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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering program offers the advanced degree you need to take your career to the next level. Whether you are interested in full-time study or you are a working professional pursuing your studies part-time, our graduate term structure will allow you to accelerate your studies. The program can be finished in as little as one year studying full-time and as few as 21 months studying part-time. Classes will typically be offered once a week during the evening.

Why Choose the MS in Civil Engineering?

Whether planning for the future, rebuilding after natural or man-made destruction of infrastructure, or modernization of antiquated systems, civil engineering projects worldwide are fueling an enormous demand for engineers who possess advanced degrees. With the MS in Civil Engineering degree from Western New England University, you will be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities. View our current tuition rates

What Will You Study?

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You will take core courses in such topics as Construction Management, Design Experiments, and Finite Element and Numerical Analysis. Depending on your professional goals and research interests, you can choose from an All-course Option, a Project Option, or a Thesis Option.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the MS in Civil Engineering

  1. An Advanced Degree to Take Your Career to New Heights–From innovative applications of materials and technologies to reimagining and rebuilding aging infrastructure, exciting opportunities in civil engineering are emerging every day. Western New England’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering program offers the degree you need for advanced practice in this growing field.

  2. A Challenging and Unique Approach to Earning your Master’s–You will gain a better understanding of advanced civil engineering topics through our flexible curriculum that includes core courses in Construction Management, Solid Mechanics, Finite Element and Numerical Analysis, and Advanced Green and Sustainable Civil Engineering. Our unique multidisciplinary approach incorporates elective courses from other engineering subjects that will help you develop essential skills to advance your career.

  3. Choose Your Path: All-course, Project, or Thesis Options–You can choose from three options to complete your MS in Civil Engineering degree. With the All-course option, you will complete 10 graduate courses that include open electives in which you will choose from courses in civil, electrical, mechanical, and engineering management. Through the Project or Thesis options you will work with a faculty advisor to take a deeper dive in a topic of interest, culminating in your final report and presentation.

  4. Accelerated Study at Your Own Pace–Whether you are interested in full-time study or you are a working professional pursuing your studies part-time, our year-round, four-term structure will allow you to accelerate your studies. Finish in as little as one year studying full-time and as few as 21 months studying part-time. Classes are held on campus in the day and evening with some online course offerings.

  5. Individualized Attention Through Small Classes–Our graduate classes, averaging 20 students, maximize your ability to interact with your professors, collaborate with classmates, and really absorb the advanced course materials.

How are courses offered?

Course Delivery: In-class, some online
Total Credits: 30

Classes are held primarily on campus in the day and evening with some online course offerings.

Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.
  • Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the civil engineering profession.
  • Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage civil and environmental engineering projects.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a major sub-discipline of civil engineering: structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental, or water resources engineering.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  3. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Admissions Requirements

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in civil or environmental engineering. Other engineering science disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission. Candidates with an undergraduate GPA between 2.7 and 2.99 will be considered for conditional admittance.
  • Programming competence
  • Candidates with an undergraduate degree not accredited by ABET are encouraged to submit a GRE score from the past five years.
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Our full-time faculty hold PhD degrees from top engineering schools such as Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California at Irvine. Our dedicated faculty will become more than just your professors. They will become your mentors, co-learners, career advisors, and project managers. Not only will they facilitate your learning in and out of the classroom, but they will also collaborate on research projects with you.


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