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Master of science degrees with appropriate designations are conferred on those students who satisfy the requirements of (a) the programs or departments in which they are enrolled, (b) the College of Engineering, and (c) the Graduate School as outlined earlier in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.  Any requirements established by the individual departments are outlined in the departmental information that follows.


Master of Science Degree Requirements

Minimum requirements for the master's degree in all programs are 24 semester hours of acceptable coursework under Plan I (plus 6 thesis hours) or 30 hours under Plan II. Specific course requirements (in addition to those established by the Graduate School) are as follows:

  • The greater of 12 hours or 25% of the required course work for a masterís degree may be transferred, subject to the approval of the appropriate faculty and final approval by the Graduate School. Average grade must be at least "B". The Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit is available at the website of the Graduate School.   
  • Engineering courses numbered 400 to 499 (offered primarily for senior undergraduates) may be taken by masterís students (not doctoral) for graduate credit with prior approval of the student's supervisory committee and prior approval of the Graduate School requested on the Approval of 400-Level Course for Masterís Credit form. A maximum of 6 semester hours of 400-level course credit may be accepted for a master's degree. To receive graduate credit for such courses, a minimum grade of "B" must be made in courses in the student's major field of study, and a minimum grade of "C" in courses outside the major field. Courses numbered 500 to 599 are offered primarily for master's students. Courses numbered 600 to 699 are offered primarily for students beyond the master's level.
  • Students will be expected to have received credit for MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations prior to admission, or to complete the course with a passing grade after admission (no graduate credit will be awarded), unless they are enrolled in the computer science program.
  • All courses are selected by the student with the approval of the student's supervisory committee. If there are deficiencies in undergraduate subjects, the student's supervisory committee may require additional coursework to correct them.
  • Under no circumstances will graduate credit be given for courses numbered below 400.
  • Under Plan I, an approved thesis must be completed; a minimum of 6 semester hours of credit in 599 Thesis Research is required for Plan I students, in addition to the 24 hours of coursework.
  • Under both Plan I and Plan II, students must pass a final comprehensive examination on the content of the degree program. Information about the comprehensive examination is detailed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.  

MSE (Environmental Engineering) Degree Requirements

The interdisciplinary master of science in engineering program in environmental engineering is administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; inquiries should be directed to the director of the Environmental Engineering Program, Box 870205, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0205. The program is open to persons with baccalaureate degrees who have completed at least one year's work in chemistry, mathematics through differential equations, and an engineering mechanics sequence through fluid mechanics. These prerequisites and others may be satisfied by completing appropriate coursework for non graduate credit.


The versatile MSE (environmental engineering) program uses environmental engineering courses offered by the College of Engineering and appropriate courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and microbiology. A list of courses approved for inclusion in the environmental engineering major is available upon request. The flexibility of the degree requirements permits a student to follow a course of study designed to suit individual interests and needs. Degree requirements are as follows:

  • For Plan I students, 24 semester hours of approved environmental coursework and a minimum of 6 additional semester hours of credit in CE 599 Thesis Research is required, along with an approved completed thesis. For Plan II students, 30 semester hours of approved environmental coursework is required. It is expected that master's students will pursue the Plan I (thesis) option. The Plan II (non-thesis) option may be pursued only with approval of the faculty of the department. Students wishing to pursue the Plan II option must formally petition the department faculty to be considered for approval and must present substantial reasons for seeking the variance.
  • No more than 6 hours at the 400-level may be applied to this program, and as noted on the Approval of 400-Level Course for Masterís Credit form, approval must be obtained from the department and Graduate School before a 400-level course is taken for master's credit.
  • One course in air pollution and one course in water pollution are required.




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