Experience the excellence and prestige of Purdue University's online Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with the same faculty, courses, and degree as our esteemed on-campus program while enjoying the flexibility of studying entirely online.

Civil Engineering encompasses a wide array of disciplines and Purdue’s faculty has considered the future needs of the ever-changing field. The online MSCE provides professional engineers the opportunity to learn from three interdisciplinary tracks: Infrastructure, Resiliency and Sustainability; Sustainable Water; or Smart Mobility. Research has shown that engineers with interdisciplinary educational backgrounds perform well in teams and enjoy a broad range of job opportunities.

Ranked as the #2 online civil graduate program in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report for four years running, (2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024), Purdue's online master's degree in civil engineering is tailor-made to propel your career forward. Whether your interests lie in structural engineering or infrastructure engineering, emerging technologies in transportation, or hydrology and hydraulics, Purdue’s curriculum is designed your professional and personal goals and ambitions.

Discover how the increasing demand for civil engineers in the wake of anticipated infrastructure improvements makes now the ideal time to take your giant leap.


30 credit hours are required to complete the online MSCE.

  • Must include at least 15 credit hours of CE graduate level courses (50000 level and above)
  • Must include 6 credit hours of applied math and/or statistics courses from approved list
  • Up to 9 credit hours of technical electives. These can be additional CE graduate-level courses or graduate-level courses from outside CE, for example: ME, ECE, etc., as approved by the student's advisor.

Additional curriculum information:

Students can select one of the below interdisciplinary civil engineering tracks or build a plan of study to incorporate multiple areas:

Within these tracks, learners will be exposed to concepts in environmental engineering, hydraulic/hydrologic engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, transportation engineering, geomatics engineering, architectural engineering and materials engineering.

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Student Testimonial

Aerielle Karr, MSCE current student

online master's program graduate Aerielle Karr

What do you like about the program?

The flexibility of the online degree allows great work-life balance given my demanding and challenging career as a civil engineer with the FAA. I also enjoy the classes because they are relevant to the constantly changing world of construction and civil engineering. Also, the program is very affordable.

How will earning the MSCE help you reach your career goals?

Civil engineering requires its leaders to have a broad and diverse skillset to successfully navigate and execute solutions to our world’s most challenging infrastructure problems. Obtaining the MSCE provides me the ability to continue to build on a solid career and academic foundation to tackle some of these issues.


You would earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. It is the same degree awarded to our on-campus students.
You need to register for at least one credit to be considered an active student. If you do not enroll for more than two consecutive semesters, you will lose your student status and must reapply.
No, all courses are not available every term. Most will be offered once a year. We are still finalizing our offer schedule: you can find the tentative schedule at: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/Academics/Graduate/Online/curriculum-map.
The program requires 30 credits. You may complete the MSCE program as a full time or part time student. A full-time student takes at least 8 semester credit hours every term and may be able to complete this program within 12 to 18 months. A part time student takes less than 8 semester credit hours every term (on average 3-6).  As a part-time student, you may complete the program within 2 to 4 years. The average time to complete the program is 3 years
You may take a maximum of two consecutive semesters off. If you take more than two semesters, you will need to re-enroll in the program


We suggest that you try to get at least one academic reference. If that is not possible, recommendations from employers will be accepted.

The courses will be offered asynchronously. We upload recordings of live lectures for you to view on your time. You will follow along weekly to complete your assignments, projects, and/or exams. Exams may require a proctor (virtual or in-person depending on the faculty).

Scholarships and funding are not available through Purdue as this program is a course-based, self-funded master's program. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for federal financial aid. The Purdue Division of Financial Aid can answer your questions. Veterans can visit the Dorothy Stratton Veteran and Miltary Success Center to learn more about wrap-around support services for Purdue students who are veterans, members of the military, or benefit-using family members.

Math Prerequisites: To be admitted, students must have completed 3 total semesters of calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Representative coursework that a Purdue undergraduate engineering students would take includes (each of these are 16-week courses): - MA261, Multivariate Calculus - MA262, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. While most graduate level courses do not have specific prerequisites other than the math courses described above, it will be helpful to have foundational knowledge in the following: Statics, Dynamics, and Fluid Mechanics.
The Purdue University College of Engineering allows up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework to be transferred into the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. The credits are eligible to be transferred if they meet the following requirements: have not been used towards another degree and you achieved a B or better in the course. Transfer credit is evaluated by a committee within CE as part of the plan of study process.