Apr 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering, M.S.

On April 25, 2022, the CSU Chancellor’s Office issued a memo that GWAR will no longer apply to new and continuing graduate students (regardless of catalog year) at CSULB. Catalog copy has been updated on 07/21/2022 to account for this change.


The mission of the civil engineering graduate program at CSULB is to provide a high-quality educational experience and the technical specialization required to become successful leaders in industry and the society, to engage students in innovative practical research and encourage them to pursue advanced degrees and lifelong learning.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MSCE program will:

  1. have technical competency in an area of specialization.
  2. have technical knowledge and skills needed to conduct independent and/or innovative research.
  3. keep current with state-of-the-art technologies and advancements in a specialized technical area.


  1. An earned Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline, with essential undergraduate prerequisites in civil engineering satisfied. Have a GPA of 2.8 or above from your upper division engineering classes. 
  2. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to  enrolling in their graduate program.

(Please note, the GRE is no longer required of applicants and has been removed from this list. 8/25/22)

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Removal of all undergraduate deficiencies as determined by the Department Graduate Studies Committee;
  2. Completion of at least 12 graduate units at CSULB; minimum GPA of 3.0; currently enrolled;


  1. Completion of 30 units of graduate coursework as follows:
    1. Twelve units of courses in one of the following areas of specialization: construction management, structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering and geotechnical/transportation engineering.
    2. Six units of department approved courses with mathematical content;
    3. Twelve units of elective courses from the following options:
      Thesis Option: Complete C E 698  and two elective courses from the approved graduate courses in Civil Engineering.
      Comprehensive Exam Option: Complete C E 697  and three elective courses from the approved graduate courses in Civil Engineering, and successfully complete the Comprehensive Exam on coursework in the student’s program.