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Engineering: Civil Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - October 13, 2017

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By 2025, the civil engineering market size is likely to reach $11.72 trillion. In 2015, global governmental spend alone was $4 trillion – that excludes private spending.

Growth is driven by various factors but follows regional trends. In Europe, for example, civil engineering revolves around a push towards green living and increased safety codes for all structures.

In China, and similarly developing Asian states, a push towards increased social infrastructure ensures continued developments. The same can be said for South American countries.

Infrastructure in the United States is one of the few areas which enjoys bipartisan support. This explains the forecasted eight percent job growth for civil engineers in the US between 2014 and 2024. Though this is roughly on par with average increases, the number of civil engineers currently in the field suggests that well over 23,000 jobs will be created over this period.

While it is possible to begin civil engineering work in the US with just a bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree is quickly becoming the base level for promotions to management positions and licensure which is required for many positions in all 50 states.

Across all positions and level of education, the 2016 median pay for civil engineers in the US was $83,540 annually, the highest average salary in the field sits around $130,000.

Considering a civil engineering master’s degree in the US? Take a look at some of the top programmes – and take a few moments to peruse some of the companies recruiting master’s students on campuses across the country. 

Quick view: Top US civil engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tempe, Arizona
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR civil department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,411
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Pasadena (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR civil department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $78,786
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering
Stanford (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR civil department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,726
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR civil department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,959
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Berkeley - School of Engineering
Berkeley (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR civil department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $61,102
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

University of California—​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR civil department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,005
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of California—​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 37
  • USNWR civil department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,837
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Los Angeles, California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $59,302
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering
San Diego, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,934
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Colorado—​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Boulder, Colorado
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,932
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR civil department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,387
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Texas—​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering
Austin, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR civil department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $37,274
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Washington - College of Engineering
Seattle, Washington
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR civil department rank: 16
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,321
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast


Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR civil department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR civil department rank: 30
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,890
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Ithaca, New York

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR civil department rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,280
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR civil department rank: 30
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering
Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR civil department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $82,750
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR civil department rank: 103
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,491
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Northeastern University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR civil department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $42,666
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

University Park, Pennsylvania

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,000
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton, New Jersey
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,190
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering
Troy, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR civil department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Delaware - College of Engineering
Newark, Delaware
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR civil department rank: 60
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,713
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Maryland—​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering
College Park (Washington DC), Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR civil department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,054
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR civil department rank: 60
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US South


Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR civil department rank: 33
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,382
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR civil department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering
Houston, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR civil department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,763
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Gainesville, Florida

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR civil department rank: 25
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR civil department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,901
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering
Nashville, Tennessee
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR civil department rank: 50
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $66,732
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR civil department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,220
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

 Universities: US Midwest

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering
Cleveland, Ohio
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 50
  • USNWR civil department rank: 60
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $62,704
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
Iowa State University - College of Engineering
Ames, Iowa
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR civil department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,658
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

Columbus, Ohio

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR civil department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $52,196
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR civil department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,118
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR civil department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,984
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR civil department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,006
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering
Notre Dame, Indiana
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR civil department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $71,856
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Wisconsin—​Madison - College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 18
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,369
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top civil engineering masters recruiters


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