Masters Standard for US Civil Engineers

I saw this one coming… The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has just published a report on the future of Civil Engineering

U.S. moving to require master’s degree for engineers – Canadian Consulting Engineer – 2/25/2008

it recommends that the engineering undergraduate degree be restructured, and that the prospective licensee should take the equivalent of 30 additional credits or a master’s degree and practice experience in order to qualify for licensure.
In announcing the publication, ASCE noted that many other professions today, everyone from accountants to teachers to occupational therapists, have increased their requirements, with “the master’s degree now replacing the bachelor’s as the required degree for professional practice.” In contrast, the engineering degree has remained an undergraduate degree. At the same time the projects that engineers tackle are much greater and more complex now.


Considering that what seems like three quarters of what you learn in university as an engineering student fails to prepare you for the real world of engineering; who really thinks that a further 30 credits of study will produce better engineers? As a student, I had no idea what area of Civil Engineering I wanted to specialize in, I never considered subdivision of land as a career until I met my wife who was working as a consultant, and I didn’t work in that capacity until four years later.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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