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Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Build Advanced Engineering Skills with an Online Degree

Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering

5
Semesters
32
Credit Hours
4
Concentrations
$852
Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit

Discover New Ways to Take Your Existing Civil Engineering Skill Set to New Heights

Now is your time to earn an online MS in Civil Engineering and advance as an expert leader in your field. This flexible, 32-credit program is designed for professionals who want to evolve their understanding of how to address globalization, sustainability and emerging engineering technologies. Throughout your studies, expert faculty will guide you through advanced techniques and principles of both mathematics and physical science. You will also hone your management, communication and problem-solving skills, helping you graduate ready to step into the next phase of your professional journey and lead your teams to success.

Program Benefits

  • No GRE/GMAT required*
  • Three start dates per year
  • Four concentration to pursue
  • Scholarships available

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Advance an Engineering Career That Builds Communities

When you graduate with your MS in Civil Engineering, you will have the skills and confidence to meet a growing demand. The field of civil engineering has more than 318,000 available positions and steady, continued growth rates projected through 20311; with recent major legislation investing billions in construction, the demand for civil engineers is accelerating. Your master's degree can help you succeed as a leading civil engineer, structural engineer, environmental engineer, transportation engineer, construction manager and more.

Career Outlook

Top Civil Engineering Careers

  • Civil Engineer

    $88,050

    per year1

  • Construction Manager

    $98,890

    per year2

  • Environmental Engineer

    $96,820

    per year3

  • Engineering Manager

    $152,350

    per year4

Concentrations

Transportation Engineering

8 Courses | 24 Total Credits

Learn the fundamentals of traffic flow and transportation design, plus environmental assessment and highway safety.

  • CE 5170 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
  • CE 5630 Introduction to Highway Safety (3 credits)
  • CE 5640 Transportation Planning Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • CE 5830 Principles of Pavement Design (3 credits)
  • CE 6000 Applied Civil Engineering Statistics (3 credits)
  • CE 6610 Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems (3 credits)
  • CE 6620 Transportation Design (3 credits)
  • CE 6670 Traffic Parameters (3 credits)

Structural Engineering 

8 Courses | 24 Total Credits

Investigate the practical and technical aspects of designing and maintaining safe, reliable structures with a variety of materials.

  • CE 5350 Advanced Steel Design (3 credits)
  • CE 5380 Prestressed Concrete Design (3 credits)
  • CE 5370 Timber Design (3 credits)
  • CE 6340 Bridge Engineering (3 credits)
  • CE 6310 Structural Reliability (3 credits)
  • CE 5390 Computer Aided Structural Design (3 credits)
  • CE 5360 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design (3 credits)
  • CE 6320 Structural Dynamics (3 credits)
  • CE 5372 Masonry Design (3 credits)

Construction Engineering Management

8 Courses | 24 Total Credits

Examine essential topics related to lawful, safe, efficient, and cost-effective construction methods.

  • CE 5160 Construction Estimating and Equipment (3 credits)
  • CE 5170 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
  • CE 5190 Project Development, Contracts, and Law (3 credits)
  • CE 5830 Principles of Pavement Design (3 credits)
  • ADD CE 6000 Applied Civil Engineering Statistics (3 credits)
  • CE 6150 Heavy Construction Management (3 credits)
  • CE 6610 Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems (3 credits)
  • CE 6620 Transportation Design (3 credits)
  • CE 6900 Special Topics in Civil Engineering Forensics Analysis of Construction Failures (3 credits)

Environmental Engineering

8 Courses | 24 Total Credits

Learn water and wastewater treatment plant design, water remediation technologies, the flow of floodwaters, and related physical processes.

CE 5170 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
CE 5430 Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credits)
CE 5510 In Situ Remediation (3 credits)
CE 5570 Water Resources Engineering (3 credits)
CE 6000 Applied Civil Engineering Statistics (3 credits)
CE 6500 Chemical Fate and Transport (3 credits)
CE 6550 Advanced Water Treatment (3 credits)
CE 6560 Advanced Wastewater Treatment (3 credits)
CE 6610 Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems (3 credits)

A Curriculum Engineered to Help You Succeed

11 Total Courses | 32 Total Credits

As you earn the online MS in Civil Engineering, you will join expert faculty in exploring topics and techniques that will help you understand the engineering industry's current landscape and how it is continuing to evolve. With four concentrations to choose from, you will also be able to tailor your education to your specific interests and aspirations. Upon graduation, you will have the expertise to advance and lead in structural engineering, construction management, city engineering, environmental engineering and more.

Course Highlights:

  • CE 6610: Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems (3 credits)
  • CE 6620: Transportation Design (3 credits)
  • CE 5390: Computer-Aided Structural Design (3 credits)
  • CE 5190: Project Development, Contracts, and Law (3 credits)

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Online MS in Civil Engineering Admission Details

Six Transfer Credits Accepted | No GRE/GMAT Required*

Now is your time to begin advancing and transforming your career by applying to the online MS in Civil Engineering program at Ohio University. When you join this flexible, 32-credit program, you will gain comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in an experience designed to equip you with the master's-level expertise to tackle complex infrastructure challenges. With the added support of expert faculty and a collaborative environment, you will graduate ready for a rewarding career in a wide range of engineering fields.


Summer 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 04/15
  • Classes Begin: 05/13

Admission requirements include:

  • Online Application Form: Apply Now
  • Prior Education:
    • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited institution
    • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Documentation:
    • Official transcripts
    • Resume
    • Letter of purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test Scores: No GRE/GMAT required for qualified applicants. Applicants deemed not qualified need GRE scores in the upper 25 percentile on the quantitative portion

Qualifying for the Online MS in Civil Engineering

There are three ways to qualify for the online MSCE program. You only need to have one of the three options below:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited university and a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited university, with a 2.5 GPA or higher, GRE scoring in the upper 25th percentile on the quantitative portion, or 5 years of experience in the civil engineering profession, or passage of FE in CE, or other graduate degrees, or a 3.0 GPA in 12 hours of other graduate coursework, excellent statement of purpose, resume, and recommendation letters that identify the applicant’s specific role in civil engineering projects
  • A 3.0 GPA in terminal degree from non-civil engineering major, minimum coursework completed, with 10 years of experience in CE profession, excellent statement of purpose, resume, and recommendation letters that identify applicant’s specific role in civil engineering projects

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Tuition and Aid Details

$27,264 Total Tuition (Resident)** | $852 Per Credit (Resident)

Investing in Ohio University's online MS in Civil Engineering is a decision that can provide you with long-term rewards and opportunities. With steady growth and hundreds of thousands of current opportunities across the civil engineering disciplines, you can play a pivotal role in shaping the skyline, transportation and future of your community.

Cost per credit hour

$852 (Ohio resident)

$871 (non-resident)

Total credit hours 32
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$27,264 (Ohio resident)

$27,872 (non-resident)

Additional fees
  • Program Fee: $332
  • Specialized Services & Materials Fee: $8
  • Comprehensive Fee: $33
  • General Fee: $3
  • Non-Resident Fee: $19
  • Student Info Sys & Network Fee: $4
Other costs to budget for The estimated tuition cost does not include factors like textbooks or other expenses.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

Tuition Details

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (two courses per fifteen weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

As a student in the online MS in Civil Engineering program, you will delve into advanced topics and acquire specialized knowledge in areas including GIS applications, environmental analysis of transportation systems, structural reliability, forensic analysis of construction failures and more. You will hone skills in cutting-edge engineering principles, advanced computational tools, and analytical techniques to solve complex engineering problems. When you complete your degree, you will be prepared to advance into a range of leadership roles within civil engineering.

Program Outcomes

  • Advance your knowledge base beyond the undergraduate level, particularly in your chosen specialty
  • Design systems under various constraints for one or more areas of technical specialization
  • Develop leadership skills necessary to assume progressively more responsible roles in their profession
  • Exhibit effective communication skills necessary to interact in a diverse professional environment
  • Employ modern engineering and computational tools

Learn From Leading Experts

Ohio University's online MS in Civil Engineering program boasts a low student-to-teacher ratio that provides a direct and individualized connection to experienced engineering faculty who are versed in a wide range of specialties. With a collaborative spirit and a keen understanding of the most pressing issues in the field, they will guide you through coursework that will help you excel in your career.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Guidance by faculty who are active in civil engineering
  • Faculty members' real-world knowledge brought into your coursework
  • Personalized attention and advice
  • A low student-to-teacher ratio

Faculty Spotlight

Ken Walsh,

Program Director


Ken Walsh joined Ohio University in 2009. He has taught introductory courses in mechanics, structural analysis, and steel design as well as advanced courses in structural analysis and structural dynamics. Walsh, who has published several refereed journal articles and conference papers, began his career with visiting faculty positions in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University (2005-2006) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (2006-2008). He then spent one year as research faculty in the Laboratory for Modern Fluid Physics at Florida A&M University.


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Ken Walsh

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Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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How fast can I complete the online MS in Civil Engineering program?

You can complete the program in just five semesters. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the online MS in Civil Engineering program have a full-time option?

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is only offered part-time with two classes every 15 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework.

To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the online MS in Civil Engineering program have a part-time option?

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with two classes every 15 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the online MS in Civil Engineering program require work experience?

No. Prior work experience is not required, but may be considered for applicants with a low GPA as additional evidence of achievement. You can learn more about our admissions requirements.

Does the online MS in Civil Engineering program accept transfer credits?

Yes, the online MS in Civil Engineering program accepts up to six transfer credits, if they satisfy Graduate College and Engineering College requirements and are approved by the online Program Director. You can learn more about our admissions requirements.

What are the start dates for the online MS in Civil Engineering program throughout the year?

The online MS in Civil Engineering program has three start dates per year in the Fall, Spring and Summer.

Does the online MS in Civil Engineering program offer specializations or areas of focus?

The online MS in Civil Engineering program has four concentrations:

  • Transportation Engineering: Learn the microscopic and macroscopic fundamentals of traffic flow and transportation design. Examine environmental assessment in transportation planning and highway safety improvement measures.
  • Structural Engineering: Investigate the practical and technical aspects of designing and maintaining safe, reliable structures with a variety of materials — and discover how to best use these materials in bridge engineering and transportation design.
  • Construction Engineering Management: Examine the intricacies of heavy construction and transportation systems from an economic and scientific perspective. Explore the essential topics related to lawful, safe, efficient, and cost-effective construction methods.
  • Environmental Engineering: Learn advanced theories related to water and wastewater treatment plant design. Study water remediation technologies, the flow of floodwaters, and the physical processes controlling the transport of pollutants in surface water and soils.

You can learn more about coursework for OHIO's online MS in Civil Engineering degree at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Civil Engineers. BLS.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/civil-engineers.htm.
  2. Construction Managers. BLS.gov. Retrieved May 25, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/construction-managers.htm.
  3. Environmental Engineers. BLS.gov. Retrieved May 25, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm.
  4. Architectural and Engineering Managers. BLS.gov. Retrieved May 25, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/architectural-and-engineering-managers.htm.

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**The listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

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