Scope and Objectives

Graduate study in Civil Engineering Geomatics at Oregon State University integrates fundamental spatial data and boundary law theoretical knowledge with practical applications. Students gain exposure to the latest in geomatics technologies and boundary theory. The M.S. and M.Eng. Programs prepare students for careers in civil engineering geomatics design, consulting, development, regulation, or construction. Additionally, the M.S. program provides the background for students more interested in teaching, research, or specialization to pursue the Ph.D. degree.

General information about CCE’s graduate program can be found at our future graduate students page. 

The practice of land surveying requires registration as a professional land surveyor. Such registration is obtained by completing eight years of acceptable land surveying experience and passing two sets of 8-hour exams. With selection of the appropriate surveying courses, the ABET -accredited B.S. degree in civil engineering provides four years of professional land surveying experience. OSU's undergraduate program allows students to be eligible to become both professional engineers and professional land surveyors. 

Students pursuing graduate school who have a BS degree in Civil Engineering (ABET\EAC) or Construction Engineering Management (ACCE) who take 16 credit hours of approved civil engineering geomatics courses are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Surveying Examination in addition to the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in the State of Oregon. 

Program of Study

The program of study for the M.S. and M.Eng. degrees consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours, of which two-thirds of the work must be in the major area and one-third in the minor area. For the M.S. degree, a student with major professor approval may elect a thesis or non-thesis (technical report) option; a maximum of 9 credit hours is allowed for the thesis and 6 for a non-thesis option. Students who are supported with a Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship (GTA or GRA) position must produce a research thesis. 

Alternatively, the M.Eng. degree requires coursework only; students pursuing the M.Eng. degree are generally not supported with GTA or GRA positions.

For the PhD degree, students are required to take 108 credit hours. Up to 45 credit hours from a previous M.S. degree may be counted. A maximum of 36 credit hours are allowed for thesis research. 

Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged for geomatics students. Up to 15 hours can be spent to focus in a minor area (Within CCE (e.g. geotechnical, transportation, ocean, etc.) and outside (e.g. geosciences, computer science, etc.) or other, if desired, and related to research.  

The courses offered in the geomatics engineering graduate curriculum are listed below. These courses assume that the student has a relevant undergraduate degree, particularly with courses equivalent to CE 361 – Surveying Theory and CE 202 Geographic Information Sciences.  Should the student not have these basic courses, they would be expected to complete them as they begin their graduate studies. 

Core curriculum. These courses are required to graduate from the graduate program for all PhD, MS or MENG students (number of credit hours are shown in parentheses):

CE 5XX- 3D laser scanning and imaging (3)
CE 561 - Photogrammetry (3)
CE 563 - Control Surveying (4)
CE 5XX - Least Squares Adjustments (3)
Additional Required for PhD\Electives for MS or MENG
GPH 640 - Geodesy (4)
Geomatics Electives.These courses are offered yearly:
CE 562 - Digital Terrain Modeling (4)
CE 565 Oregon Land Survey Law (3)
CE 569 - Property Surveys (3)


Recommended electives and minor concentrations. Geomatics engineers work in multi-disciplinary settings, spending significant time in collaboration with civil engineers, computer scientists, planners, geoscientists, etc.  The following courses are highly recommended:

CE 551 - Computer aided site and road design (4)
CS 553 - Scientific Visualization
CS 554 – Geometric Modeling in Computer Graphics
FOR 5XX – Forestry Geomatics
GPH 665 - Geophysical Field Techniques
GEO 544 - Remote Sensing of the Environment (4)

A graduate mathematics course of student’s choice relating to their research, subject to advisor approval (e.g. Least squares, statistics, topology, etc.)

A graduate computer programming course of student’s choice relating to their research, subject to advisor approval

Additional courses may be selected at the discretion of the major professor.

Research Areas

See our civil engineering geomatics research at

Graduate Admissions

Visit the departmental graduate admissions page for more information.