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The Graduate School

Civil Engineering



This program provides the opportunity for advanced study, field work, and research in the civil engineering field to enhance professional opportunities in industry or provide the basis for further academic endeavors.

The mission of the MS in Civil Engineering (MSCE) program is to prepare students to function in a demanding technical environment where their advanced civil engineering education will allow them to solve uncommon problems in their field of expertise. Through our commitment to civil engineering research and requiring students to participate in such activities we will provide opportunities for expanded content knowledge and development of critical thinking skills outside of a classroom setting. Students graduating with an MSCE will receive the education that allows them to pursue a doctoral degree.

The UNF Graduate School proudly supports the United States Navy’s (USN’s) Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), and our MS Degree in Coastal and Port Engineering is approved by the USN Ocean Facilities Program (OFP; Program 472 per the USN Graduate School Handbook). We are proud to offer both Spring and Fall start dates for sailors interested in this program to help these students better align graduate school with their naval job rotation cycles. For each student, we individually tailor an Educational Plan (EP) to meet all naval Educational Skill Requirements (ESRs) while also ensuring that students are working on thesis topics that are of interest to both the student and the USN. The program lasts for four (4) semesters including summer. A spring start date means attendance during the spring, summer, fall, and following spring while a fall start date means attendance during the fall, spring, summer, and following fall. All previous students have finished their degrees within this allotted time requirement. And, while not a requirement, portions of most previous theses have been published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings or in peer-reviewed journals with students/sailors as either first authors or co-authors. For more information, please contact Dr. Raf Crowley from the Taylor Engineering Research Institute in the School of Engineering.


Applicants are required to have earned a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or its demonstrable equivalent.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Alan Harris
Associate Professor
(904) 620-1682
Building 50, Room 3312

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Three letters of recommendation
      • At least one letter must come from a professor at the applicant's undergraduate institution 
    • GRE test scores 
      • Taken within the last 5 years   
      • 145 verbal and 150 quantitative 
      • Applicants may submit a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Professional Engineer (PE) passing grade in place of the GRE
        • Contact the Graduate Program Director for a GRE waiver if submitting a FE or PE