes.
  • 12 credit hours that support the student’s area of interest. Courses outside of those offered by the School of Engineering require prior approval by the faculty advisor.
  • At least 6 credit hours that advance the student’s management skillset.

Admissions Requirements

General requirements for admission include:

  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) over the last two undergraduate years in science, math, and engineering courses, and
  • A minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or evidence of passage of the FE exam.

Language Skills for International Students: International students must meet all UNM Graduate Admissions Requirements including tests for English proficiency.

Applicants with a bachelor of science in civil engineering are eligible for admission; no preparatory classes are required.

Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering other than civil engineering can be admitted directly to the program, provided they satisfy all other admissions criteria. They may need to take some undergraduate courses that are prerequisites for graduate courses in their field of study. This course sequence is determined on an individual basis and depends on the student’s background and intended program of study. The preparatory course sequence will be selected in consultation with accelerated online program faculty in the department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering. A member of that group must write a memo to the Department’s Director of Graduate Programs identifying the course sequence. The memo will be placed in the student’s file. The preparatory course sequence will ultimately be listed on the student’s Program of Studies, also filed with the Graduate Studies office.

Applicants without an undergraduate engineering degree are not eligible for admission until they have completed a set of preparatory courses. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade below a “B” for these preparatory courses. These courses (and their equivalent UNM course numbers) are as follows:

  • Three semesters of calculus and one semester of ordinary differential equations (Math 1512, 1522, 2531, and 316)
  • One class in college chemistry
  • One year of calculus-based college physics
  • Engineering Statics – CE 202 (Prereqs Phys 1310 and Math 1522)
  • Dynamics – ME 306 (Prereq CE 202 and Math 2531)
  • Mechanics of Materials – CE 302 (Prereq CE 202, Pre or Coreq Math 316)
  • Fluid Mechanics – CE 331 (Pre or Coreq CE 202 and ME 306)
  • Soil Mechanics – CE 360 (Prereq CE 302)

Advisement for the M.Eng. Accelerated Online Program

Prior to admission, questions regarding the M.Eng. program will be addressed within the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering department, by the Graduate Program Director (John Stormont, jcstorm@unm.edu) and the Program Advisement Coordinator (Nicole Bingham, nicluna@unm.edu). Questions about specific courses will be directed to the appropriate instructors.

Once admitted to the program, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor from the faculty that participate in the accelerated online program. The advisor will guide the student to complete a program plan template. It identifies the courses the student plans to take and ensures they will meet program requirements. The program plan will be updated annually. 

Each semester an orientation presentation will be made and recorded for the M.Eng. students. This presentation will cover departmental and university requirements, policies and deadlines.  

 Accelerated Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 33 Credit Hours
100% Online
Cost Per Credit Hour: $517.86
Length of Classes: 8 Weeks

College/School: School of Engineering

Tuition: Program Details and Tuition & Fee Information

Contact

Website: Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Phone: 505-382-2505
Email: chornba1995@unm.edu