Civil Engineering (MS)

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering allows students to specialize in one of the following six areas of concentration:

  • Construction Management and Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Urban Systems Engineering and Management
  • Highway and Traffic Engineering

Students also may elect to follow a general program by taking two courses across several areas of concentration. The Department of Civil and Urban Engineering also offers graduate programs in transportation planning and engineering and transportation management (see the Transportation section in this catalog), environmental science and engineering (see Environmental Engineering and Science section in this catalog), construction management and engineering (see the Construction Management section of this catalog), and urban systems engineering and management (see Urban Infrastructure Systems section in this catalog).


Students seeking admission to the MS program should hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and have a 3.0 GPA or better. Applicants lacking a BS from an ABET-accredited program in civil engineering (including those possessing undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines, engineering science, engineering technology and architecture, or from a foreign university) have their qualifications reviewed by a graduate adviser. Admission may be granted and may include the requirement for additional undergraduate courses to correct deficiencies. These additional courses are not counted toward the MS degree, nor are undergraduate courses included in computing graduate grade-point averages.

Applicants to the MS program should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE Advanced Tests) and achieve a minimum grade of 155 (700 on the previous scale) on the quantitative section. Applicants from universities outside the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum grade of 80.

International candidates who meet all other admission requirements but who fail to satisfy the TOEFL requirement may be required to take remedial courses in English before admission.