New Graduate Student Welcome Page

Welcome to the Wolfpack!

Congratulations on your recent admission to the NC State Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program.  We are excited to have you join our department.  This welcome page will include important information about the CCEE Program including how to register for classes, degree requirements, a summarized timeline of your degree progress, and links to helpful resources.

You can use the block headings below to find the information that applies to your specific program.

CCEE Graduate Office

Who We Are

The CCEE Graduate Office consists of:

  • Director of Graduate Programs and Professor:  Prof. Ranji Ranjithan (ranji@ncsu.edu)
  • Deputy Director of EOL Programs in CCEE:  Prof. James Levis (jwlevis@ncsu.edu)
  • Graduate Programs Coordinator:  Jodie Gregoritsch (jagrego2@ncsu.edu)

What We Do

The staff within the CCEE Graduate Office is here to assist you with any program related issues you may encounter.  For example, if you need assistance filling out a Graduate School form, completing your Plan of Work, or making sure you have fulfilled your degree requirements, we can be of assistance.  If you are unsure of where to locate information or assistance, you can give us a call, send an email, or stop by the Graduate Office located in 202 Mann Hall.  We will be glad to help you find the information you need.  Our contact information is above.

Our graduate website offers a large amount of information including advising information, answers to frequently asked questions, a graduate forms page, and a link to the Graduate School Handbook.  You should original all questions with the CCEE Graduate Office as you are earning a degree through our program.

Always feel free to reach out to the CCEE Graduate Office.

How to Enroll in Courses

Please visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment opens for your admission semester. If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted. If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, please contact the CCEE Graduate Office to have the hold released. Additional important information regarding registration is available on the Student Services Registering for Classes webpage.

What to Register for in your First Semester

As a first semester graduate student, you should use our Suggested First Semester Course list to help your select your courses.  If you have any questions or concerns about the courses listed, do not hesitate to reach out to the area coordinator listed in the course list.

Advisors

When and how you find an advisor will depend greatly on whether you are an MS Thesis or MS Non-Thesis student. Please review the advisor procedures below. You can find more information about the difference between the thesis and non-thesis tracks in the MS Requirements guide linked in the Degree Requirements section below.

  • MS-Thesis Students are usually assigned an initial adviser during the admission process.  On those rare occasions when a MS student is admitted without an initial adviser, one will be assigned within the first two weeks of the first semester of enrollment.  Prior to the assignment of your initial adviser, the Area Coordinator of your research area can assist students with course selection for that first semester.   Initials advisers may change as you settle into your research and get to know the faculty.  This is normal and only requires informing the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  Thesis advisers also serve as the Thesis Advisory committee chair.  During the end of the second semester, we suggest you submit your plan of work for approval with all three committee members (chair + 2).
  • MCE – Non Thesis students will be assigned an adviser within the first two weeks of the first semester.  Until such time, the area coordinator of each research area will serve in this capacity advising students on course selection.  New students can also refer to the list of suggested courses.  The Non-Thesis plan of work requires one (and only one) faculty adviser listed as “committee chair”.  Plan of work should be submitted for approval by or near the end of the 2nd semester.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs.  In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make.  It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on a least an annual basis by students with their adviser(s) and, when applicable, their advisory committee members.

Discuss the proposed courses for your Plan of Graduate Work with your adviser. The finalized Plan of Graduate Work should be submitted when you have completed 18 credit hours (including NDS or transfer hours). 

Committee: 

  • MCE/ENE:   The Plan for an MCE/MENE students requires a single Chair (adviser) but not a committee. The Plan of Graduate Work is submitted through the Student Self Service feature in MyPack Portal. The Patent Agreement tab must be activated for the Plan of Graduate Work to be approved.  
  • MS:   The Plan for MS students must include a Graduate Advisory Committee consisting of at least 3 members of the graduate faculty.  The Patent Agreement tab must be activated for the Plan of Graduate Work to be approved.  

Degree Requirements (forthcoming)

Transcripts

Make sure that you have sent the Graduate School official transcripts of all coursework taken and all degrees awarded at any institution of higher learning that you have attended.  If you are currently enrolled at such an institution, upon completion of your program there, you should ask the registrar to send the Graduate School an updated official transcript covering all work completed and a statement of any degree awarded, including the date awarded.  All transcripts should be submitted prior to enrollment at NC State.  If they are not on file with the Graduate School by the end of your first semester here, you will not be permitted to register for your second semester.

Transfer Credits

Masters students (thesis and non-thesis) can transfer up to 12 credits of related graduate-level work with grades of B or better (not B-) if the credits were not used to fulfill a previous degree requirement.  Students who are interested in transferring credits toward their masters degree should make sure that their credits are eligible for transfer per the Graduate School’s requirements.  If you would like to transfer credits into your program, you should complete a transfer credit request form in your first semester.  If you have any questions about transferring credits or the related policies, please contact the CCEE Graduate Office.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The CCEE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for CCEE graduate students, CCEE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these.

Engineering Online & Distance Education – Intro

Distance Education (DE) is a general term that refers to any student at NC State in an online program.  It can also refer directly to the online courses.  DE programs are available in many areas of study such as communication, psychology, or engineering.  Engineering Online (EOL) is a platform for Distance Education students enrolled in a graduate engineering program. Engineering Online houses many engineering programs such as Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.  EOL also has their own certificate programs and professional development courses.

As a student in the online MCE or MENE graduate program in CCEE, you will be considered a Distance Education (DE) student and you will use Engineering Online (EOL) as your program platform.

How to Enroll in Courses

As a DE student in CE or ENE at NC State, you will be registering for and taking classes through the EOL platform.  To begin the registration process, visit the EOL Enroll in Courses webpage.  Follow the instructions provided by EOL to register for courses.  Note that CE DE graduate students are limited to two courses per semester.  You can select any of the CE courses listed on the EOL Courses by Semester webpage.  For more detailed information on the way the EOL program works, visit the EOL Online Learning webpage.

As a first semester DE student, you should use our Suggested First Semester Course list to help select your courses.  If you require advising before you are assigned an adviser, contact the appropriate area coordinator listed at the bottom of the New Student memo.  Because you are a DE student, you should only take courses listed on the EOL website as these have been specifically selected by the CE department for DE students.  It is your responsibility to register for appropriate courses that fall within the requirements of your degree.  Review the course description and prerequisites closely before enrolling in a course.  If you have questions concerning course enrollment you should contact the CE Graduate Office before you enroll in the course.

Visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment begins for your admission semester.  If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted.  If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, contact the CE graduate office to have the hold released.

Exams and Proctors

You will be required to nominate a proctor to administer your exams.  This does not have to be done immediately but should be done within the first two weeks of the semester.  To learn more about the Engineering Online exam procedure, visit the EOL Exams and Homework webpage.

If you have questions or concerns about the exam and proctor process, you can contact the Exam Coordinator, Lisa Jessick:

Lisa Jessick, Exam Coordinator
College of Engineering – Engineering Online
246A Page Hall, NCSU
Box 7547, Raleigh, NC 27695-7547
Local Phone: 919.515.3693
Fax: 919.515.8415
E-mail: lisa_jessick@ncsu.edu
Exam E-mail: exams_eol@ncsu.edu

Advisors

Adviser assignments are made after the start of the new student’s first semester.  If advising is needed before adviser assignments are made, reach out to the appropriate area coordinator listed below.

  • Computing & Systems:   Dr. Mahinthakumar, 919-515-7696, gmkumar@ncsu.edu
  • Construction Engineering: Dr. Alex Albert, 919-515-7208alex_albert@ncsu.edu
  • Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering (EWC): Dr. Douglas Call, 919-515-6455,  dfcall@ncsu.edu
  • Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering:  Dr. Brina Montoya, 919 513-0425, bmmorten@ncsu.edu
  • Structures & Mechanics and Materials & Mechanics: Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz, 919-515-2235, mpourgh@ncsu.edu
  • Transportation Engineering & Systems: Dr. Eleni Bardaka, 919 515-8576, ebardak@ncsu.edu
  • Transportation Engineering & Materials:  Dr. Cassie Castorena, 919-515-6411, cahintz@ncsu.edu

Degree Requirements (forthcoming)

Transcripts

Make sure you have sent the Graduate School official transcripts of all coursework taken and all degrees awarded any any institution of higher learning that you have attended.  If you are currently enrolled at such an institution, upon completion of your program there, you should ask the registration to send the Graduate School an updated official transcript covering all work completed and a statement of any degree awarded including the date awarded.  All transcripts should be submitted prior to your enrollment at NC State.  If they are not on file with The Graduate School by the end of your first semester here, you will not be permitted to register for your second semester.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs. In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make. It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on at least an annual basis by students with their advisor(s), and, where applicable, their advisory committees, with any needed modifications recorded at that time. It should be viewed as a “living document” that reflects changes that may occur as students continue to develop and refine their academic programs.

Discuss the proposed courses for your Plan of Graduate Work with your adviser. The finalized Plan of Graduate Work should be submitted when you have completed 15 credit hours (including NDS or transfer hours) and requires approval by your adviser, the Director of Graduate Programs and the Graduate School. The Plan for an MCE/MENE student requires a single Chair (adviser) but not a committee. The Plan of Graduate Work is submitted through the Student Self Service feature in MyPack Portal. The Patent Agreement tab must be activated for the Plan of Graduate Work to be approved.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The CCEE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for CCEE graduate students, CCEE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these.

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How to Enroll in Courses

Please visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment opens for your admission semester. If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted. If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, please contact the CCEE Graduate Office to have the hold released. Additional important information regarding registration is available on the Student Services Registering for Classes webpage.

Advisors

Students are usually assigned an initial adviser during the admission process.  On those very rare occasions when a PhD student is admitted without an initial adviser, one will be assigned within the first two weeks of the first semester of enrollment.  Prior to the assignment of your initial adviser, the Area Coordinator of your research area can assist students with course selection for that first semester.   Initials advisers may change as you settle into your research and get to know the faculty.  This is normal and only requires informing the Graduate Programs Coordinator.  Dissertation advisers also serve as the Dissertation Advisory committee chair.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs. In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make. It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on at least an annual basis by students with their advisor(s), and, where applicable, their advisory committees, with any needed modifications recorded at that time. It should be viewed as a “living document” that reflects changes that may occur as students continue to develop and refine their academic programs.

As such, you will be expected to fill out your plan of work in your second semester, however, you will not ‘submit for approval’ until after you know your advisor and committee members. For PhD students, you should know your committee members by your third semester when you take your Qualifying Exam; however, you are not required to submit your plan of work until you go to schedule your Preliminary Exam. For more information, you can review your program student guide and requirement documents in the next section.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The CCEE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for CCEE graduate students, CCEE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these.

Issuance of I-20’s and DS-2019s for Admitted Students (COVID-19)

The U.S. Consulates across the globe have temporarily suspended F-1 and J-1 Student Visa interview scheduling. At this point, there is no clear indication as to when they will reopen in a given country. However, as international applicants are approved for admission, we will continue to issue I-20 and DS-2019 visa eligibility documents for the upcoming Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible after the U.S. Consulates re-open.

If you are unable to obtain a student visa and arrive in time to begin your studies in Summer or Fall 2020, please contact your graduate program for information on enrollment options.

If your graduate program is offering distance education/virtual courses, students enrolling in on-campus programs, but with visa or travel issues, may have the option to take courses virtually (up to six credit hours for master’s students) during Summer or Fall. This option allows on-campus students to start their program without delay. After passing international clearance, an I-20 or DS-2019 would be issued for on-campus attendance in Spring 2021.

Another option would be to defer your admission start term to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 (applications can be deferred up to one year from the original admit term). There is no deadline to request a deferment, so please take your time in considering all options regarding attendance. Contact your graduate program for deferment approval.

CCEE Graduate Student Central:  This web page is a great source of information during your entire graduate program.  Always check here first when you are looking for something. If you do not see what you are looking for there, contact the GSC (jagrego2@ncsu.edu).

Access to Department Documents:  Our department uses Shared Google Docs.  To access these documents, you must use your @ncsu.edu email account.

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