Villanova’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) program is modern, relevant and comprehensive.


Students can choose from these five concentration areas or may create an interdisciplinary program that combines two areas of interest:

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.

Our Community

Pursuing an engineering master's degree at Villanova is to become part of a close-knit scholarly community. Professors are highly available and engaged in their students' success.

Master's in Civil Engineering:

  • 36% female
  • 56% part-time
  • Average age: 26
  • Total enrollment: 59

Flexible Options

Most classes are conveniently held in the evenings to allow you to successfully balance work and family while earning your degree. You can participate in class on campus, in real-time (synchronously) via our E-Learning program, or on your own schedule through recorded materials and lectures. Our graduate programs are unique in that you can combine online and on campus options, attending class and participating remotely depending upon your availability and preference. You can also complete your civil engineering graduate degree entirely online. Learn more about the opportunities of E-Learning.

Successful Outcomes

Graduates of Villanova's Master's of Civil Engineering program go on to careers at companies such as:


Gannett Fleming

Jacobs Engineering

McMahon Associates


Remington & Vermick Engineers



The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has state-of-the-art laboratories supporting research and teaching, including the impressive Richard K. Faris ’69 CE, ’70 MSCE Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory for testing of full-scale and component size infrastructure elements. In addition, the new Transportation Simulation Laboratory is part of the Advanced Simulation complex that is shared with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Other laboratories include the Soils Testing and Geology Measurements labs, as well as several facilities in water resources and environmental engineering.

Ongoing research areas for faculty in Civil Engineering:

  • Development of an advanced wood frame panel system
  • Experimental and analytical investigation of open web steel joists
  • Resistance, reinforcement and monitoring of concrete structures
  • Response of geomaterials and soil liquefaction during natural disasters
  • Soil-bentonite backfill properties and implications for groundwater protection
  • Integrated flood prediction and response for roadways
  • Transportation system design and intelligent transportation systems


Joseph Yost
Director of Graduate Studies


Matt Bandelt, PhD

“I worked closely with Villanova's faculty on sponsored research projects addressing practical engineering challenges that have been adopted by industry practitioners. My professors cared deeply about my success, encouraged me to pursue my PhD, and were excellent mentors when I later applied for faculty positions in higher education.”

Matt Bandelt, PhD, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology



Teresa Lord

“I formed close relationships with my professors. The faculty genuinely want to see you succeed. If it were not for them, I would not have ended up in a job that I am excited to go to each and every day.”

Teresa Lord, Project Engineer, Pennoni



Chris Slick

“The classes I have taken at Villanova have been extremely beneficial in helping advance my career. The program has rounded out my education and provided better context for the work I do on a daily basis.”

Chris Slick, Structural Engineer, RS Mowery