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One-year Master of Engineering Degree

Our one-year professional master’s degree programs will give you a strong foundation in civil or environmental engineering and prepare you to apply your skills across a broad range of disciplines in both academia and industry.

If you wish to develop and expand your expertise in what is continually ranked one of the top professions in the country, you will have ample opportunity to do so here. Our first-rate faculty collectively possess a deep and broad range of knowledge that provides an ideal environment for interdisciplinary work.

Whether your passion calls you to start your own business, pursue the next ground-breaking innovation or help solve a humanitarian crisis, this degree program can take you closer to your goals.

Master of Engineering Program options:

Civil Engineering

Specializations available:

  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water and Environment

Environmental Engineering

Our one-year master’s degree programs:

  • Can be completed in two semesters
  • Position you for competitive, higher-level engineering careers
  • Include an interdisciplinary capstone course

Ideal candidates should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Students in engineering, physical sciences or mathematics with a 3.00 grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) may be considered for admission. Students without a bachelor's degree in engineering will be admitted on a provisional basis pending successful completion of entrance course requirements and will not be able to complete the degree in two semesters.

Current or former Penn State engineering students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher will be admitted without having to take the GRE. However, all other Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) requirements must be met.

Course Requirements

Details for the new professional Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering are provided, respectively, in Tables 1 and 2. All M.Eng. degrees will require 31 credits (400-level and above), a minimum of 18 credits at the 500-level, and a minimum of 12 credits courses with a C E prefix. Students will be required to complete a one-credit colloquium (CE 590) as part of SARI training. At least 20 credits must be earned at an established graduate campus of the University. 

Table 1. Core course requirements for the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering for the three different areas of specialization.
Course Infrastructure Transportation Systems Water and Environment
Core Courses

Complete 3 of 5:

CE 512: Advanced Soil Mechanics
CE 544: Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
CE 548: Structural Design for Dynamic Loads
CE 584: Concrete Materials and Properties
CE 585: Infrastructure Asset Management

Complete 3 of 3:

CE 523: Analysis of Transportation Demand
CE 525: Transportation Operations
CE 528: Transportation Safety Analysis

Complete 2 of 2:

CE 561: Surface Hydrology
CE 570: Environmental Aquatic Chemistry

M.Eng. Required Courses CE 535: Integrated Project Management for Civil Engineers
CE 590: Colloquium
CE 535: Integrated Project Management for Civil Engineers
CE 590: Colloquium
CE 535: Integrated Project Management for Civil Engineers
CE 590: Colloquium
Elective Courses several from C E, E MCH, and STAT several from C E, I E, and STAT several from C E, GEOSC, MATH, and METEO
Table 2. Core course requirements for the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Environmental Engineering.
Core Courses M.Eng Required Courses Elective Courses

Complete 3 of 6:

CE 479: Environmental Microbiology 
CE 570: Environmental Aquatic Chemistry 
CE 571: Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes 
CE 572: Biological Treatment Processes 
CE 573: Environmental Organic Chemistry
CE 576: Environmental Transport Processes

CE 535: Integrated Project Management for Civil Engineers 
CE 590: Colloquium
any additional core course, several from CH E, CHEM, GEOSC, ME and SOILS

The total tuition costs for these new M.Eng. degrees (based on the 2014-15 tuition guide) are $19,882 for Pennsylvania residents, or $33,386 for non-Pennsylvania residents or International students.

If you have additional questions, please contact Judy Heltman at or William Burgos at

Application for all graduate programs can be found here.

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The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084