Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Master of Science Plan A


Master of Science Plan A (thesis) Requirements


Courses that are required for an undergraduate degree in civil engineering may not be used by civil engineering graduate students to satisfy graduate requirements. No lower-division (100-200 level) courses may be used to satisfy graduate program requirements, although they may be included as background courses.

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits of approved graduate work must be taken, 12 credit hours of which must be regular graduate-level civil engineering courses. (Regular graduate-level civil engineering courses include courses with a CIVE prefix which are numbered 500 and above and with the last two digits from 00 through 82).
  2. A thesis must be written. 3-6 credits of thesis research are required.
  3. A maximum of 3 credits of Independent Study (CIVE595 or CIVE695) may be allowed.
  4. A minimum of 24 semester credits must be earned at Colorado State University, 21 of which must be earned after admission to the Graduate School (see Work at Other Institutions and Transfer of Graduate Credit). Credits used for one master’s degree may not be used for a second master’s degree.
  5. A minimum of 16 semester credits in graduate-level courses (500 and above) must be earned at Colorado State University. Of these 16 credits, at least 12 credits must be in regular graduate-level courses.
  6. A final examination will cover the thesis research and course work.
  7. Refer to the Research Publication Policy below.

Research Publication Policy

Candidates for the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, (Plan A), before final submission of their thesis, must have had the results of their research submitted for publication to a refereed journal or submitted for presentation at a national or international technical or scientific meeting. The candidate’s research may be only part of such a publication or presentation, but the candidate must be a co-author in such cases.