The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The mission of The Citadel’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering program is to provide a student-centered learning environment focused on advanced applied engineering techniques and professional skills development for principled leaders in the engineering community through a rigorous curriculum, emphasizing practical engineering concepts, strong professional values, and a disciplined work ethic.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be admitted to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) degree program on the basis of professional and scholastic achievement, along with their aptitude for graduate study. Other qualities appropriate to graduate study are also considered. Anyone holding a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university is eligible for consideration. Other technical bachelor’s degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Provisional Admission: Applicants may be admitted provisionally if their GPA does not meet minimum requirements. Students admitted provisionally are limited to take two civil engineering courses and must receive a grade of “B” or better in each engineering course to continue in the program.

All material must be received by The Citadel Graduate College office on or before the following dates to assure consideration to the MSCE degree program during the applicable semester.

Semester to begin: Admission material due:
Fall July 20th
Summer April 15th
Spring December 1st


For degree-seeking students:

  • Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree from an ABET accredited engineering program or approved alternative.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.

For non-degree seeking professionals wanting to take graduate-level courses to fulfill professional practice requirements:

  • Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree an ABET accredited engineering program or approved alternative.
  • Permission of department is required.


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I am a Corps of Cadet's alumni, an active duty Army officer, and the only (and first) full time active duty graduate student in the engineering department.

The focus in The Citadel's School of Engineering is teaching, so the students come first. The department standards are tough and nationally recognized, and each class has clearly stated standards and expectations. The faculty are highly professional; each have the expected academic credentials, but also have real world work experience as engineers, which was important to me.

I applied to The Citadel's graduate program because of the combination of outstanding faculty, a results-based course of study, and the professional, but family atmosphere in Letellier Hall. Based on everything I've seen with the engineering department over the last twelve years, the faculty do a great job preparing their students for the engineering license process (FE, PE), for finding meaningful and gainful employment, and for solving America's infrastructure requirements. What more could you ask for?

Michael McLean
Corps of Cadets, Class of 2010
Citadel Graduate College, Class of 2018


Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering is conferred upon those candidates who successfully complete an approved program of study consisting of 30 semester hours of graduate credit as delineated below.

Students are expected to complete all degree requirements within a six-year period from the time of registration in their first graduate course at The Citadel. Any transfer credit must have been earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSCE program. Any prerequisites for applicable courses must be met.

Graduation Requirements (non-credit bearing)

  • Darkness to Light Training
  • The Citadel’s Principled Leadership Seminar

Graduation Requirements (Course Requirements)
All degree candidates must:

  1. File a plan of study outlining the intended areas of interest and listing the top four corresponding courses of interest.
  2. Complete at least 6 courses (18 hours) from the civil engineering areas of study below.
  3. Complete 4 courses (12 hours) in technical or non-technical classes listed below. Other electives will be considered on a case-by-case basis with approval from the department head.

Civil Engineering Areas of Study

Geotechnical Engineering
CIVL 730 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
CIVL 731 Geo-environmental Engineering
CIVL 732 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CIVL 733 Advanced Foundations Design
CIVL 734 Soil Behavior

Structural Engineering
CIVL 504 Designing for Natural and Manmade Hazards
CIVL 608 Structural Loads and Systems
CIVL 610 Wood Design
CIVL 655 Masonry Structural Design
CIVL 657 Indeterminate and Matrix Structural Analysis
CIVL 711 Design of Masonry, Wood and Cold Formed Steel Structures
CIVL 712 Design of Coastal Structures and Bridges
CIVL 713 Design of Civil Engineering Systems for Natural and Manmade Hazards
CVIL 714 Advanced Steel Design
CIVL 715 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
CIVL 716 Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete Members
CIVL 718 Matrix and Finite Element Analysis
CIVL 719 Elastic Stability of Structures
CIVL 720 Dynamic Analysis of Structures
CIVL 721 Earthquake Engineering for Structural Engineers

Transportation Engineering
CIVL 506 Geographic Information Systems
CIVL 575 Traffic Engineering Operations
CIVL 576 Roadway Geometric Design
CIVL 612 Urban Transportation Planning
CIVL 640 Urban Mobility Infrastructure Policy and Planning
CIVL 642 Public Health, Physical Activity, and Design of the Built Environment
CIVL 740 Transportation Safety Engineering
CIVL 741 Travel Demand Forecasting

Non-Technical Electives

Business Administration
BADM 604 Foundations of Economics
BADM 609 Foundation of Management and Organization
BADM 713 Communication for Leadership
BADM 716 Legal and Ethical Environment for Decision Makers
BADM 722 Leadership in Organizations

Engineering Leadership and Program Management
PMGT 650 Overview of Tech Project Management
PMGT 651 Technical Project Planning & Scheduling
PMGT 652 Applications in Quality Management
PMGT 653 Tech Project Support & Operations
PMGT 661 The Legal and Contractual Aspects of Program Management
PMGT 671 Project Manager Leadership Development
PMGT 672 Applied Leadership Concepts

Leadership LDRS 710 Ethics, Values and Principled Leadership
LDRS 711 Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation
LDRS 712 Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization
LDRS 713 Leadership Self-Appraisal, Development And Critical Thinking
LDRS 714 Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission and Contemporary Issues

Transfer Credit: A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) may be transferred in from a regionally accredited college or university, provided: (1) grades of “B” or better were received in the courses being considered, (2) credit was earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSCE program, and (3) each course has been approved by the department head. A maximum of five courses (15 credit hours) may be transferred in from Clemson University, provided: (1) grades of “B” or better were received in the courses being considered, (2) credit was earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSCE program, and (3) each course has been approved by the department head.

Course/ Certificate Availability: The courses/ certificates will be offered based on student preferences/ overall demand indicated in your plan of study to be submitted after acceptance. Students should be aware course/ certificate offerings will be based on minimum class size enrollment. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will continually monitor student interest to expedite completion of your program of study.

Transfer Credit from The Citadel: A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from one Citadel graduate degree program where appropriate, provided that core degree requirements are met.

Grading: All students are subject to the Academic Standards section under Policy Information of The Citadel Graduate College catalog.

Requirements for Graduation: The degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering may be conferred upon those students who successfully complete the 30 hours of graduate coursework as specified above with a grade-point ratio (GPR) of 3.0 or better on hours earned at The Citadel. Completion of more than 30 credit hours of advanced graduate coursework will only be allowed for professional development, and may not be used to increase GPR to the 3.0 required for graduation.


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please refer to the Citadel Graduate College Course Catalog.


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