Civil and Environmental Engineering

Two civil engineers working on a bridge
Master of Science

About the Program

Innovation has been a hallmark of our program since its founding in 1880, and we encourage you to take advantage of our flexible, personalized program to design the academic plan that works for you. We offer five technical areas under the general umbrella of Civil Engineering:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Infrastructure Engineering

What to Expect

You'll choose a specific technical area that appeals to your goals after graduation, with the option to add research or a project to your academic plan.

Graduates of our program choose between entering the job market in places such as NASA or private engineering consulting firms, or continuing on to a doctoral program at top universities across the world. Plus, our graduates who choose a career in academia have gone on to serve in faculty positions at some of the nation's most prestigious universities.

The Department of Civil Engineering has the greatest mentors, professors and students, as well as the most interesting research topics. The Case Western Reserve experience paved my way toward a career full of excitement.

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Beyond the Classroom

Our faculty members conduct cutting-edge research in their disciplines and are highly recognized leaders in their fields. Much of the research we conduct involves cross-disciplinary collaborations and interactions with industry partners—giving students ample real-world experience to prepare you for your career, whether you choose a path in academia, the corporate world or the public sector.

Our highly collaborative culture extends to campus life as well—our graduate students have an active student council that organizes academic and social events. Plus, you can engage via the Civil Engineering Department Graduate Student Association, which organizes various events throughout the year.

By the Numbers


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Admissions Requirements

  • Online application
  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, or a related field preferred
  • $50 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Apply by Feb. 1 or May 1 (course-only MS program) for fall, or Oct. 1 for spring semester

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