“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. 

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. 

civil engineering programLTU'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:  
ECE 5323 Environmental Cleanup
ECE 5333 Air Pollution Control
ECE 5343 Advanced Environmental Engineering
ECE 5353 Environmental Management
ECE 5363 Surface Water Quality Management
ECE 5393 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering
ECE 6313 Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment
Geotechnical Engineering:  
ECE 5413 Shallow and Deep Foundation Design
ECE 5423 Geoenvironmental Engineering
ECE 5433 Ground Improvement Methods
ECE 5443 Designing with Geosynthetics
ECE 5473 Earth Retaining Structures
ECE 5493 Special Topics in Geotechnical Engineering
ECE 6413 Engineering Properties of Soils
ECE 6423 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Structural Engineering:  
ECE 5703 Design of Timber Structures
ECE 5713 Analysis and Design of Prestressed Concrete
ECE 5723 Advanced Analysis and Design of Structures
ECE 5753 Advanced Concrete Design
ECE 5763 Advanced Composite Materials and Their Uses in Structures
ECE 5773 Advanced Steel Design
ECE 5783 Bridge Design I
ECE 5793 Special Topics in Structural Engineering
ECE 6723 Structural Design and Analysis for Fire Safety
ECE 6733 Finite Element Analysis for Structural Engineering
ECE 6743 Structural Dynamics
Transportation Engineering:  
ECE 5813 Pavement Analysis and Performance
ECE 5823 Pavement Management Systems
ECE 5833 Traffic Engineering
ECE 5843 Highway Safety Engineering
Water Resources Engineering:  
ECE 5523 River Engineering
ECE 5533 Coastal Engineering
ECE 5543 Design of Stormwater Management Systems
ECE 5553 Ports and Harbors Engineering
ECE 5593 Special Topics in Hydraulic Engineering
General Courses:  
ECE 5103 Applied Geographic Information Systems
ECE 5113 Sustainable Construction Practices
ECE 5911-3 Graduate Directed Study
ECE 5923 Special Topics in Civil Engineering
ECE 6053 Graduate Project
ECE 6073 Thesis I
ECE 6083 Thesis II
ECE 6113 Concrete Engineering

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.

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.


You can also receive the same rigorous education we provide in our campus program fully online. Receive your Master of Science in Civil Engineering flexibly -- while working full-time -- from the same prestigious, industry expert faculty who teach on our ground campus.

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