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Civil Engineering BS/MBA

(HEGIS: 09.08 CIVIL-CONSTR-TRANSP-ENG, CIP: 14.0801 Civil Engineering, General)

Why study Civil Engineering BS/MBA at UB?

Engineers have strong analytical and strategic skills. They are able to examine complex issues from all angles. Engineers posses both quantitative and qualitative skill sets that give them a good start when they enter the workforce. Graduates of MBA programs are typically known for their effective communication skills, networking know-how, their strategic research and analysis abilities, and best practice knowledge in leadership roles. Combining these two skill sets will most certainly make the graduates of this program stand out in the workforce. Your engineering background provides the technical knowledge that will allow you to work on product engineering and research development. Combined with your MBA, you can act as a bridge between technical experts and senior management. In a way, it is a training that allows you to speak two languages (technical and business) thus adding value to your team and to you as an individual employee.

The Civil Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These program education objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates within a few years after graduation. Specific PEOs are that graduates will:

  • Serve ethically with recognition of the diverse needs of society and the profession,
  • Become leaders in their profession,
  • Understand and advance the mission of their employer, and
  • Continue their professional development, including professional licensure, continuing education and/or graduate study.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The MBA component of the curriculum is designed so that students will:

  • Develop knowledge and skills essential for effective management.
  • Be able to analyze complex information in order to make informed, ethical decisions with the consideration of various stakeholders.
  • Be effective team members, will develop essential communication skills, and will develop cultural competence for a global environment.

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers ten engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, material science, and mechanical engineering.

Seven combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. BS/MS degrees are offered through the Departments of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics. A BS degree in bioinformatics and computational biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly with the College of Arts and Sciences. Minors are offered in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing, Robotics, Human Factors and Ergonomics Engineering, Operations Research, and Quality Engineering. Additionally, a certificate is offered in Data Intensive Computing.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research, and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis, and Ketter Hall.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering houses state-of-the-art undergraduate laboratories in the areas of materials, fluid mechanics and hydraulics and soil mechanics. The department also has undergraduate computing labs equipped with all the discipline-specific software students will use in the civil engineering program. In addition, the department is home to a world-class structural engineering and earthquake simulation laboratory. A description of the undergraduate laboratory facilities is available on the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering website.

About Our Faculty

We have 35 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and 2 Professors of Practice. Our faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, research and service, and have received national and international recognition from some of the most influential civil and environmental engineering organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Science Foundation, among others. They have also been recognized for their teaching, research and creativity at both the SUNY and SEAS levels, including three SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and three SUNY Distinguished Professorships, the highest rank in the SUNY system.

Our faculty's dedication to teaching and research have had an impact on our national and international ranking as well. According to U.S. News and World Report, we are the 36th (2020) ranked graduate program in civil engineering in the United States, and according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai), we are ranked 11th globally and 4th in the U.S.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Civil Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Please visit the School of Management website for additional information about their faculty.

Career Outlook

Once you complete both degrees and start your job in industry, you will possess a toolkit that will allow you to take leadership positions where marketing, strategy, accounting, or finance is combined with technical job requirements. You will be able to work in data analytics, operation, process optimization, or commercialization. Your people skills will be well-developed, allowing you to compete for more senior positions in leadership roles. With this combined training, your career outlook will include macro-level team management and entrepreneurial ventures.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor to register for some required courses in the fall and spring semesters of the junior and senior year. The principal role of the faculty advisor is to assist students in choosing courses to complete their degree requirements in a timely fashion with a manageable workload. Faculty advisors also provide general advice concerning career specialization, employment opportunities, graduate school, and other academic and professional issues.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education

410 Bonner Hall

North Campus

Buffalo, NY 14260-1900

Phone: 716-645-2774

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website

Information specific to the civil engineering program can also be obtained by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Christine Human, or the Undergraduate Coordinator, Ms. McGovern.

For program specific information about the MBA portion of this combined program please contact Mr. Aaron Shaw.

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships. All scholarships are currently offered through UB's scholarship portal.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

Scholarships specifically for civil engineering students are:

  • The Richard E. Garman Endowment Fund intended for undergraduate majors in civil, structural or environmental engineering who have financial need.
  • The Lawrence M. and Caroline Ursitti Gentile Family Fund presented to students interested in concrete research or concrete structures and with financial need.
  • The Joseph M. Bracci and Kathleen A. Bracci Scholarship intended to provide financial support to undergraduate students to conduct research with preference to students majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis on structural engineering.
  • The Colonel Loren W. Olmstead Scholarship Fund for undergraduate civil engineering majors
  • Paul Koessler Memorial Scholarship intended for students in the junior or senior year of the undergraduate Civil Engineering program, or in a graduate program focusing on Transportation or Structural Engineering (external application required)
  • ASCE Julian Snyder Endowment Fund Scholarship awarded for academic achievement and active participation in student activities.

Associated Programs

Published: Oct 13, 2020 13:05:35