Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • *Water Resources Planning and Management

*This specialization is not specific to Civil Engineering but can be earned in addition to a M.S. or Ph.D.

Civil Engineering

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Civil Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Ph.D. Applicants:  GRE
    - M.S. Applicants:  GRE (strongly recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (Ph.D. only)
  • Statement of purpose (Required for Ph.D. and strongly recommended for M.S.)
  • Use GAMES for online submission of materials

Application Deadline

For financial consideration
   Fall: February 1   Spring: September 1   Summer: February 1
International students
   Application for Fall admission strongly encouraged.
   Rolling admissions; contact department for information.

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The Civil Engineering Department offers graduate programs on both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha campuses. The campuses are approximately 50 miles apart. Facilities include materials and geotechnical labs, environmental and transportation labs, and the famous vehicle crash testing facility at the Lincoln Airport. The structures laboratory is equipped to do gravity load, seismic excitation, and wind loading testing of full scale specimens, from bridges and buildings.

Many research opportunities are available depending on the individual interests of faculty and students. Projects include ultra high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, innovative high strength concrete and steel bridge systems, composite materials and energy efficient composite structures, hydrologic effects of global climate change, hydraulic modeling, GIS and watershed management, alternate fuels, water quality, remediation of hazardous wastes, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, risk assessment, pollution prevention, green technology, highway geometric design and safety, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation using hardware-in-the-loop simulation, highway-railroad grade crossings, safety aspects of highway design with a unique full scale crash testing facility, risk analysis and reliability of structures, design code calibration, field testing of bridges, pavement engineering, advanced modeling of geomaterials, and application of fuzzy set theories.

When applying, students should indicate interest in one or more of the above areas of study. Minors may be selected from related civil engineering areas and other related departments.

Courses and More

Students in Civil Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

David Admiraal vCard icon
Environmental and Fluvial Hydraulics; Physics of Sediment Transport
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt vCard icon
Contaminant Fate and Transport; Engineering Properties of Solid Waste
Mohamed Dahab vCard icon
Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment; Risk Management
Bruce Dvorak vCard icon
Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention
Ron Faller vCard icon
Protective Highway Structures; Vehicle Dynamics; Highway Safety Warrants
Junke Guo vCard icon
Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling
Elizabeth Jones vCard icon
Traffic Flow Theory; Transportation Operations; Intelligent Transportation Systems
Aemal Khattak vCard icon
Transportation Infrastructure, Planning, and Safety; GIS; Intelligent Transportation Systems
Ayse Kilic vCard icon
Crop Modeling; GIS; Precision Agriculture
Yong Rak Kim vCard icon
Testing and Modeling Geomaterials; Computational-Experiemental Constitutive Damage Modeling
Gary Krause vCard icon
Structural Engineering; Structural Steel Modeling
Xu Li vCard icon
Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology
Yusong Li vCard icon
Fate and Transport of Contaminants; Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Groundwater Remediation
Daniel Linzell No vCard available
Bridge Engineering; Structural Hardening; Force Protection
Raymond Moore vCard icon
Geotechnical Engineering; High-Performance Pavement Systems
     Retired Emeritus
Massoum Moussavi vCard icon
Transportation Planning, Economics, and Systems Analysis; Airport Planning and Design; Traffic Engineering
Laurence Rilett vCard icon
Multimodal Transportation Systems Analysis; Transportation Planning and Operations
John Rohde vCard icon
Geotechnical Engineering; Soil-Structure Interaction Modeling
Anuj Sharma vCard icon
Traffic Control Systems; Traffic Characteristics
Dean Sicking vCard icon
Protective Highway Structures; Vehicle Dynamics; Highway Safety Warrants
     Retired Emeritus
John Stansbury vCard icon
Risk Analysis; Hazardous Waste; Water Resources Engineering
Joshua Steelman No vCard available
Bridge Engineering; Seismic Evaluation of Structures
Maria Szerszen vCard icon
Testing and Modeling Structural Materials; Material Reliability Modeling; Foundations; Geotechnical Engineering
Maher Tadros vCard icon
Prestressed Concrete Theory and Application; Accelerated Construction and Innovative Concrete Bridge Systems
     Retired Emeritus
Christopher Tuan vCard icon
Structural Dynamics; Blast Resistant Design; Finite Element Modeling; Specialized Concrete
Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, non-structural components, load protocol development for seismic qualification and testing, ground motion scaling, and use of laser scanning within structural assessment.
Tian Zhang vCard icon
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Technologies; Biofilm Processes; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

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