UW Master of Science in Civil Engineering

UW Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a very broad field that in general terms addresses the infrastructure
and all the environment where we put this infrastructure. Because of this, this broad
characteristic, we have six different fields of expertise: structural engineering, geotechnical
engineering, environmental engineering, hydrology and hydrodynamics, and then transportation
and construction. [Carmen]
Getting a master’s degree was definitely beneficial to me because I felt that during my undergrad
I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted to in transportation, which was my field of
interest. [Jennifer]
For me it put – especially in the construction engineering and management program – it
put a lot of theory into action. It also gives you a leg up on those that just have a bachelor’s
degree. [Pedro]
Many companies at the moment of hiring, they ask or they request that the students have
a master’s degree. [Greg]
Generally we set the program up so that you can do it in four quarters, and exactly how
long that takes calendar depends on the student and what their, kind of, flexibility is. It’s
very, very common for people to do that in 12 months, so a calendar year. [Jennifer]
The program for me was very flexible so that I could take roughly at one class a quarter
and was able to fit it in with my work as well as have the support of the adviser during
that whole process. [Pedro]
Currently we are in the top 20 undergraduate and graduate programs in the country. What
makes this reputation is not only the quality of our students, but in particular the quality
of our faculty that has been very good in the past and is excellent today. [Carmen]
I really liked the instruction that we had in the program. We had pretty small class
sizes, probably like 15 to 20 people. So it was a really close-knit group of students,
and we actually took a lot of the same classes together anyways. And being in this room with
a bunch of smart people from across the nation, and there were some international students
as well. [Greg]
We also have very good ties to local industries and things like that, and agencies, so people
will definitely have opportunities to not just sit in a classroom basically and have
that be their only exposure to the discipline. [Pedro]
Seattle is growing, and business and industry is booming. We have large companies like Boeing,
Microsoft, Amazon that require infrastructure. [Greg]
We’re actually a hotbed, if you will, of civil engineering. And so again, when you’re here
there’s a program, but you’re also in this environment where there’s just lots of interesting
things going on. [Pedro]
I think this is a great time, not only to pursue civil engineering, because our population
is growing to levels that we haven’t seen before. The need for a new infrastructure
is incredible, and on top of that, the current developments in terms of what we can do today
is at a level that has not been seen before, making it a very exciting moment for civil


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