Why study CE at MSU

The Program of Civil Engineering (CE) was established in 1984 with a simple goal of converting any hard-working student from a high school into a high caliber engineering professional. It currently is the sixth largest program among 125 academic programs at Morgan State University. The CE undergraduate program has been the 1st provider of African American civil engineers in both Maryland and the United States. It is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET(Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology). Our undergraduate students build a broad foundation in all aspects of civil engineering through the CE program. Concentrations are offered in the areas of geotechnical, environmental, transportation, structural, hydraulics and hydrology, and construction management. The solid and broad foundation provides our graduates with confidence to apply and accept employment from federal, state and local agencies as well as private engineering firms.

Collaboration of the CE department with other universities offers our students several options to broaden their education. Graduate students can earn dual doctoral degrees from Carnegie Mellon. Undergraduate students can earn a dual degree with Purdue University. Our collaboration with local community colleges allow students to start their engineering coursework at the community college level and complete the bachelors here at Morgan.

CE faculty members are highly qualified by virtue of their education, professional licensure, and industry experience. They offer course work rooted in current industry practice and trends. They offer the students opportunity to participate in cutting edge research projects which support MSU rating as doctoral research institution with Carnegie Classification R2 (High Research Activity). The research is supported by sixteen modern laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art research grade laboratory equipment. This includes major equipment such as a seismic simulator, drop tower, supersonic wind tunnel, vibration table, scanning vibrometer, cyclic triaxial equipment, resilient modulus testing equipment, large water flume, and several specialized software packages. The labs and dedicated laboratory staff are made available to all students interested in research or experiments that complement their capstone projects.

MSU is the largest HBCU in Maryland. Despite the label, the faculty, staff and student bodies in the CE program are highly diversified and represent many cultures from all over the world. The CE Department has significant percentage of international students (about 27% in 2019). The rest of our students come from all walks of life and represent several states. The CE department encourages and supports participation in active student organizations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute(ACI) and Chi-Epsilon (The Civil Engineering Honor Society) with the goal of increasing our students exposure to the diversity in the civil engineering field. Student participation in these organizations is also strongly encouraged because it allows our students to interact with their peers through friendly regional and national competitions.

CE Students won the first place (Wilson Cup) three years in a row in ACI Concrete Competition when competing against Johns Hopkins University, Howard University and University of Maryland in College Park.