Civil Engineering Program FAQs

What courses can I take in the civil engineering program?

All students in the civil engineering program have the opportunity to master project management techniques, tools, and management, along with engineering mathematics. The remaining courses that civil engineering master’s students take depend upon the concentration chosen.

What concentrations can I specialize in?

Students can choose from one of four concentrations: structural, geotechnical, construction management, or environmental/water resources.

When can I begin the program?

Entry into the Master of Civil Engineering program is available two times per year: in March or September.

How have graduates of the civil engineering program applied their degree?

Our civil engineering alumni, in addition to owning their own firms, have found employment with notable organizations including URS Corporation, the Army Corps of Engineers, Colby Company Engineering, Northrop Grumman, AMEC, and American Water.

How are the civil engineering program faculty members selected?

Civil engineering program instructors all have advanced degrees and are licensed Professional Engineers. They must demonstrate university/college-level teaching experience, and solid, practical experience in civil engineering consulting and design.

Is Norwich University ABET accredited?

Norwich University has a legacy of engineering excellence, and was the first private institution in the United States to offer civil engineering courses. The David Crawford School of Engineering is home to three ABET-accredited* bachelor’s programs including the BS in Civil Engineering (BSCE), the BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the BS in Mechanical Engineering.

While our BSCE program is ABET-accredited, our MCE program is not. Our Master of Civil Engineering program was designed by the same full-time faculty who designed and teach in the ABET-accredited Norwich University BSCE. There are numerous high-quality graduate programs available today that do not bear the ABET accreditation.

At Norwich University we are proud of our online Master of Civil Engineering program and the relevant curriculum that offers in-demand skills for today’s public and private sector civil engineering leaders. Our students and alumni can be found in some of the top construction management, civil engineering, and consulting firms across the world.

If you have any additional questions about ABET accreditation and the MCE program, please feel free to contact an admissions advisor.

*ABET is a non-for-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Types of programs accredited include, industrial hygiene, bioengineering, chemical engineering, and systems engineering.

How long is the civil engineering program?

The program’s six courses (each six credits) take approximately 18 months to complete. In some cases, students may be required to take a fundamentals course. Depending on when you start the program, you can expect your degree to be conferred in 18-24 months.

Is there any specific computer software or technology that I’ll need for the civil engineering program?

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize programs that run Microsoft software. They will also need use of a scanner, and the programs Autodesk, Adobe Acrobat, and Skype. Some courses will also require specific software. Upon acceptance, students will be provided list of required hardware and software programs.

What are the requirements for applying to the program?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERF, or SpanTran.
  • The GRE is not required to apply, but may be requested based upon an applicant's undergraduate GPA.
  • If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test, or iBT) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.
How much does the civil engineering program cost?
  • Price per credit: $808
  • Term tuition: $4,848
  • Library fee: $75/term
  • Technology fee: $300/term
  • Graduation fee (one-time): $150
  • Total program cost: $31,488
Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

When you apply for admission to the civil engineering program, you can submit transcripts and course outlines from previously attended institutions of higher education to be considered for transfer credits. Transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and up to 12 credits may be accepted. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as they pertain to transfer credits.

Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.