Civil engineering is the oldest of the engineering disciplines. It involves the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings, highways, railways, airports, seaports, and other structures of modern society. Given the global need for rebuilding, maintaining and further developing infrastructure, the demand for civil engineers has never been greater. Civil engineers can choose from a broad spectrum of career opportunities in industry, government and private consulting.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Civil Engineering emphasizes course work as well as research. The Doctoral program is geared towards the development of highly trained professional at the Ph.D. level to serve in academic institutions, government agencies, research laboratories, as well as construction and service industries. Professional practice is integrated into the academic program, where students gain valuable exposure to modern engineering practices and research.
Areas of Specialization
The PhD program in Civil Engineering prepares graduates for professional or academic research in one, or more, of four areas of specialization:
- Structural and Geotechnical Engineering;
- Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; and
- Transportation Engineering
Civil Engineering Admission Requirements
Prospective students must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.
The Doctorate program will consist of at least 90 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, 54 hours of which are course work and 24 hours dissertation, or at least 60 semester credit hours beyond the M.S. degree, 24 hours of which are course work and 24 hours dissertation.