Civil Engineering

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Civil Engineering program will prepare you for new challenges in the field by offering you advanced courses taught by practicing civil engineering professionals.

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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks
Structural Engineering

About

Civil engineering is the world’s oldest engineering discipline, yet increasing public demands on structures and systems, as well as changes in society's economic and environmental attitudes, mean that today's civil engineer regularly faces new challenges. Students in the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Civil Engineering program choose from a wide range of courses in structural, geotechnical, and coastal engineering. They can also opt for independent study under the guidance of an instructor.

For those that wish to start the online program in the fall of 2016 or the spring of 2017, please review the Civil Engineering schedule planning document, which maps out some sample online course paths for you.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex problems in civil engineering.
  2. Demonstrate an ability apply mathematics, science, and engineering principles.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include a degree in civil engineering or a closely related technical discipline.
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years, with at least five of the courses at the 600-level or above.
  • Students may pursue a general civil engineering course of study or choose to focus their studies in structural engineering.
  • The general civil engineering program requires three core courses: 535.441 Mathematical Methods for Engineers; 565.475 Advanced Soil Mechanics; and 565.600 Structural Mechanics. Seven additional courses may be chosen from any of the civil engineering electives. A maximum of one course may be selected from outside of civil engineering.
  • The structural engineering focus area is designed to provide students with the necessary background and technical skills required of professional structural engineers. Students pursuing this focus area are required to take: 535.441 Mathematical Methods for Engineers; 565.415 Applied Finite Element Methods; and 565.600 Structural Mechanics. Four additional courses must be chosen from the list of structural engineering electives, and the remaining three courses may be selected from any of the civil engineering (e.g. 565.XXX) offerings. A maximum of one course may be selected from outside of civil engineering (this does not include the courses outside of civil engineering listed as electives).
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all graduate certificate candidates.
  • Once matriculated, if a student should later decide to pursue the full master’s degree, all successfully completed courses will apply provided they meet program requirements and that the remaining courses to be completed fall within a five-year time limit. The student must declare their intention prior to completing the certificate.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • Each student will work with the program chair to design a program tailored to meet their individual goals.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Courses

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

COURSES BY FOCUS AREA

The focus areas offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. The focus areas are presented as an aid to students in planning their course schedules and are only applicable to students seeking a Master's degree.

Focus areas are not required for this program. They do not appear as official designations on a student’s transcript or diploma. Students who do not identify with structural engineering may work with their advisor to select a broad yet cohesive group of courses to make up a general program of study in Civil Engineering.

Program News

U.S. News & World Report Ranks JHU's Online Engineering Programs Among Nation's Best
January 12, 2017

In the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released January 10, 2017, the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering maintained its spot in the top twenty-five schools in the country in the categories of Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Online Graduate Computer...

Civil Engineering Chair on the Value of Covered Bridges
July 13, 2016

At one time, there were about 10,000 covered wooden truss bridges throughout the United States. Rachel Sangree, chair of the part-time Civil Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering, believes they still hold valuable lessons for students.

Top Instructors Receive 2016 Faculty Awards
April 5, 2016

During a faculty meeting held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on March 16, we honored twelve Johns Hopkins Engineering instructors for their dedication and innovation in the classroom.

Balancing teaching with their own careers, our instructors work tirelessly to provide an educational experience that is both challenging and highly relevant for today's students.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

State-Specific Information for Online Students

We currently are not accepting applications to the online Master of Civil Engineering program from students who reside in Wisconsin. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.