45.00 Hours Required

At the graduate level, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department combines academic course work with research to prepare students in specialized areas within Civil and Environmental Engineering. Programs are available leading to the MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with the following special field designation on the transcript:

  • Atmosphere/Energy
  • Sustainable Design & Construction
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Structural Engineering & Geomechanics

Students admitted to a graduate program of study with a BS in Civil Engineering (or its equivalent) from an accredited curriculum can satisfy the requirements for the MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering by completing a minimum of 45 units of study beyond the BS. Candidates for the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering who do not have a BS in Civil Engineering may, in addition to the 45 units of graduate study, be required to complete those undergraduate courses deemed important to their graduate programs. In such cases, more that the 45 units is usually required to obtain the degree.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for candidates to be recommended for the MS degree. No thesis is required. The program of study must be approved by the faculty of the department and should include at least 45 units of courses in engineering, mathematics, science, and related fields unless it can be shown that other work is pertinent to the student's objectives.

At least 30 units must be at the graduate level (courses numbered 200-level and above) and at least 24 units must be from the School of Engineering. In addition, each Civil and Environmental Engineering program area listed above has specific course work requirements. Students are invited to pursue an MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering on a part-time basis through the Honors Cooperative Program, however participation requires on campus attendance of each course. Classes are generally taught on weekdays, between 8:00am - 5:00pm. Please use the links provided below to access detailed information about each program area:

Program Proposal

No degree can be recommended for conferral unless the Program Proposal document has been filed and represents an accurate program of study. Students should meet with their advisor during the first quarter of graduate study to agree upon a proposed program of course work. By the beginning of the second quarter of study, submit the Program Proposal for a Master's degree to the Student Services Manager. If your actual course work changes after submitting the Program Proposal, you must file an Academic Program Revision with the department. This form is typically submitted only once, in your final quarter, after your last study list has been submitted. If students make any further changes to their program, no matter how minor, they must submit another Academic Program Revision form. When your principal advisor and the department chairperson have approved this form, the revised list of courses becomes your official program for the Master's degree.


For course tuition and fees, please click Tuition & Fees.

Time Commitment

Most part-time students take an average of 3 to 5 years to complete the 45-unit requirement. You must complete a Master's degree within 5 years of starting the program. Note: Some on-campus attendance will be required for degree completion.


For assistance while in the application process, please contact the Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Services Office using the following email address: CEE-admissions@lists.stanford.edu

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