The purpose of this degree is to provide students with a background in engineering with the tools necessary to conduct robust policy analysis. It includes required core courses from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy, complemented by electives in engineering and public policy, which can be met by two courses and a master’s report (recommended), or by one course and a thesis, or by three courses.  A minimum of 16 semester hours must be taken in the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements With Report With Thesis Course Work Only
Required core courses 20 SH 20 SH 20 SH
Other electives 8 SH 4 SH 12 SH
Master of Science report/thesis 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Engineering and Public Policy with a concentration in Infrastructure Resilience with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Engineering and Public Policy with a concentration in Infrastructure Resilience in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Infrastructure Resilience technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Core Courses

Infrastructure Resilience4
Critical Infrastructure Resilience
Environmental Systems Modeling
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policy Making
CIVE 5280
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Urban Informatics)
Special Topics in Environmental Engineering (Agent-Based Modeling)
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Applied Microeconomic Policy Analysis
Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning
Public Policy and Analysis
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Strategizing Public Policy
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Applied Time Series and Spatial Statistics
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Advanced Quantitative Techniques


Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 12 semester hours from the infrastructure course list below.12

Report Option 

Complete 8 semester hours from the infrastructure course list below.8
CIVE 8674Master’s Report4

Thesis Option

Complete 4 semester hours from the infrastructure course list below.4
CIVE 7990Thesis8

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16

Infrastructure Course List

Any required core course not used to meet the required core course requirement can be taken as a restricted elective.
Economic Decision Making
Geographical Information Systems
Decision Making for Critical Infrastructure
Systems Engineering in Public Programs
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Ecological Economics
Big Data for Cities
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Case Studies in Policy Analysis
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Urban and Regional Policy and Planning in Developing Countries
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems
Problems in Metropolitan Policymaking
Health Policy and Politics

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required