Graduate Studies

The department of civil engineering offers three graduate level degrees:

Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.):

Students enrolled in the Masters of Engineering program are required to take 30 hours of regular coursework (approximately 10 courses). Additionally, students are required to complete a project or a final examination. This program is designed so that it may be completed in one year. Students in the MEng program are not eligible for financial support as a TA or RA.



Masters of Science (M.S.):

Students are required to take 18 credit hours of regular coursework (approximately 8 courses), 6 credit hours of thesis work, and a one credit seminar course, for a total of 31 credits. In addition, students will be required to conduct research and defend a thesis to the public and thesis committee. This option generally takes two years to complete. Students in the MS program are eligible to receive financial support as TAs and RAs.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.):

PhD students are required to complete 18 credit hours beyond a master’s degree. Each student's particular program is decided upon by a guidance committee. After coursework is undertaken, a qualifying exam must be taken. The qualifying exam generally consists of three parts: a written exam, an oral exam, and the writing of a research proposal. After the qualifying exam is taken and passed, a student goes from doctoral student to doctoral candidate and the candidate proceeds to complete his or her doctoral research under a doctoral committee. The student finally presents his or her dissertation to the public and defends it to the committee. It generally takes about four years after the master’s degree to receive a doctoral degree.


Focus Areas

The graduate level focus areas in the department of Civil Engineering include:

How To Apply

Applying to the Graduate Program in Civil Engineering:

All interested students must apply to the UNH Graduate School for admission to the program. Students are encouraged to read through the application instructions and requirements.  Frequently Asked Questions  are also a good resource.

To contact our graduate coordinator:  send email to Dr. Ricardo Medina at