Washington State University Tri-Cities

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program

Earn a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

  1. A minimum of 72 credit hours distributed as follows (Additional details are given in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures at www.gradsch.wsu.edu):

    Ph.D. Program

    Number of
    Credit Hours

    Graded graduate coursework


    Graded Seminar (CE 580)


    CE 800 (dissertation)


    Total Credits


  2. Successful completion of a qualifying examination prepared and administered by the student’s advisory committee at the end of the first year.
  3. Successful completion of a preliminary examination, both written and oral, prepared and administered by the student’s Advisory Committee one semester before final defense.
  4. A dissertation, approved by the student’s Advisory Committee, based on the research conducted as part of the graduate program.
  5. A defense of the Dissertation.