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Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering

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Application Deadline: May 13, 2024

Summer 1 2024 classes start on May 27, 2024

Become a Global Leader in Engineering.

Start building a strong career with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering at LSU Online. Designed for civil engineering professionals looking to elevate and refresh their knowledge of the industry, our online MS in Civil Engineering program offers many areas of specialization that can advance your career. Our students become equipped to design, develop, and effectively lead in the civil engineering industry.

In addition, this unique program aims to graduate highly-qualified engineers, who will be trained with the focus on tackling the specific needs of the deteriorating civil infrastructures in coastal areas. Students will gain the tools needed to address globalization and sustainability, while advancing their position as a lead civil engineer.

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Earning the online civil engineering degree allows students to complete their coursework while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities.

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Increase your earnings with a median annual salary of $107,400 (Lightcast) and join the growing class of engineering talent.

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Led by field-experienced experts, our online civil engineering degree is an advanced program that provides fundamental principles and techniques in a flexible learning environment.

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Cost Master's in Civil Engineering

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $779

Total cost with fees: $28,044

You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Master's in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Core Credit Hours
CE 7335: Soil Improvement and Stabilization 3
CE 4650: Introduction to Asphalt Mix Design 3
CE 7700: Geotechnical Engineering and Construction 3
CE 7610: Traffic Engineering Operations and Control 3
CE 4670: Pavement Design 3
CE 7701: Concrete in Transportation Applications 3
CE 7425: Advanced Bridge Engineering 3
CE 7672: Pavement Management System 3
CE 4600: Geometric Design of Highways and Airports 3
CE 4660: Infrastructure Condition Assessment 3
CE 7701: Pavement Evaluation and Rehabilitation 3
CE 7660: Advanced Pavement Design Analysis 3

Admission Requirements Master's in Civil Engineering

  • An undergraduate degree in civil engineering from a regionally-accredited institution or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 2.75 may be accepted with relevant work experience.
  • GRE waived until August of 2024.
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation. 
  • The TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old) are required for international applicants unless they have completed one year of full-time study at a U.S. university. For the TOEFL, applicants must have a score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, a 213 on the computer-based test, or a 79 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5, or a PTE score of at least 59.

Applicants Without an Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engineering

Students without a BSCE are allowed to enroll in graduate programs. However, those students are required to pass leveling courses to satisfy department requirements. The department and transportation specialty leveling courses are listed below. Students may enroll as a non-matriculating until leveling courses are completed.

  • MATH 1550 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH 1552 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH 2065 - Elementary Differential Equations
  • CE 2450 - Statics
  • CE 2200 - Fluid Mechanics
  • MATH 2057 - Multidimensional Calculus
  • CE 2700 - Introduction to Civil Engineering Practice
  • EXST 2201 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • CE 3300 - Geotechnical Engineering I
  • CE 3400 - Mechanics of Materials
  • CE 3600 - Principles of Highway and Traffic Engineering
  • CE 3700 - Engineering Materials Laboratory

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities Master's in Civil Engineering

  • DOTD Project Manager
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Pavement Engineer
  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Architectural Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Environmental Engineer

What Will I Learn? Master's in Civil Engineering

Students enrolled in our online master in civil engineering program will have the flexibility to plan their curriculum through specializations. At the end of the program, students will be equipped to design, develop, and effectively lead in the civil engineering industry. Graduates will gain the tools needed to address globalization and sustainability while advancing their careers as lead civil engineers.


Students can learn a diverse range of topics, including the following: 

  • Construction technology, materials, and management
  • Commercial software for pavements, geotechnics and structures
  • Cost estimation, conflicts and claims, and scheduling
  • The differences between the built environment and the earth
  • The use of natural resources in construction
  • Public infrastructure and the growth of the urban environment
  • The analysis and design of structures

Why Choose This Program? Master's in Civil Engineering

Why choose LSU’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering?

Our Master of Science in Civil Engineering is a top-ranked program that is taught by experienced instructors. The program is flexible, 100% online, and perfect for working professionals. Our master’s in civil engineering degree also boasts competitive, flat-rate tuition for students around the nation. 

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for over 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

Licensure and Certification Master's in Civil Engineering

While professional licensure and certifications are available in fields related to our degree programs, our programs do not directly result in licensure or certification. Licensure in fields related to engineering, construction management, or computer science generally falls under the jurisdiction of external organizations such as state licensing boards. For example, engineering licensure in Louisiana is governed by Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying (LAPELS) Board. If you intend to pursue such credentials, we advise you to contact the applicable authority to familiarize yourself with their specific requirements. Further, you may contact the associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering ( with questions related to licensure or certification.

You May Be Wondering... (FAQ) Master's in Civil Engineering

Question:  Will my degree say LSU Online?

Answer: No, upon program completion you will receive the same diploma as your on-campus peers.

Question: Do I ever need to appear at the LSU campus for LSU Online programs?

Answer: No, you do not. LSU Online programs are 100% online and require no on-campus appearance. Check with your program for any activities or events that may be available to you should you be in the Baton Rouge area.

Question: How do I find out who my advisor and/or class instructor is?

Answer: Your advisor will be assigned by your department. Feel free to contact your department for specifics as to who your instructor will be for a class. Generally, Moodle (the class delivery system) displays class information at least 10 to 14 days before the class begins. Instructions for Moodle are covered in the LSU Online Orientation.

Question: Is financial aid available for online students?

Answer: Yes, students in an LSU Online graduate program may be eligible for financial aid. For more information email your questions to

Question: Is the Master of Science in Civil Engineering from LSU fully accredited? 

Answer: Yes, the  Master of Science in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Question: Do I have to pay the full tuition upfront?

Answer: No, you pay as you go for each course you’re registered in for the term.

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