The Kentucky Transportation Center has a long history of providing workshops and training courses for professionals in consulting firms and state transportation agencies. The Center supports the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet by teaching Project Management Boot Camp (PMBC), an 8-day course on how a project is managed from design and construction to delivery and completion. KTC developed a condensed version, Bootcamp XPress, for consultants that work with the Cabinet. Consultant project managers are now required to attend this training before their firms can bid on Cabinet projects. The Center also developed a nationally recognized two-day course on Context-Sensitive Design/Solutions, delivering it on-site to 15 state DOTs; over 175 professionals have participated in limited-size courses offered on UK’s campus.  In addition, KTC’s Technology Transfer program offers many short courses for highway personnel employed at local agencies as part of its workforce training program.

KTC supports Civil Engineering graduate and undergraduate students by providing numerous transportation research opportunities. Emphasizing multidisciplinary research, the Center helps students and young professionals develop a broad set of skills that will benefit them as they enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies. KTC shares office and laboratory space with the Department of Civil Engineering, and many professors collaborate with KTC on research projects that deliver transportation solutions. The Transportation Education Program Manager is Dr. Reginald Souleyrette. He can be contacted at

Transportation Undergraduate Education

The University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering offers a concentration in Transportation Engineering, Construction Engineering and Project Management, Environmental/Water Quality, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Surveying or Water Resources Engineering for all Bachelor of Science candidates. The elective courses in the undergraduate curriculum enable each student to gain increased depth in a specialty area of interest. Each student, working with their advisor, is urged to choose the electives that best satisfy his or her individual requirements. The curriculum for the concentrations are summarized here. For more information, visit the Department of Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program or visit The Department of Civil Engineering.


Transportation Graduate Education 

The Department of Civil Engineering offers programs of study leading to an M.S. degree or a Ph.D. degree. Graduate students often work with the Kentucky Transportation Center, enabling students to study alongside practicing engineers. They also work with faculty on research projects at the forefront of technology.

Graduate students choose to specialize in one of the seven technical areas:

  • Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Structure Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Two programs are available for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) degree:

MSCE Program, Plan A:

This MSCE plan requires the satisfactory completion of 24 semester hours of graduate course work plus a thesis. The thesis generally discusses an organized research topic and must be actively supervised by a member of the graduate faculty.

MSCE Program, Plan B:

This MSCE plan requires the satisfactory completion of 30 semester hours of graduate course work. The 30 hours include a three-semester hour independent study course. The independent study course must be taken under the supervision of a faculty member who will assign the work to be performed, monitor its progress and assign a grade at its completion. A written report will generally be required for all projects.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program
There are no credit hour requirements for the Ph.D. The type and number of courses required vary, depending on the background of the student. Normally, at least one year of full-time graduate course work beyond the master’s degree will be required before a student is ready to take the Qualifying Examination. At least one additional year will be required for the dissertation, which must significantly advance knowledge in the field.

Stream and Watershed Science Graduate Certificate

To learn more about Programs of study, visit the Graduate Program page.