Civil Engineering


The Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) offers concentration in three critical areas: (1) Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, (2) Transportation and Pavement Engineering, and (3) Environmental Engineering and Water Resources.

  • The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering concentration focuses on the analytical and experimental studies of the behavior of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and dams, subject to loads, and the subsurface investigation and the analysis of soil properties which provide the basis of the foundation design.
  • The Transportation and Pavement Engineering concentration focuses on safely and efficiency moving people and goods. This includes planning, design, operations, rehabilitation and maintenance of all types of transportation facilities, including highways and streets, mass transit systems, railroads, airfields, and ports and harbors.
  • The Environmental Engineering and Water Resources concentration covers the application of engineering principles to improve and maintain the environment for the protection of human health, for the protection of nature's beneficial ecosystems, and for the environment-related enhancement of the quality of human life. Areas include water treatment, wastewater treatment, air pollution, and hazardous waste management. 

The Civil Engineering program offers both thesis and non-thesis options for the Master of Science with a major in civil engineering. Either option must be approved by the student’s advisor:

Thesis Option 

In addition to a minimum of 24 credits of course work, this option requires a research thesis (6 credits) for a 30 credit minimum total. The research and thesis describe the results of an in-depth research investigation and is directed by a graduate advisor. This option allows for 3 core courses, a 4 course concentration, and 1 course in other concentration.

Non-Thesis Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits of course work. The Non-Thesis option allows for 3 core courses, a 4 course concentration, and 3 courses in other concentration. This option is well suited to persons with professional experience.


The program accepts applications for Fall, Spring and Summer; the deadline for Fall is July 1; for Spring November 1; for Summer April 1.

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline. 


  1. Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  2. Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  3. Official GRE scores OR alternative: You must submit an official copy of scores from the “General Test” of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if applicable,

    or have attained an aggregate undergraduate GPA of 3.5
    or have a minimum of 4 years’ relevant work experience
    or have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

  4. Statement of Purpose  (Can be uploaded into the online application) 
  5. Letters of Recommendation (3) - (Can be sent electronically through the online application)
  6. Successful applicants will have a Bachelors degree from an ABET accredited engineering program.