The graduate programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Michigan provide students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in their chosen field.

Our department strives to be the leading educational and research institution addressing transformative advances in the understanding, design, and long-term protection of interconnected civil and environmental infrastructure systems and the natural environment. We are pioneering advances in innovative technologies that enhance the performance of the built infrastructure, minimize our impact on the natural environment and manage complex issues at the intersection of built and natural systems. Graduate students in our department are involved with this work as members of research teams consisting of faculty and other graduate students. You can learn more about research in CEE on our research page, and be sure to review our strategic directions to learn about our vision for the future of civil and environmental engineering.

CEE graduate programs rank among the top ten in the nation. Our environmental engineering graduate program is the 2nd best in the country and our civil engineering graduate program is 5th best, according to the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings for graduate programs.

Graduate Degree Specialization Areas:

We offer a variety of degrees in various areas of specialization, including:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Smart Infrastructure Finance
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Materials and Highway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Systems Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

The specific degree options available are:

  • PhD
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering 
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
    • Civil Engineering
    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) (oriented toward professional practice)
    • Structural Engineering
    • Construction Engineering and Management
    • Smart Infrastructure Finance
  • Dual-degree options

Learn more about these degrees on our master’s and PhD program pages.

The online application for the PhD or MSE programs can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website and the online application for the MEng can be found on the College of Engineering website.

PhD Programs

Information on PhD areas of specialization, program requirements and preliminary exam procedures.

Master’s Programs

Information on CEE’s MSE, MEng and Dual Degree programs.

Pelham Scholars Program

Learn about our scholarship program for socially-conscious Master’s students.

Online Learning

Explore Nexus courses and the Construction Engineering and Management MasterTrack™.

Admissions Information

View deadlines, application requirements and information for international or sequential undergraduate / graduate studies (SUGS) applicants.

Graduate Handbook

Information about services and resources for graduate students.

Graduate Student Advisory Council

Meet and connect with current council members.

Student Life

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Master’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisors

Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan has a team of faculty and staff dedicated to providing guidance to graduate students.

Get to know our faculty

View our faculty profiles and filter by research area to find researchers whose interests align with yours.