College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2020-2021

Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Professional, Master of Engineering

This graduate program provides the advanced training and skill set needed by practicing civil engineers to solve the myriad of complex infrastructure challenges facing society, in a convenient online setting.  The curriculum offers technical depth studies within the context of real-world civil engineering problems as well as a broad background in project management methodologies and practices. Coursework will prepare the successful graduate to assume professional-level responsibilities in both the public and private sectors. The program can accommodate either full-time or part-time students.<


What Can I Do with a Civil Engineering Professional, Master of Engineering?

Society is facing unprecedented global challenges that will impact the day-to-day life and prosperity of future generations. Be a part of the solution: civil engineers will play the primary role in solving these problems including water security, renewable energy and power security, transportation efficiency and resiliency, and food security. This online Masters in Civil Engineering will engage students with the above problems, and seeks to impart the attitudes and skills needed to take on leadership roles in a variety of professional settings. Courses are taught by faculty with extensive practical experience working in industry across a variety of civil engineering-related fields. The curriculum is offered so that either part-time or full-time study can be pursued.  Thus, the program provides a unique opportunity to those working full-time to achieve the additional formal education needed to advance their professional careers.

Career opportunities are available in multiple areas, including city, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as NGOs, consulting engineering firms, and the construction industry.  Opportunities are also available in the analytical services, manufacturing, and energy sectors.

The M.Eng. is intended to be the terminal degree for those working in industry as a licensed civil engineer.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Sustainability or Design Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant or Entrepreneur
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Governmental agency management engineer

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study


  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
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    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • B.S. degree in Engineering or completion of prerequisite courses (see department website for details)
    • TOEFL for international students whose degree is not from an English speaking institution with a passing score of 80
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5
Master's Requirements
  • This Master’s degree requires 30 units distributed as follows:

    • Civil Engineering Coursework: 15 units
    • Project Management and Policy Coursework: 9 units

    Take the following 15 units:

    Civil Engineering Coursework (15 units)

    Project Management and Policy (9 units):    
    Civil Engineering Electives or Master’s Project (6 units):
    Select from:Master’s Project:
    • CENE 690 (0-6 units)
      • The CENE Graduate Coordinator or their designee will serve as faculty advisor for these students.  If a project is selected, the faculty member serving as the project leader will serve as the student’s advisor.
      • Students with Professional Engineer (PE) status may be allowed up to 6 units of credit for experience toward their project requirements.
  • Milestones
    Because it is anticipated that practicing professionals will take one course, per semester, with an anticipated completion period of three years, we recommend that students are allowed up to five years to complete degree requirements.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $900 per year has been approved for this program.

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