Civil Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Civil Engineering (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Geotechnical and Materials Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Engineering
    • Water Resources Engineering
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • PhD in Civil Engineering (90 cr) with optional specialization:
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Geotechnical and Materials Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Engineering
    • Water Resources Engineering
    • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Minor in Construction Management with any graduate degree program, subject to approval (apply to degree program, add minor after enrolling)

Note: The specialization in Water Resources Planning and Management is not specific to Civil Engineering.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Xu Li

Campus Address
N104 Scott Engineering Center
Lincoln NE 68588-6105

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Civil Engineering

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Ph.D. Applicants:  GRE
    - M.S. Applicants:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Civil Engineering
  • For Financial Consideration: January 15 for Fall.
  • Otherwise: Rolling Admissions.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 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.

Courses and More

Faculty and research

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David Admiraal

Environmental and Fluvial Hydraulics; Physics of Sediment Transport

Ashraf Aly Hassan

Emission Control Technologies; Biological Treatment of Recalcitrant Air Toxics; Atmospheric and Indoor Air Pollution Control; Treatment, Fate, Tansport of Emerging Contaminants; Advanced Water/Wastewater Treatment Processes Development

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt

Contaminant Fate and Transport; Engineering Properties of Solid Waste

Mohamed Dahab

Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment; Risk Management

Bruce Dvorak

Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention

Jongwan Eun

Field Monitoring of Wind Turbine Foundation, Geothermal Heating and Cooling System, Engineering Characterization of Recycled Material and Geosynthetic

Ron Faller

Protective Highway Structures; Vehicle Dynamics; Highway Safety Warrants

Junke Guo

Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling

Jiong Hu

Eco-Efficient Concrete; Self-Consolidation Concrete (SCC); Fresh Concrete Properties and Rheology of Concrete; Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC); Concrete with Recycled Materials

Elizabeth Jones

Traffic Flow Theory; Transportation Operations; Intelligent Transportation Systems

Aemal Khattak

Transportation Infrastructure, Planning, and Safety; GIS; Intelligent Transportation Systems

Ayse Kilic

Crop Modeling; GIS; Precision Agriculture

Seunghee Kim

Sustainable Transportation Measures; Traffic Controls; Bridge Diagnostics

Yong Rak Kim

Testing and Modeling Geomaterials; Computational-Experiemental Constitutive Damage Modeling

Gary Krause

Structural Engineering; Structural Steel Modeling

Xu Li

Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology

Yusong Li

Fate and Transport of Contaminants; Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Groundwater Remediation

Daniel Linzell

Bridge Engineering; Structural Hardening; Force Protection

Massoum Moussavi

Transportation Planning, Economics, and Systems Analysis; Airport Planning and Design; Traffic Engineering

Laurence Rilett

Multimodal Transportation Systems Analysis; Transportation Planning and Operations

John Rohde

Geotechnical Engineering; Soil-Structure Interaction Modeling

John Sangster

Traffic Analysis; Roadway Geometric Design; Alternative Intersections and Interchanges; Driver Behavior

Jennifer Schmidt

Design, Analysis, and Evaluation of Roadside Safety Devices; Design and Evaluation of Bridge Rail and Deck Systems; Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis

Chungwook Sim

Modeling and Testing of Structural Concrete; Structural Members Under Extreme Loads; Advanced Instrumentation and Testing of Structures; Disaster Reconnaissance and Data Management; Infrastructure Health Monitoring (Big Data)

Chung Song

Evaluation of Physical and Mechanical Behavior of Soils

John Stansbury

Risk Analysis; Hazardous Waste; Water Resources EngineeringEmeritus

Joshua Steelman

Bridge Engineering; Seismic Evaluation of Structures

Christopher Tuan

Structural Dynamics; Blast Resistant Design; Finite Element Modeling; Specialized Concrete

Christine Wittich

Structural Dynamics; Engineering Mechanics; Full-scale Experimentation of Structures

Richard Wood

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.

Tian Zhang

Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Technologies; Biofilm Processes; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

Jinying Zhu

Nondestructive tTesting (NDT) of Structures and Materials; Sensor Development; Ultrasonics and Wave motion; Material Characterization

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Civil Engineering.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.