Civil Engineering

The broad scope and intense coursework of our civil engineering program prepares our graduates for nearly any position in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, hydraulics or structural engineering.

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Programs

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, direct, design and oversee construction of roads, bridges, tunnels and water supply systems and structures. They take the local environment into account, anticipating earthquakes and hurricanes as well as the stress of daily use. The BSCE degree provides students with broad knowledge in civil engineering leading to a variety of careers and professional licensure.

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Bachelor's-to-master's degree

For students interested in a combined bachelor's and master's degree, an accelerated five-year program of study is available.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

A Master of Science in Civil Engineering allows graduate students to develop specialties within a swiftly changing profession. Graduate students can choose from four specialty tracks – environmental and water resources, structures, geotechnical/materials, and construction management. The program is ideal for students ready for a challenge and professionals ready to advance their careers.

Specialty areas

  • Water Resources
  • Structures
  • Geotechnical and Materials
  • Construction Management

Graduate Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management

The 12-credit Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management provides professionals in the construction industry an opportunity to develop the project management skills that employers are seeking.

Certificate curriculum

  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Project Management of Integrated Design and Construction
  • Contracts and Laws for Engineers or Construction Law
  • One elective from courses such as Project Finance, Capital Project Delivery Methods and Construction Planning and Scheduling

Students who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and who complete the Engineering and Construction Project Management certificate courses may be eligible to have up to 12 credit hours applicable to the Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

The Civil Engineering program offers doctorate study through UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Interested students select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission.

Suggested co-disciplines

  • Chemistry
  • Computer networking and communication systems
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Oral biology
  • Physics

Research Areas

  • Blast and impact behavior of structures
  • Bridge engineering
  • Engineering resilience quantification
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer applications in structures
  • Forensics and accident investigations
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Multi-hazard infrastructure engineering
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Remote sensing
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Structural health monitoring

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