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Master of Civil Engineering

Design your future. Specialize in one of four civil engineering disciplines.

A passion for engineering is a lifelong venture, and a passion that we share here at Norwich University. Our online Master of Civil Engineering program is uniquely designed to combine current engineering principles and leadership best practices. It can help you gain greater proficiency as an engineer and enable you to be an engineering leader in your organization, community, and the nation.


  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental/Water Resources Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Why Norwich?

Learn from technically trained and active industry experts.

Enhance your technical knowledge, management abilities and practical skills.

Earn your degree with a curriculum aligned with recommendations from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Start with no GMAT or GRE.

Tailor your studies with four concentration options.

Apply to one of two start dates per year.

Benefit from a university recognized as offering Best Value with respect to high academic quality and low net cost of attendance, according to U.S. News & World Report.*

*Rankings are based on undergraduate programs and on students who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Quick Info

1 Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15 Students

Maximum number of students per class

18 Months

Average time to program completion

4 March

Next Start Date

4 February

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

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Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation's oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Regional Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.


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Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.



Online Master of Civil Engineering Curriculum

Norwich’s online Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) program is made up of six courses, each delivered over 11 weeks in length for a total of 36 credit hours. Students master one course at a time, to create a strong foundation of knowledge and context for future topics.

Our graduates can:

  • Demonstrate the ability to solve real-world problems through application of engineering fundamentals, mathematics, natural and social sciences, humanities, and technology.

  • Apply crucial leadership skills and leverage personal expertise to effectively lead a team of engineers or establish their own business.

  • Work professionally in team environments to design and construct both structural and environmental systems.

Fundamental Courses
Each concentration offers a set of fundamental courses. Fundamental courses are designed for students who do not meet all the admission requirements. Assessments are conducted on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with your admissions advisor to learn more.

Curriculum Map
A one-page curriculum map outlining the courses by concentration can be downloaded for your use.

Core Curriculum

Students begin the program by taking the following two courses and complete the program with a capstone project. 

Structural Engineering

Designed to reinforce the fundamentals of structural engineering and engineering mechanics, students examine the design of steel, timber structures, and the benefits of reinforced, prestressed, and precast concrete structures.

Environmental/Water Resources Engineering

Examine the fundamentals of environmental and water resource engineering with this concentration. Explore the physicochemical and biological processes for water and wastewater treatment and study key aspects of geographic information systems (GIS) and geo-environmental engineering.

Construction Management

Build your business management and leadership skills from a civil engineering perspective with this concentration. Gain the expertise necessary to lead a team of engineers and manage every aspect of an engineering business.

Geotechnical Engineering

Review engineering mechanics and the foundations of engineering while exploring earthquake engineering, soil mechanics, and soil stabilization. Study numerical methods for the analysis of complex geotechnical circumstances.


Our civil engineering program ends in a residency at the historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Curriculum requirements are subject to change without notice.

Fundamentals Courses for the Structural

Fundamentals Courses for the Environmental/Water Resources

Fundamentals Courses for the Construction Management

Fundamentals Courses for the Geotechnical


Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees

Careers & Outcomes

Career Opportunities for Master of Civil Engineering Graduates

Civil engineering requires a high level of expertise in a variety of topics, including construction design, operation, maintenance, and federal, state, and local compliance laws. That’s why careers associated with this degree are well-compensated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers earn an average salary of $83,540. The highest 10% earn more than $132,880 per year.

The Norwich Master of Civil Engineering program helps equip professionals working in civil engineering or related fields with the technical and management skills needed to advance into leadership roles or to run their own companies.

We have helped thousands of graduates pursue a variety of roles, including:

Career Roles

  • CAD/BIM Operator
  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Project Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant
  • Hydrology Consultant
  • Marine Transportation Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • QA/QC Engineer
  • Regulatory Development Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Water Quality Chemist

Our alumni have attained positions at top organizations, including*:

Places of Work

  • Appledore Marine Engineering
  • Consolidated Design Professionals
  • Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Brown Consultants
  • FTN Associates
  • Shell Techworks
  • Giant Equatorial Construction Co. Ltd.
  • P-Sqare Consulting Ltd.
  • University of Iowa
  • The Bell Company
  • Source Architechnology Systems, Inc.

What our graduates have to say:

  • 100% of responding Master of Civil Engineering graduates agree that our program gave them practical skills applicable to their job.*
  • More than 85% of responding graduates were successful in advancing in their current field or career.*
  • More than 90% of responding Master of Civil Engineering alumni would recommend our online program to someone they know.*
  • Read more about our Master of Civil Engineering student outcomes.

*Source: Norwich University Master of Civil Engineering Graduate Survey, fielded March 2016.

Where are Norwich Alumni Today?

Mike Staley

MCE alumnus promotes experiential and service learning; nears completion of doctorate.

Class of 2008,
Master of Civil Engineering

Elik Livay

Elik Livay named senior associate at Gannett Fleming.

Class of 2008,
Master of Civil Engineering

Michael Blount

Faculty member shares insight on LEED standards with Federal News Radio.

Master of Civil Engineering

Kevin Bollinger

MCE alumnus receives grant approval for major research.

Class of 2011,
Master of Civil Engineering

Faculty & Staff

Part of what makes the online Master of Civil Engineering program at Norwich University a great choice for engineering professionals is our dedicated faculty and staff members. Our program is taught by accomplished faculty members with real-world and academic experience in structural, geotechnical, environmental, and construction engineering. Each are highly regarded for their professionalism and dedication, and have extensive hands-on experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. Our staff members provide additional support from day one to graduation.

We have an in-house instructional design team that work hand-in-hand with program faculty and staff to ensure an efficient and interactive online learning experience in each course.


Get to know the graduates of Norwich’s online Master of Civil Engineering program.

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