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An increasing number of employers in consulting or industry consider the master's degree as the entry-level degree.  The Ph.D. degree emphasizes advanced study and participation in creative research that is at the leading edge of the field.  Our department offers one of the top-ranked Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate programs in the country.

The M.S. degree may be completed with or without a thesis.  The M.S. degree requires 32 credit hours of graduate course credit if a thesis is part of the program (with 8 of the 32 hours comprising the thesis), and 36 hours without a thesis.  It is possible to complete the M.S. non-thesis degree in one year or less.  The Ph.D. program requires 32 additional hours of coursework beyond the M.S. degree, plus a comprehensive research program and preparation of a dissertation for an additional 32 hours of thesis research credit.

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Science in Civil Engineering

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are available in a variety of specialized areas.  In addition to the department's established interdisclinary programs in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability and Societal Risk Management, students can also develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers.

Special Degree Programs and Options

For further assistance or to arrange a visit, please contact Mickey Peyton, mpeyton@illinois.edu

Students from Under-represented Groups may be eligible for an all-expenses paid visit under the College of Engineering's Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) Program.

For more information about CEE graduate programs and courses, or to apply online, visit the Graduate Applications page.