Civil engineering

Master of science University of Missouri-Columbia
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Master of science

As the first online master’s in civil engineering with a transportation focus in the state of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) is on the cutting edge of a high-demand industry. The online civil engineering master's gives working professionals the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree to further their domain knowledge and advance their career. 

A graduate degree in civil engineering helps students sit for — and receive one year credit toward — the Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam. 

The department plans to offer additional tracks in the future.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of science in civil engineering


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Engineering | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Potential job titles include:

  • Senior transportation engineer
  • Senior transportation planner
Placement rate for graduates of the on-campus MS program in the recent five years.
Graduate placement rate
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Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits required.

Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish the program in three years.

Course work includes

  • Air pollution
  • Chemistry of natural waters
  • Hydraulics
  • Urban transportation data science
  • Pavement materials and design
  • Transportation geography
  • Transportation planning and models
  • Water and wastewater treatment processes


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

3 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Maria Fidalgo, PhD

Maria Fidalgo is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires in 1995 and her master’s and doctorate degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Rice University in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

Maria Fidalgo, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Praveen Edara, PhD, PE

Praveen Edara is the department chair and professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, geometric design and traffic safety. His research has been supported by various US agencies including, NSF, US DOT, NAS, state DOTs, and local governments. His current research focuses on generating artificial realistic crash datasets, examining safety through naturalistic driving study data, assessing disaster resilience, investigating alternative intersection designs, and developing virtual and augmented reality modules to train the transportation workforce. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and a certified professional traffic operations engineer.

Praveen Edara, PhD, PE
Professor, Department Chair
Carlos Sun, PhD, PE

Carlos Sun is a Kemper Fellow, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department and an adjunct in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests include smart cities, sustainable transportation modes, safety, autonomous vehicles, work zones, construction management, airports, ridesharing, and legal and policy issues. He won the Researcher of the Year award from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Best Research Award from Intelligent Transportation Society of America with PATH. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board (NCHRP, ACRP), the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Highway Administration, the Missouri Department of Transportation and other state departments of transportation. He is a registered professional engineer and licensed attorney in Missouri.

Carlos Sun, PhD, PE, JD
Professor, CEE; Program Director
Bill Buttlar

Bill Buttlar is the Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavement Technology in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Missouri, where he oversees the Missouri Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL), funded in part by the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association. Between 1996 and 2016, Buttlar served as professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held the title of Narbey Khachaturian Endowed Faculty Scholar and Associate Dean. He has more than 300 publications in the area of asphalt materials and pavements and more than 75 invited presentations and keynote lectures.

Bill Buttlar, PhD, PE
Glen Barton Chair in Flexible Pavement Technology
Tim Matisziw

Tim Matisziw is an associate professor at the University of Missouri with a joint appointment in the Department of Geography, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the University of Missouri Informatics Institute. He is also the director of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation accredited Geospatial Intelligence Certificate program (graduate and undergraduate) at MU. Matisziw has led research teams in a wide range of areas such as infrastructure interdiction and vulnerability assessment, network design and performance modeling, target identification and tracking, modeling complex systems, facility siting, among others.

Tim Matisziw, PhD
Associate Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering