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M.S. in Civil Engineering Overview

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering is an intensive program of instruction at an advanced technical level. The program permits students to design, in consultation with their advisor, a plan of study that meets individual goals and career objectives. 

Program Features

  • Experiential Learning: Gain practical work experience while pursuing your degree through the Graduate Master’s Co-Op Option in Engineering.
  • Research: Access state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for research and education.
  • Flexibility: Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to provide study opportunities for students with full-time employment. 
  • Reputation: UMass Lowell is a nationally ranked public research university and the top-rated public university in Massachusetts by The Wall Street Journal. 
  • Value: UMass Lowell ranks #1 for lifetime return on investment among public research universities in Massachusetts, according to


The M.S. Eng. in Civil Engineering degree requires successful completion of 30 credit hours of course work, or 24 credit hours of instruction and a publishable thesis, or 27 hours of course work and preparation of a project report. For a complete list of academic requirements and courses, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Focus your degree by choosing one of these program options:

  • Pursue a broad range of interests in the fields of environmental and water resources engineering with the M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering Option). 
    The Environmental Engineering Option programs consist of civil engineering courses in water and wastewater treatment, groundwater remediation, solid waste management, environmental chemistry, hydrology, hydraulics, air pollution control and may include courses from allied disciplines such as biological and health sciences, environmental studies, chemistry and work environment. The program of study consists of five core courses and elective courses.
    For the latest course and program information, please visit the Academic Catalog.
  • Gain fundamental training in soil mechanics, groundwater hydrology, environmental chemistry and soil engineering with the M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geoenvironmental Option). 
    The solution of environmental problems related to soil and/or groundwater often requires knowledge of both Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering. The Geoenvironmental Option offers coursework in each area as well as courses that combine disciplines generally required in the solution of complex site problems, such as, landfill design, remediation of hazardous waste sites, dewatering and soil improvement.  
    For the latest course and program information, please visit the Academic Catalog.
  • Develop advanced understanding of soil mechanics theory and applications in the fields of foundation and soil engineering with the M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering Option). 
    The Geotechnical Engineering Option emphasizes course work in the engineering behavior of soil, soil property determination and the use of advanced soil mechanics theory and soil-structure interaction in the solution of soil and foundation engineering problems. Elementary courses in soil mechanics, statics, strength of materials and fluid mechanics are required as prerequisites for graduate core courses. Students receiving a teaching or research assistantship are required to submit a publishable thesis. 
    For the latest course and program information, please visit the Academic Catalog.
  • Build your understanding of advanced concepts and techniques to develop innovative solutions for complex structural engineering problems with the M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering Option). 
    Student study programs in structural engineering are developed with a faculty advisor to meet the needs of the individual. 
    For the latest course and program information, please visit the Academic Catalog.
  • Gain advanced technical knowledge for addressing transportation problems in a variety of practical situations with the M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering Option). 
    The Transportation Engineering Option offers courses in planning, design and operation of multi-modal transportation facilities. Coursework emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, supplementing engineering concepts with techniques from management, economics, operations research and environmental studies. Specialization in a specific area can be achieved through thesis and project work. 
    For the latest course and program information, please visit the Academic Catalog.

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Contact Us

John M. Ting, Sc.D., P.E.
M.S. Coordinator, Professor &
Emeritus Dean of Engineering
Phone: 978-934-2230