Engineering and Public Policy with Concentration in Infrastructure Resilience, MS

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 enrolled in a master's degree have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

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

Students may complete a Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy with 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 20 hours of advisor-approved infrastructure resilience technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Infrastructure Resilience
CIVE 7110Critical Infrastructure Resilience4
Environmental Systems Modeling
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policymaking
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Climate Science and Technology Adaptation and Policy)
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Informatics in Civil Engineering)
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
Time Series and Geospatial Data Sciences
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 

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

Thesis Option

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

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
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
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