Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Get practical training, advanced skills, and workplace experience to stand out as a leader in the civil engineering job market.

Finish in as little as 9 to 12 months.

Civil Engineering Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack College?

Our MS in civil engineering excels for its combination of deep technical knowledge and broad industry partnerships. Choose Merrimack if you seek:

High-impact professional experience.

Merrimack College’s master’s program in civil engineering includes unique fellowships that let you build professional experience while saving thousands on tuition. If selected for a fellowship, you’ll gain valuable mentoring from a civil engineering faculty member, building high-level, real-world skills in research or teaching.

Prolific faculty.

You’ll learn from civil engineering veterans who’ve practiced, consulted, and conducted research all over the world. Our instructors include accomplished pros such as Richard Fox, former CEO of CDM Smith; James Kaklamanos and Marc Veletzos, national experts in seismic engineering; and Cynthia Carlson, a leading researcher in the connections between civic infrastructure and public health.

A built-in industry network.

Merrimack College alumni are loyal and very involved in our civil engineering master’s program. Numerous Merrimack engineering graduates now hold high-level roles in consulting firms, construction companies and the public sector. They contribute to the student experience by speaking on campus, actively supporting our American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) student group, and offering mentorship and internships to our current master’s in engineering students.

International worldview.

Our civil engineering master’s degree program attracts students and faculty from across the globe. You’ll work alongside colleagues from India, Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe, South America and North America, acquiring a well-rounded perspective that equips you to practice civil engineering in diverse cultures and physical environments.

Affordability and flexibility.

Merrimack’s civil engineering graduate program offers multiple pathways to completion. Depending on your career objectives and your budget, you can earn the civil engineering master’s degree in 9, 12, or 18 months. You can take courses at varying times (including evenings if you work a full-time schedule), start the program in either the fall or spring term, and tap a range of scholarships, grants, and loans to support your education.

Program Format

  • On-Campus

Start Terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer I
  • Summer II


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Management Training Adds Value to Your Civil Engineering Degree

Merrimack’s master’s degree in civil engineering includes an optional engineering management specialization that prepares you for supervisory roles and leadership positions in project or construction management. You’ll take graduate courses in both engineering and business, developing skills that distinguish you in the civil engineering job market and have high value to employers.

Our civil engineering management specialization equips you to:

  • Manage projects
  • Lead high-functioning teams
  • Communicate effectively with clients
  • Oversee budgets and schedules
  • Engage in long-range planning
  • Analyze market opportunities and economic conditions
  • Oversee large-scale operations
  • Participate in executive decision-making

The management module can pay dividends whether you’re just entering the profession, or are an experienced pro seeking to advance your career.

Civil Engineering Job Connections

With its dynamic regional economy, Greater Boston offers a rich environment for starting or advancing your civil engineering career. Merrimack College has robust partnerships with employers throughout New England, enabling our civil engineering master’s students to gain real-world experience on projects ranging from public infrastructure to industrial planning, urban redevelopment, environmental remediation, and more. Civil engineering salaries average about $86,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers actively seek Merrimack civil engineering master’s degree graduates for their technical prowess, leadership ability, and communication skills. Our recent alumni work for firms such as:

  • GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Weston & Sampson
  • GEI Consultants
  • Tetra Tech
  • HDR
  • Gilbane
  • J. Tropeano, Inc.
  • Gill Engineering
  • J. Masterson Construction Corporation
  • Green International Affiliates
  • JF White
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation
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