Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS or PhD in Civil Engineering with optional specialization:
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical and Mechanical Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Resources Engineering
- Water Resources Planning and Management
Note: The specialization in Water Resources Planning and Management is not specific to Civil Engineering.
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Contacts for Civil Engineering
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Civil Engineering
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.
- Entrance exam(s):
- Ph.D. Applicants: GRE
- M.S. Applicants: GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation (Ph.D. and M.S.)
- Resume or curriculum vitae (Ph.D. and M.S.)
- Statement of purpose (Ph.D. and M.S.)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Civil Engineering
- For Financial Consideration: January 10 for Summer 2016. January 10 for Fall 2016 . January 10 for Spring 2017.
- International students: Application for Fall admission strongly encouraged.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Civil Engineering Department offers graduate programs on both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha campuses. The campuses are approximately 50 miles apart. Facilities include materials and geotechnical labs, environmental and transportation labs, and the famous vehicle crash testing facility at the Lincoln Airport. The structures laboratory is equipped to do gravity load, seismic excitation, and wind loading testing of full scale specimens, from bridges and buildings.
Many research opportunities are available depending on the individual interests of faculty and students. Projects include ultra high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, innovative high strength concrete and steel bridge systems, composite materials and energy efficient composite structures, hydrologic effects of global climate change, hydraulic modeling, GIS and watershed management, alternate fuels, water quality, remediation of hazardous wastes, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, risk assessment, pollution prevention, green technology, highway geometric design and safety, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation using hardware-in-the-loop simulation, highway-railroad grade crossings, safety aspects of highway design with a unique full scale crash testing facility, risk analysis and reliability of structures, design code calibration, field testing of bridges, pavement engineering, advanced modeling of geomaterials, and application of fuzzy set theories.
When applying, students should indicate interest in one or more of the above areas of study. Minors may be selected from related civil engineering areas and other related departments.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Environmental and Fluvial Hydraulics; Physics of Sediment Transport
Contaminant Fate and Transport; Engineering Properties of Solid Waste
Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment; Risk Management
Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention
Field Monitoring of Wind Turbine Foundation, Geothermal Heating and Cooling System, Engineering Characterization of Recycled Material and Geosynthetic
Protective Highway Structures; Vehicle Dynamics; Highway Safety Warrants
Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling
Traffic Flow Theory; Transportation Operations; Intelligent Transportation Systems
Transportation Infrastructure, Planning, and Safety; GIS; Intelligent Transportation Systems
Crop Modeling; GIS; Precision Agriculture
Sustainable Transportation Measures; Traffic Controls; Bridge Diagnostics
Testing and Modeling Geomaterials; Computational-Experiemental Constitutive Damage Modeling
Structural Engineering; Structural Steel Modeling
Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology
Fate and Transport of Contaminants; Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Groundwater Remediation
Bridge Engineering; Structural Hardening; Force Protection
Transportation Planning, Economics, and Systems Analysis; Airport Planning and Design; Traffic Engineering
Multimodal Transportation Systems Analysis; Transportation Planning and Operations
Geotechnical Engineering; Soil-Structure Interaction Modeling
Traffic Analysis; Roadway Geometric Design; Alternative Intersections and Interchanges; Driver Behavior
Design, Analysis, and Evaluation of Roadside Safety Devices; Design and Evaluation of Bridge Rail and Deck Systems; Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis
Modeling and testing of structural concrete
Evaluation of Physical and Mechanical Behavior of Soils
Risk Analysis; Hazardous Waste; Water Resources Engineering
Bridge Engineering; Seismic Evaluation of Structures
Testing and Modeling Structural Materials; Material Reliability Modeling; Foundations; Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Dynamics; Blast Resistant Design; Finite Element Modeling; Specialized Concrete
Structural Dynamics; Engineering Mechanics; Full-scale Experimentation of Structures
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Non-Structural Components, Load Protocol Development for Seismic Qualification and Testing, Ground Motion Scaling, and Use of Laser Scanning within Structural Assessment.
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Technologies; Biofilm Processes; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment
Nondestructive tTesting (NDT) of Structures and Materials; Sensor Development; Ultrasonics and Wave motion; Material Characterization