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The Master of Science Degree in civil engineering is primarily intended to be a course work only program but will include evidence of scholarly effort such as production of creative work. The program requires completion of 30 credit hours of acceptable credit. A final oral examination by the student's supervisory committee is required. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are graduating.

Course Format

All course work is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.

Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.

Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.

When students formally apply for admission, they will be asked to pick an area of civil engineering on which they wish to focus. The focus areas available for study are:

  • transportation
  • environmental
  • structural
  • geotechnical
  • water resources

There are no required courses in the program, but students will work with their assigned advisor to map out a program of study early on in the program. Students take as many courses in their focus area as are offered and then complete the remaining 30 hours with other civil engineering courses that interest them.

View the online course rotation schedule (PDF). Changes and additions may occur in the schedule.

The department course catalog and course descriptions are available online.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Science
College: Engineering
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $838

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