Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program
- Program Description
Through the new 3+2 Accelerated Masters Program (AMP) in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (CEEM) at the University of Arizona, you can leverage your undergraduate work in Civil Engineering into a graduate degree through the investment of one additional year of coursework. During a student’s senior year a student may take several technical electives at the graduate level. After completing the course with the associated graduate requirements, the student will receive credit toward their undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree.
The AMP offers flexibility: by focusing your graduate classes in one area, you can obtain your M.S. degree in the following sub-disciplines:
Geotechnical, Hydraulics/Hydrology, Engineering Mechanics, Structures or Transportation. You may elect to pursue an emphasis in Engineering Management in the coursework option or include Engineering Management courses in other options in coordination with your adviser.
Master’s Degree Options
- Master’s Report – 27 coursework units, 3 report units
- Thesis – 24 coursework units, 6 thesis units
- Department/Academic Unit(s)
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics
The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Work is directed toward research and professional development in such areas as engineering mechanics, engineering materials, highway engineering, hydraulics and fluid mechanics, geomechanics, geo-technical engineering, water resources, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Certain interdisciplinary options such as regional development and urban planning, and environmental engineering are available by combining various areas of the program with programs in other departments. For further information concerning these options, see the College of Engineering web site.
The department also offers a degree in Master of Science, Masters of Engineering, an Accelerated Masters Degree in both MS and ME degrees and has three certificate programs; Advance Transportation, Geoengineering and Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering.
College of Engineering
- Campus where offered
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Elsa I Morales
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elsa I Morales
Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Megan Jia Mcnulty-Luoma
- Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees.
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees.
- Admissions Requirements
- Have completed at least 75 undergraduate credit hours at the time
of application and 90 undergraduate credit hours at the time of entry
into the AMP, with a cumulative GPA equal or above 3.0
- Have completed least 12 units of undergraduate credit hours in
CEEM at the University of Arizona and a GPA above 3.0 may take
500 level courses as their undergraduates technical electives at no
additional fee. Upon completing the 500 level course requirements,
these units will double count and be transferable to UA CEEM
advanced degrees but may not be accepted by other universities.
- Submit an application to the graduate college at:
- Standardized Tests
Required test(s): No GRE needed for AMP
To be considered eligible to apply for the AMP, a CE student must:
- be a continuing University of Arizona undergraduate.
- have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
At the time of application, have completed a minimum of 75 units of undergraduate course work; a minimum of 12 undergraduate units must have been completed in the student's major at University of Arizona’s main campus.
A CE student must have completed the GRE before beginning their graduate program.
- Funding Opportunities
- Undergraduate students are eligible for undergraduate grants and scholarships
- At the graduate level, financial assistance in the form of tuition waivers and scholarships are available based on applicant's GPA and overall application.
- In order to receive financial aid, each student must exhibit full-time graduate status, which requires registration for a minimum of 9 units each semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled.
- Admissions Deadlines
Domestic and International Applicants:
- July of their senior year for fall admission
- December of their senior year for spring admission
- International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
- Other Information
- The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is
- Minimum Credit Units
- Core Coursework Requirements
- Students with cumulative GPA of 3.0 may take up to nine (9) - 500 level units and those with GPA 3.5 or higher may take up to 12 - 500 level units.
- Have completed, or nearly completed the general education requirements at the time of application
- Undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the Master's degree.
- Elective Coursework
- Construction Management
- CE 582 Construction Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control (3)
- CE 583 Construction Cost Estimating (3)
- CE 585 Construction Equipment and Methods (3)
- Engineering Mechanics
- CE/EM 502 Introductory Finite Element Method (3)
- EM 504 Elasticity Theory and Application (3)
- EM 508 Fracture Mechanics (3)
- EM 605 Mechanical Behavior of Materials II - Special Topics (3)
- EM 606 Wave Propagation in Solids (3)
- CE 540 Foundation Engineering (3)
- CE 541 Earth Structures in Geotechnical Engineering (3)
- CE 542 Ground Improvement (3)
- CE 544 Special Topics in Geomechanics (3)
- CE 545 Geoenvironmental Engineering (3)
- CE 546 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (3)
- CE 548 Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (3)
- Courses out of department
- MNE 515 Rock ExcavationMNE 527 Geomechanics
- MNE 547 Underground Construction Geomechanics
- GEN 548 Geophysical Exploration and Engineering
- MNE 580 The Mechanics of Fracture in Rock and Other Brittle Materials
- CE 522 Open-Channel Flow (3)
- CE 523 Hydrology (3)
- CE 527 Computer Applications in Hydraulics (3)
- CE 529 Special Topics in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering (3)
- CE 549 (HWR) - Statistical Hydrology
- CE 622 Sedimentation Engineering
- CE 655 (HWR) Stochastic Methods in Surface Hydrology (3)
- CE 510 Probability in Civil Engineering (3)
- CE 532 Advanced Structural Design in Steel (3)
- CE 534 Design of Wood and Masonry Structures (3)
- CE 535 Prestressed Concrete Structures (3)
- CE 537 Advanced Structural Design in Concrete (3)
- CE 538 Behavior and Design of Structural Systems (3)
- CE 632 Infrastructure Rehabilitation (3)
- CE 633 Reinforced Concrete (3)
- CE 638 Advance Structural Stability (3)
- EM 633 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (3)
- EM 634 Advanced Structural Dynamics (3)
- CE 560 Special Topics in Transportation Engineering (3)
- CE 562 Traffic Engineering and Operations
- E 563 Traffic Flow and Capacity Analysis (3)
- CE 565 Transportation Data Management and Analysis (3)
- CE 566 Highway Geometric Design (3)
- CE 567 Traffic Safety
- CE 569 Travel Demand Modeling (3)
- CE 568 (PLNN) Urban Transportation Planning (3)
- Multi-disciplinary Courses
- CE 564A Integrated Highway Bridge Design w/LRFD Method (3)
- Additional Requirements
- Must be a Civil Engineering Undergraduate student to be able to apply to this progam.
- Have applied to the CE Undergraduate AMP program in their senior year before applying to this graduate program
- Student Handbook
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student's GPA falls below 3.30 at the time s/he has completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
- Completion of at least 12 earned units of undergraduate course work in the major at the UA.
- Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units in the major.
- Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
- Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.
- Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
- Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master's degree awarded.
- Interested students should verify departmental requirements as they may have additional or more stringent requirements than the Graduate College minimum requirements.
Last revised 09 Sep 2020