The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree program is designed for working professionals who have already obtained a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
All graduate courses leading to the degree are available online to students meeting the admission requirements. Students never need to come to campus for any coursework and will travel to the Kansas State University campus only once at the end of their program for an oral examination, which is conducted by their supervisory committee.
Careers in Civil Engineering
- Civil engineers are involved in industries that help meet societal demands to address an increasing population, such as:
- constructing living and working spaces
- creating a reliable transportation system for people and food
- providing water for drinking and industrial use
- disposing of wastes generated from human activities
- cleaning the environment
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree is offered through the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering. The department's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the same engineering faculty is fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.
The Master of Science Degree in civil engineering is primarily intended to be a coursework only program but will include evidence of scholarly effort such as the production of creative work. The program requires completion of 30 credit hours of acceptable credit. A final oral examination by the student's supervisory committee is required. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are graduating.
All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.
Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.
Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.
When students formally apply for admission, they will be asked to pick an area of civil engineering on which they wish to focus. The focus areas available for study are:
- water resources
How to Apply
There are no required courses in the program, but students will work with their assigned advisor to map out a program of study early on in the program. Students take as many courses in their focus area as are offered and then complete the remaining 30 hours with other civil engineering courses that interest them.
1. Review Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission into the civil engineering master’s degree, students must meet the following requirements:
Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for students who hold a bachelor’s in civil engineering from an institution that is not ABET-accredited.
Students with degrees in an engineering discipline other than civil engineering will be required to take undergraduate-level deficiency courses in order to gain the necessary background to meet the master’s degree prerequisites.
2. Review Application Requirements
- Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply no later than two to three months before the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January and the summer semester begins in late May.
- Fall semester (begins in late August): January 8
- Spring semester (begins in late January): August 1
- Summer semester (begins in late May): December 1
Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.
U.S. Applicants: $65
International Applicants: $75
3. Prepare to Apply
Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.
1) Statement of objectives: A personal narrative of the reasons the applicant is seeking admission to K-State’s civil engineering graduate program. The applicant should provide specific reasons for selecting the field of study and professional plans. It is important to indicate one of the fields of specialization (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation or water resources) as the major area of study. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length.
2) Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references who will provide letters of recommendation. At least two letters must be from faculty members who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic work. These individuals may include undergraduate faculty advisors, course instructors or undergraduate research/project supervisors. The applicant may also have his or her employer or an internship supervisor provide a letter of recommendation. References will be contacted automatically using the email addresses provided by the applicant, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure letters are submitted before the program's application deadline.
3) Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
- Failure to list any colleges or universities from which the applicant received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
- If transcripts are not in English, the applicant must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
- Applicants will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.
Tuition and Fees
Online and Off-Campus Courses
Students taking online or off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus will pay the same tuition rate regardless of where they live.
Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what is outlined in the tuition and fee schedule below. A list of these programs can be found on the chart.
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Last updated April 11, 2018