Civil and Environmental Engineering: Professional

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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The Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional master’s program from UW–Madison equips you with the latest scientific and technological knowledge and the skills and tools you need to analyze advanced engineering problems.


Is this program right for you?

A Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison provides you with the flexibility of six distinct curriculum paths depending on your interests.

In as little as one year of intensive face-to-face learning, you gain an enriched understanding of one of the following:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geological/Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Our graduates are among the top executive performers and leaders in industry. Leading companies consider UW–Madison to be a top producing school and first choice for future recruiting.

Earn your master’s degree through a program created with professional values in mind. As a UW–Madison graduate, you can provide outstanding service and expertise to the area you choose.

Is this program right for you?

A Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison provides you with the flexibility of six distinct curriculum paths depending on your interests.

In as little as one year of intensive face-to-face learning, you gain an enriched understanding of one of the following:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geological/Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Our graduates are among the top executive performers and leaders in industry. Leading companies consider UW–Madison to be a top producing school and first choice for future recruiting.

Earn your master’s degree through a program created with professional values in mind. As a UW–Madison graduate, you can provide outstanding service and expertise to the area you choose.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Supplemental application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

The Professional program is accelerated, so you can earn your degree in just one year.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s engineering graduate programs are among the nation’s leaders. You earn a degree of distinction from a world-renowned university.

Our program has a flexible curriculum: you choose many of the classes you take. This way, you can customize your graduate degree program to fit your personal and professional goals.

With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.

Choose from six curriculum paths:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geological/Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Sample curriculum

Construction Engineering and Management

  • Legal Aspects of Engineering
  • Architectural Design
  • Integrated Project Estimating and Scheduling
  • Electrical Systems for Construction
  • Construction Project Management
    Steel Structures

Structural Engineering

  • Structural Analysis
  • Legal Aspects of Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Concrete Structures
  • Construction Project Management

Geological/Geotechnical Engineering

  • Applied Geophysics
  • Quantitative Methods for Geoscience
  • Advanced Geomechanics
  • Remediation Geotechnics
  • Physicochemical Basis for Soil Behavior
  • Soil Dynamics

Environmental Science and Engineering

  • Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Air Pollution Effects, Measurement, and Control
  • Water Treatment Plant Design
  • Environmental Systems Optimization
  • Water Chemistry
  • Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes

Transportation Engineering

  • Urban Transportation Planning
  • Geometric Design of Transport Facilities
  • Advanced Highway Materials and Construction
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Advance Traffic Modeling and Computer Simulation
  • Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems

Water Resources Engineering

  • Water Resources Systems Analysis
  • Hydrology
  • Water Chemistry
  • Hydroclimatology for Water Resources Management
  • Statistical Modelling of Hydrologic Systems
  • Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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