Graduate Students

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Degrees offered in the Myers-Lawson School

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction currently provides students at the graduate level with the following choice of construction related degrees:

The Master of Science in Building Construction at Virginia Tech is awarded at completion of 32 credit
hours. The degree offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related
to building design, construction, and operations over a broad range of scales, providing the basis for
diverse career paths and/or entry into a Ph.D. level program. While an undergraduate degree in these
or related fields is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background and professional
experience. They must also demonstrate the capability for undertaking advanced academic study.

The Department of Building Construction offers an Environmental Design and Planning (EDP) degree
with required core courses and research credits for a total of 90 credit hours. During the student’s
second semester of PhD study, a qualifying examination will be required to determine the student’s
fitness to proceed in the program and to identify and develop a plan to remedy deficiencies.
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The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) can be undertaken with a research
orientation (through the preparation of a thesis), or it can be accomplished through a non-thesis
path which includes more extensive coursework and may include a project and report. The MS CE
degree has been designed to prepare students for an advanced degree in civil engineering with an
emphasis in construction engineering and management. The curriculum and course requirements are
structured to allow students the flexibility needed to achieve their full potential and realize their personal
aspirations for success in the construction industry. Faculty work with students to develop a program of
studies that will:
•     Develop skills in written and oral communication through the completion of 4 credit hours of
required coursework
•     Develop a depth of knowledge in Construction Engineering and Management through the
completion of 15 credit hours coursework selected from courses taught by VCEMP faculty.
•     Develop a breadth of knowledge in construction engineering and management, engineering,
business or any other mutually agreed area by completing elective courses in these areas.
•     Develop skills in independent and creative thought through the completion of a required final
examination and, if selected, a dissertation, thesis or report.

Ph.D. students in the Civil Engineering Construction track must complete an approved program of study
comprising a minimum of 90 credit hours of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate. Students must
complete a Ph.D. dissertation that makes up between 30 and 60 hours of the total. No more than 42
semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from other institutions and all transferred course
credits must have a grade of B or higher. In most instances, candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy
Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering have satisfactorily completed a Master of Science
Degree in either Civil Engineering or in Environmental Engineering. Students may enter this program
from other engineering curricula or from areas outside of engineering, as outlined for the Master of
Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Such students must make up baccalaureate work as required and
other coursework as deemed necessary by their Ph.D. Advisory Committee.