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Construction Engineering

The graduate program in Construction Engineering at San José State University offers students the opportunity to study topics in construction engineering including: methods and equipment, management, law, contracts, construction, operations, estimating, scheduling, information systems, project development and project management.

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected.

Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework for their secondary area of specialization and electives with the approval of an advisor. 

Note: Secondary area of specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering. 

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

An English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL, Academic IELTS, or Academic PTE) is required for a ll graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English.

More information on graduate test requirements.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance.

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or the Construction Engineering Advisor for more information about this graduate program.

Construction Engineering Advisor

Dr. Jae-Ho PyeonDr. Jae-Ho Pyeon
Associate Professor, Construction Engineering
408-924-3853
jae.pyeon@sjsu.edu
ENGR 159

*Dr. Pyeon is on sabbatical for AY 2021-2022, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. McMullin, for assistance.

Environmental Engineering

The graduate program in Environmental Engineering at San José State University offers students the opportunity to study advanced topics in various areas of Environmental Engineering including wastewater treatment, water treatment, industrial and hazardous waste management and treatment,Engineering for the Environment(pollution prevention and environmentally conscious engineering), and solid waste management engineering.

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected.

Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework for their secondary area of specialization and electives with the approval of an advisor.

Note: Secondary area of specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering. 

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

The university requirement for a final master’s degree examination may be satisfied by a comprehensive examination or an independent study project (a minimum of 2 units of CE 298) with an oral examination. Details of these requirements may be obtained from the department. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. Competency in written English can be fulfilled by passing the WST with a waiver score or by completing one of the following courses found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance. 

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or the Environmental Engineering Advisor for more information about this graduate program.

Environmental Engineering Advisor

Dr. Jae-Ho PyeonDr. Udeme J. Ndon
Professor, Environmental Engineering
408-924-3863
udeme.ndon@sjsu.edu
ENGR 151

Geotechnical Engineering

The graduate program in Geotechnical Engineering at San José State University offers students the opportunity to study advanced topics in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and foundation engineering. The program requires the completion of 30 units, a minimum of 15 units of which must be in Geotechnical Engineering.

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected.

Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework for their secondary area of specialization and electives with the approval of an advisor. 

Note: Secondary area of Specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering.

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

The university requirement for a final master’s degree examination may be satisfied by a comprehensive examination or an independent study project (a minimum of 2 units of CE 298) with an oral examination. Details of these requirements may be obtained from the department. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. Competency in written English can be fulfilled by passing the WST with a waiver score or by completing one of the following courses found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance.

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or the Geotechincal Engineering Advisor for more information about this graduate program.

Geotechnical Engineering Advisor

Laura Sullivan-GreenLaura Sullivan-Green
Professor and Department Chair, Geotechnical Engineering
408-924-3906
laura.sullivan-green@sjsu.edu
ENGR 147

Dr. Green is on sabatical leave for the Spring 2022 semester and all inquiries should be sent to Interim Department Chair Dr. Jacob Tsao. jacob.tsao@sjsu.edu  

Structural Engineering

The graduate program in Structural Engineering at San José State University offers students the opportunity to study advanced topics in structural analysis and design.

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected.

Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework fortheir secondary area of specialization and electives with the approval of an advisor. 

Note: Secondary area of specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering.

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

The university requirement for a final master’s degree examination may be satisfied by a comprehensive examination or an independent study project (a minimum of 2 units of CE 298) with an oral examination. Details of these requirements may be obtained from the department. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. Competency in written English can be fulfilled by passing the WST with a waiver score or by completing one of the following courses found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance. 

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or the Structural Engineering Advisors for more information about this graduate program.

Structural Engineering Advisors

Dr. Akthem Al-ManaseerDr. Akthem Al-Manaseer
Professor, Structural and Materials Engineering
408-924-3860
akthem.al-manaseer@sjsu.edu
ENGR 167

Dr. Kurt McMullin Dr. Kurt McMullin 
Professor, Structural Engineering
408-924-3855
kurt.mcmullin@sjsu.edu
ENGR 171

Image of SJSU Spartan LogoDr. Steven Vukazich
Professor, Structural Engineering
408-924-3858
steven.vukazich@sjsu.edu
ENGR 165

Transportation Engineering

The graduate program in Transportation Engineering at San José State University offers students the opportunity to study advanced topic in transportation planning, transportation systems analysis and design, and traffic. 

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected. Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework fortheir secondary area of specialization and electives with the approval of an advisor.

Note: Secondary area of specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering.

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

The university requirement for a final master’s degree examination may be satisfied by a comprehensive examination or an independent study project (a minimum of 2 units of CE 298) with an oral examination. Details of these requirements may be obtained from the department. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. Competency in written English can be fulfilled by passing the WST with a waiver score or by completing one of the following courses found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance.

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or the Transportation Engineering Advisor for more information about this graduate program.

Transportation Engineering Advisor

Image of SJSU Spartan LogoDr. Jan Botha
Professor, Transportation Engineering
408-924-3953
jan.botha@sjsu.edu
ENGR 161

Water Resources Engineering

If water is your primary area of specialization the graduate program in Water Resources Engineering offers students the opportunity to study advanced topics in Water Resources Engineering. A minimum of 15 units of Water Resources Engineering coursework is required.

Courses

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the MS – Civil Engineering requires completion of 30 semester hours of approved study, with a minimum of 15 units earned in 200-level civil engineering courses. Either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) may be selected. Minimum requirements for each are:

Plan A

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Individual Research 3 units
Thesis 3 units
Electives 6-9 units

Plan B

30 Semester Units
Primary Area of Specialization Civil Engineering 15-18 units
Approved Secondary Area of Specialization 6-9 units
Electives 6-9 units

Selecting a Secondary Area of Specialization and Electives

Students will select appropriate coursework for their secondary area of specialization and electives with approval of an advisor.

Note: Secondary area of specialization and elective courses must be taken in Civil Engineering.

Fulfilling the English Writing Requirement

The university requirement for a final master’s degree examination may be satisfied by a comprehensive examination or an independent study project (a minimum of 2 units of CE 298) with an oral examination. Details of these requirements may be obtained from the department. All students must demonstrate competency in written English. Competency in written English can be fulfilled by passing the WST with a waiver score or by completing one of the following courses found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Students Without a B.S in Civil Engineering

Students who do not possess a B.S. in Civil Engineering must complete undergraduate coursework as part of their conditional acceptance. 

Check out the list of makeup courses.

For More Information

Contact the Civil Engineering Department or your Water Resources Advisors for more information about this graduate program.

Water Resources Advisors

Olivia YipOlivia Yip
Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering
408-924-3932
olivia.yip@sjsu.edu
ENGR 153

Indu JeyachandranIndu Jeyachandran
Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, GIS Engineering
408-924-3824
indumathi.jeyachandran@sjsu.edu
ENGR 157