Five-Year BS/MS Program in Civil Engineering


Full-time undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.00 have the option of applying for admission into the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. A student in the MSCE program can focus on environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation or water resources engineering. The student can also combine areas of interest into an interdisciplinary MSCE program.

Students will earn a BS degree after four years of study and complete the 30-credit requirement for the MS degree with one additional year of work.

Typical Five-Year Plan 

  • Complete two graduate courses during senior year.
  • Complete the remaining courses over the 12-month period following senior year.
  • A student may opt for either a thesis track program or a non-thesis track program; the former may require additional time.
  • All graduate courses in this program must be taken at Villanova University.

Application Timeline

Students interested in the BS/MS program should contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program Advisor (currently Dr. Bridget Wadzuk) as early as possible during their undergraduate studies. A letter of intent should be submitted to the CEE chair during the spring semester of their junior year. Students should apply to the BS/MS program during the fall semester of their senior year.

Tuition Scholarship

The CEE Department offers one scholarship each year to a student in the BS/MS program. The grant covers tuition during the fifth year in return for 10 hours of work per week devoted to department activities. To be considered for the tuition scholarship, submit your graduate application by April 1st of the spring semester of your junior year. Awardees will be notified in early June of that year.

Five-Year program leading to a Master of Sustainable Engineering

A Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) is a five-year option with a bachelor’s degree in any of the College’s major disciplines. Students interested in the BS/MSSE combined degree program should contact Director of Sustainable Engineering, William Lorenz.