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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Cleveland State University's graduate program in civil engineering is designed to provide students with knowledge of advanced methods for analysis and design or for research and development.

Students must select one of the following graduate specializations: Structures/Foundations, Water Resources Engineering, Transportation, or Environmental Engineering. Full-time or part-time study may be pursued.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
Phone: 216.687.2400

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA
  • GRE Test Scores
    • The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

    • An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
    • The student's undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75.
    • The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate
      Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, with program approval, if the applicant's undergraduate grade-point average is 2.75 or above.
      • If the GRE is required, a minimum score at the 50th percentile on the Quantitative section is required. 

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 & at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th


Program Requirements

Structures and Foundations

Courses most suitable for students having elected the Structures and Foundations specialization are as follows:

  • CVE 511 - Matrix Methods In Structural Analysis
  • CVE 512 - Finite Element Analysis I
  • CVE 528 - Structural Wood Design
  • CVE 530 - Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • CVE 531 - Advanced Foundations
  • CVE 523 - Prestressed Concrete

Water Resources

Courses most suitable for students having elected the Water Resources specialization are as follows:

  • CVE 561 - Hydrologic Analysis
  • CVE 562 - Open Channel Hydraulics
  • CVE 563 - Water Resources Engineering
  • CVE 564 - Groundwater Hydrology
  • CVE 565 - Hydrologic Modeling
  • EVE 534 - Environmental Transport Phenomena


Courses most suitable for students having elected the Transportation specialization are as follows:

  • CVE 504 - Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
  • CVE 541 - Traffic Flow Theory
  • CVE 542 - Urban Transportation Planning
  • CVE 543 - Highway Safety
  • CVE 546 - Transportation Engineering
  • CVE 547 - Pavement Engineering


Courses required for students having elected the Environmental specialization are as follows:

  • EVE 534 - Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • EVE 570 - Environmental Chemistry
  • EVE 572 - Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • EVE 671 - Physical and Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering


Thesis Track

  • For students pursuing the thesis option, a minimum of 24 credits of course work and a minimum of 6 credits of thesis are required (A maximum of six credits of thesis may count toward the degree). 

Non-Thesis Track

  • For students pursuing the non-thesis option, all 30 credits must be earned in courses.
Did You Know?

Employment of civil engineers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2022.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates of the MS in Civil Engineering program work as project engineers for consulting firms; perform research in government laboratories; conduct analysis, design, and research in industry; and manage public works facilities.
  • Recent graduates found employment as a structural designer, a ceramics researcher, and a stress analyst. Job prospects for those with advanced degrees in civil engineering are excellent.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, NTH Consultants, Harrison Consulting Solutions, AECOM, ITS, and DLZ Corporation.