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2013-2014 Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees

Applicable only to students admitted during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering.

Admission

Program Name

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a major offered by the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Address

5732-A Boelter Hall
Box 951593
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593 

Phone

(310) 825-9256 

Email

ceesao@seas.ucla.edu  

Leading to the degree of

M.S., Ph.D. 

Admission Limited to

Consult department for deadlines. 

Deadline to apply

December 15th

Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for financial aid but may be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Applications from international applicants received after December 15th will not be considered for admission due to insufficient time for processing of application and visa materials. 

GRE (General and/or Subject)

GRE: General (report official scores to department code 1102) 

Letters of Recommendation 

Other Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose. One official bachelor's (and master's, if applicable) degree transcript must be mailed directly to the departmental address. International transcripts must be issued in English, as well as the original language if applicable; the degree certificate also must show the conferral date in both languages.

M.S.: Applicants are expected to hold a B.S. degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent.

Ph.D.: Applicants normally should have completed an M.S. degree program with at least a 3.25 grade-point average, and hold a B.S. degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent. Normally the M.S. degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. Exceptional students, however, may be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly. 

Master's Degree

Advising

Each department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has a graduate adviser. A current list of graduate advisers can be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Students are assigned a faculty adviser upon admission to the department. Advisers may be changed upon written request from the student. All HSSEAS faculty serve as advisers.

Provisionally admitted students meet with the program adviser upon matriculation to plan a course of study to remove any deficiencies.

New students should arrange an appointment as early as possible with their faculty adviser to plan the proposed program of study toward the M.S. degree. Continuing students are required to confer with the adviser during the time of enrollment each quarter so that progress can be assessed and the study list approved.

Based on the quarterly transcripts, student records are reviewed at the end of each quarter by the departmental graduate adviser and the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Special attention is given if students were admitted provisionally or are on probation. If their progress is unsatisfactory, students are informed of this in writing by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Students are strongly urged to consult with the departmental student office staff and/or the Office of Academic and Student Affairs regarding procedures, requirements and implementation of policies. In particular, advice should be sought on advancement to candidacy for the M.S. degree, and on the use of the Filing Fee.

Areas of Study

Civil engineering materials; environmental engineering; geotechnical engineering; hydrology and water resources engineering; structural mechanics; and structural/earthquake engineering.

Foreign Language Requirement

None.

Course Requirements

There are two plans of study that lead to the M.S. degree, the comprehensive examination and thesis plans. For both plans, at least nine courses are required, a majority of which must be in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. At least five of the courses must be at the 200-level. In the thesis plan, seven of the nine must be formal 100- or 200-series courses. The remaining two may be 598 courses involving work on the thesis. In the comprehensive examination plan, 500-series courses may not be applied toward the nine-course requirement. A minimum 3.0 grade-point average is required in all coursework.

Each major field has a set of required preparatory courses which are normally completed during undergraduate studies. Equivalent courses taken at other institutions can satisfy the preparatory course requirements. The preparatory courses cannot be used to satisfy course requirements for the master's degree. Courses for the master's degree must be selected in accordance with the lists of required graduate courses and elective courses for each major field listed below.

Undergraduate Courses. No lower division courses may be applied toward graduate degrees. In addition, the following upper division courses are not applicable toward graduate degrees: Chemical Engineering 102A, 199; Civil and Environmental Engineering 106A, 108, 199; Computer Science M152A, 152B, M171L, 199; Electrical Engineering 100, 101, 102, 103, 110L, M116L, 199; Materials Science and Engineering 110, 120, 130, 131, 131L, 132, 140, 141L, 150, 160, 161L, 199; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 102, 103, 105A, 105D, 199.

Civil Engineering Materials

Required Undergraduate Preparatory Courses. General chemistry and physics with laboratory exercises, multivariate calculus, linear algebra and differential equations, introductory thermodynamics. Other undergraduate preparation could include additional courses in: civil engineering (CEE 104, 120, 121, 135A, 142, 140L) and materials science (MSE 104).

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Select any two of the following):, C204, 226, 253, 258A, 261B, M262A, 263A, 266, 267, C282.

Other Elective Courses (Remaining courses may be selected from the following): CEE: 110, 154, 155, 157B, 157C, 163, M166, 135C, 153, 220, 224, 226, 230A/B/C, 235A/B/C, 242, 243A/B, 254A, 258A, 261, 267; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: 102A, 102B, 200, C219, 223, 230, 270; Chemistry and Biochemistry: 103, 110A, 110B, 113A, C213B, C215A, C215B, C215C, 215D, C223A, C223B, 225, C226A, C275, 276B, 277; Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials: M210, M215, M216, M236, M250; Materials Science and Engineering: 110, C111, 130, 131, 200, 201, 210, C211, 270; Mechanical Engineering: 101, 105A, 131AL, 133A, 156A, C232A, 256F, 261A, 261B, 296A, 296B; Statistics: 201A

In total there must be at least four graduate courses.

Environmental Engineering

Required Preparatory Courses. Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Mathematics 32A 33A; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 103, 105A; Civil and Environmental Engineering 153; Physics 1A/4AL, 1B/4BL.

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 254A, 255A, 255B, 266.

Major Elective Courses (A minimum of two courses must be selected). Civil and Environmental Engineering 110, 154, 155, 157B, 157C, 163, M166, 226, 253, 258A, 261B, M262A, 263A, 266, 267, M165.

Other Elective Courses (Remaining courses may be selected from the following). Biostatistics M220, Civil and Environmental Engineering 150, 151, 250A, 250B, 250C, 250D, 251A, 251B, 251C, 251D, 252, 260, M262B; Chemical Engineering 101C, 106, 210, C218, 220, C240; Chemistry and Biochemistry 110A, 110B, CM227; Computer Science 270A, 271A, 271B; Earth and Space Sciences C206, C209, C213; Electrical Engineering 236A, 236B, 236C; Environmental Health Sciences 212, C225, C240, C252D, 255, C264, 410A, 410B; Statistics 201A. Other elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the student's academic adviser and the graduate adviser.

Geotechnical Engineering

Required Preparatory Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 108, 120, 121.

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 220, 221, 223, 224.

Major Elective Courses (A minimum of three courses must be selected). Civil and Environmental Engineering 123,128L, 222, 225, 226, 227, 245.

Elective Courses (Remaining courses may be selected from the following): General: Civil and Environmental Engineering 110, 129, Earth and Space Sciences 135, 136A, 136B, 136C, 139, 222. Environmental Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 153, 164. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 250B and 251B. Structural Mechanics: Civil and Environmental Engineering M230A. Structural/Earthquake Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 135A, 135B, 137, 142, 235A, 235B, 235C, 243A, 243B, 246, 247.

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

Required Preparatory Courses. Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Mathematics 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 103, 105A; Civil and Environmental Engineering 151; Physics 1A/4AL, 1B/4BL, 1C.

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 250A, 250B, 250C, 250D.

Major Elective Courses (A minimum of three courses must be selected). Civil and Environmental Engineering 251A, 251B, 251C, 251D, 252, 253, 260.

Elective Courses. Up to two courses from the following list: Civil and Environmental Engineering 110, 150, 153, 157L, 157M, 164, 254A, 255A, 255B, 263A, 265A, 265B. Selected courses from the following departments (must be approved by faculty advisor and graduate vice chair): Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Computer Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics, and Urban Planning.

Structural Mechanics

Required Preparatory Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 130, 135A, 135B.

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 232, 235A, 235B, 236, M237A.

Elective Courses. Undergraduate: Civil and Environmental Engineering M135C, 137, and 137L (two maximum); Graduate: Civil and Environmental Engineering M230A, M230B, M230C, 233, 235C, 238, 246, 247, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 269B.

Structural/Earthquake Engineering

Required Preparatory Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 135A and 135B, 141 or 142 (at least one).

Required Graduate Courses. Civil and Environmental Engineering 235A and 246 and at least three of the following courses: Civil and Environmental Engineering 235B, 241, 243A, 245, 247.

Elective Courses. Undergraduate: Civil and Environmental Engineering 125, M135C, 137, 141, 142 and 143, 143 (two maximum).  Geotechnical Area: Civil and Environmental Engineering 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 227 (three maximum).  General Graduate: Civil and Environmental Engineering M230A, M230B, M230C, 232, 233, 235B, 235C, 236, M237A, 238, 241, 243A, 243B, 245, 247, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 269B.

Students may petition the department for permission to pursue programs of study which differ from the above norms.

Teaching Experience

Not required.

Field Experience

Not required.

Comprehensive Examination Plan

In addition to the course requirements, under the comprehensive examination plan there is a comprehensive written examination covering the subject matter contained in the program of study. The examination is administered by a comprehensive examination committee, which may conduct an oral examination in addition to the written examination. In case of failure, the examination may be repeated once with the consent of the graduate adviser.

Thesis Plan

Every master's degree thesis plan requires the completion of an approved thesis that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research.

In addition to the course requirements, under the thesis plan students are required to write a thesis on a research topic in civil and environmental engineering supervised by the thesis adviser. A thesis committee reviews and approves the thesis. No oral examination is required.

Time-to-Degree

The average duration for full-time students in the M.S. program is three quarters. The maximum time allowed for completing the M.S. degree is three years from the time of admission to the M.S. program in the School.

Doctoral Degree

Advising

Each department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has a graduate adviser. A current list of graduate advisers can be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Students are assigned a faculty adviser upon admission to the department. Advisers may be changed upon written request from the student. All HSSEAS faculty serve as advisers.

New students should arrange an appointment as early as possible with the faculty adviser to plan the proposed program of study toward the Ph.D. degree. Continuing students are required to confer with the adviser during the time of enrollment each quarter so that progress can be assessed and the study list approved.

Based on the quarterly transcripts, student records are reviewed at the end of each quarter by the departmental graduate adviser and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Special attention is given if students were admitted provisionally or are on probation. If their progress is unsatisfactory, students are informed of this in writing by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Students are strongly urged to consult with the departmental student office staff and/or the Office of Academic and Student Affairs regarding procedures, requirements and the implementation of policies. In particular, advice should be sought on the procedures for taking Ph.D. written and oral examinations, and on the use of the Filing Fee.

Major Fields or Subdisciplines

Civil engineering materals; environmental engineering; geotechnical engineering; hydrology and water resources engineering; structures (includes structural mechanics and structural/earthquake engineering).

Foreign Language Requirement

None.

Course Requirements

There is no formal course requirement for the Ph.D. degree, and one may theoretically substitute coursework by examinations. Normally, however, the student takes courses to acquire the knowledge needed for the written preliminary examinations. The basic program of study for the Ph.D. degree is built around one major field and one super-minor field or two minor fields. The major field has a scope corresponding to a body of knowledge contained in a detailed Ph.D. field syllabus available on request from the department office. A super-minor field is comprised of a body of knowledge equivalent to five courses, at least three of which are at the graduate level. When two minor fields are selected, each minor field is normally comprised of a body of knowledge equivalent to three courses, at least two of which are at the graduate level. The minimum acceptable grade point average for the minor fields is 3.33 and no individual grade counting toward the minor can be below. If the student fails to satisfy the minor field requirements through coursework, a minor field examination may be taken (once only). The minor fields are chosen to support the major field and are usually subsets of other major fields.

For information on completing the Engineer degree, see Engineering Schoolwide Programs.

Teaching Experience

Not required.

Written and Oral Qualifying Examinations

Academic Senate regulations require all doctoral students to complete and pass University written and oral qualifying examinations prior to doctoral advancement to candidacy. Also, under Senate regulations the University oral qualifying examination is open only to the student and appointed members of the doctoral committee. In addition to University requirements, some graduate programs have other pre-candidacy examination requirements. What follows in this section is how students are required to fulfill all of these requirements for this doctoral program.

After mastering the body of knowledge defined in the major field, the student takes a written preliminary examination in the major field. This preliminary examination should be completed within the first two years of full-time enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Students may not take an examination more than twice.

After passing the preliminary examination and substantially completing all minor field coursework, the student is eligible to take the University Oral Qualifying Examination. The nature and content of the examination are at the discretion of the doctoral committee but ordinarily include a broad inquiry into the student's preparation for research. The doctoral committee also reviews the prospectus of the dissertation at the oral qualifying examination.

Students nominate a doctoral committee prior to taking the University Oral Qualifying Examination.  The doctoral committee consists of a minimum of four members. Three members, including the chair, must hold appointments at UCLA in the student's major department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The outside member must be a UCLA faculty member outside the student's major department.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are advanced to candidacy upon successful completion of the written preliminary and oral qualifying examinations.

Doctoral Dissertation

Every doctoral degree program requires the completion of an approved dissertation that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research and constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the principal field of study.

Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation)

Required for all students in the program.

Time-to-Degree

From admission to graduate status (includes M.S. degree) to award of the Ph.D. degree: 18 quarters (normative time to degree).

Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination

University Policy

A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.

Special Departmental or Program Policy

A recommendation for termination is reviewed by the school's Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Master's

In addition to the standard reasons noted above, a student may be recommended for termination for

(1) Failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in all courses and in those in the 200 series.

(2) Failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in any two consecutive terms.

(3) Failure of the comprehensive examination.

(4) Failure to complete the thesis to the satisfaction of the committee members.

(5) Failure to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree within the three-year time limit for completing all degree requirements.

Doctoral

In addition to the standard reasons noted above, a student may be recommended for termination for

(1) Failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.25 in all courses and in any two consecutive quarters.

(2) Failure of the major field written preliminary examination.

(3) Failure to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.33 in the minor field course work.

(4) Failure of the oral qualifying examination.

(5) Failure of the final oral examination (defense of the dissertation).

(6) Failure to obtain permission to repeat an examination from an examining committee.

(7) Failure to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree within the specified time limits.