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Earn a master of science degree from one of the nation's top civil engineering departments entirely online. Explore our Certificate program, or take a class as a non-degree student. All online students receive access to recorded on-campus lectures and follow the class syllabus, including the same assignments, exams, and projects as on-campus students.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enjoys an outstanding reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, and for research that improves the quality of life in our nation and around the world. CEE at Illinois consistently ranks among the most elite programs in the U.S. and worldwide for both undergraduate and graduate studies (graduate programs currently ranked #1; US News & World Report).
Since the founding of the department in 1871, Illinois civil engineers have made their mark on the nation. Illinois engineers have worked on numerous infrastructure landmarks: the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the New York subway, the interstate highways, and drinking water and waste treatment systems in communities across the nation. Illini engineers continue to design, build and improve society’s infrastructure—in the United States and, increasingly, throughout the world.
The M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering requires 36 credit hours (a thesis is not required). Students choose a specialty area and also have the option to develop cross-disciplinary programs in consultation with their advisers. Online students have five years to complete the program.
The department specialty areas currently available online are:
In addition, courses are available online in the following areas of concentration to complement the student's area of specialty.
The Certificate Program allows students to receive a certificate in a specialized area within civil and environmental engineering. Each certificate requires students to complete three courses (one must be at the 500-level, except for the Railroad Engineering Certificate, and courses cannot be applied to more than one certificate), earning a B- or higher in each course. Select the areas that follow for more information about each certificate and the courses offered. Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee future admission to a degree program.
The certificate areas available are listed below.
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Below is a list of the Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate courses offered online. To review which courses are being offered for the upcoming terms, see the current Course Offerings page.
Email: ceeonlineillinois [dot] edu
Professor William G. Buttlar, PhD, PE
Director of Online and Blended Programs
buttlarillinois [dot] edu
Meg C. Griffin, PE
Coordinator of Online and Blended Programs
mgriffnillinois [dot] edu
For additional information regarding Engineering Online graduate programs, contact the Office of Online and Professional Engineering Programs.