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Civil Engineering (M.S.)

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

To ensure your success, we offer impressive laboratories, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to meet practicing engineers, and free advising and tutoring programs. You'll join a group of students and faculty who engage in sponsored research projects with area agencies, such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, the U.S. Air Force, as well as water and wastewater groups.

Career Outlook and Highlights

  • Ranked by CNN as one of the top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.
  • Expected to grow by 20 percent in the ten-year period ending in 2022.
  • University of Dayton civil engineering graduates enjoy a nearly 100 percent placement rate.
  • Numerous firms fully fund or heavily sponsor our highly regarded design studio.
  • We offer real-life surveying experiences that prepare you to become the complete professional.

Plan of Study

University Catalog for Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.)

A minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • 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. 

Areas of Research

  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Mechanics
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation and traffic safety engineering
  • Water resources
  • Composites

Program Details

An accredited, comprehensive program that delivers the principles and hands-on methods that are fundamental to the civil engineering profession. Our broad spectrum of courses maximizes your career options and provides flexibility to concentrate in your area of interest. 

Technical electives in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation and water resource engineering make your customized program possible. Enjoy real-world design projects that link leadership and service to learning and scholarship in our Catholic, Marianist tradition. Our scholarship focuses on advancing design and building safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  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.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

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 requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Assistantship Opportunities for You
Annual, renewable assistantships with tuition and a monthly stipend are available in all engineering departments. Master’s and doctoral students may apply, but current University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible.
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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243