Dual MS Degree Program

The Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAE) at the University of Miami (UM) recognizes the importance of expanding the horizons of the next generation of engineers by including international experiences in their formal education. Experience on the international level is, like continued education in the engineering field, becoming increasingly important to conduct business in the global economy. In order to provide a global education that reaches beyond the traditionally territorial focused undergraduate, CAE has developed a dual MS degree to expand the existing 5-year Bachelor’s + Master’s Degree Program (BS+MS) beyond national borders.

The purpose of this program is to provide UM CAE students with the opportunity to earn two graduate degrees at the MS level in the area of Civil Engineering with an emphasis in either structural or environmental engineering. To earn the dual degree, student will study MS level courses for a period of two semesters at both UM and the partnering university, the University of Bologna (UNIBO). By virtue of this arrangement, UM students will be eligible for a professional engineering license to practice in the European Union.


The credentials of UNIBO as an institution are outstanding. At the national level, UNIBO, the oldest university in Europe, is consistently ranked among the top four Italian Universities (including Institutes of Technology). In the discipline of Civil Engineering, UNIBO is the only Italian institution to offer an international degree program entirely taught in English that counts about 50% of the students enrolled in this program as internationals. From a research perspective, the Civil Engineering Department is a member of national and international consortia and its R&D budget has recently exceeded $3M/year. At the international level, UNIBO is the highest-ranking Italian institution, and in Europe, it ranks with University of Barcelona and Polytechnic of Valencia as the top three institutions for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS).

The University of Miami (UM) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award BS, MS and PhD degrees. The University of Bologna (UNIBO) is not accredited by SACS and the accreditation of UM does not extend to or include the UNIBO or its students. Furthermore, although UM agrees to accept certain course work from UNIBO to be applied toward an award from UM, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from UM. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work.

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