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Masters of Science Program

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a special field designation of Atmosphere/Energy on the transcript.

Students admitted to graduate study in the department can satisfy the requirements for the Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering by completing a minimum of three quarters of full tuition registration (more than 8 units) and a minimum of 45 units of study beyond the BS degree. All 45 units must be taken at Stanford. A minimum 2.75 grade point average (GPA) is required for candidates to be recommended for the MS. No thesis is required.

The MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering requires at least 30 units at the graduate level (courses numbered 200 or above) and at least 24 units from the School of Engineering. Courses numbered below 100 may not be used to fulfill the 45-unit degree requirement.

Additional requirements for the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis on Atmosphere/Energy include the completion of:

  • A minimum of 30 units in combined atmosphere- and energy-related courses
  • Of these 30 units, a minimum of 4 energy-core courses taken for letter grades.
  • Of these 30 units, a minimum of 4 atmosphere-core courses taken for letter grades.
  • The remainder of the 30 units may be from either atmosphere- or energy-related courses
  • 15 additional units to fulfill the 45-unit MS requirement

These units must be in engineering, science, mathematics or related fields or pertinent to the student's degree objective and must be approved by the advisor. Physical education and language courses or remedial English-language instruction (EFSLANG) courses, for example, cannot count toward the MS degree. Students may take up to 6 out of the 45 units required for the MS degree on S/NC or CR/NC basis (instead of receiving a letter grade), but these pass/no credit courses cannot count toward the minimum requirement of 4 atmosphere-related plus 4 energy-related courses. The only exception to the 6-unit rule is when a student takes a normal (non-seminar, non-research) course of 2+ units that was not offered for a letter grade, so must have been offered S/NC (or the equivalent in the business school).

These requirements allow students the flexibility to select courses closest to their interest while maintaining the goal of giving students a background in both energy and atmosphere.

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