“Our experience with Lawrence Tech grads has been excellent. They are extremely well prepared, energetic, and professional – really top notch.”
George Hubbell, vice president, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Civil engineering has a long and notable history. Civil engineers have been responsible for great feats such as the Hoover Dam, Panama Canal, and the Statue of Liberty. Civil engineers design, construct, and maintain the very framework on which society depends – roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and harbors. They are involved in homeland security, safety, land and infrastructure development, risk assessment, private and public environmental systems, structural design and assessment, and waste management systems.


ms-civil-1.jpgAs the nation’s infrastructure ages and the demand for green technology increases, the role of the civil engineer remains crucial. From the roads and bridges that connect us to the buildings that shape our horizons, the future of civil engineering will require not only finding new and innovative solutions to age-old problems, but also a commitment to creating a more sustainable world.
Furthering your studies in civil engineering can be critical to your advancement and success in the field. Lawrence Technological University’s comprehensive master’s program in civil engineering is designed to provide you with a broad, high-quality, and contemporary educational experience. The program, which focuses on fundamental engineering theories while implementing new technologies, allows you to gain the skills needed to become a master at solving complex, real-life engineering problems.
Choose to pursue the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, which requires 30 credit hours for a thesis or project option or 33 credit hours for coursework only, and you will be exposed to Lawrence Tech’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning, offering you both technical and practical expertise. This degree provides you with a thorough understanding of the design process, while preparing you to approach complex problem solving from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Why LTU?

Designed for busy students and practicing professionals, Lawrence Tech's graduate program in civil engineering is offered in the evenings, and you can complete the degree in as few as three semestersms-civil-2.jpg. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge applied research projects that offer you exceptional hands-on experience. You also will have access to advanced industry software packages as well as Lawrence Tech’s state-of-the-art structural testing facilities.
You will learn from dedicated faculty, all of whom have professional experience. Many are involved in developing engineering design codes and experimental testing standards, as well as publishing in professional journals and attracting research grants from private foundations and public entities, such as the National Science Foundation and numerous state transportation departments.

As a graduate student in the civil engineering program, you can choose to specialize in a specific technical area or distribute your course work among five concentrations: structural, geotechnical, hydraulics/water resources, environmental, and transportation/highway engineering. However, you must complete a minimum of four courses in one of these concentrations.



Your program requires 30 to 33 credit hours, depending on the option chosen, and consists of:

Project Option
Technical Electives 27
Project 03
Total Credit Hours 30
Thesis Option
Technical Electives 24
Thesis 06
Total Credit Hours 30
Course Work Option:
Technical Electives 33
Total Credit Hours 33
Additional MSCE Requirements:

Most courses that are applied directly to the MSCE program are considered technical electives and are listed below along with the concentration (Environmental, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, and Transportation).  Additional courses under “General Courses” are considered technical electives as well with the exception of ECE 6053, ECE 6073, and ECE 6083.  In addition to the number of credits listed above for a specific option, students must select a breadth of technical electives to obtain the following:

  • At least three courses must be selected with formal presentations.  The list of courses with formal presentations changes periodically and updated versions are available at Lawrence Tech.
  • Students must obtain analytical skills by selecting a breath of courses with analytical credits (ACs).  The list of applicable courses and number of ACs attached to them changes periodically and updated versions are available at Lawrence Tech.
  • Students must complete a minimum of four courses within one concentration with the five concentrations shown in the list of courses below. 
Environmental Engineering:

ECE5323     Environmental Cleanup

ECE5333     Air Pollution Control

ECE5343     Advanced Environmental Engineering

ECE5353     Environmental Management

ECE5363     Surface Water Quality Management

ECE5393     Special Topics in Environmental Engineering

ECE6313     Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment

Geotechnical Engineering:

ECE5413     Shallow and Deep Foundation Design

ECE5423     Geoenvironmental Engineering

ECE5433     Ground Improvement Methods

ECE5443     Designing with Geosynthetics

ECE5473     Earth Retaining Structures

ECE5493     Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering

ECE6413     Engineering Properties of Soils

ECE6423     Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Structural Engineering:

ECE5703     Design of Timber Structures

ECE5713     Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete

ECE5723     Advanced Analysis and Design of Structures

ECE5753     Advanced Concrete Design

ECE5763     Advanced Composite Materials and Their Uses in Structures

ECE5773     Advanced Steel Design

ECE5783     Bridge Design I

ECE5793     Special Topics in Structural Engineering

ECE6723     Structural Design and Analysis for Fire Safety

ECE6733     Finite Element Analysis for Structural Engineering

ECE6743     Structural Dynamics

Transportation Engineering:

ECE5813     Pavement Analysis and Performance

ECE5823     Pavement Management Systems

ECE5833     Traffic Engineering

ECE5843     Highway Safety Engineering

Water Resources Engineering:

ECE5523     River Engineering

ECE5533     Coastal Engineering

ECE5543     Design of Stormwater Management Systems

ECE5553     Ports and Harbors Engineering

ECE5593     Special Topics in Hydraulic Engineering

General Courses:

ECE5103     Applied Geographic Information Systems

ECE5113     Sustainable Construction Practices

ECE5911-3  Graduate Directed Study

ECE5923     Special Topics in Civil Engineering

ECE6053     Graduate Project

ECE6073     Thesis I

ECE6083     Thesis II

ECE6113     Concrete Engineering

Course Descriptions   

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  A bachelor of science in civil engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET-accredited under-graduate program. Non-engineering graduates may be admitted to the program but may be required to take additional courses as specified by the program director;

3.  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;

4.  Three letters of recommendation, preferably from employers and professors;

5.  Official transcripts of all college work;
6.  A professional resume.
If you do not meet all the conditions for regular admission you may be considered for provisional admission upon review by the Engineering Graduate Admission Committee.

Get Started   

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions regarding the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, contact Lawrence Tech’s College of Engineering at 248.204.2500 or engrdean@ltu.edu.