Civil Engineering Careers

Make a Real-World Impact with an Online Civil Engineering Degree

Experienced Faculty | Career-Focused Coursework

When you graduate from Ohio University's online MS in Civil Engineering program, you will be well-prepared to meet a fast-growing need. The urgency and complexity of repairing U.S. infrastructure continue to grow, and construction projects are bolstered by hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds from major legislation like the Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act. The result: companies are struggling to find enough qualified civil engineers to keep up. "Nearly all of our MSCE graduates are getting multiple job offers," says Dr. Guy Riefler, Program Director, "and every CEE employer I talk to says they expect the market to continue to tighten over the next few years."

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Master how to effectively supervise, plan, design, construct, and operate the infrastructures essential to connect the modern world
  • Learn from a faculty of experienced engineers in a diverse range of civil engineering specialties
  • Choose a focus in Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering
  • Complete the MSCE program through 100% online coursework in as few as six semesters

Expand Your Engineering Career and Design Strong Communities

Mastering advanced technical and leadership skills in the online MSCE program can help you achieve senior and leadership roles in civil engineering and substantially increase your earnings. The listed examples represent annual average salaries for each.

  • Civil Engineer


    per year1

  • Construction Manager


    per year2

  • Environmental Engineer


    per year3

  • Engineering Manager


    per year4

Become a Leader with Your Civil Engineering Degree

Strengthen your skillset, confidence and resume with the online MS in Civil Engineering degree. Upon completing the program, you'll be prepared to step into roles such as Construction Manager, Engineering Manager and more. You'll meet growing needs in fields projected to continue growing by almost 10% each year through 20312 — and thanks to recent infrastructure investments, those figures are likely underestimating the pace of growth. As the needs of the civil engineering field become more complex, master's-level engineers with leadership and problem-solving skills will play a vital role.

  • About 24,200 openings for civil engineers are projected each year, on average, from 2021 to 20311
  • About 41,500 openings for construction managers are projected each year, on average, from 2021 to 20312
  • About 14,000 openings for architectural and engineering managers are projected each year, on average, from 2021 to 20314

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You'll Learn

  • Acquire specialized knowledge in areas including computer-aided structural design, environmental analysis of transportation systems, structural reliability, forensic analysis of construction failures and more 
  • Hone skills in cutting-edge engineering principles, advanced computational tools, and analytical techniques to solve complex engineering problems

Skills You'll Gain

  • 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

Career Services

Ohio University's Career & Student Success Center offers a variety of expert, personalized career services specifically for business students and alumni. With OHIO's Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT), you will also have access to four months of support from a dedicated team that includes a personal career coach, a branding expert and a career concierge. Our alumni benefit from a proprietary technology platform and one free coaching session each year – for life.

Personalized Career Coaching

We offer convenient, live coaching via video conference or by phone to help you prepare for career success and maximize your professional potential. We help you determine your career goals, then ensure you have the resources you need to achieve them.

Job Search Resources

Put your best foot forward and stand out to employers with helpful templates, detailed best-practice guidelines and more. We also offer job search tools like personal assessments, professional development webinars and online resources that can be accessed anywhere, anytime through our industry-leading technology platform.

Professional Development Sessions

OHIO students can also participate in free professional development sessions led by industry experts. These live, virtual sessions cover topics like career self-concept, basic job search skills, and how to qualify for promotions and prepare for leadership opportunities.


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