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Pavement Materials Graduate Certificate

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Credit Hours


$949 Per Credit Hour

10 to 15

Week Terms


Mid August
Early January
Late May


  • The program requires students to take two required and two elective graduate courses (12 credit hours) from the following:
    • CIVL 6820 Design and Production of Asphalt Paving Mixtures (3) (Required)

    • CIVL 7870 Advanced Characterization of Pavement Materials (3) (Required - prerequisite CIVL 6820)

    • CIVL 6810 Pavement Design (3)

    • CIVL 6830 Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (3)

    • CIVL 7820 Advanced Pavement Design and Rehabilitation (3) (prerequisite CIVL 6810/6816)

    • CIVL 7840 Pavement Management and Rehabilitation (3)

    • CIVL 7860 Pavement Construction (3)

    • CIVL 6630 Advanced Concrete Materials (3)

    • CIVL 6970 Pavement Materials Special Topics (3, e.g, Asphalt Binders)

    • CIVL 7970 Special Topics in Pavement Materials (3)

  • Some graduate courses are possibly offered for distance or outreach students, and those courses will have the same course number (e.g., CIVL 6820) as the on-campus option but have a unique section number "D01" ("D" stands for "distance." Some special topic courses (e.g., CVIL 6970 or 7970) may have several corresponding distance sections, D01, D02, D03, … D09). Therefore, distance certificate students should take the above courses with the section number starting “D.”
  • CIVL 6970 and CIVL 7970 will be replaced by a specific title when they are offered. Only special topic courses in pavement materials can be counted toward this certificate program.
  • Some of the elective courses are available for more than one certificate program, but the same course cannot be counted for more than one civil engineering graduate certificate.

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Why this certificate?

The Pavement Analysis and Design graduate certificate, offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is available to both degree and non-degree-seeking students who are interested in continuing their education but may not be ready to commit to a master's degree program. The program is structured to advance the working engineer’s knowledge and skills in the rapidly changing field of pavement materials. Engineers in the pavement materials area are responsible for roadway design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of pavements. Pavements – a primary component of transportation infrastructure – are engineered with a strong understanding of materials behavior, mechanistic principles and construction details.

Who is eligible?

  • Those who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent on or related to civil engineering from an institution of recognized standing (exceptions may be approved if the student has the background needed to succeed in the graduate engineering courses) are eligible.
  • There is no GRE requirement.
  • GPA of 2.75/4.0 or higher for a bachelor's degree program on or related to civil engineering. Students who do not meet the 2.75/4.0 GPA criterion may still be eligible to enroll if they have significant engineering experience outside of the classroom.

What can you expect?

  • After completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:
    • Apply advanced concepts and principles related to pavement materials.
    • Analyze information presented in the scientific literature related to pavement materials.
    • Formulate effective and persuasive communication to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • If a student chooses to pursue a master's degree, all academic credits earned from the certificate may be applied toward the graduate degree.
  • Most students take 1-2 courses per semester and complete their certificate in 3–4 semesters. Graduate level courses are not typically offered in the summer.

How do I apply?

  • You can apply for it by filling out the online graduate application at (you will be required to create an account) and selecting “Certificate/Graduate- Pavement Materials.”
  • Information on tuition and fees can be found at
  • For additional questions, contact Adriana Vargas Nordcbeck, pavement certificate coordinator, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the National Center for Asphalt Pavement.