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Civil Engineering

MSCE Program

Our practice-oriented Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) program build upon an undergraduate education and facilitates more advanced study in one of the branches of civil engineering. The program consists of 30 semester units of coursework (equivalent to 45 quarter units), and all graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Mission Statement

The MSCE program is intended to serve both full-time and part-time graduate students who have a BSCE or closely related undergraduate degree that currently are, or intend to become, practicing civil engineers. Therefore, our program aims to strengthen knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices and to apply the knowledge and skills to real-world problems encountered by professional civil engineers.

Another purpose of the program is to facilitate applied research on relevant civil engineering topics. Such research should 1) serve societal needs by addressing contemporary issues, 2) contribute to the professional development of both students and faculty and 3) provide preparation for further academic study and research for those students who wish to pursue a Ph.D.


We excel at delivering an inclusive, practice-oriented, world-class Civil Engineering education that changes people’s lives.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Civil Engineering Department adopted and adapted from ABET the following student learning outcomes. Upon completing their degree graduates of any of the MSCE program options should be able to develop:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying advanced principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze, and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  3. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  4. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  5. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  6. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

All the courses offered in the MSCE program options are divided into two groups. Group A includes a list of courses from all options mapped to learning outcomes 1 through 3 that are related to theory analysis. Group B consists of a list of courses from all five options mapped to learning outcomes 4 through 6 related to design and engineering applications.

The MSCE program complies with the CSU Executive order 1071 by requiring all graduate students to enroll in courses mapped to learning outcomes 1 through 3, which constitutes more than 50 percent of the program credit hours (16 credit hours out of the thirty credit hours) required to complete a degree in MSCE. Students select the remaining units to satisfy the degree requirement from the list of approved elective courses.

MSCE Options 

Detailed curriculum requirements for each of the MSCE program options may be seen by clicking on these links below:

Program Admission Requirement

The MSCE program is intended for students who already have a BS degree in civil engineering. Successful applicants will be admitted to the programs either unconditionally or with conditions imposed on them. To receive unconditional admission, an applicant must satisfy all three of the below criteria:

  • The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from a civil engineering program accredited by ABET.
  • The applicant must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.00 (out of 4.00) in all undergraduate upper division coursework in mathematics, science and engineering and, additionally, in all coursework attempted with graduate standing.
  • Additional requirements may be imposed by individual options of the MSCE program.
  • INTERNATIONAL students are encouraged to apply; their application will be reviewed in its entirety and evaluated for its overall merit. 

Conditional admission may be granted in cases in which the applicant’s academic preparation for graduate study is such that criteria 1) and/or 2) above are not satisfied. In such cases, the applicant is required to submit recent letters of recommendation, and other documents attesting to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate studies. When an applicant is admitted conditionally, the conditions to be met and the time allowed for meeting them are stated in the letter of admission. If these conditions are not satisfied, the student may be disenrolled.

All applicants with a bachelor’s degree from outside of the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) must also provide proof of English language proficiency:

TOEFL: a minimum of 80 (Internet-based exam)

IELTS: a minimum of 6.5

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online at the CSU Apply web site. Use major code 09081 and be sure to indicate the desired degree option in the application. New students are accepted every semester.

The application deadline for Fall semesters admission is April 1st.

Forms and Policies 

Related Links

Contact us:

For questions regarding each of the MSCE options you can contact the below faculty members: