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Civil, Environ, & Constr Engr
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Create Safe and Sustainable Solutions That Make a Positive Mark on Communities

The MS in Civil Engineering degree program at UCF reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction and enhancement of the infrastructure of society. It’s an opportunity to advance your knowledge and specialize in one of four subdisciplines, including structural and geotechnical engineering, transportation systems engineering, water resources engineering and smart cities. Plus, civil engineering tracks are available fully online, offering the flexibility and convenience for you to balance work, school and life.

As a transportation gateway for global commerce, Central Florida’s become a hub with various connectivity options. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop transportation science and technology innovations that will create safe and sustainable solutions for generations to come. Throughout the program, you’ll also participate in two project design courses which allow you to duplicate real-world engineering problems and work through them with a small design team.

Civil engineering graduates often find positions in consulting firms, construction and construction-related industries, government agencies and academic institutions. Additionally, this program prepares you for professional licensure and certification opportunities to help further your career.

Smart Cities Track
FUTURe CITy initiative at UCF brings together a group of researchers and educators with a vision to synergistically explore the wide-ranging technological advances towards better serving urban residents. The initiative is a pioneering effort in the state and country. It is geared toward many aspects of CECE including: Smart transportation, Smart and resilient infrastructure, Smart and technological advancements in environmental engineering, and water resources.

Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Track
The Structural and Geotechnical Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the structural and geotechnical infrastructure of society.

Transportation Systems Engineering Track
The Transportation Systems Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the transportation infrastructure of society. The program’s course work focuses on transportation planning and operations, traffic engineering and construction engineering.

Water Resources Engineering Track
The Water Resources Engineering track in the Civil Engineering MS program reflects the very broad nature of the field, which encompasses the design, construction, and enhancement of the
sustainable infrastructure for society. The program’s course work focuses on water resources modeling, hydraulics and hydrology.

Female students working on engineering device.


UCF’s smart cities master’s degree track in civil engineering is the nation’s first such degree offered in the engineering field.
UCF’s civil engineering program ranks in the top 40 nationwide according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020.
Nationwide, the projected job growth for civil engineers is expected to increase by more than 6% in the coming years.
Civil engineer graduates earn an annual average salary of $92K.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1

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Course Overview

Smart City Built Infrastructure

Get an introduction to concepts, methods and technologies related to design, assessment, analysis, monitoring and non-destructive evaluation methods with specific applications for smart city built infrastructure.

Implement the matrix methods for structural analysis that are commonly and currently used in practice and in research, special topics such as finite element formulations, special analysis procedures and use of software packages.

Study operator and vehicle characteristics, and design for street capacity, signals, signs, and markings.

Gain an understanding of the concepts of fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics applied to natural and man-made flow of intent to civil and environmental engineering.

Civil Engineering Skills You'll Learn

  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences and function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.

Career Opportunities

  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Site Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer

Admission Requirements

The MS in Civil Engineering degree at UCF offers four tracks. Each track may have different requirements, including what’s needed to submit an application and articulation courses. The number of prerequisites depend on whether or not your background is within the discipline of civil engineering.

Please note that all requested materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

Check the specific track for required application materials. They may include:

  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of educational, research and professional career objectives
  • Letters of recommendation

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