“Our experience with Lawrence Tech grads has been excellent. They are extremely well prepared, energetic, and professional – really top notch.”
George Hubbell, vice president, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Civil engineers address the new and emerging challenges facing societies and nations. As infrastructures age and the necessity for green technologies increases, the demand for civil engineers and their problem-solving skills is growing. 


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the projected job growth for civil engineers in the next 10 years is 20 percent. 

Continuing your studies at the graduate level can position you to take advantage of these opportunities. Lawrence Technological University's Master of Science in Civil Engineering is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the design process while preparing you to approach complex problem solving from a multidisciplinary perspective. LTU offers you a top-notch education focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership. 

Why LTU?

Located at the center of the nation's #1 region for engineering, architecture, and technology, LTU is uniquely positioned to provide you the latest advanced knowledge in the field. Your expert professors are internationally renowned researchers with strong industry experience. Many are involved in developing design codes and experimental testing standards, as well as publishing in professional journals and attracting research grants from such entities as the National Science Foundation and state transportation departments. 

You can participate in cutting-edge applied research that offers you exceptional hands-on experience in LTU's state-of-the-art facilities, which include: 

Center for Innovative Materials Research: a national resource for the development of innovative materials for defense and infrastructure applications. Its environmental and fire chambers and load-testing frames make it one of the most unique and advanced research facilities in the world. 

Structural Testing Center and the Environmental; Geotechnical and Materials; Hydraulics Engineering; and Flammability, Smoke and Toxicity Laboratories

You'll also have access to LTU's Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute, a regional resource that promotes positive environmental change through research, education, and the application of innovative water management techniques. 

ms-civil-2.jpgLTU's MS in Civil Engineering gives you three program choices: a 30-credit thesis option, a 30-credit project option, and a 33-credit coursework-only option. you must also specialize in one of five concentrations by taking 12 credits in structural, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, or transportation engineering. Most courses are available in the evenings, and you can complete your degree in as few as three semesters. 


Your program requires 30 - 33 credit hours, depending on the option you choose:

Technical Electives 27
Project 03
Total Credit Hours 30
Thesis Option  
Technical Electives 24
Thesis 06
Total Credit Hours 30
Technical Electives 33
Total Credit Hours 33
Additional MSCE Requirements:  

Most courses that are applied directly to the MSCE program are considered technical electives and are listed below along with the concentration (Environmental, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, and Transportation).  Additional courses under “General Courses” are considered technical electives as well with the exception of ECE 6053, ECE 6073, and ECE 6083.  In addition to the number of credits listed above for a specific option, students must select a breadth of technical electives to obtain the following:

  • At least three courses must be selected with formal presentations.  The list of courses with formal presentations changes periodically and updated versions are available at Lawrence Tech.
  • Students must obtain analytical skills by selecting a breath of courses with analytical credits (ACs).  The list of applicable courses and number of ACs attached to them changes periodically and updated versions are available at Lawrence Tech.
  • Students must complete a minimum of four courses within one concentration with the five concentrations shown in the list of courses below. 
Environmental Engineering:  

ECE5323     Environmental Cleanup

ECE5333     Air Pollution Control

ECE5343     Advanced Environmental Engineering

ECE5353     Environmental Management

ECE5363     Surface Water Quality Management

ECE5393     Special Topics in Environmental Engineering

ECE6313     Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment


Geotechnical Engineering:  

ECE5413     Shallow and Deep Foundation Design

ECE5423     Geoenvironmental Engineering

ECE5433     Ground Improvement Methods

ECE5443     Designing with Geosynthetics

ECE5473     Earth Retaining Structures

ECE5493     Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering

ECE6413     Engineering Properties of Soils

ECE6423     Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Structural Engineering:  

ECE5703     Design of Timber Structures

ECE5713     Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete

ECE5723     Advanced Analysis and Design of Structures

ECE5753     Advanced Concrete Design

ECE5763     Advanced Composite Materials and Their Uses in Structures

ECE5773     Advanced Steel Design

ECE5783     Bridge Design I

ECE5793     Special Topics in Structural Engineering

ECE6723     Structural Design and Analysis for Fire Safety

ECE6733     Finite Element Analysis for Structural Engineering

ECE6743     Structural Dynamics

Transportation Engineering:  

ECE5813     Pavement Analysis and Performance

ECE5823     Pavement Management Systems

ECE5833     Traffic Engineering

ECE5843     Highway Safety Engineering

Water Resources Engineering:  

ECE5523     River Engineering

ECE5533     Coastal Engineering

ECE5543     Design of Stormwater Management Systems

ECE5553     Ports and Harbors Engineering

ECE5593     Special Topics in Hydraulic Engineering

General Courses:  

ECE5103     Applied Geographic Information Systems

ECE5113     Sustainable Construction Practices

ECE5911-3  Graduate Directed Study

ECE5923     Special Topics in Civil Engineering

ECE6053     Graduate Project

ECE6073     Thesis I

ECE6083     Thesis II

ECE6113     Concrete Engineering


Course Descriptions

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

1.  Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;

2.  A bachelor of science in civil engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET-accredited under-graduate program. Non-engineering graduates may be admitted to the program but may be required to take additional courses as specified by the program director;

3.  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;

4.  Three letters of recommendation, preferably from employers and professors;

5.  Official transcripts of all college work;
6.  A professional resume.
If you do not meet all the conditions for regular admission you may be considered for provisional admission upon review by the Engineering Graduate Admission Committee.

Get Started

Admission to the MS in Civil Engineering program requires: 

- A BS is Civil Engineering (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Official transcripts of all completed college work
- Professional resume 
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from employers and professors
- Application for Graduate Admission 

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

For specific questions regarding the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, contact Lawrence Tech’s College of Engineering at 248.204.2500 or engrdean@ltu.edu.