Master of Civil Engineering
Program Coordinator: Linda Ratsep
Medicine, law, architecture, accounting, pharmacy – all professions that require education in excess of four years, whether by a separate “Professional School” or by simply requiring more than four years to obtain an undergraduate degree. Much discussion has occurred lately in the engineering community concerning the “status” of the profession in the eyes of the public. Concerns over compensation, loss of respect from society in general, and the increasing trend toward viewing engineers as a commodity instead of as valued and skilled professionals has prompted some to take a hard look at the current educational system. Many engineers agree that, in light of the explosive growth of technology, the steady decrease in the number of credits required for an undergraduate engineering degree (from an average of 150 semester hours in 1950 to 133 today), and the loss of influence and control in the worlds of finance and politics (both critical to successfully solving the world’s problems through engineering), the skill set provided by a four year education is no longer adequate.
In light of these problems, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Civil Engineers unanimously adopted Policy 465 in 2001:
“The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports the concept of the Master’s degree or Equivalent as a prerequisite for licensure and the practice of civil engineering at a professional level."
ASCE encourages institutions of higher education, governmental units, employers, civil engineers, and other appropriate organizations to endorse, support, and promote the concept of mandatory post-baccalaureate education for the practice of civil engineering at a professional level. The implementation of this effort should occur through establishing appropriate curricula in the formal education experience, appropriate recognition and compensation in the workplace, and congruent standards for licensure.”
Norwich University saw ASCE’s Policy 465 as an opportunity to create a graduate program unlike any other. The Master of Civil Engineering program stresses the fundamental skills needed for success by tomorrow’s civil engineer. These skills include not only technical competency in your field of expertise but also the broad range of communication and management skills needed in the highly entrepreneurial business environment that comprises our profession.
- Prepare students to excel in civil engineering and related fields.
- Make clear to students that above all else, the civil engineering profession is committed to bettering the world.
- Provide modern, fundamental, practice-orientated education in the civil engineering field.
- Foster creativity and critical thinking in problem solving and motivate students to consider the societal consequences of their work.
- Enable students to be leaders in their profession, community, and the nation
- Students assess, formulate, and innovate to solve complex and multidisciplinary real-world engineering problems by applying knowledge of engineering fundamentals, mathematics, natural and social sciences, humanities, and technology.
- Students develop, build, and lead professional teams to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary work environments.
- Students implement and apply effective verbal and written communications with technical and non-technical audiences.
- Students anticipate and understand responsibilities of practicing engineers with respect to global, environmental, societal, and ethical contexts of their work.
Curriculum Map/Plan of Study
|Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices||6|
One concentration course
One concentration course
One concentration course
|Capstone Design Project 1||6|
Grade of B or better required for the Capstone Design Project.
Students are required to attend a one-week, on campus Residency Conference the June following or concurrent with their final course.
Students not meeting the admission requirements of the Master of Civil Engineering program with respect to their previous course work will be required to pass fundamentals courses with a grade of B or better in order to be admitted to the degree program. Students earning grades of less than a B in fundamentals courses will be required to petition for re-enrollment to repeat the course. Fundamentals courses do not satisfy degree requirements of the Master of Civil Engineering degree.
|CE 501||Hydraulics for Environmental Engineers||3|
|CE 503||Fundamentals of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering||6|
|CE 505||Engineering Analysis Techniques||3|
|CE 506||Engineering Mechanics I||3|
|CE 507||Fundamentals of Structural Engineering||6|
|CE 509||Fundamentals of Environmental/Water Resources Engineering||6|
|CE 571||Elementary Geotechnical Tools Laboratory||1|
|GB 501||Fundamentals of Business Management||6|
|GB 502||Quantitative Methods and Financial Analysis for Managers||6|
The 18-month Master of Civil Engineering program is divided into six, eleven-week, six-credit courses. Three courses comprise the program “core” and are required of all Master of Civil Engineering students. For the other three courses students choose from four available concentrations: structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, or construction management.
Core Courses (18 Credits)
|GB 544||Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices||6|
|EG 501||Engineering Mathematics||6|
|CE 561||Capstone Design Project||6|
|Culminating Academic Requirement|
Concentration Courses (18-19 Credits)
|Environmental/Water Resources Concentration (18 credits)|
|CE 525||Physiochemical & Biological Processes in Water & Wastewater Treatment||6|
|CE 535||Stormwater Management and GIS Applications for Water Resources||6|
|CE 555||Geoenvironmental Engineering - Groundwater Flow and Waste Containment||6|
|Structural Concentration (18 credits)|
|CE 528||Classical, Matrix, and Dynamic Analysis of Structures||6|
|CE 538||Design of Steel and Timber Structures||6|
|CE 558||Design of Reinforced and Prestressed/Precast Concrete Structures||6|
|Geotechnical Concentration (19 credits)|
|CE 523||Intermediate Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering||6|
|CE 533||Earthquake Engineering and Soil Stabilization||6|
|CE 553||Computer Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering Case Histories||6|
|CE 572||Intermediate Geotechincal Tools Laboratory||1|
|Construction Management Concentration (18 credits)|
|CE 529||Information Technology||6|
|CE 539||Contracts and Insurance||6|
|CE 559||Project Finance and Accounting||6|
All degree candidates of the Master of Civil Engineering are required to attend a one-week Residency Conference on the Norwich University campus, during which they may attend professional presentations, participate in roundtable discussions with faculty, and present capstone design projects. The one-week residency is a degree requirement.
|Faculty Member||Institution at which highest degree was earned|
|Linda Ratsep, MCE, MBA, PE (Program Coordinator)||Villanova University; Drexel University|
|William Barry, PhD, PE||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Michael S. Blount, MS, PE||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Thomas J. Descoteaux, PhD, PE||University of Connecticut|
|Kenneth Edwards, PhD, PE||Iowa State University|
|Kenneth Lamb, PhD, PE||University of Nevada – Las Vegas|
|Will Lindquist, PhD, PE||University of Kansas|
|W. Nicholas Marianos, PhD, PE||Tulane University|
|Joseph Miller, PhD, PE||Michigan Technological University|
|David Nowacki, MBA, MS||Louisiana State University|
|Bryan Pascarella, MBA||University of Pittsburgh|
|Carmine Polito, PhD, PE||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
|Jared Reigstad, MCE, PE||Norwich University|
|John P. Rotter, JD, MBA, PE||Vermont Law School|
|Eric J. Sweich, MS, PG||Bowling Green State University|
|Timothy Tyler, PhD, PE||Virginia Polytechnic University|
|Dritan Topuzi, PhD, PEng||University of Waterloo|
|Loren Wehmeyer, PhD, PE||University of Iowa|