Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (MENG-CE)

The Master of Engineering degree is a coursework-only (Plan III) degree with a focus on professional practice.  UNM is the only institution in the state of New Mexico to offer the Master of Engineering degree as well as degrees in Construction Engineering and Construction Management.

The Master of Engineering degree combines advanced training in civil engineering practice and design and an emphasis on written and oral communication skills.  As a practice-oriented program, it will provide students with the technical expertise and management training to be successful design engineers.

The program is designed for students who work full-time, and some of the classes will be offered on-line to accommodate students who cannot come to UNM main campus. Graduates of the program should have no shortage of job opportunities, as the demand for professional engineers exceeds the supply.

The Civil Engineering Department collaborated closely with professionals in local engineering companies and the national labs to develop the program. Brian Burnett, president of Albuquerque-based civil engineering firm Bohannan Huston, Inc. (BHI), is also president of the Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board. “Many companies want a higher level of education than a Bachelor’s degree,” says Burnett. “UNM’s Master of Engineering degree program will create more highly-qualified employees and reduce on-the-job training,” says Burnett.

A Master of Engineering degree recipient could later pursue enrollment in a Ph.D. program if a sufficient number of theory and research classes were taken prior to admission to Ph.D. candidacy, and reasonable scores on the GRE were obtained.

The MENG requires 33 credits of coursework only.  Students may choose a single focus area or combine focus areas.

Focus areas available are:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources-Hydraulics Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Materials Science
  • Transportation Engineering 


Required for Degree: 33 credits coursework only.

- A minimum of 15 credit hours of practice-oriented civil engineering classes composed from the list of courses found below.

- 12 additional credit hours that support the student’s area of interest. These courses are listed as required and elective courses, taken from the lists below.

- At least 6 additional credit hours that advance the student’s management skillset. Can be composed of courses provided by the Anderson Business School. Consult with your advisor to insure that a class meets these requirements.

Structural Practice Oriented Courses

502. Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics 506. Prestressed Concrete 508. Plates and shells 511. Reinforced Concrete Design 513. Timber and Masonry Design 521. Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 524. Structural Design in Metals 598. Wood/Masonry Design 598. Design of RC structures with FRP

Environmental Practice Oriented Courses

531. Physical-Chemical Water and Wastewater Treatment 533. Environmental Microbiology 534. Environmental Engineering Chemistry 535. Water Reuse 536. Biological Wastewater Treatment 537L. Aqueous Environmental Chemistry and Analysis 538. Sustainable Engineering 539. Radioactive Waste Management

Water Resources Practice Oriented Courses

540. Design of Hydraulic Systems 541. Hydrogeology 542. Intermediate Hydrology 545. Open Channel Hydraulics 547. GIS in Water Resources Engineering 549. Vadose Zone Hydrology 598. Stream and Watershed Restoration 598. Surface Water Quality Modeling

Geotechnical Practice Oriented Courses

562. Foundation Engineering I 563. Earth Structures 566. Pavement Design 567. Foundation Engineering II 568. Soil Dynamics

Construction Practice Oriented Courses

571. Sustainable Design and Construction 573. Construction Law 574. Principles of Written Construction Documents 575. Construction Safety 576. Project Delivery Systems 577. Project Controls 578. Design of Temporary Support Structures CE598 (future CE570). Advanced Construction Equipment Management CE598 (future CE572). Contemporary Issues in Construction CE598 (future CE579). Decision-making in Civil Infrastructure Systems 598. Building Information Modeling

Transportation Practice Oriented Courses

581. Urban Transportation Planning 582. Highway and Traffic Engineering 598. Design of Sustainable Transportation Systems and Policy 598. Transportation Data Management and Analysis

Complete information regarding graduate degrees can be found in the UNM Catalog and from the Office of Graduate Studies.