Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s

The CCEE department encourages excellent undergraduate students to obtain a master’s degree in their chosen field of specialization within 2 to 3 semesters past BS graduation, through double counting up to 9 credit hours towards both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This is referred to as the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) degree program. Following is the pathway for the ABM program.

 

Step 1. Verify your eligibility for applying to the ABM program:

  • You must have completed at least 75 credit hours (this typically means junior standing)
    • If you are a transfer student, you must have completed at least two semesters at NCSU, earning a minimum of 24 credit hours
  • You must not have already received a BS degree
  • You must have an overall GPA ≥ 3.5 and major GPA ≥ 3.25

Step 2. Apply for ABM by following the steps below:

  • Determine your area of interest from the list of graduate specialty areas on the next page.
  • Talk to the ABM advisor in the specialty area (provided below), and agree on a tentative ABM Plan of Work (POW) that would suit your interests and satisfy the ABM requirements. A finalized ABM POW must be in place before completion of the BS degree.
  • Submit an application at go.ncsu.edu/ccee-abm, which includes the tentative ABM POW.
    • The application will first be reviewed by the ABM advisor and a recommendation will be made to the department. The final determination will be made after a joint review by the directors of undergraduate and graduate programs, after which you will be notified.

Step 3. While in the ABM program, maintain status by following the steps below:

  • With the specialty area ABM advisor’s help, prepare a tentative Graduate POW, that complements the Undergraduate POW.
    • Up to 9 credit hours can be double counted, they must be at the 500 level, and they must be selected from the approved list of courses in the specialty area (provided in the subsequent pages).
    • The (tentative) Graduate POW must be formally approved by the ABM advisor.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that both the Graduate POW and Undergraduate POW satisfy the respective master’s and undergraduate degree requirements
  • You must maintain an overall GPA ≥ 3.5 and a major GPA ≥ 3.25 until you enter the master’s program.
  • Only graduate courses with a grade ≥ B can be double counted. Courses with a grade ≤ B- cannot be counted towards the master’s degree.
  • Towards the end of your bachelor’s program, you must formally apply to the master’s program, per deadlines published by the graduate school. Note that the GRE may be waived for ABM students – consult with your ABM advisor. The application must include to include a completed and signed ABM Plan of Work.
  • You must complete the master’s degree within a time limit (12 months if MCE/MENE, 18 months if MSCE/MSENE), to take advantage of the double counting associated with the ABM. If you do not graduate within this time, you will be considered a regular master’s student needing to take the full 30/31 graduate credits solely towards your master’s degree.

 

Director of Graduate Programs: Dr. Ranji Ranjithan

Director of Undergraduate Programs: Dr. Rudi Seracino

 

Specialty areas for ABM and designated faculty advisors

Graduate Specialty Area ABM Advisor (tentative)
Computing and Systems Dr. Kumar Mahinthakumar
Construction Engineering Dr. Alex Albert
EWC – Air Dr. Doug Call
EWC – Environmental Process Engineering Dr. Doug Call
EWC – Water Resources and Coastal Engineering Dr. Sankar Arumugam
Geotechnical Engineering Dr. Brina Montoya
Structural Engineering and Mechanics Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz
Transportation Materials Dr. Cassie Castorena
Transportation Systems Dr. Eleni Bardaka

 

List of Allowable Courses by Specialty Area
(The courses in the parentheses are the undergraduate prerequisites)

 

Computing and Systems

CE 536 – Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers (MA 302 or 341 or 401) – Spring only

CE 537 – Computer Methods and Applications (CSC 111 and MA 305 or MA 341) – Fall only

CE 538 – Information Technology and Modeling (CE 390) – Fall only

CE 590 – Civil Engineering Systems (CE 339) – Fall only

 

Construction Engineering (Please check with your ABM advisor for prerequisites)

CE 561 – Construction Project Management (approval from advisor) – Fall only, odd years

CE 562 – Lean Construction Concepts and Methods  (approval from advisor) – Fall only

CE 563  – Construction, Estimation, Planning & Control (CE 263 and CE 365)

CE 564 – Legal Aspects of Contracting  (CE 463; CoReq CE 365) – Spring only

CE 565 – Construction Safety Management (approval from advisor)  Spring only

CE 567 – Risk and Financial Management in Construction (approval from advisor) – Odd years

CE 592 – Special Topics in Construction Engineering (approval from advisor)

others, e.g. CE 515, CE 522, CE 523, CE 524, CE 526, and CE 548, in consultation with ABM advisor

 

EWC – Air

CE 5761 – Air Pollution Control (CE 375, CE 470, CHE 315 or MAE 301; Coreq: ST 511 or 515) – Fall only

CE 5781 – Energy and Climate (CE 390 or CE 250) – Fall only

CE 5791 – Air Quality Engineering (CE 373, CE 382 or CE 282, Coreq: ST 370) – Spring only

 

EWC – Environmental Process Engineering

CE 571 – Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering (CE 382 or CE 282) – Spring only

CE 573 – Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (CE 378 recommended) – Fall only

CE 574 – Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering (CE 378 recommended) – Fall only

CE 5771 – Engineering Principles of Solid Waste Management (CE 373) – Spring only

CE 5781 – Energy and Climate (CE 390) – Fall only

CE 5961 – Global Sanitation (contact instructor for pre/co-requisites) – Spring only

 

EWC – Water Resources, Coastal

CE 581 – Fluid Mechanics in Natural Environments [CE 382 (or CE 282) or MEA 463] – Fall only

CE 583 – Engineering Aspects of Coastal Processes (CE 382 or CE 282) – Spring only

CE 584 – Hydraulics of Ground Water (CE 382 or CE 282) – Fall only, even years

CE 586 – Engineering Hydrology (CE 383 or CE 282) – Fall only

CE 5881 – Water Resources Engineering (CE 382 or CE 282) – Fall only

CE 5961 – Coastal Hydrodynamics (contact instructor for pre/co-requisites) – Spring only

CE 596 – Coastal Modeling (contact instructor for pre/co-requisites) – Spring only

CE 596 – Surface Water Quality Modeling (contact instructor for pre/co-requisites) – Spring only

 

Geotechnical Engineering

CE 548 – Engineering Properties of Soils I (CE 342) – Fall only

CE 584 – Hydraulics of Ground Water (CE 382) – Fall only, even years

CE 593 – Dynamics of Soils and Foundations (CE 443 or CE 444 or CE 548) – Spring only

Others, e.g. CE 515, CE 526, and CE 577, in consultation with ABM advisor.

 

Structural Engineering and Mechanics

CE 515 – Advanced Strength of Materials (CE 2253, CE3252, CE332[1]) – Fall only

CE 522 – Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete ( CE327, CE3252) – Fall only

CE 523 – Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures (CE426, CE3252) – Fall only

CE 524 – Analysis and Design of Masonry Structures (CE327, CE3252) – Varied offering

CE 525 –  Structural Analysis II (CE325)

CE 526 – Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering (CE515, CE3252) – Spring only

CE 527 – Structural Dynamics (CE325) – Spring only

CE 528 – Structural Design in Wood (CE325, CE3322) – Spring only

CE 529 – FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures (CE325, CE327) – Fall only

CE 530 – Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites (CE332, CE225[2]) – Spring only

 

Transportation Materials

CE 515 – Advanced Strength of Materials (CE 2253) – Fall only

CE 530 – Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites (CE 332) – Spring only

CE 548 – Engineering Properties of Soils I (CE 342) – Fall only

CE 595A – Asphalt and Bituminous Materials (CE 332) – Spring only

 

Transportation Systems

CE 5011 – Transportation Systems Engineering (CE 305) – Fall only

CE 5021 – Traffic Operations (CE 305) – Fall only

CE 5031 – Highway Design (CE 305) – Spring only

CE 504 – Airport Planning and Design (CE 305) – Fall only, even years

CE 505 – Railroad System Planning (CE 305, OR 501) – Spring only, odd years

CE 509 – Highway Safety (CE 305, Co-requisite STAT 370) – Spring only, odd years

 

[1] This course is not a prerequisite but recommended to be completed prior to enrollment.

[2] Previously CE313

 

Copy of the ABM Worksheet here.