Master of Science

Kirin Emlet Furst, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental Engineering, works in the Water Systems Chemistry Laboratory, Potomac Science Center.

Transform the Built Environment

Our master of science degree in civil and infrastructure engineering trains you to use the latest technologies, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, remote sensing, and building information modeling. Graduate students specialize in one of five concentration areas.

Our students learn to develop smart city transportation systems, harness the power of big data to build sustainable infrastructure systems, and protect cities from natural hazards, including hurricanes, landslides, and earthquakes.

Our graduate program is part of the Washington Consortium of Universities, which permits students to cross-register at other participating universities. More information can be found at: Washington Consortium of Universities.

Graduate Concentrations

Construction Engineering and Management

Master the construction process, including learning to manage safe, cost-effective, and on-time project delivery. Develop skills in building information modeling, administration, and designing for constructability.

Research Faculty:

Dr. Sam Salem


Dr. Sam Salem
Infrastructure and Construction Management






Dr. Wenying Ji


Dr. Wenying Ji
Construction Informatics and Simulation






To learn more about research in this area follow this link: Construction and Engineering Management Research

Environmental and Water Resource Engineering

Learn about water and wastewater treatment, groundwater fate and transport of contaminants, flood mitigation, and water supply and distribution. Use the latest geographic information system software to analyze remote-sensing data for weather forecasting.

Research Faculty:

Dr. Viviana Maggioni


Dr. Viviana Maggioni
Advanced Modeling and Remote Sensing Techniques to Estimate and Monitor Hydrological Variables







Dr. Celso Moller Ferreira


Dr. Celso Moller Ferreira
Field-based monitoring of Hurricane Storm Surge
Numerical Modeling of Coastal Hazards
Natural and Nature-based Defenses for Coastal Resilience






Dr. Kirin Furst


Dr. Kirin Emlet Furst
Drinking Water Quality and Treatment

Disinfection and Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water Distribution Systems
Advanced Treatment of Wastewater for Potable and Non-Potable Reuse





Dr. Lucas Henneman


Dr. Lucas Henneman
Atmospheric Modeling
Air Pollution Health Impacts and Environmental Justice





To learn more about research in this area follow this link: Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Research

Geotechnical Engineering

Focus on the mechanics of soil, earth-retaining structures, seepage and slope stability, and foundation design. Get hands-on experience with geotechnical equipment, and discover the latest ways to use recycled materials in pavement, as well how to use geosynthetics in landfill design.


Research Faculty:

Dr. Burak Tanyu


Dr. Burak Tanyu
Forecasting Landslides in Transportation Corridors
Geosynthetics in Reinforced Soil/Bridge Systems
Recycled Asphalt-Highway Systems






Dr. Kuo Tian


Dr. Kuo Tian






To learn more about research in this area follow this link: Geotechnical Engineering Research

Structural Engineering

Learn to create an underwater tunnel crossing, high-speed railway line, green office buildings, or offshore wind farms. Discover the newest, strongest, lightest materials to construct earthquake-resistant structures and retrofit existing buildings.


Research Faculty:

Dr. Girum Urgessa


Dr. Girum Urgessa
Response of Structures Subjected to Explosions





Dr. David Lattanzi


Dr. David Lattanzi
Virtual Robotic Bridge Inspection
Structural Evaluation through Computer Vision
Extracting Finite Element Models from Images



To learn more about research in this area follow this link: Structural Engineering Research

Transportation Engineering

Study transportation planning, traffic flow theory, operations, modeling and simulation. Learn how to optimize the design and operation of multi-modal passenger transportation and intermodal freight logistics systems. Gain knowledge to support transportation system resiliency and disaster preparedness.


Research Faculty:

Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks


Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks
Disaster Planning and Response
Intermodal Passenger and Freight Transport
Multi-Hazard Civil Infrastructure Resilience Quantification and Infrastructure Protection Investment




Dr. Mohan Venigalla


Dr. Mohan Venigalla
Travel Demand
Transportation Air Quality




Dr. Shanjiang Zhu


Dr. Shanjiang Zhu
Demand and Traveler Behavior




To learn more about research in this area follow this link: Transportation Engineering Research

Why Choose Mason?

Students in our program:

  • Develop relationships with industry, government agencies, and contactors in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
  • Have the option of completing a thesis if interested in obtaining a research position or pursing a doctoral degree.
  • Are able to network with engineering leaders through our Civil Engineering Institute and Alumni.
  • Have the flexibility of earning their degrees on a part-time basis. Classes are typically held once per week in the evening, which make it less challenging for working professionals to pursue a graduate degree.

For more information on our program requirements check out the catalog: Civil and Infrastructure, MS.

Take your Career to the Next Level!

After earning their degrees, more than 90 percent of Mason Engineering graduate students find positions in their areas of study. Our students:

  • Benefit from our connections to local industry and government agencies that offer them internships, research experience, and full-time jobs. 

  • Build careers with engineering design firms, construction firms, public utilities, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state, or local governments. 

“Thanks to the advanced transportation engineering training I received at Mason, I contributed to the development of Washington, D.C. Metro’s new extension. For my master’s thesis, I analyzed travel behavior reactions to transit network disruptions.”

— Hamza Masud, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering MS '18

Graduate Student Resources

Advisor for Graduate Programs

Dr. Laura Kosoglu

Dr. Laura Kosoglu, Director for Graduate Programs
Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 1300
Phone: (703) 993-5319

For information on graduate admissions, please contact the office of graduate admissions at (703) 993-9700 or via e-mail at

International Student Information

Important Links:

Need help developing the English language skills needed to succeed in a graduate program at George Mason?  No problem!

Our graduate program's INTO pathway option opens opportunities for graduate students who need supplemental English language courses for academic success.  Apply to the program here: INTO Mason.