Civil Engineering (Graduate)

Expand your understanding of the built environment by delving into innovative research opportunities, intensive study, and the opportunity to choose between designing a capstone research project or writing a thesis on the subject of their choice.

Civil Engineering – Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Candidates in the Civil Engineering graduate program at Montana State delve into research subjects that include geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation, water resource, environmental engineering, construction, land surveying and beyond. By earning a Masters of Engineering degree, candidates further their understanding of new subjects in the civil engineering field alongside award-winning faculty who are recognized leaders in their areas of expertise.

In addition to the coursework-focused Master of Engineering program, the Department of Civil Engineering also offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Civil Engineering.




At a creek-like channel built to allow fish to bypass the structure, a pair of Montana State University Civil Engineer graduate students have spent their summer gathering data that could one day help improve it.





The prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education® ranks Montana State University among the top five public, four-year universities for Very High Research Activity with a STEM-dominant research doctoral program.


WICHE Partnered Program
This graduate program honors the WICHE partnership for students from 15 western states. If you’re a resident of a WICHE state, you qualify for tuition significantly less than standard non-resident tuition. Learn more


Cutting-Edge Facilities
The Subzero Research Laboratory is one of the world's leading cold science research centers, while the Center for Biofilm Engineering has been a world leader in microbial biofilm research since it was established at MSU in 1990.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Civil Engineering department and Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, most of our incoming graduate students are funded with teaching assistantships for at least their first year. During that period, they connect with faculty and typically receive research assistantships for the remainder of their graduate studies. Applicants must be admitted before being considered for funding.


Research in the Civil Engineering department is interdisciplinary in nature but works heavily with the following research entities:


  • Center for Biofilm Engineering
  • Subzero Research Laboratory
  • Western Transportation Institute




Admissions Requirements

Note: no GRE Required.

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Civil Engineering program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Civil Engineering program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.