Advance your technical skills and field knowledge on your way to impacting today’s
evolving infrastructure needs.
A combined degree program in civil engineering gives you the opportunity to fast-track
your graduate education while gaining valuable technical skills. With today’s pressing
infrastructure challenges, both industry and government seek qualified civil engineers
that can help solve problems. Whether you’re aiming for public or private sector work,
or considering a doctoral degree, UND offers the combined program you need.
Accelerated (Bachelor’s and Master’s)
On Campus or Online
Est. time to complete:
5.5 - 6 years
M.S. 152-158 (thesis option), 154-160 (non-thesis option) | M.Eng. 152-158
Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees
at the same time. You’ll declare your program of study as an undergraduate student
and follow a straightforward plan all the way through to graduating with a master’s
Incoming freshman or transfer students apply to UND as an undergraduate student.
A combined degree in civil engineering offers you a unique opportunity to earn a graduate
degree in quick time. You'll gain the valuable skills to plan, design, construct,
maintain and operate infrastructures — abilities that are in high demand with today's
This combined UND graduate program offers a unique opportunity to advance your education
in civil engineering with opportunities to:
Fully prepare for a career in research with studies in a specialty area in civil engineering.
Fast-track your career, with a focus on your main occupational interest in the civil
Participate in job-related training activities, technical research and other skills
needed to get a professional engineering license
Gain the technical skills to conduct independent research in your chosen area of interest.
Apply your broad-based knowledge for success in a wide range of opportunities at consulting
firms, government agencies and industries.
Focus in your civil engineering curriculum on one of these options:
Environmental: This option focuses on environmental systems and pollution control, including courses
such as Environmental Engineering and Air Pollution Control.
Structures: Specialize in the analysis and design of structures. This option covers courses like
Structural Stability, Structural Dynamics, and Prestressed Concrete-Analysis and Design
or Advanced Steel Design.
Transportation: Centered on transportation engineering, this option includes courses like Transportation
Asset Management, Pavement Engineering, and Sustainable Pavements.
Water Resources: Focused on water resources engineering, this option encompasses courses such as Applied
Hydraulics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Surface Hydrology or Hydrogeology.
General Civil Engineering: Offering a broad spectrum of civil engineering topics, this option allows you to
select courses from different specializations, such as Transportation Asset Management,
Structural Stability, Applied Hydraulics, and Environmental Engineering.
All options culminate with a Design Project course. You’ll apply the theoretical knowledge
and practical skills acquired throughout your coursework to a real-world engineering
challenge. This hands-on project serves as a capstone experience, where you’ll demonstrate
your ability to analyze, design, and implement solutions in your respective field.
Accelerated Civil Engineering Program
A combined degree program offers a unique opportunity to expedite your graduate career
Work with a committed faculty team to discover the area of most interest, and explore
research and opportunities.
The UND combined degrees program offers the chance to double six credit hours (so
they count as twelve).
What can you do with an accelerated civil engineering degree?
Students in the combined degree program gain knowledge and skills for problem analysis
and solving. This includes preparation for careers in a wide range of professional
settings, such as consulting firms, government agencies and industries.
There is no shortage of job opportunities in the civil engineering field, given our
aging infrastructure. Surges in population and global environmental changes make qualified
civil engineers extremely valuable in the public and private sector. Civil Engineering
alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Inc.
WSB & Associates, Inc.
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell, Inc.
A Civil Engineering degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Java (Programming Language)
Accelerated Civil Engineering Degree Courses
CE 503. Structural Dynamics. 3 Credits.
Single-degree and multi-degree of freedom systems; continuous systems; free and forced vibrations; harmonic and periodic excitations; viscous and non-viscous damping; pulse excitations; numerical methods for dynamic response; earthquake response of linear elastic buildings; structural dynamics in building codes. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of mechanics of materials and dynamics; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and the CE graduate student blackboard site. On demand.
CE 517. Transportation Asset Management. 3 Credits.
Course focused on the principles of transportation asset management with an emphasis on pavement management system (PMS). Network- and project-level pavement management processes will be discussed, but the emphasis will be on network-level. Bridge management system will also be covered. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of mechanics of materials and statistics; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and the CE graduate student blackboard site. F, even years.
CE 518. Pavement Engineering. 3 Credits.
Structural pavement design concepts for flexible and rigid pavements; traffic and environmental loading factors; material characterization; hot mix asphalt design and analysis concepts, SuperPave mix design method, stresses and strains in flexible and rigid pavements, joints and load transfer of rigid pavements, fast track concrete, and construction issues. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of soil mechanics; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and graduate student blackboard site; consent of instructor for undergraduate students. F.
CE 519. Sustainable Pavements. 3 Credits.
Sustainability concepts; overview of mix design, structural design, and construction methods of pavements; warm mix asphalts; recycling of asphalt and concrete pavements, perpetual pavement concepts, specialty pavements, environmental, economic, and social impacts of highway pavements. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of soil mechanics; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and the CE graduate student blackboard site. S.
CE 524. Open Channel Hydraulics. 3 Credits.
Study of advanced topics in open channel hydraulics. Computer applications. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of hydraulic engineering; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and the CE graduate student blackboard site. F.
CE 536. Environmental Engineering III. 3 Credits.
Water chemistry in unit Operation and process design for water and wastewater treatment; physical, chemical, and biological systems; plant design project, computer-assigned design analysis. Prerequisite: Background/knowledge of introductory environmental engineering; additional information is available in the CE Graduate Student Handbook on the CE Department website and the CE graduate student blackboard site. F.
With asynchronous classes, you do not attend class at a set time. If you need to balance
work, family, and other commitments, this flexible format allows you to learn anywhere
at any time.
Depending on your instructor, you’ll learn online through:
Streaming video content
There will be times when you interact with your instructor and classmates through
online discussion boards, polls, and chat rooms.
Your learning revolves around materials that can be accessed on your own time within
a set time frame. However, this is not a self-paced course. You’ll have structure
While the majority of your courses are offered online, you’ll come to campus to complete
portions of the program. Here, you’ll extend and apply the knowledge you’ve learned
online through hands-on activities. Our students find tremendous value in having the
opportunity to personally interact with their instructors and fellow students.
Over a third of UND's student population is exclusively online; plus, more take a
combination of online and on campus classes. You can feel reassured knowing you won't
be alone in your online learning journey and you'll have resources and services tailored
to your needs.
No matter how you customize your online experience, you’ll get the same top-quality
education as any other on campus student.
Same degree: All online programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Your transcript and diploma are exactly the same as our on-campus students.
Same classes: You’ll take courses from UND professors, start and end the semesters at the same time
and take the same classes as a student on campus.
Real interaction: You can ask questions, get feedback and regularly connect with your professors, peers
and professionals in the field.
Your own academic advisor: As an invaluable go-to, they’re focused on you, your personal success and your future
Free online tutoring: We're here to help you one-on-one at no cost. Plus, get access to a variety of self-help
online study resources.
Unlimited academic coaching: Need support to achieve your academic goals or feeling stumped by a tough course?
We'll help with everything from stress and time management to improving your memory
to achieve higher test scores.
Full online access: Dig into virtual research from the Chester Fritz Library. Improve your writing skills
with online help from the UND Writing Center. Get online access to career services,
veteran and military services, financial services and more.
24/7 technical support: UND provides free computer, email and other technical support for all online students.
Networking opportunities: Our significant online student population means you’ll have a large pool of peers
to connect with. UND has numerous online events and activities to keep you connected.
Best Online College
Our high alumni salaries and job placement rates, with affordable online tuition rates
make UND a best-value university for online education. UND's breadth of online programs
rivals all other nonprofit universities in the upper Midwest making UND one of the
best online schools in the region.
UND ranks among the best online colleges in the nation for:
Student satisfaction (retention rate)
Academic quality (4-year graduate rate)
Student outcomes (20-year return on investment per Payscale.com)
Leaders in Civil Engineering
Brendan Blades began taking classes at UND to further his career as a civil engineer.