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Master of Science

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSc) program is intended to serve graduate students who have a Bachelor on Civil Engineering or closely-related undergraduate degree in order to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of civil engineering principles and practices. The program is primarily intended for students who currently are, or intend to become, practicing civil engineers, and thus focuses on the application of these principles and practices to real-world problems encountered by professional civil engineers.

Another purpose of the program is to facilitate applied research on relevant civil engineering topics. Such research should 1) serve societal needs by addressing contemporary issues, 2) contribute to the professional development of both students and faculty and 3) provide preparation for further academic study and research for those students who wish to pursue a Ph.D.

Graduates of this program are able to work professionally in complex and unpredictable environments and to assume leading roles in their organizations, both in the Albania and worldwide. We are closely connected with industry to keep our graduates at the forefront. We work in partnership with many local companies and external organizations who contribute to us with their feedback and offer opportunities to work in collaboration with them.

A knowledge of engineering principles sufficient to understand the bases and applicability of standard analysis, design, and implementation practices within their emphasis area. The ability to conduct engineering analyses and to develop and implement designs and problem solutions that conform to applicable codes and standards of practice.

An understanding of the various technical and non-technical factors that impact the feasibility and implementation of civil engineering projects, including: technical feasibility, multi-party involvement, environmental assessment, financial/economic planning, owner/public works administration, owners’ strategic plans, and socioeconomic/equity issues.

The foundation needed to develop engineering judgment via professional practice, and to effectively identify, consider, and account for multiple and competing objectives. The technical knowledge and skills needed to pursue lifelong learning with the ability to independently extend personal knowledge and understanding of engineering topics and practices by conducting literature searches, consulting with others, and using other similar techniques.

Knowledge and skills necessary to pass specialty license examinations in their respective emphasis areas. Student employment opportunities. The graduates of this program are prepared to work in construction industry, in engineering companies, state institutions, local government, private entrepreneurs, and other firms related. They can be employees as well in the business, management and financial sectors.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering offers to the students the possibility of specializing into four profiles such as: Structural Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Materials and Water Resources Engineering. It combines a core curriculum with the opportunity to take elective courses tailored to a student's particular areas of interest. These courses typically relate to the student's thesis topic and are selected by the student in consultation with department advisor. To earn the MSc degree, students must complete in total 120 ECTS credits from their coursework and a Master thesis.

The program is taught in English. Therefore, Albanian and international applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. Thesis topics are developed individually by the student in consultation with faculty advisor. To prepare for their thesis research and writing, students must complete a course that offers instruction in research methods and academic writing.