On-campus and Online Master’s in Civil Engineering & Civil Engineering Certificates in Structural Analysis, Design & Forensics

Broaden and deepen your knowledge of structural engineering with a Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.) or a civil engineering certificate from KU. You can complete courses 100% online or on our Kansas City metro campus. Courses are structured for working professionals with classes during the day or evening, a two-way, remote attendance option and recordings for online delivery. Small class sizes allow for individual instruction and productive collaboration.

  • Prepare for the Professional Engineering Exam and the Structural Engineering Exam
  • Learn materials and analysis methods not covered in your bachelor’s program
  • Obtain the master’s degree most employers look for
  • Earn a higher salary

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector.

Is civil engineering graduate education from KU right for you?

Civil engineers are in high demand nationwide, and Kansas City is rich with engineering and architecture firms with strong national and international reputations. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with a master’s degree. The American Society of Civil Engineers states that the required knowledge to practice structural engineering "...exceeds today's typical civil engineering baccalaureate degree, even when coupled with the practical experience gained prior to licensure."

The Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.) program prepares you for roles requiring technical expertise, project management and leadership skills. Included on Forbes.com’s list of top master’s degrees for job placement, a master’s in civil engineering often results in advancing your career.

Prepare for developing technologies such as the following:

  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Resiliant structures
  • Seismic and wind-resisting systems
  • Dynamic structural monitoring systems
  • Artificial intelligence in engineering design
  • Probabilistic design and reliability
  • Green infrastructure
  • Sustainable design
  • Advanced building materials

What jobs can I get with a master’s in civil engineering?

Typical titles include design engineer, structural engineer, project manager and project leader. While labels may fluctuate, the real differentiator between roles is the kind of capabilities in which you can specialize. Pursuing your master’s degree in civil engineering allows you to gain experience in materials and analysis methods that your bachelor’s degree couldn’t cover and/or you may not have had much on-the-job exposure.

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What KU civil engineering degree and civil engineering certificate options are available online and in Kansas City?

You have multiple options when pursuing civil engineering graduate education with KU. The master’s in civil engineering (M.C.E.) degree offers a comprehensive curriculum leading to broad-based expertise in structural engineering. Practicing structural engineers gain advanced technical expertise necessary for career advancement and preparation for professional exams, including the structural engineering exam.

Three certificate options – in structural analysis, structural design and structural forensics – cover high-demand, specialized skill sets. You can complete the certificates independent from the M.C.E. or as a concentration option for your M.C.E., allowing you to earn your master’s and certificates simultaneously. No essays or GRE is not required for Part-Time program enrollment by graduates of U.S. Colleges. Names and email addresses of two references are required.

Review your choices below, and download the program guides for more information. Each guide reveals the program’s curriculum, career paths, admissions information, tuition and more.