Master’s Degree

Civil Engineering (MSE)

Achieve your career goals through courses that explore innovative civil engineering technologies.

Program Overview

Customize your master's degree to meet your career goals. 

Here, you will benefit from a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum. All graduate classes are offered in the evening, so that you can continue to work while pursuing your degree. Some classes are also available to stream online.

If you would like to get more involved with research or teaching, graduate assistantships are available.  

Program Options

You can earn a master's of science in civil engineering with or without a thesis. The program is tailored to meet the needs for your career. 

  • Thesis option: You will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as more specialized classes in environmental/water resources or structural areas.
  • Non-thesis option: The 6-credit thesis is replaced with technical electives.

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Blending theory and practice, this certificate program will enhance your knowledge of the land development process and what it takes to be successful in this competitive business.

You will acquire the fundamental skills you need to better understand the legal, social, and economic environment in which land development occurs, as well as network with other practitioners.

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Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration, this dual degree program gives you the inside track to emerging engineering leadership by offering technical training paired with advanced study in business and management.

In order to pursue this dual degree, you must apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

Learn more about the dual MSE/MBA program.

You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization degree. Dual specialization is available within all engineering tracks and is often paired with engineering management.

Admissions Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's of science degree in engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited undergraduate program. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in closely related areas are also considered.
  • Candidates should hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system).
  • The GRE is required of all full-time applicants, except those in the 4+ 1 program, and although the GRE is optional for part-time students, it may be helpful in the evaluation of credentials. The Quantitative Score on the GRE should be in the top 40% as noted on the score results.


The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis, but suggests 4 weeks prior to the start of a semester as a tentative deadline for application, to allow for any follow-up or additional information.

Supplemental Materials 

Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs and the generosity of our university donors.

More about Graduate Admissions Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

You can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship.

Graduate students who accept the assistantship may not be employed elsewhere without prior consent of the advisor and director for graduate programs.

The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition reimbursement is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Anniversary Scholarship

The Anniversary Scholarship was created during the school's 150th anniversary to celebrate the long history of excellence in engineering education at Widener by supporting merit-based graduate scholarships for thesis students. The fund began with contributions from faculty and stand, and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors. It's not a traditional scholarship and will be awarded at the end of the year.

Program Highlights

Take your career to the next level with a graduate degree that meets your needs. Here, you will benefit from a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum, while working with industry-shaping faculty and civil engineering professionals.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

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Flexibility for Working Professionals

Graduate classes meet one night per week and are streamed over the Internet live and archived for later viewing. This gives you a direct connection to faculty, and allows you to stay up to date with coursework while traveling or when unexpected work conflicts arise.

Faculty Research & Mentorship

Our faculty are invested in your success. You will have the opportunity to work closely with renowned civil engineering faculty in the classroom on contemporary issues and outside of the classroom on cutting-edge research projects. 


Meet the faculty who will help you continue to advance your career.

Xiaochao Tang
Associate Professor

“My goal as an educator is to equip students with the technical skills, intellectual aspiration, and humanistic appreciation needed for their future professional career in civil engineering.”

Ronald L. Mersky
Chair of Civil Engineering

"In our department we not only build the future of society, but we also build relationships with our students. We support an engaged classroom, where you can ask questions."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Continue to advance your engineering career by specializing in a civil engineering field.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Duffield Associates
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Master Locators
  • O'Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers
  • Pennoni Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • Urban Engineers

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Land development

Industry Growth

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 11 percent from now to 2026, faster than the average for occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and other sources of aid can make obtaining your degree possible.

Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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