Master of Civil Engineering

Building a Future in Engineering

Visit the American Society of Civil Engineers website and it doesn't mince words: the knowledge and skills needed by engineers in the 21st century are far greater than those of the 20th century, and yet time devoted to developing them in undergraduate engineering programs has decreased in the last 30 to 40 years. Maybe this is why our Master of Civil Engineering alumni report greater confidence as a result of completing the program – with the MCE program's focus on developing stronger communication and analytical skills and technical knowledge, the program helps to fill in a gap needed to help advance in the field.

Master of Civil Engineering alumna, Janet Frazier, describes her experience:

“I pursued the MCE program because I really wanted to get more knowledge about the technical side of structuring engineering. I feel gaining more knowledge will be helpful to me advance in my company.”

Given our history as the first private institution to teach civil engineering at the collegiate level, it is not surprising that we continue to set a new standard in civil engineering education. In addition to teaching the requisite technical skills, our online Master of Civil Engineering program also focuses on the "softer" skills that allow engineers to communicate more effectively with non-technical audiences, manage procurement to personnel in complex projects, and garner support for new ideas or inititatives.

Our graduates specifically highlight the skills they acquired at Norwich, such as critical thinking, research skills, project management and written communication in helping them to advance. It’s no question then, that 89% of our civil engineering graduates who responded to a recent survey* said they would recommend Norwich’s MCE online program to someone they know.

Career Outcomes

The Norwich Master of Civil Engineering program helps equip working adults in civil engineering or related fields with the technical and management skills needed to advance into leadership roles or to run their own companies. Depending on which concentration they choose, our graduates emerge from the program with specialized skills in structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, or construction management.

A recent alumni survey* reported that 85% of the civil engineering graduates who responded feel their workplace skills have been enhanced as a direct result of the Norwich MCE program. With these enhanced skills, 76% of our alumni respondents have seen a salary increase since the completion of the program.

Examples of positions held by our graduates include:

  • CAD/BIM Operator
  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Director of Community Development
  • Engineer Officer
  • Engineering Project Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant
  • Hydrology Consultant
  • Marine Transportation Specialist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • QA/QC Engineer
  • Regulatory Development Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Vice President
  • Water Quality Chemist

Where Our Graduates Work

Our civil engineering graduates work for national and international engineering firms, state and federal government agencies, branches of the military, non-profits, and for themselves as business owners.

Examples of employers include:

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Chester Engineers
  • ClarkDietrich Engineering Services
  • Department of Transportation, Connecticut
  • Dufresne Group
  • Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Gannett Fleming
  • Haiti Outreach
  • HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Michael Baker International, LLC
  • Northwest Florida Water Management District
  • URS Corporation
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Standards Evaluation & Development
  • Waterways Consulting
  • Wessler Engineering, Inc.
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

*Source: Norwich University Master of Civil Engineering Graduate Survey, fielded in March 2014