Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)

Legacy Department

Civil Engineering


Bell, Lansford C

Committee Member

Brandenburg , Stefanie G

Committee Member

Klotz , Leidy


Current research on the importance and relevance of the relationship between emotional intelligence and work outcomes has continuously gained momentum since the publication of Daniel Goleman's best seller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ (Goleman, 1995). Professional expertise is no longer the only standard by which to evaluate graduates. 'Soft skills', like emotional intelligence are viewed as effective ways, to distinguish potential high-performance workers and those who will be 'no more than' a worker. This paper made an attempt to correlate emotional intelligence with academic performance of civil engineering students. The emotional capability of the students was firstly evaluated with 'Emotional Intelligence Appraisal', a skill-based self-report measurement. By analyzing the results of the test, a positive relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Grade Point Ratio was established. It is suggested that students with high GPR scored better than others. In addition, female students generally outperformed male students and students who are familiar with EI obtained higher scores than those who are not acquainted with EI. A positive connection between work experience and emotional intelligence was also identified. Based on the results of the analysis, the paper goes further to call for attention to involve emotional intelligence training in college education for engineering students.