University of Dayton School of Engineering

Participate in Sponsored Research.

Be on a path to a successful and rewarding career. You'll find hands-on experiences working with international faculty with expertise in areas such as composites, structural engineering, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation and water resources.

You can choose thesis option or non-thesis option and — earn your master's degree!

Civil Engineering (M.S.)

Develop your program of study with a civil engineering adviser and take a minimum of 30 semester hours to complete your degree:

  • 15-18 semester hours — civil engineering, engineering mechanics, and/or thesis-related courses selected from an area of concentration: engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, or water resources engineering.
  • 6-9 semester hours — engineering or basic science electives from current course offerings. For concentration in engineering mechanics — select 6 semester hours of mathematics (MTH 535 and 551) and 6 semester hours of research on a civil engineering thesis (CEE 599). With student request and adviser or department chair approval — 6 thesis hours can replace 6 hours of coursework plus 3 hours of project (CEE 598). Student takes a required oral exam upon completion of thesis or project. More.
Areas of Emphasis
  • Composites
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Transportation
  • Water resources


Students and faculty engage in research projects with sponsors such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, the U.S. Air Force and numerous water and wastewater agencies. In and out of the classroom, we provide you with the necessary tools to become a successful, professional civil engineering graduate student. Work with faculty and other practicing engineers in our impressive laboratories and receive appropriate advising and tutoring to ensure your success.

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. Our program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers real-life surveying experience — a program dedicated to preparing you as the complete, professional engineer.

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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

Kettering Laboratories 422 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243