| lsu.edu | myLSU
LSU Online logo
Civil engineers look at development plans

Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Discover LSU’s World-Class Online Degrees

I agree to the Privacy Agreement

Total Credit Hours

Cost Per Credit Hour

Total Credit Hours

Cost Per Credit Hour

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. Gain the tools needed to address globalization and sustainability, while advancing your position as a lead civil engineer.

time icon

Earn a degree on your time

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

support icon

Continued Support

Throughout your entire academic journey, a personal Learner Concierge will be available to answer questions and offer encouragement.

expert icon

Learn from experts

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.


Top Ranked

The MS in Civil Engineering is ranked by U.S. News as one of the Best Online Programs for master’s in engineering.

Explore This Program


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.

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $779

Total cost with fees: $28,044

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings

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

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in civil engineering from an accredited institution or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 3.0. A GPA of 2.75 may be accepted with relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must have a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 300 minimum (1100 on the old GRE scoring scale) for regular admission and a 294 minimum (1000 on the old GRE scoring scale) for probationary admission to our graduate program. The GRE may be waived for applicants with relevant experience (or at least 3 years of relevant and verifiable work experience satisfying professional engineering licensure requirement).
  • 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 2710 - Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • 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

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

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 (coeasscdean@lsu.edu) with questions related to licensure or certification.

Career Insight Tool

LSU Online & Continuing Education uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to pull real-time labor market information. The company's artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in-demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers. Please note that your career opportunities are not limited to these options.