Master's Degree in Civil Engineering

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'd like to get more involved with research or teaching, graduate assistantships are available.

Civil Engineering Master's Degree Program Options

You can earn your master of science in engineering degree with or without a thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as technical electives including advanced courses in environmental/water resources and structural areas. Students following the thesis option will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. Those not pursuing thesis will replace the 6-credit thesis with two technical electives.

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The online catalog also features School of Engineering educational objectives, academic policies, and more which can be accessed by clicking Academic Schools & Departments and selecting the School of Engineering.

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

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.

Admissions Requirements, Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Candidates should hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering. 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) from an undergraduate program and scores from the GRE. The GRE requirement is optional for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above from an EAC/ABET accredited undergraduate program, applicants interested in pursuing the MSE part-time, and current Widener students applying to the 4+1 accelerated program.

Deadlines

The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis.

Application Materials 

International Students

  • A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by WES.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores

Widener's goal is to provide you with the resources to succeed. Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered to qualified individuals enrolled in an engineering master’s program. Awards are competitive and additional stipends are available to students conducting research with faculty members. Applicants can indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship within their online application.

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 staff and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors.

Graduate Assistantships

Eligible students can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship. The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition assistance is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Lifting Barriers and Managing Costs

Widener’s graduate tuition rates are competitively priced. Loans, graduate assistantships, and payment plans—along with flexible full- and part-time study options—make it easy to finance your degree.  

Schedule an appointment with one of our Graduate Admissions Coaches to brainstorm a plan and troubleshoot anything from scheduling challenges to learning formats to financial scenarios.

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The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years while graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

Learn more about the engineering honors program

Civil Engineering Master's 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.

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College of Distinction for Engineering

Recognized for top quality teaching and successful outcomes.

Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide networking opportunities to students and support the school in its future growth and competitive 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. 

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A Personal Classroom Experience

With small class sizes, you receive direct interaction with experienced faculty. You will learn from industry experts in the classroom and have the opportunity to work closely with classmates. In addition, the Graduate Program Office is always open in the evenings prior to class.

Clubs & Organizations

Civil Engineering majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and many more.

Living Learning Communities (LLC)

The Engineering LLC provides freshman engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from admissions after you've made your deposit that describes how to complete the online housing application.

Faculty

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

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

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

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Land development

Industry Growth

Employment opportunities in civil engineering are expected to grow 8% by 2030.

Recent Employers

  • AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Duffield Associates
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Master Locators

Student Stories

Kevin Brown poses in a hard hat and construction vest outdoors onsite.

"I feel like if I went to a bigger school I wouldn’t have been able to, or felt comfortable enough to, interact with the professors the way I did at Widener."

Kevin Brown

Class of 2009, 2014

Take the Next Steps

Apply

Visit our online application system to complete your app and share supplemental materials. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

Have a question? Want to talk with us more about your options? Give us a call, or send an email today!