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Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering

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Why choose the Ohio University online MSCE?

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Named a "2017 Best College" by The Princeton Review

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Ranked among the nation’s "Best Online Programs" for "Grad Engineering" in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report

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Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

At the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, graduates are equipped with the skills to research, design, develop, and test new technologies and industry applications - and to position themselves as leaders.

For more than a century, we’ve been teaching engineers how to create for good - how to engineer a better future with responsible and sustainable design. It’s impossible to ignore the impact our graduates have on the world around us.

Choose Ohio University because you want to earn your degree from a nationally ranked leader in education and research, because you want a degree you can be proud of, and because you want an education that can prepare you for the future.

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Civil engineers undertake some of the most critical tasks in building civilization’s infrastructures. In the 21st century, civil engineering remains a vital component of raising our global society’s quality of life and maintaining our planet’s environment for the benefit of humanity. Ohio University’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering is an advanced program that meets the growing demand for leaders in civil engineering. Delivered through a completely online learning environment, our curriculum focuses on advanced techniques and principles of mathematics and physical sciences that can be used to address globalization, sustainability, and emerging technology. Courses are designed to expand your knowledge and management skills.
Core Courses +
Construction Planning and Scheduling — 3 credits

Applied CE Statistics — 3 credits

Engineering Writing — 3 credits

Project Management — 4 credits

Seminar — 1 credit

Construction Engineering and Management Concentration Courses +
Pavement Design - 3 credits

Transportation Design - 3 credits

Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems - 3 credits

Construction Estimating and Equipment - 3 credits

Project Development, Contracts, and Law - 3 credits

Heavy Construction Management - 3 credits

Environmental Concentration Courses +
Open Channel Hydraulics - 3 credits

Chemical Fate and Transport - 3 credits

In Situ Remediation - 3 credits

Advanced Water Treatment - 3 credits

Advanced Wastewater Treatment - 3 credits

Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems - 3 credits

Structural Concentration Courses +
Advanced Steel Design - 3 credits

Prestressed Concrete Design - 3 credits

Structural Reliability - 3 credits

Timber Design - 3 credits

Bridge Engineering - 3 credits

Computer Aided Structural Design - 3 credits

Transportation Concentration Courses +
Pavement Design - 3 credits

Traffic Impact Studies - 3 credits

Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems - 3 credits

Transportation Design - 3 credits

Highway Safety and Risk Assessment - 3 credits

Traffic Parameters - 3 credits


  • Tiao Chang, Ph.D.
  • Deb McAvoy, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Bhaven Naik, Ph.D.
  • Munir Nazzal, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Guy Riefler, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Ben Sperry, Ph.D.
  • Eric Steinberg, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Ken Walsh, Ph.D.

Tiao Chang, Ph.D.

Dr. Tiao Chang joined the Ohio University faculty in 1982. He has written more than 100 technical articles and papers for professional publications. His principal research interests are water resources and environmental engineering, drought management, reservoir operation, open channel flow computation, application of GIS/GPS, zebra mussel problem prevention in water intakes, flood control, watershed erosion, and sediment deposits.

Deb McAvoy, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Deb McAvoy is the Associate Dean for Academics and an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, joining in fall 2007. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University after working as a civil engineering consultant for 11 years. Dr. McAvoy worked as the lead research engineer for the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group for three years while working toward her doctorate. She completed her master’s in transportation engineering from Wayne State University and her bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Detroit. Dr. McAvoy is a registered professional engineer in Michigan and Ohio. She’s also certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer through the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Bhaven Naik, Ph.D.

Bhaven Naik joined Ohio University in August of 2014. Prior to this, he worked with the Mid-America Transportation Center based at the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln as a lecturer and as a post-doctoral research associate. He has also been involved in projects that rely heavily on applying various statistical methods to solve transportation problems, including applied multivariate statistics, regression modeling, and safety analysis.

Munir Nazzal, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Munir Nazzal is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to joining Ohio University, he was working as a senior research scientist at Louisiana Transportation Research Center. Dr. Nazzal has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the pavement and geotechnical engineering areas. He also has more than 45 publications in various areas of civil engineering, one of which was nominated for the 2007 TRB K. B. Wood Award for best paper in design and construction. Dr. Nazzal is a registered professional engineer.

Guy Riefler, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Guy Riefler joined the Department of Civil Engineering in September 2000 after completing his advanced degrees at the University of Connecticut. He gained three years of environmental consulting experience at ENVIRON Corp. in Arlington, Virginia, after earning his bachelor’s from Cornell University. Dr. Riefler has served as the faculty advisor for the OHIO Engineers Without Borders group in Ghana and has also worked with students in the WERC environmental design competition. He was awarded the ODNR Mining Awareness Educator Award in 2009 and the OHIO Transformative Teaching Award in 2011. Dr. Riefler is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and the Department Chair in the Civil Engineering department.

Ben Sperry, Ph.D.

Ben Sperry is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Sperry’s research focuses on using innovative analysis techniques to examine traveler behavior and measure traveler responses to different policy initiatives, with a goal of informing decision-making on transportation improvements across all modes of travel. Specific research interests include multimodal passenger and freight transportation planning and policy, site planning, and traffic impact analysis, travel survey methods for transportation planning, and environmental analysis. His research portfolio includes a variety of projects for sponsors including several cooperative research programs of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) as well as state Departments of Transportation in Michigan, Ohio, and Texas. His publication record includes more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and technical research reports. Dr. Sperry is a member of the TRB Intercity Passenger Rail Systems committee (AR010) and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Eric Steinberg, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Eric Steinberg is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He served as assistant chair from 1997 to 2005 and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. Steinberg is a member of the American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He is co-chair of the North American Ultra High Performance Concrete Working Group and has served as an expert witness in the field of structural engineering. Dr. Steinberg is an active member of PCI’s Student Education and Bridge Committees. He has served as the faculty advisor for the student organizations of ASCE and SEAO and has been the chief proctor for the fundamentals of engineering exam.

Ken Walsh, Ph.D.

Dr. 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 from 2005-2006 and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering from 2006-2008. He then spent one year as research faculty in the Laboratory for Modern Fluid Physics at Florida A&M University.

Industry outlook and career opportunities

As infrastructure continues to age and new regulations are enforced, civil engineers are needed to manage projects rebuilding bridges, repairing roads, and upgrading levees and dams. Advances in technology and research enable civil engineers today to create longer-lasting solutions, and Russ College graduates are leading the country’s next generation of sustainable infrastructure.

Civil engineers are needed for the increasing number of renewable energy projects as well. Structural analysis of large-scale photovoltaic projects and evaluation of the ability of solar array support structures and buildings to tolerate stresses from wind, seismic activity, and other sources are essential to a project’s success and safety. For large-scale wind projects, civil engineers prepare road beds to handle large trucks that haul in turbines and prepare onshore and offshore sites to ensure that the turbines’ foundations will safely support them in expected environmental conditions.

Employment of civil engineers is projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Average annual wage for civil engineers $79,340
Average annual wage for environmental engineers: $80,890According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2012
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