Graduates may apply for advanced study leading to a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering, provided he/she has obtained the required averages in the undergraduate programs of studies, either immediately following the BS degree or after completing the BE degree. The Faculty Admissions Committee makes the final decision on acceptance to the Master of Science program.
The graduate program at the department of Civil Engineering offers the following tracks:
Structural engineers analyze and design civil engineering structures that must endure stresses and pressure resulting from human use and environmental conditions. This track particularly emphasizes designing buildings, towers, bridges, dams, and foundations to resist earthquake and wind loads. Graduated engineers become apt to choosing the appropriate building material, inspecting the construction work, and ensuring structural soundness of built structures.
The infrastructure for testing and evaluation of materials (including cement, concrete, and asphalt) is a significant strongpoint at UOB, with particular emphasis on both mechanical properties and field performance. Our faculty members and students innovate and advance the state-of-the-art while searching for new, sustainable, and high-quality materials. We examine concrete and asphalt materials on multiple scales, ranging from chemical and microstructural examinations to full-scale field testing.
Today, the need for engineers who are trained and qualified to undertake professional responsibilities in designing and planning for sustainability and preservation of natural resources is ever increasing. This is the motivation behind our MS Environmental Track. The program concentrates on topics like water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid wastes management, air pollution, and land resources. This track aims to equip engineers with the tools and knowledge necessary to better envisage the environmental problems of our planet.
The earthquake program focuses on the principles of the dynamic behavior of structures. It concentrates on the seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings. Students are actively engaged in earthquake-related research. At the Earthquake Engineering laboratories, state-of-art facilities are available for experimental research, and the latest software packages are available for analytical research.
All infrastructure and civil engineering works require the intervention of geotechnical engineers. This track focuses on the highest practices and standards for site investigations, soil testing and analysis, geological mapping, rail and road pavement assessments, monitoring and instrumentation, groundwater, and hydrogeological assessment. Students participate in Geotechnical related research where state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and latest software packages are available.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT TRACK:
Construction managers are qualified by combined education and experience to determine the best possible sequence of construction operations as well as to develop detailed schedules, budget, and safety procedures. Students in this track will learn the principles of construction processes, scheduling, simulation of operations, cost/risk analysis, and contracts/equipment management. Graduates will be able to apply research, analysis, and best practices to an ever-growing field in construction business and management.
The Transportation Systems Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the comprehensive nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the transportation infrastructure of society. The program’s course work focuses on transportation planning and operations, traffic engineering, pavement design, and construction engineering. Students are engaged in transportation-related research, where the latest software packages are available for analysis and design purposes.
WATER RESOURCES TRACK:
Society is facing increased demand for renewing the infrastructure for distributing potable water as well as collecting municipal wastewater and runoff water from rain and melting snow. This program focuses on water resources modeling, hydraulics, and hydrology. Water and wastewater engineering aims to manage the main challenges and strategies in critical areas for analyzing and evaluating potential water solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the urban cycle.