Doctor of Philosophy - Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Construction at UNLV offers a number of program degree options leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Civil and Environmental Engineering. Specific areas of engineering that are currently available include Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources.

Learning Objectives

Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of engineering research professionals, which are:

  • Demonstrate in-depth state-of-the-art knowledge in a specialized field or technical practice of civil or environmental or construction engineering,
  • Be able to work creatively and independently to continue to create and develop new knowledge at the state-of-the-art,
  • Communicate the results of those efforts in a variety of media and settings, and
  • Be capable of leading or coordinating the efforts of students and other professionals in engineering research.

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. in Civil Engineering is usually not necessary for employment as a licensed professional civil engineer. A Ph.D. in Civil Engineering is generally required for hire into research positions in government research laboratories, research institutes, large engineering companies, and for teaching and research positions in academia.