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Engineering: Civil Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 11, 2019

Civil engineering MS degrees

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 6% job growth for civil engineers in the US between 2018 and 2028. Though this is roughly on par with average increases, the number of civil engineers currently in the field suggests that well over 20,500 jobs will be created over this period.

How much do civil engineers earn in the US?

Across all positions and level of education, the 2018 median pay for civil engineers in the US was $86,640 annually, the highest average salary in the field sits around $130,000.

Take a look at the annual mean wage for top paying industries for civil engineering: 

  • Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations: $124,430
  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $121,830
  • Oil and Gas Extraction: $120,330
  • Waste Treatment and Disposal: $117,340
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing: $116,890

Where do civil engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME civil engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of civil engineers are:

  • California
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Florida
  • Pennsylvania

That might help you determine the best programme for your studies as you consider some of the top schools below.

Top civil engineering masters programmes in the US

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng civil engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR civil department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MEngCEE)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR civil department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $101,108
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics

    • Master of Science in Sustainable Design & Construction

    • Master of Engineering 

  • Take a look at companies recruiting Stanford graduates.


University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR civil department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering 
    • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Engineering with Concentration in Railway Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR civil department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering 

    • Master of Science in Engineering Science & Mechanics 

    • Master of Science in Bioengineering

    • Master of Science in Computational Science & Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Georgia Tech graduates.

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR civil department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Civil Engineering (MSCE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR civil department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,580
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MEngCEE)

    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (SMCEE)

  • Take a look at companies recruiting MIT engineering graduates.

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR civil department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • MSE in Civil Engineering

    • MSE in Construction Engineering and Management

    • MEng in Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M)

    • MEng in Smart Infrastructure Finance (InfraTech)

    • MEng in Structural Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR civil department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR civil department rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • M.Eng in Engineering Management
    • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR civil department rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCEE)

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR civil department rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pasadena (Los Angeles), California | West

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR civil department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering

    • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton, New Jersey| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR civil department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,120
  • Degrees available
    • M.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering 
  • Take a look at UCLA Career Center partners.

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Madison, Wisconsin| Midwest

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR civil department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Minnesota graduates.

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Seattle, Washington | West

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

San Diego, California | West

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
    • Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCVE).
  • Offers spring admissions.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR civil department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR civil department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Civil Engineering (MCE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR civil department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,307
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

    • Master of Construction Management (MCM)

    • Master of Science in Transportation Systems Management

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Viterbi graduates.

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR civil department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Masters of Science and Engineering (M.S.E.) in Civil and Systems Engineering

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR civil department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering 

    • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering 

    • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing 

    • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering 

    • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Risk Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Duke graduates.

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR civil department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (MCEE) in Civil Engineering 

    • Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR civil department rank: 26
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR civil department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,784
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering

    • Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Northeastern graduates.

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR civil department rank: 34
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting ASU graduates.

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR civil department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering

Nashville, Tennessee | South

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR civil department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR civil department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering (ME) in Civil Engineering
    • Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Notre Dame, Indiana | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR civil department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 11, 2019. Originally published on October 13, 2017.


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