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School of Science and Engineering

Master of Science Civil Engineering

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the practice of engineering.

This program emphasizes a holistic, systems view of the various disciplines. At its core, the curriculum provides formal instruction in the systems paradigm and in a set of mathematical tools appropriate to a particular focus area of interest and that will be used in subsequent courses.

Students working on civil engineering project in class

Why a Master’s in Civil Engineering?

This advanced study of civil engineering is ideal for individuals who are socially aware and would like to work with other professionals to solve societal problems. Merrimack’s program applies the latest in high-tech equipment and sophisticated procedures to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructures, including environmental, water resources, geotechnical structure, and transportation and is unique designed to respond to the significant demands for advanced degrees for careers in civil engineering.

The following video takes a behind-the-scenes look at the M.S. in civil engineering program and showcases the depth of knowledge of our faculty and the research opportunities afforded to our students. 



Students in the Graduate Engineering Programs have the option to specialize in Engineering Management

Engineering management “bridges the gap” between engineering and management, and enables a graduate to work with and through people to get things done. This specialization provides graduates with both technical and managerial skills, combining a typical engineering education (technical) with key elements of a typical management or business education (managerial).

Choose either GEN 6004, EEN 5265 or CEN5050 as the third core course plus at least two GMGT courses from the Master of Management degree.

Suggested management courses applicable to engineering management include:
  • Management Planning and Control (4 cr)
  • Leading Effective Teams (2 cr)
and one of the following:
  • Global Business & Economy (2 cr)
  • Effective Managerial Communication (2 cr)
  • World Class Operations (2 cr)
  • Marketing Analysis (4 cr)

Course descriptions can be found here.

Career Opportunities

Civil engineering is a highly versatile degree allowing graduates to work in many different industries and professions. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching. 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university;

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A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Technology in a different Engineering major (i.e. environmental engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management) with at least two of the following required design courses as pre-requisites:

o   Structural Analysis and Design
o   Environmental Engineering
o   Geotechnical or Foundation Engineering
o   Transportation Engineering

A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.