Ph.D. Program

Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering offers programs of study leading to a Doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with specializations in the following areas:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Construction Materials Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

For students with regular admission status, requiring B.S. and M.S. degrees in CE, the course requirements are 18 hours of coursework approved by their committee and a minimum of 20 hours of research (CE 9000).

  • For Ph.D. students admitted under a contingent status based on degrees, the student would be required to complete 42 hours of coursework total (24 equivalent M.S. + 18 hours in doctoral studies) in addition to 20 research hours (62 hours total). Of these the 24 hours equivalent to M.S. would have the same minimum and maximum hour requirements as stipulated for the thesis M.S. student and the minimums include:
    • 12 hours in CE courses, 9 of which are at the full graduate level
    • 12 hours at the full graduate level
    • 15 hours in Engineering
  • Pass two examinations (Qualifying and Comprehensive), and submission and defense of an acceptable dissertation.
  • Fully prepare and/or submit two peer reviewed journal papers.