Why earn a master's degree in civil engineering at UND?

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The University of North Dakota's civil engineering graduate program offers an advanced study in civil engineering. At UND, you will:

  • Build on your knowledge to achieve a greater understanding of civil engineering and the design process.
  • Practice civil engineering in a wide range of professional settings including consulting firms, government agencies and industries.
  • Conduct research in your chosen area of interest. Many of our students specialize in environmental, structural, transportation, water resources, and general.
  • Get the advanced expertise and apply your knowledge for success in a wide range of opportunities at consulting firms, government agencies and industries.

M.S. vs. M.Eng. in Civil Engineering

UND offers two civil engineering masters degrees: Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). Please connect with the Department of Civil Engineering before making a final decision.

The M.S. program includes a thesis or research project/independent study, which prepares students for careers in research, practice and further studies toward a Ph.D.

The M.Eng. program is more course-based and includes writing a design project report. The program has a strong and directed emphasis toward the practice of engineering.

Civil Engineering at UND

  • Specialize in a focused engineering area, such as environmental, structural, water resources or pavement materials.

  • Work with a committed civil engineering faculty team to discover the area of most interest, and explore research and opportunities.

  • Most students complete their degree in under two years of full-time study.

  • Demonstrate practical skill that can be applied in the real world with a written design project requirement.

  • UND is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top online graduate engineering program. 

Civil Engineering Careers 


Median salary range for a civil engineer is over $83,000.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The civil engineering profession is expected to grow by 8 percent, double the growth of engineering jobs overall.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students gain a fuller understanding of engineering designed with the skills that many top companies in the public and private sector value in their search for advanced civil engineering talent. More advanced skills, like project management and engineering design, are in high demand.

UND civil engineering graduates can expect a range of job opportunities in many specialties such as:

  • Structural engineering
  • Project management
  • Water resource engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil engineering
  • Waste management

UND Civil Engineering Alumni

Civil Engineering alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • AE2S
  • Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Inc.
  • WSB & Associates, Inc.
  • Bolton & Menk, Inc.
  • Burns & McDonnell, Inc.

When You Earn a degree in Civil Engineering

A Civil Engineering degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • AutoCAD
  • Java (Programming Language)
  • Project Planning
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management

Civil Engineering Graduate Courses You Could Take

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Affordable Online Engineering College

UND's online master's in civil engineering program consistently ranks among the best for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Our customizable program allows student to specialize in one of three concerntrations and most can complete the program in under two years.

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