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Wisconsin’s only master’s program with one-year options

Shape your future and advance your career with your civil engineering master’s degree. The program is intentionally unstructured to allow you to customize your degree to your specific objectives and interests, allowing you to enhance your career credentials or follow a path to doctoral study. Our one-year options help you fast-track your degree (see Curriculum below).

The program accepts students with undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and other fields within engineering.

Program Type


Program Format

On Campus

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A few companies that support the credit-earning graduate internship course

  • Bloom Companies, LLC
  • CSD Structural Engineers
  • Giles Engineering Associates, Inc.
  • Ruekert-Mielke
  • WisDOT
  • YA Engineering Services

Employers are always looking for top candidates who strive to better themselves, and getting a Masters Degree from UWM helped me differentiate myself from others and provided me with the essential tools to succeed.

Clayton CloutierAssociate,
CSD Structural Engineers

Two ways to reduce your time to graduation:

UWM’s Accelerated Graduate Degree Program (Integrated BS-MS) enables UWM students to take six graduate credits while completing their bachelor’s degree. This work can be used to satisfy six credits of both their bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, at the undergraduate tuition rate.

Program Overview:

  1. 3.2 minimum GPA
  2. 36 credits or less remaining for your bachelor’s degree
  3. 6 credits maximum
  4. No GRE exam required for admission to UWM Graduate School
Earn Credit for Your Graduate Internships:
CIV ENG 921 Graduate Internship Class

This internship course in Civil & Environmental Engineering provides students with a hands-on learning experience within a professional engineering environment. The internship experience aims to enhance students’ technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and professional development, preparing them for successful careers. You can also earn an hourly salary in a full-time or part-time capacity, providing you with financial support.

Internship overview: 

  • 6 credits maximum (3 credits maximum per semester).
  • To receive three credits students are required to work a minimum of 150 hours (50 hours per credit).
  • Can only be taken as a non-thesis graduate student.
  • Students must have completed at least six graduate-level credits before enrolling in the CIV ENG 921 Graduate Internship course.
  • The internship will be coordinated between the department, the student and the company. Students are not allowed to register for the course directly.
  • To gain admission to the CIV ENG 921 Graduate Internship course a student must have already obtained an internship and must be registered for this course during the semester in which the internship takes place.
What this could look like for you
Time FrameGraduate School CreditsUWM Grad School Tuition & Fees*
Prior to enrolling in the internship courseComplete two graduate-level UWM courses (6 credits) or transfer 6 credits of graduate work.

NOTE: Students who complete the Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (above) while earning a bachelor’s degree would eliminate the Graduate School Tuition and Fees shown at right for these 6 credits.
Internship semester 19 engineering credits, 1 graduate seminar course, 3 graduate internship credits (13 credits total)$6,832.77
Internship semester 29 engineering credits, 3 graduate internship credits (12 credits total)$6,832.77
ONE YEAR31 credits$18,858.71
LESS potential internship salary: $15,000**
*Tuition estimates based on Spring 2024 resident tuition and fees schedules; view current tuition amounts here.
**Internship wages calculated at $25/hour, 20 hours/week, 15 weeks/semester.
Learn More

Discuss your particular situation and learn more.

  • Associate Professor Rani ElHajjar, Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • or 414-229-3647

Research Assistantships / Teaching Assistantships

Most students choose to incorporate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs) during their graduate study which helps to fund their education while also building leadership skills. Assistantship decisions are made by the academic departments only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.

More Information

Contact the College of Engineering & Applied Science Graduate Programs Office.

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our civil engineering master’s students have the opportunity to work with civil and environmental engineering faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:

  • Application of nanomaterials in construction and on surfaces
  • Industrial waste product utilization in structural materials
  • Design with polymer composite materials and structures
  • Water quality and sensing for contamination
  • New structural designs and methods
  • Flexible pavement design
  • Hydrodynamic modeling and fluid mechanics
  • Smart mobility technologies, smart traffic lights, intelligent transportation systems, big data analytics, urban computing and cloud computing

As an R1 research institution, research is integral to our work at UWM and to the experience of students pursuing graduate degrees. Our college has a wide range of faculty-led labs that perform cutting edge research. Please see the Faculty & Staff tab for the specific research interests and labs of each civil and environmental engineering faculty member. For a full list of our college’s research labs, centers and institutes, click here.


Sarah Blackowski
  • Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Andy Dressel
  • Scientist II, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Lab Manager, Bicycle and Motorcycle Engineering Research Laboratory, EMS W301
Rani Elhajjar
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Graettinger
  • Associate Dean for Research, Engineering & Applied Science Office of the Dean
Sam Helwany
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jin Li
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Qian Liao
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
faculty image xiao qin
  • Lawrence E. Sivak '71 Professorship
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT)
  • Founder and Director, Safe and Smart Traffic Lab
Adeeb Rahman
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tom Shi
  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Founder and Director, Automated, Connected & Electric Mobility Systems Lab
Konstantin Sobolev
  • Lawrence E. Sivak '71 Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Habib Tabatabai
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Structural Engineering Lab
Hani Titi
  • Lawrence E. Sivak Faculty Fellowship
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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  • Lawrence E. Sivak '71 Professorship
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jian Zhao
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Therese Crary
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Health Informatics
Bob Packard
  • Advisor, Graduate Programs
  • Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

UWM is proud to be one of only two R1 research universities in Wisconsin. We’re also a top externally funded institution with robust opportunities for teaching and research assistantships. Partners that support our research include:

  • A O Smith Corporation
  • ATSP Innovations
  • Badger Meter
  • Bloom Company
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Gannett Fleming Inc.
  • Hyundai Motor Company
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • National Academies
  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Space Grant Foundation
  • Space & Naval Warfare Systems & Command
  • USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • UWM Foundation
  • Veolia Water Milwaukee
  • Village of Shorewood
  • WE Energies
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Contact Info:

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784