Master of Civil Engineering
The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree. Areas of concentration include construction engineering and management, geotechnical, structures and mechanics, transportation systems, and water resources. No thesis is required. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information
Associate Director of Distance Education Programs, College of Engineering
(What will I learn?)
To earn the Master of Civil Engineering degree, the student must complete 30 credit hours of graduate level courses at the 400, 500 or 700 level with an overall grade-point average of 3.0. At least 24 credit hours must be at the 500 level or above and 400-level courses must be outside of civil engineering.
Approximately two-thirds of all credit hours should be in civil engineering with an area of emphasis.
The remaining credit hours can be civil engineering courses or related courses from other departments.
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)
Prerequisites for admission to the MCE degree include an accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 3.0. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for admissions into the degree program; however, this may be waived upon request from students with engineering or closely related undergraduate degrees that have a strong mathematical curriculum.
Graduate School application deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 25 (US citizens); March 1 (Internationals)
- Spring semester: November 25 (US citizens); July 15 (Internationals)
- Summer I: March 25 (US citizens); December 15 (Internationals)
- Summer II: May 10 (US citizens): December 15 (Internationals)
Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)
The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.
Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.
Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.
(When can I start?)
To register for Engineering Online courses, visit the Engineering Online Registration website.
Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)
Tuition Level: Graduate EOL (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate COE Fee, Graduate Ed/Tech