Engineering, Civil Engineering Concentration, PhD

School of Engineering

Program Description:

Civil engineers plan, design and develop communities, roads, bridges, buildings, and transit systems while solving problems associated with water resources, energy, and pollution. 

General requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree are given in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. In addition, students must take a distribution of graduate courses that support their dissertation research. 

Emphasis and Course Requirements

In addition to the general University doctoral degree general requirements, students pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Civil Engineering must meet the following criteria:

  • Choose an emphasis and complete its associated core course requirements.
  • Complete 2 credit hours of CE 691 (seminar).

The areas of emphasis are :

  • Construction Engineering and Management:  STAT **345, CE 577, MGMT 502 or 503
  • Environmental Engineering:  CE 531, 534, 536
  • Water Resources Engineering:  CE 541, 542, 545, 547.
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics:  CE 501, 502, 562.
  • Transportation:  CE 581, 582.

Equivalent graduate-level courses taken at anothser institution may be used to satisfy some requirements, but this must be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Committee in the Civil Engineering department.


Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a concentration in civil engineering must demonstrate a competence in basic areas of the field by satisfactorily completing the departmental qualifying examination. Doctoral students must take the qualifying exam during their first or second semester as a Ph.D. student. After a student has substantially completed his/her course work, the prospective candidate takes a comprehensive exam to demonstrate an ability to conduct Ph.D.-level research. A student is advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree after satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination with approval of the doctoral committee, submission of the Application for Candidacy, and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Application to Candidacy is submitted to Graduate Studies by the end of the semester in which the Comprehensive Exam is passed. The Ph.D. Dissertation must be defended in an oral examination before the student’s Dissertation Committee.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Career Opportunities:

With a degree in Civil Engineering from UNM, students are ready to:

  • Improve drinking water and wastewater treatment
  • Design and implement sustainable technologies
  • Develop and maintain high-tech structures and transportation systems
  • Repair infrastructure all around the globe

Contact Information:

Missy Garoza : Coordinator of Program Advisement
(505) 277-6633