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.

Prerequisites

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

Program Requirements For Students Starting Fall 2019 or later:
  • Conform to the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering
  • 28 units selected under the direction of the student's adviser as follows:
    • A minimum of 20 units from the following four specialty areas with a minimum of 3 units and a maximum of 8 units from each area.
    • Additional courses (up to 8 units) may be selected from Civil Engineering courses or disciplines related to Civil Engineering with the consent of an adviser
Program Requirements For Students Who Started Prior to Fall 2019:
  • 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 CE 594 (directed research - which is not a required course for this major)  must be at the 500 level or higher.

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

Specialty Areas

At least 2/3 of the units applied to the degree must be at the 500-level or above. Learn more.

Environmental Engineering & Water Resources

CE 451: Water Resources & Coastal Engineering
CE 465:
Water Supply & Sewage System Design
CE 476:
Design of Hydraulic Systems
CE 510:
Groundwater Management
CE 516:
Geohydrology

CE 520a: Ocean and Coastal Engineering
ENE 505: Energy and the Environment
ENE 535: Applied Air Quality Management

 

Construction and Transportation

CE 462: Construction Methods and Equipment
CE 471: Principles of Transportation Engineering
CE 501: Functions of the Constructor
*CE 569: Project Controls
CE 573:Advanced Technologies in AEC Practices
CE 579: Introduction to Transportation Planning LawTransportation Planning Law
CE 583: Design of Transportation Facilities
CE 585: Traffic Engineering and Control

*Note: students who have taken CE 556 or CE 566 (which are no longer offered) may use one or both of these courses to satisfy the Construction and Transportation Specialty Area

Geotechnical Engineering

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

Structural Engineering

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

Note: students who have taken CE 538 (which is no longer offered) may count this course toward the Structural Engineering Specialty Area