Graduate Certificate in Infrastructure Renewal

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Program Description:

This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of Intrastructure Renewal and Emergine Technologies for Construction.

Students will be exposed to the latest developments in assessment, repair/rehabilitation techniques and emergine technologies using an interdisciplinary approach. Particular emphasis is placed on composite materials.

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Admission Requirements:

This certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree or equivalent. To be admitted to the graduate certificate program, the student should have earned an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or better in the B.S. or (or equivalent) degree or was ranked in the top third of their undergrduate class. Those lacking the minimum required entrance GPA should have a minimum of 12-months of professional employment experience.

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designate courses as given below. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.  

Students admitted to the Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.  If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses, they will be admitted to the MS program if they so choose.  The certificate course taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degree.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the Certificate Program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal Certificate courses. 

Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he/she maintains a B average in the courses taken.

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Choose two courses from the following three:

  • CIV ENG 5231: Infrastructure Strengthening with Composites
  • AERO ENG 5282: Introduction to Composite Materials & Structures
  • CIV ENG 5744: Geosynthetics in Engineering

Choose one course from the following three:

  • CIV ENG 5210: Advanced Steel Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5220: Advanced Concrete Structures Design
  • CIV ENG 5222: Prestressed Concrete Design

Choose one course from the following four:

  • CIV ENG 5729: Foundation Engineering II
  • CIV ENG 5445: Construction Methods
  • CIV ENG 5208: Structural Dynamics
  • AERO ENG 6284: Analysis of Laminated Composite Structures


Course Descriptions:

Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Civil Engineering (MS) 
Environmental Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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