Accelerated Master's Degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

The Accelerated Master's Program in civil engineering enables advanced UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science or Master of Engineering in five years. This program is not open to students who have completed a bachelor's or advanced degree at another institution.

Students focus on completing undergraduate-level courses and gaining research experience during their first three to four years. By mid-November of the junior or senior year, students must submit an application to the program through the UA Graduate College.

Once accepted, students continue to take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in the fourth year to complete their bachelor's degree. Students also expound on their research, preparing for graduate-level research. In the fifth and final year, students focus on graduate course work and their research-based thesis in order to complete the requirements for the Master of Science.

The Master of Engineering also takes five years but only involves coursework.

Master's Degree Options

  • Coursework only: 30 coursework units
  • Master's report: 27 coursework units, 3 report units
  • Thesis: 24 coursework units, 6 thesis units

Admission Requirements

  • Have completed at least 75 undergraduate credit hours at the time of application and 90 undergraduate credit hours at the time of entry into the AMP, with a cumulative GPA equal or above 3.3
  • Have completed at least 12 units of undergraduate credit hours in civil engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Arizona with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 for nine units and 3.5 for 12 units. These units may count toward UA CEEM advanced degrees but may not be accepted by other universities.
  • Have completed, or nearly completed, the general education requirements at the time of application
  • Undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the master's degree awarded.
  • Submit an application to the UA Graduate College.

If you have questions or need more information about the AMP, please contact the program coordinator at 520.621.6577 or


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