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Civil Engineering, M.S.C.E.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #651 (QS) , LA,
The Civil Engineering master program from Louisiana State University student has considerable freedom in planning his/her M.S.C.E. program. Guidelines for curriculum are established by each discipline group.


The Civil Engineering master program from Louisiana State University has a great amount of formal training, practical experience and ongoing research in the following areas: 

  • Environmental engineering
  • water resources
  • geotechnical engineering
  •  structures/mechanics
  •  transportation engineering

Well-equipped laboratories in these and related areas are available for research. Graduate students normally specialize in one of these fields (also referred to as "areas of concentration").

There are two options leading to the M.S.C.E. degree. The thesis option requires the student to complete a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of approved course work and to submit an acceptable thesis worth 6 hours. The non-thesis option requires the student to complete a minimum of thirty-four (34) hours of approved course work and a Master's Report worth 3 hours. General guidelines for selecting courses in these two programs are given below.

Programme Structure

                          Courses include:

                         Advanced Topics in Water Quality and Treatment 

                          •   Advanced Topics in Biodegradation 

                        •  Biological Treatment of Recirculating Systems in Aquaculture 

                         •  Water Quality Simulations 

                         •   Advanced Hydraulics 

                         • Advanced Subsurface Hydrology and Hydraulics 

                         •   Modeling for Management of Groundwater

                         •   Modeling in Physical Hydrology 

                        Detailed Programme Facts

                        • Programme intensity Full-time
                          • Full-time duration 24 months
                        • Credits
                          30 alternative credits
                        • Languages
                          • English
                        • Delivery mode
                          On Campus

                        English Language Requirements

                        • Minimum required score:


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                        Academic Requirements

                        You need the following GPA score:

                        Required score: 3

                        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                        General Requirements

                        • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. 
                        • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (A = 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and any graduate work already completed.
                        • Acceptable GRE or GMAT scores. 
                        • A copy of the name page of your passport.
                        • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents (required to process forms for F-1 and J-1 visas). Note: Your application will be processed even if your financial documents are not included.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          29456 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 29456 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                        • National

                          29456 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 29456 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
                        • In-State

                          12541 USD/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 12541 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                        Living costs for Baton Rouge

                        • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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