The PhD program in Civil Engineering prepares students for research careers in industry, academia, and national laboratories. Emphasis is placed on developing students' ability to conduct independent research in a new area of inquiry. Coursework and research topics are tailored to the needs of individual students in consultation with academic advisors and PhD committees. 

Civil Engineering PhD students concentrate in one of the following research areas:

Each research area features award-winning faculty and research opportunities and a high degree of exchange and collaboration with other research areas.