Master of Science

“Our graduates are creative and adaptable, familiar with contemporary engineering challenges and the latest technology and methods to address them.”

— Laura Kosoglu, associate department chair and graduate program director

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.

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Transportation engineering. Study transportation planning, traffic flow theory, car-following models, and traffic simulation. Learn how to optimize public transportation systems, infrastructure resiliency, and disaster preparation scenarios.

Construct a Path to Career Success

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. 

  • Can complete their degrees in one year. Students can begin classes in either the fall or the spring semesters, maximizing flexibility and return-on-investment.

  • Have the option of a coursework-only degree with no thesis.

  • Can pursue their degrees part-time.

Check the catalog for official admissions and degree requirements.

For more information, contact program director Laura Kosoglu at 703-993-5319

Opportunity for Undergraduates

Apply for the bachelor of science/accelerated master of science in civil and infrastructure engineering programs to earn both degrees in five years. Undergraduates admitted to this program register for up to six credits of graduate-level courses in place of undergraduate technical elective courses.


The Michael J. Casey Scholarship ($2,000) honors the life and contributions of a former professor in our department, who helped develop the graduate program. 

“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