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GRADUTE PROGRAMS in CIVIL ENGINEERING

The graduate studies in the Civil Engineering Department started in 1401H (1981G) with the M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering, followed by the Ph.D. program in Civil Engineering in 1420H (2000G).

The Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering are available in the following CE specializations:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Vision

To be a globally recognized graduate program in civil engineering education, innovation and technological advancement in building the knowledge economy.

Mission

  1. To provide a distinguished high-quality graduate education program to attain and sustain the excellence in civil engineering industry during the 21st century.
  2. To provide highly qualified specialized civil engineers to promote civil engineering knowledge and applications to meet the future challenges through their technical and leadership skills.
  3. To serve the society through involvement in knowledge sharing outreach and professional activities that include innovative research, developing new technologies, continuing education and professional development.

Admission Requirements for Ph.D in Civil Engineering Programs

Admission Requirements to the Civil Engineering department can be found using the link: https://graduatestudies.ksu.edu.sa/ar/Faculty_of_Engineering.

Selection Process for Ph.D. candidates within the department (all specialties)

The selection process of all candidates in all specialties must be uniform, based on the following criteria: Meeting all the minimum basic requirements:

 

  1. Bachelor’s civil engineering degree with overall GPA 3.75/5 or its equivalent
  2. MSc in relevant field with an excellent overall GPA 4.25/5 or its equivalent).
  3. A score of not less than (61) on the TOEFL Internet-based test (TOEFL-IBT) or its equivalent.
  4. A score of not less than (150) on the GRE test (Quantitative part only). Those who have obtained a master's degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at King Saud University with a GPA of no less than 4.5 out of 5 and no more than two years have passed since obtaining the master's degree are exempt from this.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree requirements are as follows:

  • Completing 18 credit hours of course work from the approved graduate courses as follows:
    • 3 credit hours of general courses, as given in Table 6- A.
    • 15 credit hours of specialized Civil Engineering courses chosen from one of the areas of specializations mentioned above, as given in Tables 6-B to 6-G, according to the applicant’s specialty.
  • Passing the Ph.D. qualifying comprehensive exam.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Ph.D. thesis.

 

Table 6: Ph.D. Courses in Civil Engineering

Table 6-A: General Courses 

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  601

Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers

3 (3,0)

CE  602

Modeling of Engineering Processes and Systems

3 (3,0)

CE  603

Advanced Mathematics for Civil Engineers

3 (3,0)

 

 

Table 6-B: Courses in Structural Engineering

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  660

Advanced Finite Element Methods

3 (3,0)

CE  661

Advanced Structural Reliability

3 (3,0)

CE  662

Advanced Stability of Structures

3 (3,0)

CE  663

Elasticity Methods in Structural Analysis

3 (3,0)

CE  664

Numerical Methods in Structural Analysis

3 (3,0)

CE  665

Advanced Plasticity in Structural Engineering

3 (3,0)

CE  666

Fracture Mechanics

3 (3,0)

CE  667

Optimization of Structures

3 (3,0)

CE  668

Applied Structural Mechanics

3 (3,0)

CE  671

Earthquake Engineering

3 (3,0)

CE  672

Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering

3 (3,0)

CE  673

High Performance Concrete

3 (3,0)

CE  674

Composite and Fiber Reinforced Concrete

3 (3,0)

CE  675

Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures

3 (3,0)

CE  679

Selected Topics in Structural Engineering

3 (3,0)

 

  

Table 6-C: Courses in Water Resources Engineering

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  620

Theoretical Physical Hydrology

3 (3,0)

CE  621

Solutions to Ground Water Problems

3 (3,0)

CE  622

Flow Through Porous Media

3 (3,0)

CE  623

Computer-Aided Water Management

3 (3,0)

CE  624

Advanced Water Management

3 (3,0)

CE  625

Control of Floods and Droughts

3 (3,0)

CE  626

Stochastic Processes in Hydrology

3 (3,0)

CE  627

Advanced Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics

3 (3,0)

CE  628

Physical and Math. Modeling of Hydraulic Systems

3 (3,0)

CE  629

Selected Topics in Water Resources and  Hydraulics

3 (3,0)

 

                                   

Table 6-D: Courses in Transportation Engineering

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  630

Transportation Systems Analysis

3 (3,0)

CE  631

Urban Public Transportation

3 (3,0)

CE  632

Air Transportation

3 (3,0)

CE  633

Advanced Traffic Operations and Control

3 (3,0)

CE  634

Rail Transportation

3 (3,0)

CE  635

Pavement Maintenance Management Systems

3 (3,0)

CE  636

Analysis of Pavement Systems

3 (3,0)

CE  638

Pavement Materials and Mix Design

3 (3,1)

CE  639

Transportation Economics and Evaluation

3 (3,0)

CE  699

Selected Topics in Transportation Engineering

3 (3,0)

 

                                   

Table 6-E: Courses in Environmental Engineering

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  640

Advanced Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

3 (3,0)

CE  641

Treatment Processes Laboratory

3 (1,4)

CE  645

Air Pollution Control

3 (2,2)

CE  646

Industrial Waste Management

3 (3,0)

CE  647

Hazardous Waste Management

3 (3,0)

CE  648

Simulation of Treatment Processes

3 (3,0)

CE  649

Selected Topics in Environmental Engineering

3 (3,0)

 

 

Table 6-F: Courses in Construction Engineering and Management

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  610

Advanced Topics in Value Engineering

3 (3,0)

CE  611

Maintenance Engineering and Management

3 (3,0)

CE  612

Artificial Intelligence Applications in CE

3 (3,0)

CE  613

Planning and Modeling of Construction Processes

3 (3,0)

CE  614

Selected Topics in Construction Eng.& Management

3 (3,0)

 

 

Table 6-G: Courses in Geotechnical Engineering

Course No.

Course Name

Units

CE  681

Soil Behavior

3 (3,0)

CE  682

Analysis and Design of Deep Foundations

3 (3,0)

CE  683

Soil Dynamics

3 (3,0)

CE  684

Geotechnical Engineering in Arid Regions

3 (3,0)

CE  685

Constitutive Laws for Geotechnical Materials

3 (3,0)

CE  686

Seepage and Consolidation

3 (3,0)

CE  687

Soil Rheology

3 (3,0)

CE  689

Selected Topics in Geotechnical Engineering

3 (3,0)

 

 

How to Apply?

      Applicants must submit the following:

      1. Application form (obtained from Deanship of Graduate Studies).

      2. Certified transcript of academic record(s).

      3. Two letters of recommendation.

      4. A written permission from the applicant’s employer.

      To the dean of graduate studies.