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Masters Degree in Civil Engineering with Course Information

Learn about what a master's degree in civil engineering entails, including courses. Also, learn about the employment outlook and salary information for graduates working as civil engineers. View article »

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Essential Information

Program Levels Master's degree
Field(s) of Study Civil engineering
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree (typically in engineering)
Licensure/Certification State licensure required for services offered to the public
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 8% growth
Median Annual Salary (2015) $82,220

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Civil engineers design and oversee the production of buildings, roads, dams, bridges and water supply systems. These professionals also supervise the production of airports, tunnels, and sewage systems. Civil engineering requires knowledge of several other engineering disciplines, such as structural engineering, water resources, transportation, geotechnical engineering, and construction. Everywhere in the United States, civil engineers who offer their services publicly must hold a license, which generally requires a bachelor's degree, passing several exams and gaining experience. Civil engineers with master's degrees often act as team leaders, administrators or supervisors.

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  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technologies, General
  • General Construction Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering

A master's degree in civil engineering is often interdisciplinary in nature, and many require extensive practical training, which often takes the form of an internship. To be considered for admission into these programs, applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree, and many programs require a bachelor's degree specifically in engineering. Applicants may also be required to submit college transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Coursework in these programs usually places a heavy emphasis in both learning theory and practical application. Many also focus on collaborative work because it is an essential skill in this field. Here are a few courses that might appear in the curriculum:

  • Physical hydrology
  • Statistics of environmental monitoring
  • Pipe system engineering
  • Linear programming
  • Engineering decision and support systems

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment rate for engineers will grow 8% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than the national average for all occupations. Civil engineers earned a median annual salary of $82,220 as of May 2015. The lowest-paid civil engineers earned around $52,900 while the highest-paid made about $129,850.

A master's degree in civil engineering is often required for supervisor positions and requires a student to have a bachelor's degree.

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