What is the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering?

In the 21st century, civil engineering remains a vital component of raising our global society’s quality of life and maintaining our planet’s ecological balance. That’s why Ohio University offers an online Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) designed to meet the growing needs of civil engineering professionals who are actively defining our world.


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Master how to effectively supervise, plan, design, construct, and operate the infrastructures essential to connect the modern world.

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Learn from a faculty of experienced engineers in a diverse range of civil engineering specialties.

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Choose a focus in Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Transportation Engineering.

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Complete the MSCE program through 100% online coursework in as few as five semesters.

Why choose the Ohio University online MSCE?

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No GRE or GMAT for qualified applicants

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Named a “2017 Best College” by The Princeton Review

Ranked among the nation’s “Best Online Programs” for “Grad Engineering” in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report

Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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

Watch this video to learn about how you can create for good

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.


Creating for good means making the world a better place.

Creating an environment in which people can succeed in what they were meant to do.

Designing technology to enhance the human condition.

That could mean, improving a neo-natal unit in a hospital. It could mean improving an assembly line at a car manufacturer, and so making that company more efficient.

It enables people to be safer and healthier and more productive in their personal lives and in their careers.

The things that we design and the things that we fix and we work on are really what give us our standard of living, right? Make our lives better.

We’re talking about improving the human condition and that’s one part of the good. And then the other part is that it really has to have had wide-spread impact.

We begin to understand how many of the things we do are outside of Ohio University.

When you think about engineering as creating for good, it really just highlights not just what we’re doing, but the impact it has on society.


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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

CE 5170 Construction Planning and Scheduling Credits
CE 6000Applied Civil Engineering Statistics Credits
EMGT 6010Engineering Writing3 Credits

Construction Engineering and Management Concentration Courses

CE 5830Principles of Pavement Design3 Credits
CE 6620 Transportation Design I3 Credits
CE 5160Construction Estimating and Equipment3 Credits
CE 5190Project Development, Contracts, and Law3 Credits
CE 6150Heavy Construction Management3 Credits

Environmental Concentration Courses

CE 5430Open Channel Hydraulics3 Credits
CE 6500Chemical Fate and Transport in the Environment3 Credits
CE 5510In Situ Remediation3 Credits
CE 6550Advanced Water Treatment3 Credits
CE 6560Advanced Wastewater Treatment3 Credits
CE 6610Environmental Analysis Transportation Systems3 Credits

Structural Concentration Courses

CE 5350Advanced Steel Design3 Credits
CE 5380Prestressed Concrete Design3 Credits
CE 5370Timber Design3 Credits
CE 6340 Bridge Engineering3 Credits

Transportation Concentration Courses

CE 5830Principles of Pavement Design3 Credits
CE 6610Environmental Analysis Transportation Systems3 Credits
CE 6620 Transportation Design I3 Credits
CE 6670 Traffic Parameters3 Credits

Industry outlook and career opportunities

Average Annual Wage for Civil Engineers: $79,340
Average Annual Wage for Environmental Engineers: $80,890
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from May 2012

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.