MSCE General


The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with a General Option offers a broad education covering several specialty areas of Civil Engineering.


A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field.

Program Requirements:
  • Conform to the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering
  • 27 units selected under the direction of the student’s adviser as follows:
    • A minimum of 18 units from the following four specialty areas with a minimum of 3 units and a maximum of 6 units from each area.
    • Additional courses (up to six units) may be selected from Civil Engineering courses or disciplines related to Civil Engineering with the consent of an adviser
    • At least two-thirds of the units applied toward the degree (including transfer work and not including 594 or 794) must be at the 500 level or higher.
  • Graduation Requirements established by USC may be reviewed in the USC Catalogue.

For detailed course information, please see the USC Catalogue. For a course schedule, please see the Schedule of Classes.

Specialty Areas

  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

    CE 465: Water Supply and Sewerage System Design
    ENE 505: Energy and the Environment
    CE 520a: Ocean and Coastal Engineering
    ENE 535: Applied Air Quality Management

    Geotechnical Engineering

    CE 482: Foundation Design
    CE 534: Design of Earth Structures

  • Construction and Transportation

    CE 462: Construction Methods and Equipment
    CE 471: Principles of Transportation Engineering
    CE 501: Functions of the Constructor
    CE 556: Project Controls: Budgeting and Estimating
    CE 566: Project Controls: Planning and Scheduling
    CE 579: Introduction to Transportation Planning Law
    CE 583: Design of Transportation Facilities
    CE 585: Traffic Engineering and Control

  • Structural Engineering

    CE 537: Advanced Reinforced Concrete
    CE 538: Prestressed Concrete
    CE 539: Advanced Steel Structures

    Seasonal Offerings
    CE 531: Soil Mechanics

Special Concentration in Geographic Information Science

A selected sequence of 12 units (3 courses) from the Spatial Science Institute Graduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science.

Special Concentration in Public Works

A selected sequence of 12 units (3 courses) from the School of Policy, Planning and Development graduate program in Public Administration. Statistics is a prerequisite for many of these courses.

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering will normally have met this requirement. If not, students should also complete PPD 404x: Statistics for Policy, Planning and Development, or CE 408: Risk Analysis in Civil Engineering, or an adviser approved alternative.