The master's program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work and research. A student may elect to pursue the master's program with or without thesis. Up to 6 semester hours of credit is granted for Thesis. Special requirements for particular program options are given in the Appendices. All candidates for the degree are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for graduation and to pass a final examination at the end of his/her course work.
Final Examination: This examination consists of a written examination and/or oral examination by a committee of at least 3 faculty members (selected by the student's advisor in consultation with the student). The written examination is based primarily on course work including fundamental prerequisite material. The oral examination includes questions on fundamentals designed to test the student's reasoning ability and it also includes presentation and defense of Thesis if this option is elected. For students wishing to continue their studies for the Ph.D. degree, this final examination may also serve as the Ph.D. qualifying examination, as decided by the examination committee.
Typically, the Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 72 hours of credit (including no more than 18 semester hours of credit for the dissertation) beyond the baccalaureate degree. All candidates for the degree are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 on completed graduate work, and to pass comprehensive and final examinations. The written portion of the comprehensive examination is generally scheduled only once in each semester.
Qualifying: A qualifying examination is required for students. This examination is intended to test the student's preparation at the MS level and to determine the student's ability to complete successfully the proposed Ph.D. program. The student is required to take the qualifying examination within the first two semesters he/she is enrolled as a Ph.D. student. For students graduating with the MS degree from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Program at The University of Iowa or an equivalent degree program, the MS Final Examination may be regarded as the Qualifying Examination if the examining committee so decides. If the Ph.D. student has adequate preparation in the view of the examining committee, the qualifying exam may be waived.
Comprehensive: This examination consists of a written examination followed by an oral examination by a committee of at least 5 faculty members (selected in accordance with Graduate College requirements by the student's advisor in consultation with the student). This examination will include material from all phases of the student's program. A proposal for the dissertation may be presented in the oral examination. When a proposal is presented, this may be accepted as equivalent to the written examination, as decided by the committee.
Final: This examination is primarily concerned with the defense of the dissertation, and it is to be taken upon the completion of the dissertation. One member of the committee must be a member of the graduate faculty from outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.