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Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCE)

CEE at Illinois consistently ranks among the elite programs in the U.S. and worldwide for both undergraduate and graduate studies (graduate programs currently ranked #2; US News & World Report).

Online MSCE Program

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enjoys an outstanding reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, and for research that improves quality of life. Since the founding of the department in 1871, Illinois civil engineers have made their mark on the nation. Illinois engineers have worked on numerous infrastructure landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the New York subway, the interstate highways, and drinking water and waste treatment systems in communities across the nation. Illini engineers continue to design, build and improve society’s infrastructure—in the United States and, increasingly, throughout the world.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree in Civil Engineering requires 36 credit hours (a thesis is not required). Students choose a specialty area and also have the option to develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers. Online students have five years to complete the program. All online students receive access to recorded on-campus lectures and follow the class syllabus, including the same assignments, exams, and projects as on-campus students. The MSCE degree awarded online is the exact same degree awarded to on-campus students.

(The online MSCE program and online CEE classes are restricted to off-campus students and are not intended for University employees or students in on-campus programs.)

The department specialty areas currently available online are the following.

In addition, courses are available online in the following areas of concentration to complement the student's area of specialty. See the courses page for a list of specific course offerings.

  • Construction Materials
  • Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad. To be considered, applicants must have at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA. All applicants must submit an application form, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and official transcripts from all completed university coursework. TOEFL scores are required of applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. citizenship.

Admissions Deadlines

Summer or Fall Semester: May 15
Spring Semester: November 1

Contact Information

Email: ceeonline@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-333-3921

Professor Jeffery Roesler, PhD, PE
Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies
Email: jroesler@illinois.edu

Meg C. Griffin, PE
Coordinator of Online and Blended Programs
Email: mgriffn@illinois.edu

For additional information regarding Engineering Online graduate programs, contact the Office of Online and Professional Engineering Programs.