MS in Civil Engineering

Published On: 16 Oct 2012

 | Last Updated On: 07 Jan 2013

One of the traditional engineering branches includes Civil engineering. Civil engineering typically deals with securing naturally built environments i.e. civil engineers deal with all physical infrastructure and supplies. With the modern world infrastructure expanding at a fast pace, the demand for infrastructure that sustains the growth is high. This is where civil engineers play a major role.  As a civil engineer you could be engaged in a project from design stage to the completion stage.

MS programs in Civil engineering are designed to equip students with advanced knowledge about the technology in modern civil engineering practice. Students can gain knowledge in several civil engineering specializations.

Popular specializations in MS Civil engineering:

  • Structural engineering.
  • Construction management and engineering.
  • Environmental engineering.
  • Geotechnical engineering.
  • Urban systems engineering and management.

However, Structural and Geotechnical engineering are emerging as the most popular specializations in Civil engineering abroad.  Most of the universities offer flexible programs wherein the student can choose a set of subjects as per his/her likes. On completing your master’s course in civil engineering, you will be able to analyze and design civil engineering infrastructures, understand the modern technologies, materials and the processes involved and you will have a specialization, which will help you advance in your profession.

Basic requirements:

All aspirants of the master’s program in civil engineering must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field like engineering, natural science or other appropriate discipline. Most universities will require you to submit your Graduate Record Examinations or GRE scores. Some universities also require you to take the English proficiency test. Please check for the basic requirements with the university as the requirements vary from each university depending on the course.

Top world universities offering MS in Civil Engineering:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University 
  • University of Toronto

Job prospects:

The demand for competent professionals in the field of civil engineering is on a rise. Those with a Master’s degree in Civil engineering have great opportunities. You could work in the public sector, private sector or even for the national government. You will be involved with a project right from the conceptualization to the completion stage. The market for civil engineers in foreign countries has also improved with candidates earning increased starting salaries.

Civil engineering has an interesting streak of its own. As a civil engineer you are the builder of modern day society and the civilization dwells on your creations.

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