Master of Science in Civil Engineering

100% Online Degree

Master of Science in Civil Engineering online degree at the University of Louisville Online

Advance your career and increase your earning potential with a 100% online Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Louisville. Acquire the knowledge and training you need to move forward in your career as an engineer.

The M.S. in Civil Engineering online is intended exclusively for professionals with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. As a graduate student in the program, you will learn about industry trends and gain the technical knowledge for advancement in an aggressive employment marketplace. Our innovative curriculum and award-winning faculty provide an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

UofL’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program is taught by full-time faculty from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.


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Degree Benefits

  • 100% online
  • 30 credit hour curriculum
  • Students may transfer in 6 credit hours of graduate courses from another regionally accredited institution
  • Degree may be completed in three intensive enrollment semesters
  • A dedicated advisor assists students throughout the program
  • Great job outlook and career opportunities


  • Click to Show/HideA Degree in Demand

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The growing population, increasing urbanization, and aging infrastructure have greatly increased the demand for civil engineers who are prepared to address these global issues.

    The ways in which civil engineers contribute to improving lives around the globe are endless. Civil engineers are continuously working on solutions to infrastructure challenges, from providing clean water and sanitation to remote and underserved communities, to improving public transportation networks.

    “Mobilizing the engineering community to become more effective in delivering real products and services of benefit to society, especially in the developing world, is a vitally important international responsibility.” UNESCO Report, Engineering, 2010

    Careers include: Structural Engineer, Surveyor, Water Resource Professional, Transportation Analyst, Project Engineer, Land Development Engineer, and more.

  • Click to Show/HideCompetitive and Flexible Learning

    The University of Louisville offers competitive tuition rates for its graduate programs. Many individuals seeking to earn their Master of Science in Civil Engineering online are working full-time or are in the armed forces. Our affordable rates and various payment options, have allowed those receiving tuition remission from employers or Tuition Assistance from the Military to gain their degree without a financial burden to their families. To view our current tuition rates and payment plans visit our tuition and financial aid page.

    The Master of Science in Civil Engineering is designed so students have the necessary flexibility to tailor their educational experience to their personal and professional life schedule and goals. The program requires 30 credit hours to complete, and gives students 12 elective hours to pursue their interests through other graduate-level courses. For example, some of our students are interested in management, so they choose to take elective courses (all online) in the field of engineering management. Other popular electives include communications and geography.

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    "I graduated early-May 2011 and immediately put my degree to use when I was promoted in mid-May to Environmental and Scoping Manager. The Transportation Planning and Urban Development coursework definitely was current and real world applicable."

    —Ms. Jewell Stone

    P.E., Online MSCE Graduate Environmental and Scoping Manager, Greenfield District Indiana Department of Transportation

    Students in the program learn from faculty who are professional engineers and who specialize in various areas of engineering. They learn to use software and tools that are necessary in real job situations. Many have been able to step into key roles within their organization or put their knowledge to work almost immediately after completing the program.

    The option to complete an independent study and research a topic that interests you is an additional invaluable opportunity. When you choose to select the thesis-option, you have the opportunity to work on a research project under the guidance of a faculty member who is an expert in a specific area of civil engineering. Your research project may coincide with a project in your workplace, providing added insight and real-world application for your current job. Also, if your interest goes beyond the master’s degree and you intend to pursue a Ph.D. track, this option allows you to learn the necessary skills and properly prepare for earning your doctoral degree.

  • Click to Show/HideRecognized and Relevant

    The J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the Best Engineering Schools, and the program is a name that employers know and trust. Additionally, our engineering programs are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

    We are continuously monitoring the marketplace so we can properly prepare you for the jobs of the future and create courses that reflect changes and advancements in the industry. The department strives to develop and offer new courses to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the ever-changing engineering economy.

    Students in the civil engineering online program have the support of an academic advisor to guide them at every step of the way and lifelong access to a career service center to assist them with any job-related needs.


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