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Civil Engineering Program Overview

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Civil engineering is the world’s oldest engineering discipline. Yet increasing public demands on structures and systems and changes in society’s economic and environmental attitudes mean that today’s civil engineer needs to constantly adapt in order to keep up.

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals top-ranked, online Master’s in Civil Engineering program provides graduate instruction in the fields of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, ocean and coastal engineering, and preservation engineering. No matter your industry, you’ll master the topics and industry developments you need to be at the top of your field.

Designed specifically for working professionals, this part-time, online civil engineering master’s features practice-oriented courses in small classes taught by industry experts. These experts and educators create engaging learning opportunities and provide personalized attention. Students can narrow their studies in a variety of focus areas and choose to pursue an independent study under the guidance of an instructor for even more specialized education.

As a student, you will gain a firm understanding of how to:

  • Apply mathematics, science, and engineering principles to a variety of civil engineering situations.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex problems in civil engineering.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for engineering practice.

Master’s Focus Areas

A focus area can be selected but is not required. Your focus area will not appear on your diploma but will provide a tailored education for students looking to specialize in a specific field. 

  • Geotechnical Engineering: Study how to apply engineering theory and practice to the environment. Explore topics like ground improvement methods, hydrogeology, and more.
  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering: Study how to apply engineering theory and practice to ocean and coastal systems. Explore topics like natural disaster risk modeling, fluid dynamics, and more.
  • Structural Engineering: Study how to apply engineering theory and practice to building and physical structures. Explore topics like bridge design and evaluation, preservation engineering, and more.


We offer two program options for Civil Engineering: a graduate Civil Engineering Certificate. or a Master of Civil Engineering.

Civil Engineering Courses

Explore course requirements, prerequisites, focus areas, and electives related to civil engineering. All courses are taught by leading subject-matter experts who use and develop the technologies and theories they teach every day. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term. Civil engineering online courses, in-person courses, and hybrid courses are available.

Program Contacts

Convenience was key. It’s hard going to school and working full time. I liked how many online classes were offered, I could work them around my schedule. 

Patrick Wellein ‘17 Civil Engineering

Tuition and Fees

Did you know that 78 percent of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs? Find out more about the cost of tuition for prerequisite and program courses and the Dean’s Fellowship.

I really enjoyed my time in the EP program. It was flexible, I was always able to find a course I could take, and most importantly, I was able to finish my degree while moving from Baltimore to Denver without interruption. I felt that for the most part, the courses were well structured to accommodate working professionals. I rarely felt as if I was in over my head. I feel that this was a great career and professional move and I would recommend it to anyone seeking to further their technical education.

John Morgan '17 Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering FAQs

Once accepted, you have five years to complete your civil engineering master’s degree. If taking a semester off is necessary for your work or personal life, our online program lets you do so. Flexibility is key to all Engineering for Professional programs. 

On average, our Engineering for Professionals civil engineering master’s alumni make upwards of $120,000 after completing their degrees. 

Yes, applicants without a degree in Civil Engineering may be accepted to the program provided they demonstrate successful completion of the program’s prerequisites

The Engineering for Professionals program was designed with working professionals in mind. Therefore, we offer both synchronous and asynchronous courses to accommodate your busy schedule.

Academic Calendar

Find out when registration opens, classes start, transcript deadlines and more. Applications are accepted year-round, so you can apply any time.