Civil Engineering Program FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Master of Civil Engineering?

Norwich University’s Master of Civil Engineering program provides a highly relevant and practical foundation for the 21st-century engineers who wish to advance in this ever-changing field, assume new responsibilities, and become leaders in engineering firms.  As the National Academy of Engineering reports, “The exploding body of science and engineering knowledge cannot be accommodated within the context of the traditional 4-year baccalaureate degree.” Norwich recognizes this, and prepares  students to graduate with valuable skills in project management, critical thinking, and verbal and written communication. Concentrations offer students the ability to specialize in one of four areas of civil engineering. See below.

2. How do I qualify for the civil engineering program?

The Master of Civil Engineering program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the civil engineering program admissions page.

3. What courses can I take in the civil engineering program?

All students in the civil engineering program have the opportunity to master project management techniques, tools, and management, along with engineering mathematics. The remaining courses that civil engineering master’s students take depend upon the concentration chosen.

4. What concentrations can I specialize in?

Students can choose from one of four concentrations:  structural, geotechnical, construction management, or environmental/water resources.

5. How much does the civil engineering program cost?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Master of Civil Engineering program is $31,926.  For detailed information about program costs, visit the Tuition Information page.

6. When can I begin the program?

Entry into the Master of Civil Engineering program is available two times per year: in March or September. Undergraduate level prerequisite courses are offered throughout the year for applicants not meeting all admission requirements.

7. How have graduates of the civil engineering program applied their degree?

Our civil engineering alumni, in addition to owning their own firms, have found employment with notable organizations including URS Corporation, the Army Corps of Engineers, Colby Company Engineering, Northrop Grumman, AMEC, and American Water. For more details on employment opportunities, visit the civil engineering career outcomes page.

8. How are the civil engineering program faculty members selected?

Civil engineering program instructors all have advanced degrees and are licensed Professional Engineers. They must demonstrate university/college-level teaching experience, and solid, practical experience in civil engineering consulting and design. To meet some of the featured program faculty, visit the civil engineering program page.

9. What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution OR an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, AACRAO, IERF, or SpanTran
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 94 (Internet-based test, or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements
10. Is Norwich University ABET accredited?

Norwich University has a legacy of engineering excellence, and was the first private institution in the United States to offer civil engineering courses. The David Crawford School of Engineering is home to three ABET-accredited bachelor’s programs including the BS in Civil Engineering (BSCE), the BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Currently, there is only one Master of Civil Engineering program in the U.S. that is ABET-accredited, and while our BSCE program is ABET-accredited, our MCE program is not. Our Master of Civil Engineering program was designed by the same full-time faculty who designed and teach in the ABET-accredited Norwich University BSCE. There are numerous high-quality graduate programs available today that do not bear the ABET accreditation.

At Norwich University we are proud of our online Master of Civil Engineering program and the relevant curriculum that offers in-demand skills for today’s public and private sector civil engineering leaders. Our students and alumni can be found in some of the top construction management, civil engineering, and consulting firms across the world.

If you have any additional questions about ABET accreditation and the MCE program, please feel free to contact an admissions advisor.

11. Is it possible to work full-time while studying civil engineering?

Yes, the civil engineering program is designed to complement your day-to-day work schedule

12. How long is the civil engineering program?

The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. In some cases, students may be required to take a prerequisite course. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18-24 months.

13. Is there any specific computer software or technology that I’ll need for the civil engineering program?

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize programs that run Microsoft software. They will also need use of a scanner, and the programs Autodesk, Adobe Acrobat, and Skype. Some courses will also require specific software. Upon acceptance, students will be provided list of required hardware and software programs.