The online Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Colorado Denver prepares the next generation of engineers with the requisite set of skills to be experts, managers, and leaders within an ever-evolving industry. From our roads and bridges to our drinking water and energy systems, civil engineers build and maintain the foundation of our society. Now more than ever, there is a growing demand for civil engineers who can design innovative solutions that will improve our future. With a master’s in civil engineering, you’ll gain the technical expertise to make an immediate impact on the world around you as well as the leadership and communication skills you need to build a lasting career in any field.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

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College of Engineering, Design and Computing


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Program Details

The MS in Civil Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and can be completed in as few as 24 months. You’ll choose from two fully online specializations to focus your degree: Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) or Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Construction Engineering and Management

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Civil Engineering — Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) online program leverages CU Denver’s accredited schools of engineering, architecture, and business to prepare you for today’s complex construction industry. Our fully online program is designed to empower engineers, construction managers, architects, business majors, and others to take on leadership roles within a wide variety of construction career paths or to transition into the dynamic, exciting, and high-paying building industry.

Our program's core focuses on construction planning and controls, cost estimating, and materials and methods. Elective courses include sustainable construction, project management, BIM, and others. Additional advanced engineering courses are available in transportation, structures, soils, sustainability, and more.

You’ll graduate from the program with the hands-on expertise needed to engage in the responsibilities of construction engineers and managers, including building and site design, engineering, planning, and leading schedules, quality assurance and control, cost estimating, and construction project management.

Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering – Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) online program provides broad-based expertise and cutting-edge skills that span the growing geospatial field. Our program is created for engineers and other geospatial, environmental, and urban infrastructure professionals seeking skills in using and managing rapidly developing geospatial data technologies.

Our Geomatics and GIS curriculum covers a wide range of geospatial principles. You will learn from industry professionals in areas of surveying, geodesy, mapping science and cartography, GNSS and GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, high-definition surveying, and relational GIS databases.

Our program prepares graduates for careers in industry or the public sector. As a graduate, you will have a comprehensive understanding of both geomatics and GIS disciplines, empowering you to advance your career in geospatial engineering and analysis or continue conducting research to further advance the science of this field.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

Tuition is determined based on which CU Denver program is chosen, undergraduate or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


The Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering at CU Denver is designed for students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree in engineering. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering, you’ll follow the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering degree path, which is structured to give students more basic engineering knowledge in an interdisciplinary manner.

Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student, or an international student. Unsure whether you should pursue an MS or MEng? Fill out the form above or contact our Enrollment Team today to find out which degree is right for you.