The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the sustainable infrastructure for society. The program's course work focuses on water resources modeling, hydraulics and hydrology.
Water Resource faculty research interests include ecohydraulic and ecohydrologic modeling, groundwater and surface hydrology, sea level rise and other climate change impact assessments, stormwater management, tide, wind-wave and hurricane storm surge modeling, and environmental water resources management, and stormwater management. Students completing the program find positions in consulting firms, construction and construction-related industries, in city, county, state, and federal government agencies, and academic institutions.
The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program is for students with appropriate science or engineering baccalaureate backgrounds. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available with each requiring 30 credit hours. The thesis option requires 15 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of elective graduate course work exclusive of thesis and research, and a thesis (6 credit hours). The nonthesis option requires 15 credit hours of required graduate course work, 15 credit hours of electives, and submission of an end-of-program portfolio. Each student must have an individual program of study approved by his/her faculty committee and have completed all required articulation course work as described below. At least one-half of the required credits must be taken at the 6000 level.
Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree
Please Note: Civil Engineering MS, Water Resources Track may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at (407) 823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites.
- CEG 4011C - Geotechnical Engineering I 4 Credit Hours
- CWR 4202C - Hydraulics 4 Credit Hours
- CWR 4120 - Hydrology 3 Credit Hours
- EGN 3613 - Engineering Economic Analysis 2 Credit Hours
- STA 3032 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3 Credit Hours
15 Total Credits
- Complete at least 5 of the following:
- CWR5125 - Groundwater Hydrology (3)
- CWR5205 - Hydraulic Engineering (3)
- CWR5515 - Numerical Methods in Civil and Environmental Engineering (3)
- CWR5545 - Water Resources Engineering (3)
- CWR5634 - Water Resources in a Changing Environment (3)
- CWR6102 - Advanced Hydrology (3)
- CWR6126 - Groundwater Modeling (3)
- CWR6235 - Open Channel Hydraulics (3)
- CWR6236 - River Engineering and Sediment Transport (3)
- CWR6535 - Modeling Water Resources Systems (3)
- CWR6539 - Finite Elements in Surface Water Modeling (3)
Non Thesis Students - Required Course Selection
0 Total Credits
- The following courses represent those with specific independent learning experiences and ALL NONTHESIS STUDENTS MUST CHOOSE ONE of the courses from: CWR 6102 - Advanced Hydrology CWR 6126 - Groundwater Modeling CWR 6535 - Modeling Water Resources Systems
9 Total Credits
- Earn at least 9 credits from the following types of courses: All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must complete at least 9 additional credit hours of approved electives from the required courses above or other courses as approved by the student's adviser. Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MS program of study.
6 Total Credits
- Complete 1 of the following
- Earn at least 6 credits from the following types of courses: CWR 6971 - Thesis A successful defense of the thesis is required. In addition, the College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the university-wide Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date. Nonthesis Option
- Complete all of the following
- Earn at least 6 credits from the following types of courses: Two additional electives, which should preferably come from the above list, although other courses may be chosen with adviser's consent.
- Portfolio Requirement Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. the portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website. Make sure and contact your program’s coordinator early in your graduating semester to find out when the portfolios are to be turned in for evaluation. The Graduate Student Services Coordinator should be able to tell you who the coordinator is for your degree program if you do not already know.
Grand Total Credits: 30
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or another closely related engineering degree.
- Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.
The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.
The MS degrees in specialized options are designed for students with appropriate baccalaureate backgrounds. Applicants who are applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Additional undergraduate courses may be required.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student's graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.