Civil Engineering MS Degree

Graduate Admissions



The University of Texas at Tyler
Dept of Civil Engineering
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Phone 903.566.7273

Degree Information:

Dr. Mena Souliman
Phone: 903.565.5892

Graduate Admission Information:

The Office of Graduate Admissions STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

Program Information

Degree: MSCE

Hours: 30

College:  Engineering

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $13,572 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state on-campus enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support: Yes

Student Research: Yes

There are additional requirements for international students such as a detailed international transcript evaluation which determines an applicant's degree comparability to a US bachelor's degree (UT Tyler does NOT evaluate international transcripts). Must have a demonstrated proficiency in the use of the English language, both spoken and written.

Must have approval of the MSCE Graduate Coordinator and the Chair, Department of Civil Engineering.

Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor's degree in a civil engineering program accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission is required. Students who have not earned such a degree will be required to complete prerequisite coursework before starting the MSCE program as determined by the MSCE graduate coordinator.

Test Score Required: Satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or three years of engineering experience.

GPA: Satisfactory grade point average on the student’s last four semesters of academic study and last 60 semester credit hours of upper division undergraduate or graduate courses.

Letters of Recommendation: No

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: No

Admissions Essay: No

Deadlines: University deadlines apply. Summer admission is not offered to international applicants.

Career Outlook: A graduate degree in civil engineering is essential for faculty positions and for employment in certain research and development programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, starting salaries in the civil engineering field are among the highest paid. Graduates from UT Tyler’s MS in civil engineering program have gone on to jobs ranging from working with state highway departments and oil companies to designing buildings and water systems. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Civil Engineers.

Salary Information: See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

UT Tyler Civil Engineering Graduate Student Research:

  • Congestion Pricing and Optimal Tolling
  • Evaluating the Performance of Dual Distribution Systems

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Advance Your Career Leadership in Civil Engineering

Continue working while completing The University of Texas at Tyler’s master’s degree in civil engineering in just two years with evening classes on campus as well as some online course options.

  • Heighten your expertise in civil engineering specialty areas while gaining a competitive edge for advancement in your career.
  • Study in a civil engineering master’s program that complies with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, the latest edition of the industry standard for professional practice.

Most students in our master’s program are already professionals in the civil engineering field. This program prepares you to assume senior-level positions at engineering firms and provide leadership solving such critical infrastructure challenges as pollution, traffic congestion, water impurities, energy needs and urban crowding, and improving community planning.

Learn more from the civil engineering department.

Master’s in Civil Engineering: Developing Leaders. Honing Skills.

  • Choose from three options to earn your graduate school degree:
    • Research, which includes preparing a research thesis and completing graduate coursework and examinations.
    • Professional practice, which includes completing a capstone design project, in addition to coursework with a focus on professional practice.
    • Technical and management development, which includes completing additional courses to develop business management and engineering management skills.
  • Work closely with a UT Tyler engineering advisor to direct your master’s program to meet your career goals.
  • Participate in faculty research in areas ranging from the core-drilling method and structural evaluation to water demand forecasting, transportation and more.
  • Study in small graduate school classes to benefit from personalized faculty attention.
  • Network with peers as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter that features speakers, sponsors activities like the concrete canoe contest and keeps students connected with their career profession.

Civil Engineering Faculty: Broad Experience. Excellent Teaching.

  • Engage in research alongside professors who are regularly awarded research funding by leading corporations and major government agencies including TxDOT and TxAIRE.
  • Learn with faculty who are student-focused and dedicated to excellence in teaching, including earning such recognition as the ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • Study with professors who have had significant real-world experience in the field, working with the Utah Department of Transportation, SAS Institute, Inc., National Remote Sensing Agency, Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, the Peace Corps and other top employers.

More about UT Tyler’s civil engineering faculty.

Civil Engineering Courses: Challenging. Career-Oriented.

Civil Engineering Seminar – Explore current and historic topics in various areas of civil engineering. Speakers may include off-campus experts in the profession.

Operations Research and Advanced Mathematics – Gain an introduction to operations research techniques and advanced mathematics for the analysis of engineering systems. Discuss principles of problem identification and model formulation, linear and nonlinear programming, integer programming, multi-objective programming, dynamic programming and network programming. The course covers foundations of risk analysis, statistical modeling and computer simulation. Topics also include advanced linear algebra, partial differential equations and Fourier analysis.

Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering – Pursue a structured study of civil engineering topics that are not covered in other courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits if different topics are covered.

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