College of Engineering

Civil Engineering - Graduate


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Often considered the oldest practitioners within engineering, the intellectual ancestors of civil engineers have been around since the first cities were built by humans 10,000 years ago. Fast forward to the 18th century, when the development of the modern civil engineering profession led directly to many conveniences we enjoy every day. Civil engineering is part of our daily lives. From the water in your faucets every morning, to the roads and bridges that you use for transportation, to the energy distribution systems that power your home, civil engineers help make modern life possible. Civil engineering is a people-serving profession. Thanks to the development of technologies like clean water treatment plants, civil engineers have helped improve the quality of life around the world. From tunnels under the Earth’s surface to skyscrapers standing far above it, civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate the infrastructure of the world.

Why Pursue Graduate Studies at UK?

Students enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky enjoy the benefits of studying at the Commonwealth’s flagship research institution, with an energetic and experienced faculty committed to each individual student’s educational and professional success. Civil engineering students at UK experience an environment where faculty are readily accessible and where students have the chance to grow through hands-on research, cooperative education, and service opportunities.

The department is internationally known for water resources research and computer software developed by faculty members.  The department has close partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Center, enabling students to study alongside practicing engineers.  The CEPM program is supported through a number of dedicated endowments and extramural funding and is renowned for its research excellence.


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