Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (research option) develops a broad but fundamentally sound background in basic subjects in civil engineering, and provides the opportunity for in-depth study in a specific area of research interest, culminating in a thesis. Concentrations include:

  • Construction Management  
  • Environmental Engineering  
  • Geotechnical Engineering  
  • Pavements Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics  
  • Sustainable Engineering  
  • Transportation Engineering  
  • Water Resources Engineering

The department also offers a non-thesis Professional Masters of Science degree with the same concentrations.

Available MS Tracks
Master of Science Program PDF

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering emphasizes excellence in research and education. PhD candidates publish their thesis work in top civil and environmental engineering journals and present their research at national and international conferences. Students wishing to pursue the PhD degree should have an outstanding academic background and a desire and ability to carry out original research. Students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD after successfully completing the oral preliminary examination (taken at the end of the first year of graduate study), and the PhD comprehensive examination and proposal conference. Areas of study include Engineering for Sustainability and the Environment, and Advanced Infrastructure Systems. 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree( PDF )
Plan of Study for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree ( PDF )
Doctoral Committee( PDF )

The MBA/Master of Science in Engineering Dual Degree Program, offered jointly by the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Swanson School of Engineering, positions individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or the hard sciences to take a management role in a company that has a significant engineering and/or technological focus.


The Mining Engineering Certificate Program is a distinctive credential rooted in the Department's long-standing relationship to Pittsburgh's mining history. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the primary elements of a mining operation and the engineering issues associated with operating a mine in a safe, effective, and sustainable manner. This certificate is also offered in a distance-enabled format for professionals who find it more convenient to study at work or at home, but online in real-time. 

 See the Mining Engineering page for more details.