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Top PhD Degrees in Civil Engineering in North America 2019

The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 

 

Many who pursue a higher education in engineering then go on to lead careers in civil engineering, which involves the creation and maintenance of civilian structures. This is done both in the public and private sectors.

 

The United States of America is located on the continent of North America. It is the third largest country by size in the world. It has a relatively short history compared to other world nations, has one of the world's largest economies, and has one of the world's most diverse populations.

PhD Program in Civil Engineering in North America

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Carnegie Mellon University

Our Ph.D. students participate in education and research that strives to advance the engineering science fundamentals of the civil and environmental engineering disciplin ... [+]

Our department offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate program that enables you to develop imaginative solutions to real-world engineering problems.

Our students have access to cutting-edge research and technology, high achieving, energetic and approachable faculty members, and an innovative and flexible curriculum, we consistently rank among the top engineering programs by US News and World Report.

Discover why our program should be your first choice. This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional engineering program.

Focus Areas

We offer graduate civil and environmental engineering programs at the Ph.D. levels in three focus areas in which we have established both educational and research strengths:... [-]

USA Pittsburgh
August 2019
English
Full-time
3 - 4 years
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Clarkson University Graduate School

An MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in di ... [+]

Admission Requirements

An MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

The following are minimum requirements: 90 credit hours beyond the B.S. 39 credit hours of coursework 15 credit hours in the major field Nine credit hours in the minor field Six credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed (Courses double-listed in CE and another department do not count in these six credit hours.) A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better). All work must be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed. All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources Engineering. ... [-]
USA Potsdam
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3 - 7 years
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College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

The Ph.D. program provides an outstanding education in a small focused setting. The doctoral program focuses primarily on the environmental area and computational modelin ... [+]

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Welcome to the University of Vermont Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Graduate Program website! At UVM, our graduate students work closely with outstanding faculty who are research active in many areas of the broad discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including:

Airborne Particle Characterization & Processes (Holmén) Chemical fate and transport (Holmén) Civil infrastructure materials and modeling (Dewoolkar, Hernandez) Contaminant Hydrology (Pinder, Rizzo) Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineering (Dewoolkar, Ghazanfari) Groundwater modeling (Pinder, Rizzo) Hydrology (Bomblies, Pinder, Rizzo) Natural and Engineering Systems Modeling (Rizzo) Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Dewoolkar and Hernandez) Structural Health Monitoring and Diagnostics (Hernandez) Wireless sensor networks for health monitoring of subsurface geo-systems (Ghazanfari) Sustainable transportation systems (Aultman-Hall, Holmén, Lee) Sustainable energy infrastructure (Tan, Ghazanfari) Geo-energy systems (Ghazanfari) Heritage structure conservation (Dewoolkar, Tan) ... [-]
USA Burlington
September 2019
English
Full-time
Campus
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University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Backed by an unparalleled reputation for expertise and innovation in mineral extraction, mineral processing and environmental protection, the graduate program in Mining E ... [+]

Backed by an unparalleled reputation for expertise and innovation in mineral extraction, mineral processing, and environmental protection, the graduate program in Mining Engineering has two types of students in mind:

Those from industry who wish to improve their workplace skills; and Those who wish to pursue research leading to advances in state-of-the-art or state-of-the-practice mining and mineral process engineering. What makes the program unique?

In keeping with the collaborative approach of the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, one of the Department’s greatest strengths lies in its ties with Canada’s mining industry.

Most of our students have opportunities for industry employment and participation in research activity at working mines. This hands-on approach helps our students develop practical skills and gain exposure to valuable case histories. Also, many of our faculty members are active within the industry through consulting activities and involvement in professional societies relating to mining.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
English
Full-time
4 years
Campus
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University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the natural and built environment. It is a very br ... [+]

Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the natural and built environment. It is a very broad field made up of several sub-disciplines such as environmental engineering, construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrotechnical engineering, materials engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Many of the sub-disciplines of civil engineering are themselves very broad and are made up of further distinguishable sub-disciplines. For example, hydrotechnical engineering includes water resources engineering, offshore engineering, and coastal engineering.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) program is an advanced research-based graduate program for students who wish to pursue a program of independent research in Civil Engineering. The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering is available in the following areas of specialization:... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
English
Full-time
4 - 6 years
Campus
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University of Memphis

Two Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the Herff College of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, a joint program between UofM and the University of Tennessee Hea ... [+]

About Engineering

Since offering its first classes in 1964, Herff College has developed a reputation for excellent instruction. Over 50 dedicated faculty members with outstanding academic and professional credentials comprise the College enabling us to offer a variety of graduate degree programs. Within our five academic departments, we offer MS and PhD degree programs and many exciting activities and services that enrich or smooth the path to an engineering degree.

Two Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in the Herff College of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, a joint program between UofM and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; and Engineering, featuring an interdepartmental curriculum with concentrations across the college.... [-]

USA Memphis
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University of Texas Arlington

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical int ... [+]

The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering.

Learning Outcomes Fundamental Knowledge: Graduates will command profound basic and applied knowledge in their specialty area within their Civil Engineering Program (CEP) interest area. Independent Abilities: Graduates will have the ability to conduct a major independent and original research study that includes gathering of information, gaining an understanding of the process of academic or commercial exploitation of research results, demonstrating an understanding of contemporary research issues, effective project management, synthesis and evaluation, and appropriate dissemination of research findings. Critical Thinking: Graduates will have a profound ability to critique and synthesize literature, review results and to apply knowledge gained from literature to develop new ideas, to design and evaluate scientific investigations, and to assess, interpret and understand data related to their specialty area within their CEP interest area. Advanced Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate profound mastery of the subject matter at a deeper theoretical and applied level well beyond fundamental knowledge gained in the undergraduate course sequence and the higher-level knowledge gained in the master’s level course sequence. Effective Communication: Graduates will have the ability to construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to an audience, through a variety of techniques, constructively defend research outcomes, justify their research to the profession... [-]
USA Arlington
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4 years
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The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science

Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students have extraordinary opportunities to learn about the state-of-the-art in their studies. Environmental engineering stu ... [+]

Program Overview

Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students have extraordinary opportunities to learn about the state-of-the-art in their studies. Environmental engineering students use one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Structural engineering students study earthquake engineering, extreme event design of structures and bridge design on a state-of-the-art, six-degrees-of-freedom earthquake simulator. And transportation-engineering students learn from faculty and experts at GW’s National Crash Analysis Center and the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
English
Full-time
4 - 6 years
Campus
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