Master of Public Works (Infrastructure Engineering and Management)

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The Master of Engineering in Public Works (M.P.W.) degree is the most widely recognized educational credential for professionals engaged in public works and infrastructure engineering and management. The M.P.W. program consists of four core courses, four engineering electives (in construction engineering and management, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering), two public administration electives (in administration process or policy planning), and one CAE 597 special problems course. The elective courses should be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser. This program is offered in cooperation with the university's Master of Public Administration program.


Core Courses (12)
CAE 574Economic Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering3
CAE 575Systems Analysis in Civil Engineering3
PA 501Essentials for Public Management in a Complex Society: Processes, Structures, and Values3
PA 551Public Infrastructure Management3
Electives (17-18)
Select 17-18 credit hours (see recommended courses below)17-18
CAE Special Problems Course (1-3)
CAE 594Research Problems1-3
or CAE 597 Special Problems

Minimum degree credits required: 32

Recommended Elective Coursework by Subject

Construction Management

CAE 470Construction Methods and Cost Estimating3
CAE 471Construction Planning and Scheduling3
CAE 472Construction Site Operation3
CAE 473Construction Contract Administration3

Geotechnical Engineering

CAE 482Hydraulic Design of Open Channel Systems3
CAE 486Soil and Site Improvement3
CAE 562Engineering Behavior of Soil4
CAE 564Design of Foundations, Embankments and Earth Structures4
CAE 565Rock Mechanics and Tunneling4
CAE 566Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics4
CAE 589Groundwater Hydrology and Sampling3
CAE 590Geotechnical Landfill Design and Maintenance3
ENVE 404Water and Wastewater Engineering3
ENVE 551Industrial Waste Treatment3

Public Administration - Administration Process

PA 502Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations3
PA 503Administration Law3
PA 522Effective Management of Human Resources in Environments of Scarce Resources3
PA 532Managing Public Financial Resources in a Changing World3
PA 533Advanced Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Sectors3

Public Administration - Policy Planning

PA 537Crisis Management and Homeland Security3
PA 538Information Systems Security and Cyber Crime3
PA 539Local Government Management3
PA 562Urban and Metropolitan Government3
PA 578Planning, Policy-Making, and the Built Environment3
PA 588Incident Response, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity3

Structural Engineering

CAE 504Seismic Retrofit and Earthquake Hazard Reduction4
CAE 506Building Envelope Rehabilitation3
CAE 508Advanced Bridge Engineering3
CAE 518Advanced Reinforced Concrete3
CAE 520Buckling of Structures4
CAE 525Advanced Steel and Composite Structures4
CAE 551Prestressed Concrete3

Transportation Engineering

CAE 419Introduction to Transportation Engineering and Design3
CAE 523Statistical Analysis of Engineering Data3
CAE 540Asphalt and Concrete Mix Design3
CAE 541Pavement Evaluation and Management3
CAE 544Urban Transportation Planning4
CAE 545Traffic Operations and Flow Theory3
CAE 546Public Transportation Systems3
CAE 547Advanced Traffic Engineering3
CAE 548Transportation Systems Management3
CAE 549Transportation Economics, Development and Policy3
CAE 555Transportation Systems Evaluation3
CAE 568Transportation Asset Management3
CAE 574Economic Decision Analysis in Civil Engineering3
CAE 580Intelligent Transportation Systems3
CAE 581Algorithms in Transportation3
MATH 522Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 525Statistical Models and Methods3
MATH 542Stochastic Processes3
MATH 563Mathematical Statistics3
MATH 564Applied Statistics3
MATH 565Monte Carlo Methods in Finance3
MATH 571Data Preparation and Analysis3
MATH 574Bayesian Computational Statistics3