Portage Lift bridge in up position for boat passing through

Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.. —Albert Einstein

Civil Engineering—MS, PhD

Fast Facts

  • 4:1 graduate student-to-faculty ratio
  • More than $4.5 million in annual research expenditures
  • Michigan Tech scientists in Civil Engineering are helping NASA optimize a new space station water system by making pee potable.
  • U.S. News & World Report rates Michigan Tech's Civil Engineering graduate program in the top 50 nationwide
  • Research funding $4.5 million per year: Engineering News Record ranked the Civil & Env. Engineering department as one of the top ten (out of 250) in the U.S. based on the percentage of departmental income from research.

Learn more about the Civil Engineering programs.

Graduate Programs in Civil Engineering

Michigan Tech offers a full component of graduate programs in civil engineering.

Students may explore their own areas of interest or focus on one of five current areas of research and education:

  • geotechnical engineering
  • structural engineering
  • transportation engineering
  • civil engineering materials
  • water resource engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering maintains six state-of-the-art facilities for conducting research, including world-class petrography laboratories for characterizing materials. Other laboratories support structural testing, PCC concrete mixing and testing, asphalt testing, binder characterization, complex data visualization, and computational research. Through Benedict Laboratory, the largest lab on campus, Michigan Tech is one of a select few institutions that can test and evaluate ultra-high performance concrete.

Projects include the use of fly ash as a partial replacement for portland cement concrete; use of cement kiln dust as a subbase stabilizer in roads; use of ultrahigh performance concrete for stronger and more efficient structures, including bridges; warm-mix asphalt processes; effects of anti-icing chemicals on pavements; rapid construction of decked prestressed concrete bridge beams; information visualization and modeling of human-resource interactions to aid complex decision-making; load-sharing and system factors for light-frame timber construction; and the impact of logging trucks on traffic safety.

Learn more about the Civil Engineering programs.