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. Our on-campus graduate program has an enduring track record of research and innovation. Now, you can earn an MSCE degree from this proven program 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 track that will help you with your goals -- whether it is Infrastructure, Resiliency and Sustainability, Sustainable Water, or Smart Mobility.

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

  • A four-year 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  **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burke Graduate Program is temporarily waiving the GRE requirement for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 application cycles.**
  • 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

  • Spring
    Priority Deadline: November 30 - ensures consideration for Spring start
    Deadline: December 31 - completed and submitted applications will be reviewed when University re-opens in January after Winter Break. These applications will have potential Spring consideration if timeline permits; otherwise will have first consideration for Summer or Fall start.
  • Summer
    Priority Deadline: April 1 - ensures consideration for Summer start
    Deadline: May 1 - completed and submitted applications will have potential Summer consideration if timeline permits; otherwise will have first consideration for Fall start.
  • Fall
    Priority Deadline: May 15 - ensures consideration for Fall start
    Deadline: August 1 - completed and submitted applications will have potential Fall consideration if timeline permits; otherwise will have first consideration for Spring start.


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

More detailed information on the Online MSCE Curriculum

Online MSCE Curriculum Map

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What degree would I earn with the Online program?

  • You would earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Is there a minimum course registration required each semester?

  • 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 would have to reapply.

Are all courses available every term?

How long does it take to finish the program?

  • The program requires 30 credits. You can finish it in as little as a year if you take a full-load of courses each semester (3 or 4 classes). However, most students will take about three years to complete all the required credits.

Are letters of recommendation from employers acceptable?

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

How are the online courses structured?

  • The courses will be offered asynchronously so that you would be able to access the materials at a time that is convenient to you.

Are scholarships or funding offered for Online MSCE students?

  • Scholarships and funding are not available, this program is a course-based self-funded Master's program. US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled MS Civil Engineering students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply.