Civil Engineering, M.S. | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Civil Engineering, M.S.

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Today’s populations are growing at exponential rates. The pace strains the built environment, with our shared civic infrastructure — our bridges, dams, airports, and highways, among other resources — nearing capacity levels. Civil engineers respond to the issue by improving existing systems and designing projects that answer the new challenges raised by modern society.

Our MS program in Civil Engineering trains you to join their ranks. You can specialize in any of the following concentrations:

  • construction management and engineering
  • structural engineering
  • geotechnical engineering
  • environmental and water resource engineering
  • urban infrastructure systems
  • highway and traffic engineering

Our program is flexible, and you may elect for a more general course of study by taking 2 courses in 3 areas of concentration.

Admission to this program requires you to hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You also need to have a 3.0 GPA or better. Applicants lacking a BS from an ABET-accredited program in civil engineering (including those possessing undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines, engineering science, engineering technology and architecture, or from a foreign university) will have their qualifications reviewed by a graduate adviser. Admission may be granted and may include the requirement for additional undergraduate courses to correct deficiencies. These additional courses are not counted toward the MS degree, nor are undergraduate courses included in computing graduate grade-point averages.

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The program requires the completion of 30 credits. Students must complete either the single area of concentration or general program requirements as described in the NYU Bulletin.

Program Requirements

Sample Course Schedule

To earn an MS degree from the School of Engineering, you must maintain a B average (3.0 GPA) or better in

  1. all graduate courses taken at the School of Engineering,
  2. all graduate courses taken in the Department of Civil Engineering and
  3. all graduate guided studies (readings, project, thesis).

Poor scholastic performance (under 3.0 GPA) may lead to being placed on graduate probation. If your grades do not improve, you may be disqualified from further graduate study in the department. You may repeat a course with your adviser’s approval. When a course is repeated, only the later grade counts toward your GPA. If a course is repeated more than once, only the first grade is dropped from the GPA computation. In the event that you are required to take undergraduate prerequisite courses as a condition of admission, a grade of B- or better is required for every prerequisite course taken, and the cumulative GPA of all required prerequisite courses must be at least 3.0.