Master’s in Civil Engineering & Civil Engineering Certificates in Structural Analysis, Design & Forensics

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Broaden and deepen your knowledge of structural engineering with a Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.) or a civil engineering certificate from KU. Small class sizes allow for individual instruction and productive collaboration.

  • Prepare for the Professional Engineering Exam and the Structural Engineering Exam
  • Learn materials and analysis methods not covered in your bachelor’s program
  • Obtain the master’s degree most employers look for
  • Earn a higher salary

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector.

Is civil engineering graduate education from KU right for you?

Civil engineers are in high demand nationwide, and Kansas City is rich with engineering and architecture firms with strong national and international reputations. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with a master’s degree. The American Society of Civil Engineers states that the required knowledge to practice structural engineering "...exceeds today's typical civil engineering baccalaureate degree, even when coupled with the practical experience gained prior to licensure."

The Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.) program prepares you for roles requiring technical expertise, project management and leadership skills. Included on’s list of top master’s degrees for job placement, a master’s in civil engineering often results in advancing your career.

Prepare for developing technologies such as the following:

  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Resiliant structures
  • Seismic and wind-resisting systems
  • Dynamic structural monitoring systems
  • Artificial intelligence in engineering design
  • Probabilistic design and reliability
  • Green infrastructure
  • Sustainable design
  • Advanced building materials

What jobs can I get with a master’s in civil engineering?

Typical titles include design engineer, structural engineer, project manager and project leader. While labels may fluctuate, the real differentiator between roles is the kind of capabilities in which you can specialize. Pursuing your master’s degree in civil engineering allows you to gain experience in materials and analysis methods that your bachelor’s degree couldn’t cover and/or you may not have had much on-the-job exposure.

Civil Engineering design capabilities - Timber, Advanced Steel, Advanced Concrete, Dynamics, Seismic Design, CFS Design, Reliability


William Kirkham
  • Program Director and Professor of Practice

What KU civil engineering degree and civil engineering certificate options are available online and in Kansas City?

You have multiple options when pursuing civil engineering graduate education with KU. The master’s in civil engineering (M.C.E.) degree offers a comprehensive curriculum leading to broad-based expertise in structural engineering. Practicing structural engineers gain advanced technical expertise necessary for career advancement and preparation for professional exams, including the structural engineering exam.

Three certificate options – in structural analysis, structural design and structural forensics – cover high-demand, specialized skill sets. You can complete the certificates independent from the M.C.E. or as a concentration option for your M.C.E., allowing you to earn your master’s and certificates simultaneously. No essays or GRE is not required for Part-Time program enrollment by graduates of U.S. Colleges. Names and email addresses of two references are required.

Review your choices below, and download the program guides for more information.

  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate in Structural Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Structural Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Structural Forensics
Master of Civil Engineering course breakdown - Choose 10 approved courses in civil engineering and related subjects to your specialization including up to 3 courses in engineering or project managementGraduate Certificate in Structural Analysis course breakdown 12 credit hours - 2 electives, 2 core coursesGraduate Certificate in Structural Design course breakdown 12 credit hours - 2 electives, 2 core coursesGraduate Certificate in Structural Forensics course breakdown - 4 required courses
Why study civil engineering at KU?


  • Hybrid course formats to work with your busy schedule
  • Designed with working professionals in mind


  • Research I University
  • Globally recognized KU degree
  • Credentialed, experienced faculty with design experience
  • KU is one of 38 public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of America's leading research universities


  • Learn it today, use it tomorrow
  • Discuss your real-world projects in class
  • Prepare for the structural engineering exam

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