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My2ndFavCivilNgineer
Member since Jun 2013
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Masters in Civil Engineering
2015 LSU PETE graduate with 5 years work experience.

I am debating on getting a Masters in Civil or a Bachelors in Civil

Both would take 2 years to complete. My understanding is an undergrad in civil would make one more well rounded, compared to a masters in civil where one must specialize.

Any advice?




tigersint
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Pick Mechanical Engineering and go with a masters in it if possible. UL has a pretty good program. Reason being is because it will be a very good dual degree to have once the oilfield comes back as oilfield companies like to hire both PETE and MCHE graduates more so than Civil I would say, and having an undergrad in PETE with a Masters in MCHE will look very good

You may have to take a few leveling classes to get into a program and that will probably teach you pretty much what you need to know to succeed in the masters program.

Alot of the upper lever engineering classes that I took at UL in Undergrad were some of the same classes that you would take in the first year masters program there. All of the stuff like statics and dynamics you should have taken in PETE so you wont be missing much.
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StinkBait72
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Bachelor's in civil is more well rounded, extremely flexible, and will help keep a paycheck coming in during down times.

If you are going into anything other than state work, a masters is more of a hinderance and can be a huge turn off in the hiring process.


jimbeam
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
I don’t know any civils out of work at the moment. Something to keep in mind. I have a BS and MS in civil.


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reds on reds on reds
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
I have a BS in PETE from LSU ‘17 and a MS in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from UNO ‘18.

I was on the fence between Civil and NAME but very happy I went NAME.
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reds on reds on reds
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
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a masters is more of a hinderance and can be a huge turn off in the hiring process


?? What


TimeOutdoors
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Get your CE then go back and get your masters in business/management.


jimbeam
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
I made, for a fact, quite a bit more out of school by having my masters.


reds on reds on reds
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Yep, same. I’ve also received 3 promotions that I would not have qualified for without my masters.


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EA6B
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
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f you are going into anything other than state work, a masters is more of a hinderance and can be a huge turn off in the hiring process.


Not true anywhere I ever worked.


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aileron
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
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MS in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering


Do you work in that field? I have an MS is Aerospace but have always been interested in that program at UNO.


tigerFlip
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
If you go civil, get your masters in geotechnical engineering. Very stable career. Structures, highways, etc. need geotechnical engineering.


lsutiger266
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
I’m a 2016 PETE grad and a 2017 civil grad. Realized my last year of petroleum that there were no jobs and started on the civil degree. I went with a bachelors because it gives you a full background on the degree. If you want to go the civil engineering route I would recommend a bachelors. Civil engineering is a much broader subject matter than petroleum. If I was going to do a masters it would be an MBA not a masters in civil.


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reds on reds on reds
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Sure do. Happy to answer any questions you might have.


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CE Tiger
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
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, a masters is more of a hinderance and can be a huge turn off in the hiring process.

I kind of agree. I’ll take a new hire with some Intern type experience over someone with a masters with the same experience


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LSUDbrous90
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
Got my masters in civil (structural). As many have said I don't know any civils that have lost their job during corona. Civil will typically pay less but you will generally have a more stable career. As far as masters v. bachelors I would go masters. You got most of the general engineering stuff when you got your PETE. You may have to take a few leveling classes but it makes no sense to do bachelors over masters in that situation


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LSUTOM07
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
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I am debating on getting a Masters in Civil or a Bachelors in Civil


What do you really want to do long term? These can bring you down two very different career paths. I personally did not care for the design side so I spent some time as a project manager and later moved into supply chain after pursuing an MBA. It's up to you to decide which path suits you best.


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Ruxins Rascals
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
M.S. in structural engineering here. There are certain things that are just not taught in undergrad. If you want to work in a highly technical specialty (offshore, highrise, etc.) a M.S. is the way to go.


eng08
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
BS in Civil here.

I knew I didn’t want to do structural design and still cannot figure out what a masters would do for / benefit me.

Unless you want to specialize in design - Structural, Geotech, airport/ interstate design, coastal I don’t think it’s worth it.

I’m in project management now and think an MBA or completing my PMP would be better.


AUCE05
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re: Masters in Civil Engineering
I have my undergrad in Civil and a MBA. A masters in Civil will give you a wealth of knowledge in a specific discipline. OP can take the PE with the masters. I would go that route. Auburn has a highly specialized masters program in Civil, and I would imagine TAMU and GT does as well.


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