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Online Master’s Engineering Programs

Online M.S. in Civil Engineering

Civil engineers lay the groundwork for the future of travel, logistics and technology. Specialists in transportation or pavement engineering design infrastructure that minimizes travel times, reduces the likelihood of crashes, copes with extreme weather conditions, efficiently uses limited resources and adapts to advances in connected and autonomous vehicles. As an MSU civil engineering graduate, you can find career opportunities contributing to the systems that keep individuals and businesses moving for decades to come.

Michigan State University’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering puts the knowledge and resources of a tier-one research institution at your fingertips, preparing you to pursue new opportunities and meet the requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. Featuring courses taught by some of the top thinkers in transportation and pavement engineering, this 100% online master’s program equips professionals to design and maintain the next generation of infrastructure.


Online M.S. in Civil Engineering Program


“MSU is uniquely positioned at the cutting edge in terms of the state of the art and the state of the practice. Students complete the M.S. in Civil Engineering with insights into pavement and transportation engineering, while the online setting makes the program amenable to working professionals.”

Peter T. Savolainen
MSU Foundation Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

In the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program, students develop their skills in solving infrastructure problems and using software for statistical analysis and modeling. Built to fit into the schedules of busy professionals, the curriculum explores data-driven strategies to design pavements and transportation systems that offer increased durability, safety and sustainability.

Online civil engineering master’s students can choose from two optional focus areas:

  • Pavement Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

In our engaging online learning environment, you’ll investigate vital concepts in analysis, materials and design. Classes focus on topics like:

  • Statistical and econometric analysis
  • Geometric design of highways
  • Traffic safety
  • Research methods
  • Network modeling
  • Pavement preservation
  • Pavement design
  • Pavement models
  • Asphalt materials
  • Smart infrastructure
  • Data science

MSU Civil Engineering Faculty


Online civil engineering courses from MSU are led by the same renowned educators who teach in our on-campus graduate program. As active researchers and practitioners at the forefront of transportation and pavement engineering, our professors connect students with current best practices, real-world data and industry-standard software.

Faculty members build their classes around the insights they’ve garnered from years of groundbreaking research and hands-on experience. These distinguished experts publish extensively on topics like roadway design, traffic safety, sustainability, mechanistic modeling, preservation and rehabilitation.

MSU’s civil engineering faculty contributes to numerous engineering projects sponsored by state transportation departments and federal agencies. Faculty members have worked on initiatives funded by organizations such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Transportation Research Board (TRB), Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) and National Science Foundation (NSF). They are active members of professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE) and Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT).

Committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and individualized mentorship, professors in MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering help students build the skills to shape successful careers. Faculty members make themselves available to answer online students’ questions and provide individualized mentorship.

Learn more about our faculty.

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