Master of Science in Civil Engineering

U.S. News & World Report ranks “Civil Engineer” among the top 10 technology jobs in 2014, and it appears 18th on the list of top jobs overall. With a variety of career paths available and projected employment growth of 19.7% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012-2022), it’s an excellent time to advance your career with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE).

The MSCE program can be completed by full-time students, as well as working professionals who will attend courses on a part-time schedule. Most courses are available through our E-Learning program, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility, and allows students to earn their MSCE entirely online.



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.


Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCE) program requires:

  • 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.