Same faculty. Same courses. Same degree. Less than $25,000.

The online Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University is the best of both worlds for working professionals: a world-class graduate degree in engineering, with the flexibility of an entirely online program. In as little as one year, you can finish a graduate degree that is rich in research and innovation, allowing you to advance to new levels in your career.

Since 1869, Purdue has been building the technology that moves the world forward. Boilermaker civil engineers are pioneers in nearly every part of the industry and span the entire spectrum of civil engineering applications. Graduates of the program have a sound understanding of the fundamentals, and are well-versed with state-of-the-art tools and methods that they use to create new technologies and innovative solutions with real-world applications.

In just 30 credit hours, you can dive deep into your chosen field, and learn from the same world-renowned faculty who teach students on campus. And because Civil Engineering is such a broad field, you’re certain to find a specialization that will help you with your goals -- whether it’s infrastructure, water and the environment, or systems engineering.

Being offered by the #6 ranked civil graduate program in the nation, Purdue’s online Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering is exactly what you need to take your career to the next level!

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Transcripts from all universities attended (Original language and English translations are both needed for international applicants)
    • Upload official transcript copies to the application. After being admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the Graduate School. E-transcripts can be sent to Purdue Graduate School (U.S. citizens only)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only) – This requirement is waived for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 36 months at the time of recommendation for admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.
  • A copy of any diplomas or provisional certificates if diplomas have not been awarded, in original language and in English (international applicants only)

Prerequisite Work

  • Math Background: Three semesters of Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra
  • Engineering Background: Preferred undergraduate background in Engineering, Physical Sciences or a related field. Other course prerequisites may apply depending on classes you choose to enroll in.


$750 per credit hour (includes tuition and fees)

Federal financial aid is available. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled MSCE students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply.

Application Deadlines

  • October 15 for spring admission
  • May 15 for fall admission


The MSCE consists of 30 credit hours and includes 1-, 2-, and 3-credit hour courses.

  • Graduate Applied Math and Statistics Courses - 6 credit hours
  • Civil Engineering courses - 15 credit hours
  • Technical electives (Engineering, Mathematics, or Science courses) - 9 credit hours

The program enables you to choose classes from a wide variety of topics in Civil Engineering, including these interdisciplinary tracks:

  • Water Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Design, Resilience, and Sustainability
  • Transportation Systems

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.