Civil Engineering

Address critical societal needs with a graduate program ranked in the top fifty nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech offers diverse graduate studies in civil engineering:

Michigan Tech has a tradition of excellence in civil engineering education, emphasizing a blend of theory, practice, creativity, and hard work. The civil engineering program is committed to providing an intellectual environment and educational experience through which students and faculty members make significant contributions to society and the civil engineering profession through teaching, research, and practice.

Students have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary research and sustainability initiatives led by the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, the Sustainable Futures Institute, the Center for Water and Society, and the D80 Center.

Areas of Emphasis

Students may pursue their own studies in one of six current areas of research and education:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Civil engineering materials
  • Water resource engineering

World-Class Facilities

With more than $3 million in annual research expenditures, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintains eight state-of-the-art facilities for conducting research, including world-class petrography laboratories for characterizing materials. Graduate students have access to more than 43,000 square feet of research and teaching laboratories.

Other laboratories support structural testing, concrete mixing and testing, asphalt testing, binder characterization, hydrodynamic and scour studies, complex data visualization, and rail transportation planning. Through Benedict Laboratory, the largest lab on campus, Michigan Tech is one of a select few institutions that can test and evaluate ultrahigh-performance concrete.