Civil Engineering—MS, PhD

The world's infrastructure needs you. At Michigan Technological University, you'll address the needs of our society by combining theory, practice, creativity, and hard work. We are committed to providing an intellectual environment that empowers students to make significant contributions to both the field of civil engineering and society as a whole. Are you ready?

Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students. Explore our Online Master's and Doctoral Program.

Program Overview

With a four-to-one graduate student-to-faculty ratio, students in the master's or doctorate in civil engineering program can tailor their academic plan within six areas of emphasis:

  • construction engineering and management
  • geotechnical engineering
  • structural engineering
  • transportation engineering
  • civil engineering materials
  • water resources engineering
  • Delivery Options

    • Online: MS, PhD
    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Civil Engineering Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the civil engineering program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Civil Engineering is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Online Programs

Additional Program Information

Want to learn more about civil engineering at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:


Graduate Director

Qingli Dai

Graduate Assistant

Angela Keranen


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your civil engineering MS and PhD. Sample areas include:

  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Structural
  • Water Resources

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

Michigan Tech has a tradition of excellence in civil engineering education, blending theory, practice, creativity, and hard work. You'll join an intellectual environment where students and faculty make the next breakthrough together.

Where You'll Work

We maintain eight start-of-the-art facilities for research, including world-class petrography laboratories for characterizing materials. Other laboratories support structural testing, concrete mixing and testing, asphalt testing, binder characterization, hydrodynamic and scour studies, complex data visualization, and rail transportation planning. Benedict Laboratory, the largest lab on campus, is one of a select few university labs that can test and evaluate ultra-high performance concrete.

Faculty Spotlight

Yousef Darestani

Yousef Darestani
Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

"Developing long-term, sustainable, and equitable green solutions to enhance the resiliency of coastal communities."

My research focuses on risk and resilience analysis and enhancement of infrastructures systems against weather related hazards. We leverage machine learning techniques to efficiently account for uncertainty in the hazards and complexities in system response to estimate vulnerabilities in coastal infrastructure systems such electric power and transportation systems.

Program Faculty