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Civil Engineering (M.S.)

We believe you can only pursue excellence through  practice. 

Join a group of students and faculty engaged in research projects with sponsors such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, the U.S. Air Force and numerous water and wastewater agencies.

We offer impressive laboratories, close interaction with faculty in and out of the classroom, opportunities to meet on a regular basis with practicing engineers, and free advising and tutoring programs to ensure the success of every student.

You will conduct real-world civil infrastructure design in our capstone class by collaborating with practitioners, industry and government agencies, and interdepartmental majors.

Our design studio is highly regarded by civil engineering programs across the country. Its hardware and software are fully funded or heavily sponsored by numerous firms. In addition, our program is one of only a handful in the nation to offer real-life surveying experience — which shows you that you are choosing a program dedicated to preparing you as a complete professional.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the civil engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé indicating your preferred area of concentration.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application. 
Additional requirements apply for international students.


Academic Requirements: 
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis. 

Additional Information:
Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details. 

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of financial aid are available through the department?
The department of civil and environmental engineering and engineering mechanics offers teaching assistantships as well as research assistantships to qualified full-time students. Students may also work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week in various positions. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships which pay their tuition. Please contact the department for more information.

What graduate specialty areas are offered in the civil engineering department?
The department has graduate programs in composites, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. 

How many credit hours are required to obtain a master’s degree in civil engineering?
The civil and environmental engineering and engineering mechanics department offers two options for obtaining a master's degree in civil engineering: a thesis option and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with six of those hours being research-oriented activities. The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 33 credit hours with a minimum of three hours being a special project.

What graduate course offerings are available through the civil engineering department?
Every semester the department offers at least one graduate course in the following areas: engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structures, transportation and water resources. Typically these courses are scheduled during the evening hours to accommodate part-time graduate students.