Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

U.S. News & World Report ranks “Civil Engineer” among the top 10 technology jobs in 2013, and it appears 26th on the list of top jobs overall.  With a variety of career paths available and projected employment growth of 19.4% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2020), it’s an excellent time to advance your career with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) from Villanova University.

Graduate programs in Villanova’s College of Engineering offer a balance between theory and application, stress modern engineering methods for the solution of detailed and complex problems, and emphasize analysis and design coupled with engineering judgment.

The MSCE program is for full-time students as well as working professionals who need a part-time schedule. Most courses are available through our E-Learning program, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree is offered with these possible concentrations:

Fields of Concentration

The combination of Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Engineering is formalized in the MS in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering degree; however, students who qualify for the MSCE degree may elect the MSCE degree.

Admission criteria specifically for the MSCE can be found here. Criteria, forms and deadlines for all College of Engineering graduate programs are outlined on this page.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 earned semester credits of graduate work is required, and a minimum of 21 graduate credits must be in Civil and Environmental Engineering courses.
  • A Plan of Study must be approved by the advisor and chairperson prior to the completion of the student's first semester of graduate study. For approval, the plan must indicate a topical focus and direction commensurate with a master's degree program. Guided by his/her advisor, a student may select a Plan of Study consisting of:
    • 30 earned graduate course credits
    • A thesis track consisting of 21 earned graduate course credits, a three-credit research/investigation course and a six-credit thesis
    • 27 earned of graduate course credits and a three credit research/ investigation course

Students are encouraged, but not required, to write a Master's thesis.

Admission Criteria

Candidates for the MSCE program typically will hold a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree from an ABET accredited program or its equivalent. See the Department Admission Requirements page for more details.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering
Tolentine Hall, Room 139
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Phone: 610-519-4960

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