College of Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Graduate Degree Programs

Michigan State University offers MS and PhD degrees in civil engineering.  The MS program covers the essential advanced elements of the profession and prepares graduates for professional practice or continued study. It typically requires 2 years of study, with an option for a thesis or project. The PhD program focuses on research, and typically involves at least 3 years of study beyond the MS.  Applications are due December 31 for enrollment the following Fall (end of August). The MS program is also available online.

Civil Engineering Profession

 Civil engineering is the design and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems as well as public facilities like ports, railways and airports. (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Civil engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. Includes architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geotechnical engineers. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,