Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF ENGINEERING | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Master of Science in Civil Engineering | NDU

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Program Objectives

The program will prepare students to:


  1. 1.Support our students in acquiring theoretical and applied knowledge in their field of specialization.
  2. 2.Develop their abilities to grow intellectually and professionally, be independent thinkers, and exercise leadership roles in society.
  3. 3.Prepare them for longer term academic advancement through quality research and scholarly activities.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS in Civil Engineering program is subject to the University graduate admission requirements, as stated in this Catalog under “Graduate Admission.” In addition, the following requirements are to be met:

  1. 1.Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university (holders of BS degrees in Civil Engineering will have to take a set of remedial courses to be specified on a case by case basis in order to meet the total number of credits required).
  2. 2.Cumulative GPA of 3.0 minimum (or its equivalent from a recognized faculty of engineering).
  3. 3.GRE Scores.
  4. 4.Approval of the Faculty Graduate Committee.


Furthermore, applicants should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All English requirements, as stated in this Catalog under “Graduate Admission,” are to be fulfilled.


Graduation Requirements

The program leads to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering awarded once the following requirements are met:

  1. 1.The candidate must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is “C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 Cs per program. Failed courses may be repeated once, provided that the grade on the failed course is equal to “D” or higher. Failing a course with an “F” grade means an automatic exclusion from the program.
  2. 2.Holders of a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (5-year program leading to the degree of BE) from a recognized university may apply to transfer a maximum of 18 credits from their undergraduate upper level major elective courses. Only courses with a “B” grade can be considered for transfer.
  3. 3.The residency requirements and maximum load per semester are as per University rules and regulations for graduate programs.


Course Requirements

The 30 credits are composed of:

  1. 1.12 credits (4 courses) of required courses in the major field.
  2. 2.9 credits of technical electives (3 courses) from the other three fields, listed below, or from other departments upon the decision of the Faculty Graduate Committee.
  3. 3.3 credits (1 course) of graduate electives approved by the Faculty Graduate Committee.
  4. 4.6 credits of research dedicated to writing a Master Thesis and defense. The topic selected should be related to the major field. A student selects a topic of research with the assistance of his or her advisor. A thesis defense is to be performed in front of a committee.



Major Fields

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