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Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (research option) develops a broad but fundamentally sound background in basic subjects in civil engineering, and provides the opportunity for in-depth study in a specific area of research interest, culminating in a thesis. Concentrations include:

  • Construction Management  
  • Environmental Engineering  
  • Geotechnical and Pavements Engineering  
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics  
  • Sustainable Engineering  
  • Transportation Engineering  
  • Water Resources Engineering  

The department also offers a non-thesis Professional Masters of Science degree with the same concentrations.

Available MS Tracks
Master of Science Program PDF  

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering emphasizes excellence in research and education. PhD candidates publish their thesis work in top civil and environmental engineering journals and present their research at national and international conferences. Students wishing to pursue the PhD degree should have an outstanding academic background and a desire and ability to carry out original research. Students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD after successfully completing the oral preliminary examination (taken at the end of the first year of graduate study), and the PhD comprehensive examination and proposal conference. Areas of study include Engineering for Sustainability and the Environment, and Advanced Infrastructure Systems. 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree( PDF )
Plan of Study for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree ( PDF )
Doctoral Committee( PDF )

The MBA/Master of Science in Engineering Dual Degree Program, offered jointly by the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Swanson School of Engineering, positions individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or the hard sciences to take a management role in a company that has a significant engineering and/or technological focus.


The Mining Engineering Certificate Program is a distinctive credential rooted in the Department's long-standing relationship to Pittsburgh's mining history. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the primary elements of a mining operation and the engineering issues associated with operating a mine in a safe, effective, and sustainable manner. This certificate is also offered in a distance-enabled format for professionals who find it more convenient to study at work or at home, but online in real-time. 

 See the Mining Engineering page for more details.

Graduate Program in Construction Management 

The Graduate Program in Construction Management prepares students to manage the rebuilding of  public infrastructure and the modernization of  private buildings and plants. The program takes an integrated and comprehensive approach to construction management which encompasses both public and private sector perspectives, both building and engineering construction, and the roles played by all the participants on the construction team (owners, contractors, design professionals, and other supporting professionals). The program emphasizes managerial decision-making in an engineering context. Graduates of the program will become leaders in the construction industry as they practice in public agencies, construction companies, consulting firms, and many other national and international positions.

The Construction Management Program is oriented toward the practitioner and is actively supported by members of the construction industry in terms of advice and participation. The adjunct faculties are highly qualified construction professionals who bring together the rare blend of academic excellence and practical application. The program teaches students those decision-making skills that are so important to the successful completion of construction projects as measured by time, cost, and quality objectives. In addition, the program develops in the students those professional qualities that will make them effective managers - communication skills, computer applications, ethical standards, and leadership attributes.

Graduate students in Construction Management  pursue a professional Master of Science Civil and Environmental Engineering. The course of study has three components comprising ten courses and a master level special project. The program has specific required courses:

The required core component consists of five graduate level construction courses (15 credits).  


The technical design component consists of three graduate level engineering electives (9 credits).

9 credits CEE 2XXX or 3XXX courses (i.e. three elective courses) in related areas, with approval of the advisor

One of these technical electives must be either  CEE 2206: CONSTRUCTION & COST OF ELECTRICAL SUPPLY or  CEE 2207: CONSTRUCTION & COST OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

The managerial component consists of two graduate level management electives (6 credits).

6 Graduate credits (i.e. two graduate technical electives) in engineering, science discipline appropriate for the program, public health, business or mathematics, with the approval of the advisor and provided all necessary course prerequisites are fulfilled.


The individual project gives the student the opportunity to develop an application of the material learned in the courses.

Students must have a final grade point average of 3.00 or higher to be awarded their degree.

Find out the associated courses for Construction Management.

Construction Management and Green Construction Thesis Option Requirements

This option includes 24 semester course credits (as described above) plus a 6-credit thesis.

Graduate Program in Transportation Engineering

The Graduate Program in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh focuses on the fundamentals of transportation systems and operation analysis, as well as enhancing the students analytical, quantitative, and communication skills to prepare them for the challenges of the profession.

We have a rigorous and quantitative approach to transportation problems with a strong emphasis on computer applications. Although our program does not focus on any particular mode of transportation, our students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze all modes of transportation for the movement of people and goods in both the public and private sectors.

Students can enter the program with a variety of training and backgrounds in all areas of engineering, economics, mathematics and management. They can select a wide variety of courses. The Transportation Engineering Program consists of a balanced curriculum with the following three focus areas: planning, design and operations. A sufficient selection of courses is offered so the program can be completed within two years. These courses will be offered at times that will help to accommodate the schedules of both the full-time and part-time students.

This program is designed to help meet the workforce development needs of the transportation engineering industry. The University of Pittsburgh is particularly well positioned to help meet these workforce development needs through this program. Some of the school's specific strengths include:

  • A core of tenure track faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering that have strong interest in the transportation engineering field.
  • Access to a large pool of senior transportation engineers in the Western Pennsylvania public and private sector (many of whom are alumni) that can serve as adjunct professors to teach courses in the program.
  • Development of a cohesive curriculum from the core civil engineering fields and related areas, such as construction management, public policy and management, geographic information systems, and statistics. Experience delivering course-only Master of Science degrees tailored for professional engineers, such as Construction Management and Sustainability program, which is highly regarded by industry.

Minimum Requirements

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Thesis Option) in Transportation Engineering is offered for full-time and part-time students and requires 24 course credits plus 6 thesis credits.

This option requires passing a Comprehensive Examination, based upon the completed graduate course work and an oral defense as well as written documentation of the Thesis. The Comprehensive Examination may be oral and combined with the final oral defense. The Master of Science degrees are conferred only on those who have completed all course requirements with at least 3.0 QPA.

The Professional MS Program requires 30 course credits with at lest a 3.0 QPA.

Students seeking admission to the Program without an undergraduate engineering degree or equivalent from an accredited engineering school are required to make up any deficiencies in the areas of civil engineering, mathematics, economics, and statistics before full graduate status is recognized. Remedial courses in these areas do not count toward the degree credit requirements.

The Transportation Engineering Program is based on the following three focus areas: planning, design and operations. In addition, a project development course, which will utilize the three focus areas to plan, design and put into operation a transportation project, is required. The following four core courses are required for all students:

Operation: CEE 2700 - Transportation Management and Operations (3 credits)
  CEE 2710 - Traffic Control Systems (3 credits)
Planning: CEE 2720 - Urban Transportation Planning (3 credits)
Design: CEE 2714 - Pavement Design (3 credits) or
  CEE 2730 - Highway Engineering (3 credits)
Project Development  CEE 2750 - Transportation Project Development (3 credits)

The remaining courses will consist of electives that must be approved by the Academic Advisor. A maximum of nine credits of graduate technical electives from outside the CEE Department are allowed with approval of the Academic Advisor.

The following is a list of available relevant courses:

Civil Engineering Courses

  • CEE 2105 - Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
  • CEE 3714 - Pavement Design and Analysis II
  • CEE 2711 - ITS Operation and Design
  • CEE 2715 - Pavement Rehabilitation
  • CEE 2717 - Components, Properties and Design of Portland cement Concrete
  • CEE 2718 - Advanced Construction Bituminous
  • CEE 2725 - Public Transportation Systems

Relevant Non-Civil Engineering Courses

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)

  • MPPM 2008 Economics for Public Affairs
  • MPPM 2010 Public Management (offered in spring)
  • MPPM 2000 Administration of Public Affairs
  • MPPM 2125 City and Regional Theory and Practice

Click here for additional MPPM courses offered by GSPIA.


  • IE2003 Engineering Management
  • IE2095 Law and Engineering
  • ME 2047 Finite Element Analysis


  • BIOST 3023: Geographic Information Systems & Spatial Data Analysis
  • BIOST 2041: Introduction to Statistical Methods 1
  • BIOST 2042: Introduction to Statistical Methods 2
  • BIOST 2035: Experimental Design
  • BIOST 2049: Applied Regression Analysis
  • BIOST 2052: Multivariate Analysis
  • IE 2005: Statistics for Engineers 1
  • IE 2007: Statistics for Engineers 2
  • IE 2073: Design of Experiments
  • IE 2084: Stochastic Processes
  • IE 2034: Neural Networks and Industrial Applications
  • IE 2070: Regression and Analysis of Variance