2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Civil Engineering Programs

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 25 schools, all of which offer affordable online master's in civil engineering programs. Kennesaw State University, ranked #1, offers an online Master of Science in Civil Engineering for only $5,745 per year. Available concentrations include Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Transportation and Pavement Engineering. Second-ranked University of Virginia is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $8,115.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Kennesaw State University $5,745
# 2 #2 University of Virginia $8,115
# 3 #3 Mississippi State University $8,313
# 4 #4 University of South Carolina-Columbia $8,583
# 5 #5 Old Dominion University $8,925
# 6 #6 University of Idaho $9,330
# 7 #7 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $9,640
# 8 #8 University of Alabama at Birmingham $10,139
# 9 #9 University of Central Florida $10,422
# 10 #10 Iowa State University $10,425
# 11 #11 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville $10,710
# 12 #12 Ohio University-Main Campus $11,456
# 13 (tie) #13 (tie) University of Louisville $11,460
# 13 (tie) #13 (tie) University of North Dakota $11,460
# 15 #15 Kansas State University $11,473
# 16 #16 University of Houston $16,664
# 17 #17 Ohio State University-Main Campus $16,704
# 18 #18 Missouri University of Science and Technology $18,000
# 19 #19 Michigan Technological University $18,180
# 20 #20 Norwich University $19,392
# 21 #21 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $19,512
# 22 #22 New Jersey Institute of Technology $19,605
# 23 #23 North Carolina State University $20,185
# 24 #24 Southern Methodist University $20,250
# 25 #25 Stanford University $20,280
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $5,745
Annual Tuition: $5,745
Annual Tuition: $5,745
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,627
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (470) 578-6000

Example Classes: Advanced Bituminous and Concrete Materials, Advanced Hydraulics, Finite Element Analysis, Prestressed Concrete Design, Probabilistic Analysis and Reliability in Civil Engineering, Soil Improvement

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
#2
#2

University of Virginia

Charlottesville (VA)
Annual Tuition: $8,115
Annual Tuition: $8,115
Annual Tuition: $8,115
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Average SATs: 1330 -1500
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 344
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 694
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 924-0311

Example Classes: Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design, Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering, Green Engineering and Sustainability, Infrastructure Management, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Management Large-Scale Construction Projects

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
#3
#3

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State (MS)
Annual Tuition: $8,313
Annual Tuition: $8,313
Annual Tuition: $8,313
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 812
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 973
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 325-2323

Example Classes: Advanced Reinforced Concrete, Analysis and Mitigation of Conflicts, Claims and Disputes, Engineering Hydrology, Geometric Design of Highways, Open Channel Hydraulics, Stream Reconnaissance

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Construction Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Structural Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Transportation Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Water Resources Engineering
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $8,583
Annual Tuition: $8,583
Annual Tuition: $8,583
  • Online Degrees: 12
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 140
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,469
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (803) 777-7000

Example Classes: Advanced Foundation Design, Advanced Structural Mechanics and Analysis, Dynamics of Structures, Prestressed Concrete Analysis and Design, Repair and Retrofit of Structures, Theory and Design of Plates and Shells

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Transportation Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Water Resources Engineering
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000

Example Classes: Bridge Structures Design, Finite Element Analysis, Inelastic Structures, Retrofitting Methods for Bridges and Buildings, Seismic Design of Steel Structures, Structural Dynamics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Coastal Engineering
#6
#6

University of Idaho

Moscow (ID)
Annual Tuition: $9,330
Annual Tuition: $9,330
Annual Tuition: $9,330
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 441
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 563
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (888) 884-3246

Example Classes: Engineering Surveying, Geotechnical Engineering Design, Matrix Structural Analysis, Properties of Construction Materials, Theory of Structures, Traffic Systems Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Engr. in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.Engr. in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.Engr. in Civil Engineering - Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.Engr. in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.Engr. in Civil Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,640
Annual Tuition: $9,640
Annual Tuition: $9,640
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,248
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,209
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101

Example Classes: Computer Aided Water Management and Control, Drainage and Wetland Engineering, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Physical Hydrology, Residuals Management, Wells and Pumps

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $10,139
Annual Tuition: $10,139
Annual Tuition: $10,139
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,442
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,161
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 934-4011

Example Classes: Advanced Construction and Engineering Economics, Advanced Mechanics Structural Engineers, Bridge Engineering, Building Information Modeling for Structural Engineers, Construction Liability and Contracts, Green Building and Sustainable Structures

Online Master's Degrees

  • MEng in Structural Engineering
#9
#9

University of Central Florida

Orlando (FL) (and 7 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,422
Annual Tuition: $10,422
Annual Tuition: $10,422
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,194
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Boundary Element Methods in Civil Engineering, Design and Monitoring of Construction Processes, Foundation Engineering, Masonry and Timber Design, Nonlinear Structural Analysis, Structural Reliability

Online Master's Degrees

  • Civil Engineering - Smart Cities, MS
  • Civil Engineering - Structural, MS
  • Civil Engineering - Transportation, MS
  • Civil Engineering - Water Resources, MS
  • Civil Engineering, MSCE
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $10,425
Annual Tuition: $10,425
Annual Tuition: $10,425
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1092 -1334
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 323
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,051
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (515) 294-4111

Example Classes: Civil Engineering Design, Engineering Statics, Environmental Biotechnology, Project Management for Civil Engineers, Structural Analysis I, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering and Management
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $10,710
Annual Tuition: $10,710
Annual Tuition: $10,710
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 110
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 819
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (865) 974-1000

Example Classes: Air Transportation, Masonry Design, Mix Design for Asphaltic and Portland-Cement Concrete, Open Channel Hydraulics, Planning and Transportation, Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Public Works Engineering (General Focus)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Public Works Engineering (Technical Focus)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Transportation Engineering
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $11,456
Annual Tuition: $11,456
Annual Tuition: $11,456
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,373
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,602
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 593-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Steel Design, Computer Aided Structural Design, Construction Estimating and Equipment, Construction Planning and Scheduling, Principles of Pavement Design, Project Development, Contracts, and Law

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#13
#13

University of Louisville

Louisville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,005
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 902
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (502) 852-5555

Example Classes: Building Information Modeling, Environmental Analysis of Transportation Systems, GIS Applications to Transportation, GPS Theory and Application, Traffic Engineering, Wetland Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#13
#13

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
Annual Tuition: $11,460
  • Online Degrees: 13
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Applied Hydraulics, Environmental Engineering III, Hazardous Waste Management, Mechanics of Materials II, Structural Stability, Surface Hydrology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Environmental
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Soils-Structures
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Water Resources
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering - Environmental
#15
#15

Kansas State University

Manhattan (KS)
Annual Tuition: $11,473
Annual Tuition: $11,473
Annual Tuition: $11,473
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011

Example Classes: Advanced Civil Engineering Design Using GIS, Advanced Mechanics of Materials and Applied Elasticity, Pavement Design, Responsibility in Engineering: Codes & Professionalism, Statics and Dynamics, Structural Engineering in Steel

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Environmental
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Structural
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Transportation
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Water Resources
#16
#16

University of Houston

Houston (TX)
Annual Tuition: $16,664
Annual Tuition: $16,664
Annual Tuition: $16,664
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1130 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,176
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (713) 743-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Foundation Design, Bridge Design, Constitutive Modeling of Materials, High Performance Materials, Matrix Analysis of Structures, Structural Reliability

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $16,704
Annual Tuition: $16,704
Annual Tuition: $16,704
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Average SATs: 1240 -1450
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 986
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (614) 292-6446

Example Classes: Engineering Ethics and Professionalism, Financial and Managerial Accounting for Engineers, Leadership and Team Effectiveness, Project Management for Engineers, Technology Strategy and Innovation Management, The Business-Government Relationship

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Global Engineering Leadership - Civil and Environmental Engineering
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $18,000
Annual Tuition: $18,000
Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1188 -1380
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 566
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 341-4111

Example Classes: Advanced Steel Structures Design, Applied Mechanics In Structural Engineering, Bituminous Materials, Green Engineering: Analysis of Constructed Facilities, Low-Rise Building Analysis and Design, Smart Materials and Sensors

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Civil Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering - Water Resources Engineering
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $18,180
Annual Tuition: $18,180
Annual Tuition: $18,180
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 24
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 155
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (906) 487-1885

Example Classes: Concrete and Masonry Building Systems, Finite Element Analysis, Loads for Civil Structures, Matrix Structural Analysis, Prestressed Concrete Design, Structural Timber Design

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
#20
#20

Norwich University

Northfield (VT)
Annual Tuition: $19,392
Annual Tuition: $19,392
Annual Tuition: $19,392
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 799
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (802) 485-2000

Example Classes: Business Management Fundamentals, Classical, Matrix, and Dynamic Analysis of Structures, Computational Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Hydraulics for Environmental Engineers, Quantitative Methods and Financial Analysis for Managers

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Master of Civil Engineering - Construction Management
  • Master of Civil Engineering - Environmental/Water Resources Engineering
  • Master of Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
  • Master of Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $19,512
Annual Tuition: $19,512
Annual Tuition: $19,512
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 419
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,348
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Air Quality Engineering, Construction Case Studies, Construction Law, Construction Optimization, Construction Planning, Dams, Embankments and Slopes

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Transportation Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Construction Management
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Infrastructure
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $19,605
Annual Tuition: $19,605
Annual Tuition: $19,605
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1380
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 30
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 598
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (973) 596-3000

Example Classes: Construction Cost Estimating, Legal Aspects in Construction Management, Legal Aspects in Environmental Engineering, Management Science, Project Control, Stability of Structures

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Construction Management
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Structural Design and Construction
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Transportation
  • Master of Science in Transportation
  • Master of Science in Transportation - Advanced Transportation Systems and Technologies
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $20,185
Annual Tuition: $20,185
Annual Tuition: $20,185
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 81%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 1250 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,188
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (919) 515-2011

Example Classes: Advanced Strength of Materials, Airport Planning and Design, Deformation and Instability of Soils, Earthquake Structural Engineering, Energy and Climate, Hydraulics of Ground Water

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Civil Engineering
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $20,250
Annual Tuition: $20,250
Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 501
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (214) 768-2000

Example Classes: Electrical, Mechanical and Piping Systems, Finite Elements in Structural & Continuum Mechanics, Foundation Engineering, Introduction to Solid Mechanics, Theory of Elasticity, Theory of Plate Behavior

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS: Civil Engineering
  • MS: Civil Engineering - Geotechnical Engineering
  • MS: Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering
  • MS: Civil Engineering - Transportation Systems Management
#25
#25

Stanford University

Stanford (CA)
Annual Tuition: $20,280
Annual Tuition: $20,280
Annual Tuition: $20,280
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 68%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Acceptance Rate: 5%
  • Average SATs: 1420 -1570
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 0
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (650) 723-2300

Example Classes: Aquatic Chemistry, Coastal Contaminants, Movement and Fate of Organic Contaminants in Waters, Ocean Waves, Rivers, Streams and Canals, Transport Phenomena

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering