Master of Science Degree

Rutgers School of Engineering’s Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering program provides outstanding graduate training in key areas of civil and environmental engineering: construction engineering and management; geotechnical engineering; structural engineering; transportation and infrastructure engineering; and water resources and environmental engineering. Ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, our graduate program’s thesis and non-thesis options combine a robust curriculum with ample opportunities for research. This degree can be a pathway to our doctoral degree program.

Applied Learning

With guidance from a world-class faculty and access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, full- and part-time students master essential aspects of civil and environmental engineering. By providing students with a solid foundation in specialized fields of civil and environmental engineering, as well as opportunities to engage in and conduct original research, we prepare students for professional achievement in a dynamic and growing field.

Curriculum Highlights

Departmental courses and electives – for both thesis and non-thesis degree options – are supported with close advising and mentoring by expert faculty. We offer:

  • A supportive and stimulating environment that promotes students’ individual and professional growth
  • Specialized study in:
    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Engineering
    • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Geophysics Certificate and Transportation Studies Certificate Programs
    • Available to matriculated MS candidates
  • Conveniently scheduled evening courses that provide maximum flexibility to part-time students who are working professionals

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Students – except for graduate assistants who are required to choose the thesis option – may select either a thesis or non-thesis option

  • Non-thesis option: 30 credits, including 27 credits of coursework, a three-credit special project and a final oral examination
  • Thesis option: 30 credits of course work, including 24 credits of coursework, a six-credit thesis and a public oral thesis defense

Learning Goals

Course Offerings

CEE Graduate Handbook

Academics and Research

  • Students enjoy many opportunities for research under the guidance of faculty members who are leaders in the fields of structural, construction, transportation, environmental, and geotechnical engineering
  • State-of-the-art labs provide opportunities for cutting-edge research in promoting sustainability and resilience in civil and environmental system
  • Students and faculty work directly with Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), the center affiliated with CEE Department that has a long history of being one of the USDOT University Transportation Centers
  • CEE offers exceptional research opportunities in: infrastructure evaluation and monitoring; intelligent transportation systems; geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; construction materials; pavement engineering; rail engineering; bridge engineering; construction management; water resources management; air pollution monitoring and control; sensing and data engineering; and environmental engineering.

Why Rutgers CEE?

  • Our innovative courses and programs are designed to train academic and industry leaders.
  • Our collaborative, interdisciplinary academic community is committed to transformative education and research that is ethically responsible and sustainable.
  • Our active student community is engaged in cutting-edge research.
  • Students benefit from the close research ties and connections with industry and government leaders as a result of our proximity to the ports, transportation authorities, and infrastructure operations of New Jersey, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
  • Many of our accomplished faculty members are recognized experts in their fields, who hold leadership positions in national and international engineering organizations and local, state, and federal advisory councils and commissions

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