Steps to enrolling into Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering Program

by NU Online on 5/27/20 9:15 AM

Civil engineers are instrumental in designing, constructing, and maintaining the world’s critical infrastructure. Obtaining a Master of Civil Engineering degree can help with advancement into leadership roles in the field. A civil engineering bachelor’s degree may provide the basic knowledge needed to perform day-to-day tasks; however, a master’s degree can provide engineers with technical and managerial skills to advance into leadership roles and also run their own companies.

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What is a Master of Civil Engineering degree?

A Master of Civil Engineering degree aims to help with career advancement by building on prior experience and knowledge by studying advanced technical topics. The advanced knowledge aids civil engineers in completion of projects that hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers earn an average salary of $86,640. The highest 10% earn more than $138,110 per year. A master’s degree can help to advance an entry-level engineer into his or her dream job.


Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering program

The online Master of Civil Engineering program at Norwich University is designed to build on current engineering principles and leadership best practices allowing engineering professionals the ability to enhance their technical knowledge, management skills, and engineering competence to lead professional teams and solve complex real-world engineering problems. Students can choose from one of four concentrations to focus on an area tailored to their interests: construction management, environmental/water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, or structural engineering

Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering program concludes with a weeklong Residency Conference where students will be involved with academic activities demonstrating how the learning and experience over the past terms has resulted in effective thinking, promoting communication skills, and building leadership qualities. There will also be time to engage and converse with instructors and to connect professionally and personally with your fellow classmates to cement lifelong friendships and business acquaintances.  Residency week is crowned by a formal graduation ceremony complete with master’s hooding.


Construction Management

Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering construction management concentration coursework teaches professionals how to manage construction projects with responsibilities that include supervision of teams, review of projects for technical accuracy, and ensuring that projects proceed on schedule and align with organizational goals and strategies. Construction managers will develop an acumen of core business functions such as finance and accounting principles, contracts, and insurance requirements. The concentration’s studies also includes a human resources component regarding staff supervision and training and managing personnel budgets.


Environmental Engineering/Water Resources Engineering

Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering environmental/water resources concentration coursework teaches professionals how to apply engineering principles for the improvement and protection of the environment for human health, protection of natural resources, and for the enhancement of environmentally-related quality of human health. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental engineering, coursework includes the application of engineering principles with biology, chemistry, and science to areas of water disposal, pollution control, contamination cleanup, recycling, and public health. The environmental/water resources concentration of Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering program includes the latest concepts in the areas of physiological and biological processes in water and wastewater, stormwater management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for water resources, and geoenvironmental groundwater flow and waste containment.  



Geotechnical Engineering

Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering geotechnical concentration coursework focuses on soils mechanics, foundation engineering, earthquake engineering, soil stabilization, and computational modeling in geotechnical engineering to provide geotechnical engineers with the technical knowledge required to analyze and design projects with complex geotechnical components.


Structural Engineering

Norwich’s Master of Civil Engineering structural engineering curriculum focuses on building the professional’s knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering mechanics with the use of different materials (e.g., steel, timber, and concrete) for the design, construction, and rehabilitation of new and existing infrastructures and structures that can withstand the stresses of the environment while remaining safe and secure. Structural engineers typically work with a team of engineers and architects and often serve as project managers, conducting meetings and site visits to ensure that a project is meeting environmental requirements, health and safety standards, and regulatory guidelines.


How to enroll into Norwich’s civil engineering program

Once a prospective student determines that he or she would like to enter the Master of Civil Engineering program, he or she would start the process by completing a Norwich application.

A completed application includes the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university (minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher)
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

Applicants not meeting all admission requirements may be required to complete one or more fundamentals courses. Fundamental courses are offered to candidates for the online Master of Civil Engineering program who lack training in certain areas of civil engineering. The fundamentals courses include specialized training in construction management, structural, environmental/water resources, and geotechnical engineering. 

Students enrolling into the Master of Civil Engineering program may receive the equivalent of up to 12-semester credits for study conducted elsewhere.

Norwich also offers achievement scholarships to newly enrolled Master of Civil Engineering students. The scholarship award will be made on the consideration of the applicant’s professional achievement. The Achievement Scholarship will amount to $4,200 which will be divided evenly over all six terms of the Master of Civil Engineering program. In addition, please visit financing your education to explore options and opportunities in ways to pay for your civil engineering degree to make achieving your goals and earning your degree attainable.


Learn more

Norwich University offers exceptional opportunities to help advance your civil engineering career. Norwich’s admissions team is here to help you throughout every step of the enrollment process. Learn more today by calling 1-866-684-7237 or emailing us at

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