MS in Civil Engineering in USA

MS in Civil Engineering in USA

Karuna KarkiWed Sep 15 2021

The master degree in civil engineering facilitates such as constructors, construction managers, operators, caretakers, project managers and senior civil engineers. USA is among one of the leading destinations for students interested in civil and environmental engineering. 

MS in Civil Engineering in USA has several specializations focusing on a wide range of courses such as structural engineering, water resources, infrastructural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and transport engineering. The best universities- MIT, Stanford University, Caltech, Georgia Tech etc- offer this program with numerous scholarships and financial aid for deserving students.  

The Master in Civil Engineering costs from yearly USD 20,000 to 80,000 for international universities. Since this degree is popular throughout the world and has enriching career opportunities, the entry requirements for MS in Civil Engineering in USA are quite tough. Students need to show outstanding academic achievements, research abilities, GRE scores, recommenders to vouch for them, and English Language proficiency to be considered for admission in Master’s at the US for civil engineering. 

To know in detail and specifics about these attributes revolving around Master of Science in Civil Engineering, give this blog a go. 

Why study MS in Civil Engineering in USA?

  • There are plenty of specializations available for Civil engineering at the graduate level such as infrastructural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and transport engineering.

  • The USA has 9 universities in the top 50 best civil engineering universities in the world. 

  • There are thesis and non-thesis options for MS in Civil Engineering in USA. For the thesis program, aspirants can reach out to the supervisor and earn themselves a good financial aid package/ stipend to help them with tuition fees and living expenses. 

  • You can work as a civil engineer or in a related field anywhere in the world after completing a Master in Civil Engineering in the USA. 

  • After completing Masters in Civil Engineering, job holders can earn from USD 90,000 to USD 146,700 per year and more. 

  • The job vacancies for civil engineering positions is to grow by over 20,000 by 2028.

Top Universities for Master in Civil Engineering

Below listed are the best civil engineering programs offered by US Universities. 

These rankings are according to the US News ranking for graduate civil engineering in the USA. 


Global Rank


University of California, Berkeley


Berkeley, CA

Georgia Institute of Technology


Atlanta, GA

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign


Urbana, IL

Stanford University


Stanford, CA

University of Texas- Austin


Austin, TX

Purdue University- West Lafayette


West Lafayette, IN 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Cambridge, MA

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor, MI

Carnegie Mellon University


Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Tech


Blacksburg, VA

Cornell University


Ithaca, NY

University of California- Davis


Davis, CA

Table 1: Top University for MS in Civil Engineering in USA

MS in Civil Engineering in USA Requirements

To get admitted into top tier universities for masters in civil engineering in the USA, students must first meet the following criteria for the university they are applying for. 

  • English Language Requirement

  • GRE Requirements

  • Application Requirements such as Letter of Recommendations and Statement of Purpose

  • Experience Requirements

  • Academic requirements. 

So that you get a rough idea of admission requirements for the MS in Civil Engineering Program in the USA, these are some universities with details on eligibility criteria for admission. 

University of California- Berkeley

  • Course Name: Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Program duration: 2-3 years

  • Application fees: USD 140.

  • English Language Proficiency Test: An overall score of 90 in Internet-based TOEFL, 570 in Paper-based TOEFL, and 7 in IELTS.

  • Academic Requirement: A bachelor degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average / GPA of 3 on a 4.0 scale. 

  • Other Requirements: 3 letters of recommendations  (LORs), Statement of Purpose (SOP)

  • Note that GRE is not required. 

Stanford University

Stanford University offers MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on Atmosphere and Energy, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering and Geomechanics, Sustainable Design and Construction Programs. 

  • Civil Engineering program: Civil and Environmental Engineering MS Degree

  • Program duration: 3 to 5 years

  • English Language Proficiency Test: An overall score of 89 in Internet-based TOEFL, 575 in Paper-based TOEFL. Note that, Stanford University doesn’t accept IELTS

  • Academic Requirement: Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with pre-requisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75. 

  • Other Requirements: 3 Letter of Recommendations (must be submitted via email of recommenders through graduate admissions. It’s better if the email of the recommender is the official email of the University/ workplace), SOP.

  • GRE scores are not required to apply for Master in Civil Engineering at Stanford 

Arizona State University

The specialty areas of civil engineering, MS offered by Arizona State University are Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Hydrosystems Engineering, Structural and Materials Engineering, Sustainable Engineering and Transportation Engineering.

  • Civil Engineering program: Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, MS

  • Program duration: 2 years

  • Application fees: USD 70 for domestic students and USD 115 for international students. 

  • Application deadlines: March 1 for fall intake/ October 1 for Spring Intake

  • English Language Proficiency Test: A minimum of 90 in TOEFL IBT. Those applicants seeking a Teaching assistantship should bring a minimum of 26 in TOEFL Speaking. 

  • Academic Requirement: Applicants must have at least a GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program in engineering or a closely related field, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program. 

  • Other Requirements: 3 Letter of Recommendations, Resume. State of Purpose/ Personal Statement.

  • GRE Requirements: A minimum total of 301 in GRE 

    • Quantitative section: At Least 155

    • AWA: 3

University of Texas- Austin

  • Civil Engineering program: MS in Civil Engineering

  • Program duration: 2-3 years

  • Application Fees: USD 65 for domestic students and USD 90 for international students.

  • Application Deadlines: December 15 for Fall and Summer/ September 1 for Spring

  • English Language Proficiency Test:  An overall score of 90 in Internet-based TOEFL or 7 in IELTS.

  • Academic Requirement: Candidates must bring a GPA average of 3.0 in the bachelor degree in relevant fields. In addition, the GPA also needs to be a minimum of 3.0 in the courses included in the Program of work. 

  • Other Requirements: 3 Letter of Recommendation. 

  • GRE is waived off for spring, fall and summer intake for 2022. 

Georgia Institute of Technology

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Georgia Tech offers 6 major areas of specializations: Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and MaterialsEnvironmental Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering, Water Resources Engineering

  • Civil Engineering program: Civil Engineering (MS): Thesis and non-thesis option available. 

  • Program duration: 2- 3 years

  • English Language Proficiency Test: 

    • TOEFL Requirements: Minimum 90 in TOEFL IBT with at least 19 in each section. A minimum of 577 in paper-based TOEFL. 

    • IELTS Requirement: At Least 7.0 with at least 5.5 in writing and 6.5 in other skills.

  • Academic Requirement: Applicants must score a GPA of 3.5  for admission in MS Program in Civil Engineering

  • Other Requirements: 3 Letter of Recommendations, Statement of Purpose

  • GRE Requirements: A minimum of 155 in the Quantitative section. 

MS in Civil Engineering in USA Costs

The tuition fees for a Master in Civil Engineering for international students in USA ranges from UAD 20,000 to USD 80,000.

Civil Engineering Graduate School

Average tuition fees per year (USD)

University of California- Berkeley


Auburn University


Arizona State University


California State University- Long Beach


Virginia Tech


University of Michigan- Ann Arbor


Purdue University-- West Lafayette


Stanford University


Georgia Institute of Technology


University of California- Davis


Table 2: Tuition fees for MS in Civil Engineering in USA

MS in Civil Engineering in USA Scholarships

The USA is among the study destinations which offers the highest scholarships and financial aids to deserving and needy students. 

  • Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

  • Anne Naureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship

  • MSPE Abrams Grant

  • Arsham Amirikian Engineering Scholarship

MS in Civil Engineering in USA without GRE

You can study MS in Civil ENgineering in these US Universities without giving GRE or GMAT Exams.

  • The University of California- Berkeley: MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Stanford University: Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • George Mason University (GMU)

  • University of Washington

  • Michigan Technological University

  • California State University

  • IOWA State University

  • Colorado State University

  • California State University

Scope of MS in Civil Engineering in USA

The graduates of MS in Civil Engineering find career opportunities in large projects such as buildings, roads, subway systems, dams, bridges and water supply networks. 

In the table below, some of the job profiles and salaries are mentioned after a master in civil engineering in USA.


Average Annual Pay (in USD)

Construction engineer


Structural engineer


Building control surveyor


Water resource engineer


Transportation planner


Quantity surveyor


Geotechnical engineer


Table 3: Civil Engineering jobs and salaries after MS

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