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 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.

For detailed course information, please see the Course 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.