MS in Civil Engineering


Program Description

As the world’s population continues to rise and environmental concerns put pressure on our global infrastructure, civil engineers are needed to plan, design, and construct solutions to these complex challenges.

Florida Tech’s master’s in civil engineering fosters innovative and independent thinking to prepare graduates for leadership positions in private industry, government, and military organizations. The rigorous curriculum prepares graduates for their careers with advanced skills in mathematics, mechanics, materials, project management, leadership, and ethics.

Degree Specializations

Six areas of specialization are offered in the civil engineering master’s program at Florida Tech. Prior to beginning the program, students map out their own plan of study with a faculty mentor whose professional field is aligned to the student’s career goals and interests. Specializations include:

  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

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Gain Practical Experience

Every student at Florida Tech participates in hands-on research in addition to coursework. Students in the master’s in civil engineering program complete design projects that culminate in a two-course capstone design sequence with access to state-of-the-art laboratories. University collaborations with agencies including the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Florida Department of Transportation, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer students exciting research and employment opportunities.

The master’s in civil engineering thesis allows students to undertake their own research project where they can build leadership and professional experience for teaching and research assistantships. Students are encouraged to publish research in leading industry journals. Graduating with an understanding of teamwork and knowledge of the leadership skills needed for a civil engineering career, graduates are ready to be productive on the job from the very first day.


Why Pursue A Master's In Civil Engineering At Florida Tech?

Students in Florida Tech’s civil engineering master’s program experience an intimate, focused environment where professors mentor students, class sizes are small, and students network and collaborate with working professionals and classmates from around the world for a robust multicultural experience.

Florida Tech’s culture promotes innovative, independent thinking to develop graduates who are subject matter experts positioned for leadership. Faculty and advisors in the civil engineering master’s program expect students to be dedicated researchers on topics that make an impact on the industry and for their future success. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the research projects conducted at Florida Tech, students become well-rounded knowledgeable professionals ready to contribute to the workplace.

Experienced Faculty

Faculty members are professional engineers who also conduct research in a variety of areas such as wind and seismic engineering, risk modeling, hydraulic engineering, transportation and geotechnical engineering, wastewater management, and environmental engineering. Their experience also includes field data collection and testing, laboratory data collection and analysis, construction of data acquisition systems, software development, and analytical and numerical modeling.

Our faculty offer a rich and varied background, including professional consulting and military experience. Through their strong personal and professional international experience in many different parts of the world including Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, Florida Tech’s professors are able to share the values of cultural diversity within the workplace.

High-Tech Laboratories That Support Your Research

A big reason why Florida Tech is considered one of the best civil engineering schools in the country is the availability of high-tech laboratories that support research in many disciplines. Students have access to Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory (WHIRL), a computer-aided design (CAD) laboratory, surveying materials, a soils, and hydraulics laboratory, a geomaterials lab, and more. As a national leader in engineering research, Florida Tech’s civil engineering master’s program affords students every benefit to master cutting-edge civil engineering knowledge and research methodology. Students can take advantage of both teaching and research assistantships.

Located In The Heart Of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor

Florida Tech is the perfect place for a civil engineering degree. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us), minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America.

The area has one of the largest high-tech workforces in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities. Many graduates of the civil engineering master’s program choose to work for a state or local government where they design and oversee the construction of roads, buildings, and bridges. Related work can also be found outside of government in the private sector at consulting or construction firms.

Enhance Your Civil Engineering Degree With Campus Organizations

Florida Tech’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is one of the most active organizations on campus. ASCE members take part in national competitions to test their engineering skills. The Chi Epsilon honor society gives civil engineering students an abundance of networking opportunities.


Students in the thesis option must take 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses, and six credit hours of thesis. Students in the nonthesis option must take 12 credit hours of required civil engineering courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. All students must complete at least three credit hours of coursework in the areas of mathematics or operations research.

Construction Management

  • CVE 5072 Construction Contracts, Law and Specifications
  • CVE 5073 Construction Cost Engineering
  • CVE 5074 Leading Construction Operations
  • ENM 5200 Project Engineering


  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
  • CVE 5050 Design of Remediation Systems
  • CVE 5052 Solid Waste Management
  • ENS 5101 Introduction to Air Pollution
  • Geotechnical
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design
  • CVE 5061 Pavement Design
  • OCE 5526 Advanced Coastal Engineering Structures


  • AEE 5060 Applications in Finite Element Methods


  • AEE 5480 Structural Dynamics
  • CVE 5014 Advanced Steel Design
  • CVE 5016 Advanced Reinforced Concrete
  • CVE 5020 Geotechnical Engineering


  • CVE 5025 Foundation Design

Transportation Engineering

  • CVE 5061 Pavement Design
  • CVE 5062 Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis
  • CVE 5064 Transportation Planning
  • ORP 5001 Deterministic Operations Research Models

Water Resources

  • CVE 5035 Design Concepts in Urban Hydrology
  • CVE 5037 Numerical Groundwater Modeling
  • CVE 5039 Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
  • ENS 5700 Introduction to Water Resources

Elective Courses

Graduate elective courses in civil engineering and in other engineering disciplines are listed in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog and should be chosen in concert with the student’s advisor.

Total Credits Required: 30

Career Options

The positions and job duties offered in the industry ranges depending on the needs of that industry. Opportunities can include:

  • Civil engineer
  • Director of utilities
  • Design engineer
  • Urban and regional planning manager
  • Wastewater engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Private consultant
  • Environmental engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water resources engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
Last updated Aug 2020

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