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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering program produces the next generation of civil engineers that make important discoveries, develop new technologies and apply cutting-edge approaches to ensure the safety, resilience and sustainability of our infrastructure systems.

Graduate Program Research Areas

  • Environmental engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Construction engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering

Our faculty members are actively involved in state-of-the-art sponsored research programs and work collaboratively with graduate students on projects that are fundamental and applied in nature.

You'll join a group of students and faculty who engage in sponsored research projects funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the U.S. Air Force, as well as water and wastewater companies and agencies.

We offer technical electives in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resource engineering, — helping you customize your degree.

Enjoy real-world design projects that link leadership and service to learning and scholarship in our Catholic, Marianist tradition. Our program focuses on advancing design and building safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure.

Plan of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view a sample plan of study, please reference our Academic Catalog.

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours as outlined below is required:

  • Minimum twenty-one (21) semester credit hours of civil engineering and engineering mechanics from concentration areas of engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, or water resources engineering.
  • Maximum nine (9) semester credit hours from other engineering disciplines or basic science course offerings.

Areas of Research

  • #1

    Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D

  • #1

    university in Ohio for sponsored engineering R&D

  • #8

    nationally for federally sponsored engineering R&D

Successful Outcomes

Graduates of University of Dayton’s Master of Civil Engineering program go on to pursue Ph.D. degrees or professional careers and below are just representative examples:

  • Representative employers: HDR Inc., Woolpert, Jacobs Engineering Group, WSP, AECOM, Kimley-Horn, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ferguson Construction, Bracket Builders, Danis Construction, etc.
  • Representative Ph. D. universities: University of Central Florida, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kansas State University, University of West Virginia, Iowa State University, Case Western University, University of Akron, University of Connecticut, Michigan Western University, etc.

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. Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement.
  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. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students  (English Proficiency Options )

Domestic Students

A bachelor’s in civil engineering and a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Students in other engineering or related programs may be admitted with preparatory courses at the undergraduate level.)

International Students

You are required to submit proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following if English is not your native language:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based (IB) test, 80 or better; paper-based test, 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 minimum band score
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 60 or better

Application Deadlines

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

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

Please contact the CEE graduate program director, Dr. Deogratias Eustace ( ) to follow up on exact deadlines.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Deogratias Eustace, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243