Graduate civil engineering core (45 units). These units should provide a solid base for the student's engineering interest. The courses should be selected from the core subjects list Areas 1-3 of the civil engineering Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Description and Requirements section.
Mathematics, engineering, and research electives (63 units). Students who have not taken the equivalent of ACM 100 abc are required to take ACM 100 abc for 36 units. Research up to a maximum of 27 units.
Free electives (27 units). These units may be selected from any course with a number of 100 or greater, except that research units may not be included.
Graduate Engineering Seminar, AM/CE/ME 150 abc (3 units).
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The degree of Master of Science in civil engineering is only awarded to students who do not already have an M.S. degree in civil engineering. The degree will be awarded upon request by students who have fulfilled the requirements. Only in exceptional cases is there admission to the M.S. program as the final degree objective.
A minimum of 138 units of courses numbered 100 or above, that meet the required master's program listed below, must be passed with a grade of at least C for completion of the master's degree in civil engineering. All units must be taken for grades, except for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis. The M.S. degree in civil engineering is typically completed within the first two years of residency at Caltech.
Each student's program must be approved by the advisor and option representative in mechanical and civil engineering before registering for the course.